It’s not a party without appetizers, and we’re here to implore you to consider eliminating meat from your spread. Hear us out, there are SO many reasons you might want to serve completely vegetarian apps—they add color and flavor to your table, everyone can enjoy them, and they're satisfying without being too filling (perfect to accompany, not overwhelm, a meaty main). Oh, and did we mention they’re full of everyone’s favorite ingredient, cheese? Bet we’ve got you on board now!
To be honest, a number of classic appetizers are already vegetarian, so this shouldn’t be too big of a stretch. Already-vegetarian store-bought puff pastry and crescent roll dough make some of our favorite last-minute apps, like our famed cranberry brie bites, our spinach puffs, our caramelized onion & goat cheese bites, or our tomato feta pinwheels. Pizza dough is another ringer—check it out in our baked brie wreath or our Parmesan bread bites. Personally, we like to have at least one of these store-bought options in our fridge at all times, so we’re always one step away from being party-ready.
Dips like our caramelized onion dip, our cranberry whipped feta, our garlic hummus, or our pimento cheese are also classic—just be sure to serve them with plenty of dippers, like crackers, crudités, and toasty bread.
Craving a little protein (or missing some of those quintessential meaty apps)? Try our air fryer tahini black bean fritters, our tempeh Buffalo “wings”, or our chipotle tofu and pineapple skewers. We promise, your guests won’t even miss the meat.
Baked brie is a classic app that pleases all around: It's versatile, delicious, easy to make, and requires a pretty short cook time. We filled ours with raspberry jam, but whatever your favorite is will work (you could even go with some pumpkin butter 😍). Drizzle it with some honey, and you have a warm, cheesy app that feels extra-fancy in no time at all.
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A party without dip is hardly a party at all, and onion dip tends to reign supreme at celebrations year-round. It’s creamy, savory, and perfectly scoop-able, so it’s no wonder it’s always the first to disappear. With this recipe, we take the classic onion dip one step further by incorporating deeply caramelized onions into the mix. 🤯
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Our love for crescent roll recipes is no secret. Why make dough from scratch when everyone loves the canned stuff?! These are a fan favorite every fall. They always disappear within minutes, probably because the combo of salty, creamy brie, sweet-tart cranberry sauce, and crunchy pecans is PERFECT.
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Pistachios, mint, cilantro, dill, and parsley combine to turn these falafel a celebratory bright green (perfect for the holidays, springtime, etc.). Bonus: These are baked, not fried, for less mess.
If you're a fan of garlic knots, this recipe is basically the bite-sized app version, covered in gooey cheese, garlic butter, and fresh herbs. Though technically optional, we highly recommend drizzling these bites with hot honey for a delicious balance of savory, spicy, and a touch of sweet.
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This cranberry-topped whipped feta dip is here to save your holiday appetizer planning. Fresh feta is combined with herbs, garlic, and cream cheese, whipped until super-smooth, then topped with tart homemade cranberry sauce, toasted pistachios, and honey. The result is a salty, creamy, sweet, tart, and absolutely irresistible dip.
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If you love party dips like Buffalo chicken or spinach artichoke, you’ll LOVE pimento cheese. Affectionately known as the “caviar of the South,” pimento cheese has been a Southern party staple since the early 1900s. This soft, creamy spread loaded with shredded cheddar cheese and spiked with diced pimento peppers and hot sauce can be served hot or cold (so make it ahead of time!).
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This cauliflower is the perfect answer when everyone else is having Buffalo wings, but your more of a vegetable fan. All the Buffalo flavor you love coat these florets, which are then air-fried to perfection. It all comes together when you dip one into our perfectly creamy blue cheese dressing (but feel free to go with ranch dressing if you prefer!).
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Letting the onions caramelize properly is key to the flavor of this dip. Going low and slow lets them develop color while breaking down and becoming sweet and jammy. Stir them into this easy dip with some chives, and you have a simple appetizer that's WAY better than store-bought.
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If you’re a fan of our cranberry brie bites, we’ve got news for you: There’s a new holiday app in town, and it’s inspired by another fan fave, baked feta pasta. This cheesy finger food features the flavors you know and love, all nestled into bite-sized cups of golden crescent dough.
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Not only is fondue a fun throwback to the craze of the '70s, but it's up there in some of the best foods for a small party. What makes this fondue better than the rest? The *slightest* hint of garlic flavor, achieved by rubbing the inside of your pot with a cut garlic clove. GENIUS.
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Little puff pastry squares get topped with caramelized onions and a little crumbled goat cheese for an easy appetizer that always wows. The final step is a light drizzle of honey for that salty sweet combination everyone will love. Hot tip: These are the perfect opportunity to bust out any good-quality honey you’ve been saving.
These little puff pastry pinwheels are the perfect last-minute appetizer—they bake in just 20 minutes, and you might already have the ingredients at home. Feel free to get creative with the fillings too. We went with briny feta and tomatoes, but we bet crumbly goat cheese or ricotta and roasted red peppers would be great too.
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