18 Appetizers Guaranteed to Start Things Off on a Delicious Note

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It’s important to get off a good start.

This applies to a basketball game… a relationship… or nearly any meal.

Good luck getting your guests to gush over whatever main course you serve if you preempt that dish with something hastily and sloppily thrown together.

With that in mind, we’ve come up with 18 appetizer recipes aimed at avoiding this problem.

Scroll through the list below and get your next dinner started on the right, delicious foot:

  1. Avocado Crab Mango Salad Recipe
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    • For most of January, I was on a pretty big meat kick. I couldn’t get enough steak to save my life and I was inhaling burgers like they were going out of style. Then it came on like a train – meat burnout. I was so over meat by the end of the month that I couldn’t even talk …
  2. Paleo Deviled Eggs Recipe
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    • If there is one thing that my husband and I agree on, it’s our love of deviled eggs. And lucky for us, deviled eggs are one of the easiest things to make paleo. I mean, they are basically paleo to begin with unless you are one of those people that puts salad dressing in them (me!) or… …
  3. Plantain Chips Recipe
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    • I can honestly say that I have never bought a plantain before making these plantain chips. Now I can also say that I will definitely be buying them again. We are always on the lookout for new and different snack foods around here. I have three children. They’re always hungry. Always. Sometimes I feel like …
  4. Deviled Egg Eyeballs Recipe
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    • In the neighborhood I used to take my daughter trick-or-treating in when she was younger, just about every house went all out. There was this one house that had scary music playing and smoke filling the yard and if you were brave enough to walk up to the door and ring the bell, you were …
  5. Bacon-Wrapped Smokies Recipe
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    • I have several old recipe cards in my recipe box. These recipe cards are handwritten, and one or maybe two are my grandmother’s recipes. She was such an impressive cook and baker! When I struggle to make a five course meal on my own entirely from scratch, it helps to remind myself that she made …
  6. Taco Salad Cups Recipe
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    • Taco salad cups are mini versions of the full-sized taco salad and in my opinion, mini versions of almost anything make fun appetizers. When my guests see a tray of these cute little salads, they love it! Similar to the Asian chicken salad cups, baked wonton wrappers make such perfect little bowls for the salads. Not only …
  7. Lentil Hummus Recipe
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    • Your snack-food loving self all cozied up with some salty, crunchy tortilla chips and a MASSIVE bowl of the creamiest Mexican-spiced hummus, bursting with fresh cilantro and tangy lime juice. Can you imagine it? OF COURSE YOU CAN. I mean, like, I might be a little bit of a biased opinion here, but I kinda …
  8. Popcorn Chicken Recipe
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    • Are you a big fan of contrasting flavors like sweet and savory? Or sweet and spicy? I do love a pleasant joining of opposites. Popcorn chicken with pineapple bourbon sauce is a fun combination of savory, and maybe a little spicy, depending on how much cayenne pepper you want, with sweet pineapple and brown sugar. Just …
  9. Avocado Goat Cheese Crostini Recipe
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    • The holiday season may be over, but for some reason the party season seems to keep going for the first few months of the year. Perhaps it’s the football playoffs or perhaps it’s because people aren’t ready to let go of that holiday fun feeling. Either way, I always find myself looking for the perfect tasty appetizer to serve …
  10. Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Skewers Recipe
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    • I’m excited to share these pineapple chicken teriyaki skewers with you today! Imagine having a recipe for homemade teriyaki sauce that is similar to restaurant style teriyaki, at least similar to the teriyaki I’ve had. You’ll be able to make this sauce any time you want. Chicken and pineapple together are such a good pair, …
  11. BBQ Chicken Summer Rolls Recipe
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    • It’s a roll-able, dunk-able ASIAN INVASION. In the most perfectly smoky-sweet and crunchy-fresh veggies kind of way. I would like to introduce you to your face’s newest, most best-est friend ever. Say “hello” to BBQ chicken summer rolls that are BURSTING at the seams with tender-crisp peppers, roasty-charred corn, zesty, JUICY lime and sweet pineapple. …
  12. Avocado Tahini Dip Recipe
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    • I used to have a serious obsession with hummus. I would eat it all day every day, whether I was dipping crackers, carrots, pita bread, or simply using it as a spread on a sandwich. There was and is so much choice with hummus. Not only the flavour of hummus, but the amount of things it compliments. …
  13. Keema Samosas Recipe
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    • I am sure at some point in our lives, we have all been advocates of the 30 second rule when food hit the floor. Or, maybe, in your case it was the 60 second rule? Or the 3-minute rule? Either way, I am not here to judge – but I do have a story for …
  14. Loaded Nachos Recipe
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    • You know when you just want to burn your mouth off, in the best way possible? I get these cravings for spicy food sometimes that just take over everything and I end up putting hot sauce on everything because I can’t find the right recipe to satisfy the craving. Usually it’s Mexican food that I lean towards, but I’ve …
  15. 5-Minute Peanut Butter Dip Recipe
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    • This is my Grandma’s no bake peanut butter pie in the form of a dip. Plus it has cream cheese, so it’s like peanut butter cheesecake dip. With a touch of honey and cinnamon too. It’s sweet, with a bit of warm spice. I love honey and peanut butter together, and I always marvel at how well cinnamon complements peanut butter too. …
  16. Scotch Eggs Recipe
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    • The Scotch egg is not a Scottish recipe at all; it was actually born and bred in England. I have read that they were invented by the upmarket store Fortnum & Mason and a story how they were derived from the Indian dish Nargisi Kofta, but there is really no origin set in stone. This popular British …
  17. Teriyaki Meatballs Recipe
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    • If you’re looking for something super simple to make for dinner then look no further because these teriyaki meatballs are perfect! They’re so soft and juicy and go great with the teriyaki sauce. Serve with some rice and salad and you’ve got a delicious and healthy Japanese meal in around 40 minutes! The teriyaki sauce itself is also super …
  18. Tomato Fennel Tart Recipe
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    • I usually do not like making my food “rustic.” I’m all about clean lines and even prefer my brownies to have perfect edges. So, I was really hesitant going with a rustic crust for this tomato fennel tart. But then I thought, what the heck, it’s summer time! There’s something about the season, barbecues and backyard parties that says, …

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