Easy Appetizer Recipes and Appetizers for Quick Home Entertaining Ideas

Easy Appetizer Recipes and appetizers - ideas for great party finger food and starters!

Entertain painlessly with our quick and easy home entertaining ideas. Appetizers are often painful to prepare, mainly because they only consist of mouthfuls, and there are often so many mouths to feed. It's when you start making these hors d'oeuvres and then wonder why on earth you invited all those people. If only you had kept the numbers down - your work wouldn't be so difficult! Well here's the good news!

These starters, appetizers and finger food ideas are quick and easy and will take no time at all to throw together.

Home Entertaining Ideas:

* The trick is not to make all those small, finicky party finger foods, but to make trays of goodies that you can cut up into smaller pieces - so much easier!

* Make things in advance so that you can throw them together on a plate at the last minute, or plate them up and refrigerate until needed.

simple smoked salmon starter on a plate

Smoked Salmon and Capers

Easy Appetizers with Fish

Easy Appetizer Recipes: Smoked Salmon

Smoked Salmon is such a lovely fish to use for throwing together easy appetizers and I don't know too many people who don't like it. It is so easy to use both as a quick and easy dinner party first course, or as finger food. Both dishes below are so easy, I am almost embarrassed to put them up!

Easy Appetizer Recipes: Smoked Salmon and Capers

2 slices of smoked salmon per person

1 large red onion, thinly sliced

1 lemon, cut into wedges

1/2 teaspoon of capers per person

Black pepper to taste

Put the smoked salmon on the plates and scatter thin slithers of onion on the plate along with the capers. Grind black pepper over the top, with a wedge of lemon and hey presto! You have a starter!

Easy Appetizer Recipes: Smoked Salmon Roll-Ups

This is another easy appetizer and makes ideal party finger food:

1 tub cream cheese (not cottage cheese!)

250g Smoked Salmon

Black Pepper to taste

Separate the slices of salmon in the packet and place on a cutting board. Cut into 1 inch strips and place a teaspoon or two of cream cheese at one end. Starting at that end, tuck the salmon around the cream cheese and roll to the end. Place on plate. Chill. Finish off with ground black pepper just before serving.

Easy Appetizer Recipes: Salmon Dipsmoked salmon dip with a glass of red wine

This is a great starter recipe for those pre-dinner drinks. Buying the cheaper pink salmon is a better, as really red salmon is too expensive these days, and in this dip, you wouldn't be able to taste the difference.

1 x 220 g tin salmon, drained, skin and bones removed and mashed

125 g cream cheese

25 ml thick cream                      

5 ml brandy

5 ml crushed onion

5 ml tomato sauce

Pinch each salt and sugar

Pour into blender and add just enough additional thin cream or milk to enable the blender to blend. When smooth, place into small pots, decorate with parsley and chill for several hours before serving.

Easy Appetizers with Crab:

Easy Appetizer Recipes: Deviled Crab

Pick the meat from one large crab and chop a little. Add 2 green peppers, chopped fine, and mix with cracker crumbs. Add sufficient soup stock to moisten and season to taste. Clean the shell and put in 1 layer of the ingredients. Add pieces of butter, then another layer, and so on, till shell is full. Then bake fifteen minutes, and serve.

Easy Appetizers with Cheese:

Easy Appetizer Recipes: Deep Fried Camembert

Take a round of Camembert and cut the round into small wedges. Dip into beaten egg, and seasoned bread crumbs. Repeat and place in fridge to firm up. Heat hot sunflower oil and deep fry until golden brown. Serve with cranberry sauce.

Easy Appetizer Recipes: Stuffed Walnuts

Mix a little lemon juice together with some Roquefort cheese. Roll into small balls small enough to cover a walnut half. Place on the walnut half and replace the other half of the walnut on top.

Easy Appetizers with Vegetables:

Easy Appetizer Recipes: Asparagus with a Lemon Mayonnaiseasparagus with mayonnaise as a starter

Put into the blender: 1 egg, 25 ml fresh lemon juice, 10 ml brown sugar, 2 ml salt, 25 ml oil.  

Blend and then pour in, in a slow, steady stream while the blender is still running 200 ml oil.

Spoon into bowl and add 1 clove of garlic finely chopped (optional), finely grated lemon peel (1-2 tablespoons, or to taste.)

You can add a tablespoon of thick cream if you wish to make it richer.

Place cooked asparagus on each plate with a dollop of lemon mayonnaise over the top. Serve with thin wedges of homemade brown bread.

Easy Appetizers with Eggs:

Easy Appetizer Recipes: Curried Eggscurried eggs ready for the party

Boil 8 eggs until hard boiled.

Remove from pot and remove shells.

Cut and carefully remove yolks, making sure you don't split the white casing.

Mix with some mayonnaise, cream, parsley and curry powder to taste. Consistency should be thin enough to place in a piping bag and pipe mixture back into egg white casings.

Sprinkle with black caviar if you feel extravagant!

Easy Appetizers with Meat:

Easy Appetizer Recipes: Prosciutto and Melonham wraped around melon

Slice up a honeydew melon (Spanspek in South Africa), and peel off the outer rind.

Place wedges of melon on plate and drape with slices of good prosciutto or Parma ham.

For a neater look you can take your ham or prosciutto and wrap it tightly around the melon.

In the picture right you can see that I have used green melon. Only because I couldn't find the honeydew, or orange melon. The taste of the Parma ham with the orange melon is far superior to that of the green melon.

You can ring the changes and use rip black figs and prosciutto. Make a cross in the top of the fig, and press the base with your fingers to open the fig up.

Easy Appetizer Recipes: Antipasto

an antipasto platter of cold meats, cheese and vegetablesAntipasto is a super-easy starter recipe! Most of the ingredients are store bought, and all you have to do is throw all together on a plate with some Italian crusty bread.

Buy: Black and green marinated olives, roasted capsicums, marinated artichokes, marinated mushrooms, slices of salami, proscuitto and bresola.  

Find some mozzarella and either slice that or pull into chunks, or you can even buy the little round balls of mozzarella called bocconcini.

Buy some nice crusty Italian bread and break into hunks, or slice. Serve with a little bowl of olive oil. Enjoy!

Easy Appetizer Recipes: Easy Sausage Rolls

easy homemade sausage rolls cooling on a wire rackBuy fresh breakfast pork sausages from your butcher. Remove the skins, add some chopped onions and add some mixed herbs.

Flour up hands and make small balls about 1 inch in diameter.

Roll out ready made puff pastry. Cut up into one and a half inch strips by 2 inches. Fill with filling. Fold over.

Brush meeting edges with beaten egg. Press a fork along the edge to press together. Prick pastry with fork twice to    get a crips pastry.

Brush with beaten egg. Place on baking tray and bake in a hot oven until well puffed and golden.

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