How to Make Appetizers 

The first thing to know when learning how to make appetizers is just what is an appetizer. It will help to achieve Painless Cooking by learning a little about this type of food. Appetizer recipes can be for crunchy salads, clear soup recipes, seafood cocktails, fruit cups or light canapés. These “teasers” which are meant to excite the hunger, are served at the table before dinner is served. These are carefully planned with the dinner and are a hint to the dinner which will follow. Before dinner appetizer recipes are always light, a little more elaborate and in individual servings. It is advisable to keep several favorite easy appetizers on hand that that you can make for those times when you are extra busy.

If a cocktail hour is planned prior to the dinner, plates of appetizers can be passed around to be eaten with the drinks. These appetizer recipes must be finger foods which are easy to manage while standing. The time of the cocktails and the type of dinner to follow should be considered when planning the appetizers. Limit the number of appetizers if a large meal is to follow. Don’t fill your guests with a lot of heavy appetizers and sit down to dinner. Learn how to make appetizers according to each gathering.


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How to Make Meatball Appetizer Recipes

Meatball appetizers  are made with a variety of ingredients like Bisquick, cranberry sauce, sauerkraut, sweet sour sauce and turkey.

How to Make Meatballs

Making meatballs are really easy.  They can be served as appetizers or could be a main dish served with other ingredients like pasta and rice.

How to Make Homemade Meatballs

Homemade Meatballs are made in all parts of the world; there are recipes for Swedish, kibbeh, Chinese and sweet spicy recipe.

How to Make Duck Liver Recipe

Duck Liver and goose liver are the favorites to make pates; these recipes are delicately seasoned with other ingredients for great taste.

How to Prepare Make Ahead Appetizer Recipes

Appetizers that can be made ahead of time come in very handy when planning a party; flavor abounds with this great selection of recipes.

How to Make Ceviche

I found Ceviche recipes to be popular in all the Latin American countries; any place where you have fresh seafood, it is combined with other local spices and herbs.

How to Make Appetizer Recipes

Popular Appetizers could be everything from appetizers, hors d oeuvres or canapés; I have included my son’s delicious guacamole which is my favorite.

How to Make the Best Appetizers

Learn how to make the best appetizers; for me they are an eggplant spread, garlic spread, hummus and tabouli.

How to Make Olive Appetizers

Make a delicious Tapenade or olive spread. This is served with homemade bread or crackers.

How to Make Jalapeno Appetizer Recipes

Make the best appetizers with jalapenos. Try a recipe for salsa, a nut mix, spicy cream cheese spread, seafood stuffed avocados, pinwheel, meatballs, black bean corn salsa, liverwurst  and nachos! 

How to Make Shrimp Appetizer Recipes

Appetizers made with shrimp are the favorite of many people, shrimp cocktail, a congealed salad, shrimp dip, pickled shrimp and more.

How to Make Crab Appetizer Recipes

Appetizers made with crab can conveniently be made with fresh, canned or frozen crab meat; there are many recipes to be served hot or cold.

How to Make Cream Cheese Dip Recipes

Make delicious cream cheese dip recipes: chip dip with onion and garlic, cream cheese dip in rye bread, best vegetable dip ever, chili cheese bean dip, hot south of the border dip, cold avocado dip, hot artichoke and spinach dip, cold southwestern dip, hot asparagus dip, hot crab dip, cold creamy Roquefort dip, cold smoked salmon dip, cold shrimp salad dip, hot Dayton dip, cold shoe peg dip, cold blue cheese fruit dip, cold cranberry fruit dip, hot dried beef pecan dip, cold radish dip, hot bacon and Swiss dip and Warm crab dip. 

It is necessary to learn how to make appetizers if you are planning a stand up cocktail party. In this case, many appetizer recipes are served; this could even be a whole smorgasbord table. At this party many appetizers make it much more interesting. These foods should be easily eaten with one hand, reserving the other hand to hold the drink. Small pieces of cheese, fruits and vegetables are good; also crackers or small toast already prepared with cheeses, veggies, etc. If table space is provided to set a drink down, pates, dips and spreads work well at cocktail parties. Use the same method in preparing appetizer recipes as you would plan a meal; balance color, flavor and texture.

Learn how to make appetizers ahead of time to avoid last minute push and panic. Some recipes cannot be made ahead of the party but most can. Take your guests into consideration when preparing your menu of appetizers. If they like simple basic foods, don’t serve all new fancy appetizers. It is best to make mostly basic foods and add only a few fancier appetizer recipes.


When you learn how to make appetizers this will be a quick one to make.

  • 2 Whole heads garlic
  • 4 Sprigs fresh thyme
  • ½ Teaspoon fresh rosemary
  • 2 Cups grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 to 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • Pink and green peppercorns for garnish

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Cut heads of garlic in half; place 2 sprigs thyme and ¼ teaspoon rosemary between garlic halves.
Wrap garlic in 2 thicknesses of foil and place in oven for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven, unwrap and cool; peel garlic.
Place grated cheese and herb roasted garlic in food processor and process briefly.
Add ground pepper and 2 tablespoons olive oil.
Process until smooth and creamy adding more oil if needed.
Garnish with pink and green peppercorns.
Serve in crock with toasted bread.


  • 1 Package (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1/8 Cup mayonnaise
  • 1 to 3 Teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 Teaspoons horseradish
  • 1 Clove minced garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon dill weed
  • 1 Teaspoon dry thyme
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons dried chives

Combine all ingredients and beat with electric mixer until smooth.
Refrigerate to give added firmness; garnish with parsley
Serve with assorted crackers.


  • 3 Packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese
  • 2 Packages (6 ounces each) frozen crab thawed and drained
  • 3 Cloves minced garlic
  • ½ Cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Teaspoons prepared mustard
  • ¼ Cup sherry
  • 2 Teaspoons powdered sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon onion juice
  • Salt to taste

Combine and mix all ingredients in saucepan; heat over medium low stirring until smooth.
Serve hot; serves 8 to 10.

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