10 Party-Perfect Appetizer Recipes

A party is only as good as it’s appetizers. These delicious dips, spreads and finger foods will keep your summer guests coming back for more.

  1. burrata with tomato peach jam

    Burrata with Tomato Peach Jam

    This summer appetizer has it all: peppery arugula, tomato-peach jam, and creamy burrata, the fresh Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream. Bonus – you can use the leftover jam throughout the week on burgers, grilled meats or fish and sandwiches.

  2. ham and cheese sliders

    Ham & Cheese Tailgate Sliders

    These addictive ham and cheese sliders are doused in a tangy butter, mustard and poppy seed sauce. They’re perfect for parties because they feed a crowd and can be made ahead.

  3. Sriracha Deviled Eggs

    Sriracha Deviled Eggs

    Deviled eggs are named such because the mix-ins are often spicy or hot, so these orange-hued beauties spiked with Sriracha make perfect sense. They are truly devilish and totally pop-in-your-mouth-able.

  4. grilled pesto shrimp

    Grilled Pesto Shrimp

    This is one of my favorite ways to use pesto. Whether you serve the shrimp as an appetizer or with pasta for dinner, they’ll disappear in a flash. Trust me, no matter how much you think you’ll need, make extra!

  5. black bean dip

    Black Bean Dip

    This dip may not win a beauty contest, but it’s the best black bean dip I’ve ever tried. The secret is lots of onions, garlic, jalapeños, and fresh lime to boost the flavor.

  6. sun-dried tomato dip

    Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

    If an empty bowl is the sign of a good dish, this dip adapted from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook is a sure winner. It’s tangy and full of bright summer flavor.

  7. chicken wings

    Grilled Chicken Wings with Seasoned Buffalo Sauce

    Classic Buffalo wings are fried but I love the flavor and ease of cooking them on the grill — they’re truly no fuss, no muss and finger lickin’ good!

  8. hummus


    Homemade hummus always trumps store bought. It’s healthier, tastier and — best part — made from ingredients you can readily keep on hand. Just give it all a whirl in the food processor and you’re done!

  9. salsa verde

    Roasted Salsa Verde

    Made from tomatillos, this salsa it’s tangy, fiery, chunky, smoky. There are endless ways to use it: serve it with tortilla chips; use it as enchilada, quesadilla or taco sauce; or drizzle it over steak, rice, potatoes or eggs. You can’t go wrong!

  10. tzatziki

    Tzatziki (Low Fat Yogurt & Cucumber Dip)

    If it’s wrong to eat dip right out of the bowl with a spoon, then I don’t want to be right! There’s something oddly addicting about the combination of tangy Greek yogurt, crunchy grated cucumber, olive oil, garlic and fresh mint.

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