10 Quick-Prep Appetizers

You might always have a bottle of wine in the fridge, but never food to offer when guests unexpectedly arrive. But, don't panic, here are our favorite go-to quick appetizer ideas that come together in minutes (and if you're really in a pinch, a couple of these served together can substitute for a full meal).


Serve Warm:

Warm Camembert with Wild Mushroom Fricassee

From FoodandWine.com

Creamy Camembert, when warmed in the oven, takes on an extra-gooey texture. When served with a quick sauté of wild mushrooms, and served with toast points, this elegant dish looks like it took a lot longer to prepare.


The Red Cat's Quick Sauté of Zucchini

From TasteBook.com

A signature dish at The Red Cat in New York City, this dish is a great way to utilize farm market zucchini. The sweet-nuttiness of the toasted almonds, along with the saltiness of the pecorino, goes so well with the zucchini.


Eggplant Marinara Flatbread

From Epicurious.com

Like an open-face eggplant parmesan, but with goat cheese. Served warm, this quick appetizer is sure to satisfy.


Easy and Quick Pesto Palmiers

From Eating Out Loud

This savory variation of elephant ears uses pesto as a filling. You can also try different prepared spreads, like sundried tomato or olive tapenade.


Serve at Room Temperature:

Bagna Cauda with Crudites

From FoodandWine.com

Bagna cauda is an easy, anchovy-olive based alternative to dip. This recipe calls for red wine, a unique addition, giving it a red appearance. Serve with baby carrots, red pepper slices, cucumber slices, and celery sticks, and you have an easy, and healthy, appetizer.


Arugula Salad with Jerusalem Artichokes and Bacon

From Dinner: A Love Story

Here Jerusalem artichokes, aka sunchokes, are cooked and then sautéed with bacon and onion until just crispy. Tossed with arugula and a balsamic vinaigrette, and served with plenty of Parmigiano, this dish is will soon become a favorite.


Crostini Assortment

From JamieOliver.com

Crostinis are simply grilled small slices of bread, rubbed with a garlic clove while still warm, and drizzled with olive oil. While a tomato topping, like bruschetta, is often served, you can try different variations, like creamy pesto, or a salty-sweet fig and prosciutto mix.


Easy Cheese Plate and Tips

From TheKitchn.com

What is more enjoyable than a glass of wine, crackers, and cheese? Follow these tips for picking a good combination of cheeses, suggestions for nut and fruit accompaniments, and serve with a baguette, and you'll find success every time.


White Bean Hummus

From Orangette

Hummus is a quick and easy favorite to serve as an appetizer. This variation uses white beans instead of chickpeas for a slightly smoother flavor.