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40 Killer Vegetarian Appetizers

Dec 28 2016 - 8:00am

Even if you're an omnivore, it's nice to offer up at least one meat-free option when hosting a party, as it's likely some of your guests are vegetarian, or even vegan. Thankfully, we've got an array of options so superb that no one will miss out on the meat at all.

Additional reporting by Susannah Chen and Hilary White

Warm Honey-Drizzled Feta With Pine Nuts

Part cheese plate, part dessert, this easy-to-make appetizer [1] is salty, sweet, crunchy, and all-around delicious.

Vegetarian Stuffed Mushrooms

For a retro nibble with a modern spin, serve stuffed mushrooms [2] filled with arugula, walnuts, and sun-dried tomatoes.

Sautéed Kale and Burrata Bruschetta

Make a healthy, stand-out Winter bruschetta [3] by employing the complementary textures of creamy, salty burrata and freshly sautéed curly kale.

Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus

Channel the Meditteranean with a dish of sun-dried tomato hummus [4] served with pita chips and crudité.


Whip up your own batch of Italian grissini [5], then set them out for easy snacking.

Red Lentil Terrine

For a nontraditional and exceptionally delicious take on pâté (hold the liver) try a vegan red lentil terrine [6].

Gruyère Gougères

Gruyère gougères [7] may sound and taste fancy, but they're surprisingly easy to make. Also note that few foods pair better with a glass of festive Champagne than these cheese puffs.

Rosemary-Sesame Pecans

Consider this rosemary nut snack [8] your "back pocket appetizer" — it's an easy dish to pull out whenever you find yourself faced with last-minute entertaining.

Baked Goat Cheese

Meet your three-ingredient fix for last-minute entertaining: shockingly simple to make baked goat cheese [9].

Brie and Fig Preserves Pie Bites

Sweet, salty, and creamy all at once, these pie bites stuffed with fig preserves and brie [10] are sure to be a big hit among vegetarians and carnivores alike.

Hummus Toast

Vegans and vegetarians will love these hearty crostini toasts topped with hummus, sundried tomatoes, and pea shoots. [11]

Spicy Marinated Olives

These spicy marinated olives [12] taste even better when made ahead of time.

Parmesan Fricos

Ever wish you could set out a wedge of parmesan cheese, and leave it at that? Parmesan fricos [13], while far more elegant in presentation and flavor, are only minimally more involved to prepare.

Mediterranean Layered Dip

Like a Mediterranean take on the Southwestern star, 7-layer dip, this hummus-based feast for the eyes [14] packs a variety of crave-worthy flavors into each and every bite.

Brie With Caramel and Sliced Almonds

Brie and caramel [15] make an unexpectedly addictive pairing.

The Easiest Microwave Spinach Artichoke Dip We've Ever Made

Yea, you read that right . . . This fast and easy take on spinach artichoke dip is made in the microwave! Watch the video to get the details, then print out the recipe [16].

Mediterranean-Spiced Roast Chickpeas

Satisfy the vegans (OK, everyone) on your guest list by setting out a bowl of crisp, Mediterranean-spiced roast chickpeas [17].

Zucchini Fries With Buttermilk Ranch Dip

Fries get a healthy makeover when zucchini becomes their base. These zucchini fries [18] are oven baked, with a light breading and a fresh buttermilk ranch dressing.

Parmesan, Black Pepper, and Thyme Crackers

One-up the standard cheese plate spread by including savory shortbread-like crackers [19] that have the cheese inside of them.

Mushroom and Brie Bruschetta

For an elegant and sophisticated appetizer, try mushroom and brie bruschetta. [20] Lots of fresh thyme is the secret to this dish.

Spicy Pickled Green Beans

Pickled vegetables are a great way to prep the palate before a meal, and these spicy pickled green beans have extra pep [21].

Mushroom and Goat Cheese Queso

Let's face it, people love queso. This mushroom and goat cheese queso [22] is sure to take your meal to a whole new level.

Greek Salad Bites

Everything — even these light Greek salad bites [23] — tastes better on a stick!

Truffle and Parmesan Popcorn

A splash of truffle oil and a sprinkling of nutty parmesan [24] cheese elevate popcorn from everyday to party-worthy.

Apricot, Goat Cheese, and Almond Bites

Like a cheese plate in finger-food form, these jewel-like apricot, goat cheese, and almond bites [25] satisfy.

Spanish Pizza With Swiss Chard and Walnuts

Spanish coca topped with swiss chard, walnuts, and raisins [26] is a simple and straightforward appetizer that's sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Watermelon Mango Salsa

Take tortilla chips on a tropical vacation by serving them with a dish of zesty watermelon, mango, and cucumber salsa [27].

Roasted Figs With Goat Cheese

All that separates you from these elegant appetizers [28] is 20 minutes.

White Bean and Rosemary Dip

White bean dip [29] with rosemary is the right blend of rusticity, wholesomeness, convenience, and, of course, deliciousness.

Crostini With Orange, Pear, and Cranberry Mostarda

Mostarda [30], a traditional Italian condiment that combines sweet-cooked fruit with savory mustard, is a creative topping for a triple-cream cheese.

Pimento Cheese Fondue

This Southern-inspired pimento cheese dip [31] is basically a queso and fondue combo that raw veggies are just dying to dive in to.

Burrata-Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Leave out olive tapenade and crostini, then let guests assemble their own burrata-filled squash blossoms [32].

Edamame Hummus

For a fresh, green take on the Middle Eastern classic, swap out blah-looking garbanzos for vibrant edamame and frozen peas [33].

Grilled Brie with Cherry-Thyme Relish

Baking brie isn't the only way to get it good and gooey. For a less-traditional spin, heat the triple-creme cheese over a grill's embers [34] and pair it with a heap of herb-flecked cherries.

Pico de Gallo

If you've never made pico de gallo from scratch, there's no time like the present to master this classic salsa [35].

Red Potatoes With Tomato-Avocado Salsa

Roast red potatoes until crunchy and browned, then serve them with a dollop of fresh tomato-avocado salsa [36]. Skip the sour cream, and it's entirely vegan-friendly.

Old Bay Hummus

Hummus might not typically include a generous helping of Old Bay seasoning, but take one bite of this revamped take on the entertaining standard, and you may never look back. Watch the video to see how it's made, then print out the recipe [37].

Goat Cheese and Pistachio-Stuffed Dates

Goat cheese- and pistachio-stuffed dates [38] are a savory, vegetarian take on bacon-wrapped dates.

Cheese Diablo Wafers

These spicy cheese wafers [39] are buttery and rich – the perfect way to start off any large meal.

Steamed Artichokes With Lemon-Pepper Butter

Limited prep is required when you pair steamed artichokes with a lemon-pepper butter [40] for dipping.

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