Shrimp
For me, a bounty of fresh shrimp, simple as it sounds, is one of the most conflict-inducing bare canvases of the kitchen. I tend to overcomplicate it. Mexican cuisine, however, seems to have struck the perfect balance: A quick blast in hot oil with plenty of garlic to bring out the shrimp’s savory characteristics and complement its brininess. Best of all, this recipe is fast, easy, and can be served as an hors d’oeuvre, appetizer, on top of a salad, or as main course with rice or tossed with pasta. They also make killer tacos.
View Recipe
5

Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce
Chicken satay is a quick and easy appetizer that's satisfying as well. The satay skewers in this recipe are baked but feel free to throw them on the grill or use a grill pan. The slightly tangy peanut sauce has a warm kick from the red pepper flakes and a hint of sweetness from the brown sugar.  Click here to see Recipe SWAT Team: Thai Dishes. 
View Recipe
5

For the Social Butterfly: Sick of lugging a pan of apps to parties? Stuck on whether to bring a beverage or appetizer? Bring both with these edible (not to mention adorable) "Shimmies." No need to be a master mixologist to whip these up — they’re easy, elegant, and promise to have your guests gushing with glee. Coming in at less than 50 calories, these are perfect for swimsuit season!
View Recipe
5

Conch Fritters
Conch fritters are a popular appetizer and snack throughout the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas. For maximum island flavor, serve with Pickapeppa sauce or, even better, Scotch bonnet chile pepper sauce, which adds not only heat, but also a pleasant acidity.
View Recipe
4

For the Social Butterfly: Sick of lugging a pan of apps to parties? Stuck on whether to bring a beverage or appetizer? Bring both with these edible (not to mention adorable) "Shimmies." No need to be a master mixologist to whip these up — they’re easy, elegant, and promise to have your guests gushing with glee. Coming in at less than 50 calories, these are perfect for swimsuit season!
View Recipe
4

Tomato and watermelon are an unlikely pair to many, but the juicy, refreshing fruits could not go better together. This skewer recipe makes it fun and easy to serve the two as a side dish or an appetizer. Chef José Andrés uses tomato seeds in this recipe, but suggests cherry tomatoes as a substitution.
View Recipe
4

Fried Squash Blossoms
A fabulous summer appetizer is fried zucchini or squash blossoms, lightly battered, golden & crispy with a hint of salt, followed with a tall glass of bubbly Prosecco! It's a match made in heaven. You can find recipes that fill the blossoms with cheese but I prefer it vuoto, fried without anything stuffed inside so you can taste how delicate this dish really is. The blossoms perish quickly, so cut them off the plant or buy them the day of use & keep them in the crisper section of your fridge until ready to fry.
View Recipe
4

If you enjoy smoked foods this is a great do-ahead recipe for brunch, appetizer, party dip, or late night snack.  Try in a grill cheese, on a bagel, with your favorite crackers, or just eat it with a spoon.  You can substitute halibut, bluefish, or trout for the salmon or even corn for those vegetarians (smoke the cob whole and then cut off the corn).  Be sure to adjust the brine time and cooking/smoking time based on the item smoked.  The process takes time but it is definitely worth it.  Enjoy. P.S. This recipe makes alot, but remember leftovers are a good thing. 
View Recipe
4

Lemon-Mint Hummus
The combination of lemon and mint evokes the bright, fresh flavors of Middle Eastern cuisine (think stuffed grape leaves, falafel, tabouli).  Serve this protein-packed hummus with pita chips or crudité for a healthy appetizer or snack. Click here to see Recipe SWAT Team: Dips.
View Recipe
3.764705

For the Social Butterfly: Sick of lugging a pan of apps to parties? Stuck on whether to bring a beverage or appetizer? Bring both with these edible (not to mention adorable) "Shimmies." No need to be a master mixologist to whip these up — they’re easy, elegant, and promise to have your guests gushing with glee. Coming in at less than 50 calories, these are perfect for swimsuit season!
View Recipe
2

Serve this guacamole alone or with a tomato or tomatillo salsa and crab or poblano salad-like toppings for a create-your-own guacamole party appetizer.
View Recipe
5