Entertaining can be stressful, especially when you’re trying to juggle preparing multiple dishes right before guests arrive. That’s why make-ahead appetizers are such a lifesaver. With a little advance planning, you can prepare appetizers that are ready to go or need a quick finish or reheat right before serving.
These are our 20 favorite make-ahead appetizers.
This spicy feta dip, based on the wonderful Greek dish of tirokafteri (also called ktipiti), is definitely my favorite vegetarian dip. Just a handful of ingredients in a food processor and moments later WOW – thick luscious creamy spicy goodness.
Make The Recipe: Quick Spicy Feta Dip (Tirokafteri)
Have you heard of a Texas cowboy caviar dip before? This is a Texan recipe, but doesn’t feature caviar (or any fish for that matter!).
Make The Recipe: The Best-Ever Texas Cowboy Caviar Dip
Did someone say bean dip? This bean dip is hot, zesty, and full of deliciousness. It’s packed with cooked pinto beans, garlic, onions, and cumin for a bit of a kick. It makes other party dips look bland! Pair with homemade tortilla chips or store-bought.
Make The Recipe: Bean Dip (With Homemade Tortilla Chips)
A beautiful bowl of creamy caramelized onions with homemade crispy potato chips. Make it ahead of time to store in the fridge for whenever guests arrive.
Make The Recipe: Caramelized Onion Dip with Baked Potato Chips
Crispy Tacos with a 4-ingredient Queso Dipping Sauce. A healthy, satisfying appetizer with both stove-top and air-fryer directions. Prep the tacos ahead of time, then quickly fry right before serving.
Make The Recipe: Easy Crispy Tacos with Queso Dipping Sauce
Queso Dip! This healthy queso dip is a must for tacos, nachos, burrito bowls, and more. Great for watching the game and Superbowl parties. Make ahead of time, then warm just before serving.
Make The Recipe: The Best Queso Dip
Smoky, creamy salsa roja! Made in the blender in less than 10 minutes. Roja salsa with simple, pantry ingredients: dried chili peppers, canned fire-roasted tomatoes, and onions.
Make The Recipe: Salsa Roja (Made in the Blender!)
Got tomatillos? Make tomatillo salsa with this homemade salsa verde recipe featuring 3 different methods: raw green salsa, roasted tomatillo salsa, and avocado salsa verde.
Make The Recipe: Salsa Verde Recipe (3 Different Ways)
Creamy Jalapeno Sauce! A nice break from traditional chips and salsa– make this jalapeno salsa ahead of time to serve as a simple appetizer with sliced vegetables or chips.
Make The Recipe: Creamy Jalapeno Salsa (Dairy Free)
This easy Roasted Red Pepper Dip is perfect for the busy holiday season. It’s so easy to make and sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Make The Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Dip
Although most grocery stores carry sweet pepper dip and other dipping options, this homemade roasted red pepper cream cheese dip is well worth the effort.
Make The Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Cream Cheese Dip
Any occasion is a great occasion to bring out your homemade 5 layer bean dip! Pinto beans, ground, tequila lime sour cream, pico de gallo and cheese are just some of the ingredients in this taco dip.
Make The Recipe: Mexican 5 Layer Bean Dip
I know you can buy salsa from the store, but where’s the fun in that! For the freshest flavour, make your own tomatillo red chili salsa and enjoy as a snack or appetizer with crackers, chips or anything else you want to dip.
Make The Recipe: Tomatillo Red Chili Salsa – Copycat Chipotle Hot Salsa
One of the best Italian appetizer recipes if you’re looking for a nice addition to a charcuterie board or tasty, colorful food on a stick type snacks, this antipasto salad in kabob form makes easy finger food everyone will enjoy.
Make The Recipe: Antipasto Skewers
This falafel platter is a lavish combination of homemade crispy falafel, tzatziki sauce, harissa hummus, maple dijon tahini sauce, an easy Middle Eastern cucumber tomato chopped salad, and many other things.
Make The Recipe: The Ultimate Falafel Platter with Hummus, Tahini, Tzatziki & More
These rice paper egg rolls have a delicious filling of carrots, cabbage, spring onion, and mushrooms wrapped in crunchy rice paper wrappers. You can prepare the filling in 10 minutes and bake the whole batch in one in 20 minutes.
Make This Recipe: Rice Paper Egg Rolls (3 Ways)
It is a rich and smoky roasted eggplant red pepper dip, the love child of baba ganoush and muhammara. 5-ingredients and 5 flavors are mixed within.
Make The Recipe: Smoky Roasted Eggplant Red Pepper Dip with Walnuts
Easy Bruschetta With Pesto And Sun-Dried Tomatoes features homemade Basil Pesto, sautéed zucchini, and delicious sun-dried tomatoes. If you’re looking for the very best crowd-pleasing appetizer for a birthday party, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, you can count on this Basil Pesto Bruschetta to deliver.
Make The Recipe: Bruschetta With Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Whipped Cream Cheese, Whole Grain Mustard, and Smoked Salmon Vol Au Vents are a decadent and delicious appetizer for your next get-together.
Make The Recipe: Cream Cheese and Smoked Salmon Vol Au Vents
This Smoked Salmon Pâté is the perfect make-ahead appetizer loaded with lemon flavor. Easy to make in 25 minutes with 10 minutes of work.
Make The Recipe: Smoked Salmon Pâté With Hot Smoked Salmon
These recipes are ideal for hectic weeknights. Whether you prefer pasta dishes or stir-fries, these flavorful and effortless-to-prepare meals will allow you to unwind and relish your evenings without sacrificing taste.
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With these clever copycat recipes, you can recreate beloved menu items from major restaurant chains in your own kitchen for a fraction of the price. From cult-favorite fast food to fancy sit-down restaurant entrees, these copycat recipes will help satisfy your food cravings and save you money at the same time.
Get ready to impress your family and friends with restaurant-quality meals that you can make at home. These are your favorite copycat recipes from Chipotle, Panda Express, Chili’s, Starbucks and more!
Get the Recipes: Favorite Copycat Recipes
Food is more than just sustenance. Beyond providing the nutrients and energy we need to survive, food can also provide us comfort, joy, and feelings of nostalgia. With cooler weather around the corner, these comfort foods are perfect for chilly, cozy dinners.
From slow cooker soups to creamy pasta to hearty stews, these are our favorite comfort food classics.
Get the Recipes: Comfort Food Classics
The crisp air, changing leaves, and cozy sweaters mean one thing: fall is here. There’s no better way to celebrate the season than by firing up the oven and baking up some autumnal treats.
Fall baking evokes images of apple and pumpkin-flavored desserts, deliciously warm spices, and comfort foods that make you feel like you’re wrapped in your favorite blanket.
From apple crisps to pumpkin breads, coffee cake to pies, we cover all the fall flavors you know and love. You’ll find easy weeknight desserts, tasty treats for holiday parties, and plenty of family-friendly options to make with kids.
Get the recipes: Fall Baking Recipes to Make Now
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