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Fast and Easy Appetizers for Holiday Entertaining

The next time you have people over, don't stress about what to cook for them—these easy appetizer recipes require minimal effort, but deliver big flavor. Plus, who doesn't love some baked brie?

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    Cheese Croustades

    Cheese Croustades

    Total Time: 25 mins 1 (8-ounces) goat cheese log, at room temperature 1/2 cup salted European-style butter (4 ounces) (such as Plugrá), softened 1/2 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese (4 ounces) 1 teaspoon lemon zest, plus lemon peel twists for garnish (from 1 lemon) 1/2 teaspoon herbes de Provence 1/4 …

    ’Nduja Toasts with Quick-Pickled Celery

    ’Nduja Toasts with Quick-Pickled Celery

    Total Time: 30 mins 20 toasts 1/2 cup finely chopped inner celery stalks 1/4 cup Champagne vinegar 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 1 teaspoon kosher salt 20 (1/4-inch-thick) baguette slices 8 ounces ’nduja (such as La Quercia), at room temperature Extra-virgin olive oil, for serving Flaky sea salt, for …

    Warm Spinach-Artichoke Dip

    Warm Spinach-Artichoke Dip

    Active Time: 15 mins Total Time: 40 mins 6 ounces cream cheese, softened 3 ounces Gouda cheese, grated (about 3/4 cup) 2 ounces low-moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1/2 cup) 1 cup chopped thawed frozen spinach, drained well 3/4 cup chopped thawed frozen artichoke hearts 1/4 cup chopped …

    Classic Deviled Eggs

    Classic Deviled Eggs

    Total Time: 10 mins Jump to recipe A heavy dose of mayonnaise gives the filling of these deviled eggs an extra-silky texture and rich flavor, while sharp Dijon mustard and fresh dill add acidity and brightness to the classic appetizer. Granulated garlic and white pepper impart a subtle complexity …

    Mini Deviled Crab Cornbread Muffins

    Mini Deviled Crab Cornbread Muffins

    Active Time: 20 mins Total Time: 35 mins DEVILED CRAB 4 ounces fresh lump crabmeat (about 3/4 cup), drained and picked 1/4 cup panko 2 scallions, finely chopped 3 tablespoons mayonnaise 2 tablespoons finely chopped jalapeño 3/4 teaspoon paprika 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon celery seeds 1/4 teaspoon …

    Garlic-Butter Steak Bites

    Garlic-Butter Steak Bites

    Active Time: 15 mins Total Time: 15 mins 2 pounds beef strip steak (1-inch thick), cut into 1-inch pieces 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided 1 teaspoon black pepper, divided 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 5 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped (3 tablespoons) ⅓ cup dry vermouth 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed …

    Green Peppercorn-Marinated Feta

    Green Peppercorn-Marinated Feta

    4 to 6 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 2 tablespoons drained green peppercorns in brine 1 teaspoon kosher salt 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper 8 small thyme sprigs 1 (1-pound) block feta cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes Crackers or crostini, for serving Whisk …

    Miss Kim's Fried Tofu

    Miss Kim's Fried Tofu

    Total Time: 1 hrs 2 (14-ounce) package soft tofu 1 cup packed dark brown sugar .6666 cup Korean soy sauce (such as Sempio) ½ cup mirin 1 cup plus 3 Tbsp. water, divided ¼ cup rice vinegar 2 tablespoons gochugaru 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic 1 ½ teaspoon finely chopped …

    Thai-Style Shrimp Cocktail

    Thai-Style Shrimp Cocktail

    Total Time: 25 mins 4 large garlic cloves (about 1/2 ounce), unpeeled 1 cup mayonnaise 1 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste ½ teaspoon flaky sea salt (such as Maldon), plus more to taste Nam Jim Seafood Sauce 1 cup fish sauce ¼ cup granulated sugar ½ cup fresh lime juice 6 large garlic …

    Caviar Waffle Bites

    Caviar Waffle Bites

    Total Time: 25 mins 2 dozen pieces 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (about 2 1/8 ounces) 2 teaspoons granulated sugar 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 large egg 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing 3 tablespoons crème fraîche 1 (1.1-ounce) jar …

    Baked Sheep’s Milk Ricotta with Dried Persimmons

    Baked Sheep’s Milk Ricotta with Dried Persimmons

    Active Time: 15 mins Total Time: 1 hrs Jump to recipe Spike Gjerde, the James Beard Award–winning chef at restaurants like A Rake’s Progress in Washington, D.C., and Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore, approaches local sourcing with religious fervor. He forgoes olive oil and lemons, using locally grown and …

    Rye Crisps with Tomatoes and Sardines

    Rye Crisps with Tomatoes and Sardines

    Total Time: 15 mins 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon finely chopped capers 2 teaspoons minced hot red chile 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley 1/4 cup finely chopped chives Kosher salt 1 pint golden cherry or grape tomatoes, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 8 light rye crisps, such as Wasa …

    Spinach Dip Hot Bread

    Spinach Dip Hot Bread

    Active Time: 30 mins Total Time: 40 mins This gooey, cheesy appetizer is perfect for watching the game, alongside a salad or bowl of soup, or on a lazy weekend afternoon. The toasty sliced sourdough boule is filled with buttery bechamel sauce and spinach, but the real star is the Calabrian chiles, …

    Bacon-Wrapped Dates

    Bacon-Wrapped Dates

    Active Time: 30 mins Total Time: 1 hrs 15 mins 2 dozen 24 Medjool dates 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1/2 cup walnut halves, toasted and halved lengthwise 6 thin slices of bacon, each cut crosswise into 4 …

    Baked Brie with Spiced Pears and Cherries

    Baked Brie with Spiced Pears and Cherries

    Active Time: 15 mins Total Time: 55 mins Jump to recipe For this rich appetizer, creamy Brie is topped with a spiced fruit-and-nut mixture and encased in a buttery, crisp robe of golden brown puff pastry. Prepare the fruit and spices while the puff pastry sheet thaws, so that you can assemble the baked …

    Chile-Sumac-Pomegranate Nuts

    Chile-Sumac-Pomegranate Nuts

    Active Time: 10 mins Total Time: 1 hrs 30 mins 1 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses 1 tablespoon jaggery or turbinado sugar (preferably Sugar in the Raw) 1/2 teaspoon ground sumac 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt 1/2 teaspoon ground anardana …

    Stilton-Stuffed Pickled Peppers

    Stilton-Stuffed Pickled Peppers

    Total Time: 25 mins 60 peppers 1 (16-ounce) jar whole pickled peperoncini, drained and patted dry 8 ounces Stilton cheese 1 (14-ounce) jar mild whole Peppadew peppers, drained and patted dry Using a paring knife, cut off and discard peperoncini stems; scoop out and discard seeds with a small spoon. (Dip …

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