The Pioneer Woman's Best Appetizers for Any Occasion

Dig into a hearty hors d'oeuvres spread complete with Ree Drummond's top picks for party-ready fare.

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Restaurant-Style Salsa

"Pulse until you get the salsa to the consistency you'd like," Ree notes about prepping her cumin-scented salsa. "I do about 10 to 15 pulses."

Get the Recipe: Restaurant-Style Salsa

Buffalo Chicken Totchos

Ree skips tortilla chips and uses golden-brown tots as the base of her cheesy nachos.

Get the Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Totchos

Wonton Taco Cups

Thanks to store-bought wonton wrappers, these bean-and-cheese cups come together in only a half hour.

Get the Recipe: Wonton Taco Cups

Ready-To-Go Egg Bites

Make and freeze these egg bites on a lazy weekend, then save them for a busy morning when you a need a quick breakfast. They warm up in just one minute in the microwave.

Get the Recipe: Ready-To-Go Egg Bites

Bean Trio

Start with one pound of pinto beans and let Ree show you three ways to add bold flavor.

Get the Recipe: Bean Trio

Roasted Spring Veggies and Dip

Have you ever seen a prettier platter of veggies?! Ree roasts a mix of carrots, parsnips and red onions to get craveworthy caramelized edges, and pairs a light but creamy herb mixture for dipping.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Spring Veggies and Dip

Quick-Roasted Salsa

Skip the store-bought stuff and stick with Ree’s smoky salsa. You wont’ be sorry.

Get the Recipe: Quick-Roasted Salsa

Caprese Skewers with Plum Balsamic Drizzle

Ree transforms the traditional Italian salad by skewering juicy cherry tomatoes and bite-size mozzarella balls onto rosemary sprigs for a striking presentation. To finish, it's all about that sweet, tangy sauce. The key is reducing the pureed plum-vinegar mixture until it's thick and syrupy.

Get the Recipe: Caprese Skewers with Plum Balsamic Drizzle

Chile Con Queso

With a whopping 15 servings, this creamy jalapeno-spiced dip is the ultimate in big-batch feasting.

Get the Recipe: Chile Con Queso

Tortellini Skewers

It's all about assembly when prepping this 10-minute starter. Just stack your favorite store-bought spinach tortellini, fresh mozzarella and cherry tomatoes on skewers, and finish them with bright pesto.

Get the Recipe: Tortellini Skewers


Ree keeps it simple and classic in her top-rated bruschetta, adorning each piece of garlic-laced toast with juicy grape tomatoes and fragrant basil.

Get the Recipe: Bruschetta

Asian Beef Skewers

Simply seasoned and quickly grilled, these fast-fix skewers are best served with Ree's mayo-based sauce, spiked with lime juice and vinegar for bright flavor.

Get the Recipe: Asian Beef Skewers

Classic Hot Wings

Ready to eat in a hurry, these saucy bites are tossed in a homemade hot sauce, made rich and bold with the addition of creamy butter and tangy Worcestershire. Ree rounds out the wings with cool blue cheese sauce and crunchy celery to balance the heat of the dish.

Get the Recipe: Classic Hot Wings

Jalapeno Poppers

It takes only three ingredients — jalapenos, cream cheese and bacon — to make Ree's 5-star finger food.

Get the Recipe: Jalapeno Poppers

Salami Roll-Ups

Thirty minutes and four ingredients — that's all it takes to make dozens of these no-cook snacks.

Get the Recipe: Salami Roll-Ups


Once you've piled Monterey Jack and sliced jalapenos atop corn chips, all it takes is a quick bake in the oven to melt the cheese.

Get the Recipe: Nachos

Shrimp Cocktail Bar

Ree offers a trio of dips so guests can choose which they'd like to complement her tender shrimp. The garlic-caper Remoulade and lime-spiked Avocado Crema are both creamy mixtures; her Classic Cocktail Sauce features a base of ketchup and is dressed up with a dollop of prepared horseradish.

Get the Recipe: Shrimp Cocktail Bar: Classic Cocktail Sauce, Avocado Crema, Remoulade

Cream Cheese Wontons

Creamy on the inside with a golden, crispy fried wonton exterior, these cream cheese-stuffed bites are best served with a sweet, tangy honey-soy sauce mixture laced with Sriracha.

Get the Recipe: Cream Cheese Wontons

Deviled Eggs

For a bit of texture in her top-rated deviled eggs, Ree adds chopped pickles to the egg yolk filling made with mustard and mayonnaise.

Get the Recipe: Deviled Eggs

Spicy Italian Meatballs

No longer just for dinner with saucy spaghetti, Ree's two-bite meatballs, simmered in a tomato-garlic sauce, are ready for the appetizer table; she recommends serving them with toothpicks so guests can help themselves. 

Get the Recipe: Spicy Italian Meatballs

Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Featuring chewy sweet dates, crunchy salted roasted almonds and a blanket of crispy bacon, these fast-fix bites are easy to prep and eat.

Get the Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Cheddar Bacon Wedge Salad

Stick with Ree's traditional recipe when prepping this buttermilk-dressed salad, or opt for one of her flavorful twists, like the addition of blue cheese in the dressing, which Ree notes offers "a nice tang."

Get the Recipe: Cheddar Bacon Wedge Salad

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