9 Fancy Appetizer Recipes To Make For Your Next Party

Cyd Converse

In our neighborhood we have big parties nearly every weekend. Our menu of choice? A spread of fancy appetizer recipes!

To keep the prep work light for whomever is opening their doors to everyone else, the rule of thumb is that everyone brings an appetizer or two to share.

We have a rotation of favorite appetizer recipes, of course, but we also love switching it up and trying new things all of the time.

My favorite kind of appetizer? The ones that are really simple to make, come together in minutes but feel really impressive.

You know the ones. The ones everyone goes crazy for, where the platter is wiped clean, and everyone assumes you're a culinary genius...but in reality you spent 15 minutes making something.

Ener these fancy appetizer recipes - our favorite appetizer recipes for making a splash with minimal effort! Go forth and knock your friends' socks off.

1. Cherry Goat Cheese Crostini with Thyme and Almonds

This simple yet ever so slightly fancy appetizer recipe for cherry and goat cheese crostini with thyme and almonds is an elegant appetizer that will be the highlight of any party. Fresh cherries are pitted and marinated then piled onto toasted baguette that has been smeared with creamy goat cheese. This recipe is wildly easy to make yet endlessly impressive.

2. Smoked Salmon Avocado Cream Cheese Pastries Recipe

One of our favorite appetizer recipes of all time, these smoked salmon appetizers feature puff pastry tarts topped with homemade avocado cream cheese combined with smoked salmon, fresh herbs, and capers. The combination is fresh yet smokey, with the perfect amount of brine to add the right touch of acidity. The pairing is insanely delicious and these pastries fly off the tray every time.

3. Garlic Herb Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe

Another of our favorite easy yet fancy appetizer recipes, feast your taste buds on these mushrooms stuffed with goat cheese, garlic and herbs. They come together very easily and are ready to serve in under a half hour from start to finish. When you want to add a little something special to your appetizer line-up, give these earthy, tangy stuffed mushrooms a go.

4. Marinated Olives Recipe

If yours is a crowd of olive lovers, knock their socks off with these citrus and chili marinated olives. They make an incredible addition to your spread of fancy appetizers, or the perfect accompaniment to a cheese board of your favorite charcuterie and cheeses. Toss everything together and these life-changing olives are ready to wow your friends in just about 30 minutes.

5. Baked Goat Cheese with Harissa Recipe

Combine tangy goat cheese, cream cheese, spicy harissa, tomatoes and herbs and you've officially found your new favorite appetizer. Served with a side of sliced baguette for optimal scooping and dipping, we suggest baking everything in a cast iron skillet for an easy oven-to-table presentation that will impress your most impressive friends.

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