It's easy to get into a rut when it comes to appetizers. Although the oft-served starters are classics for a reason (tomato with mozzarella, hummus with pita and the like), it's fun to switch it up with some fresh flavor combinations. These appetizers will excite the senses and bring your guests back for more.
Not just beautiful, these crispy spaghetti nests are also texturally satisfying. They bring spaghetti and meatballs to a whole new level.
Yields 1 dozen sables
A savory, shortbread-like cookie with salty parmesan and fragrant, woodsy rosemary.
Yields 1-1/2 cups
Forget boring roasted nuts. These chickpeas are crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside and fiery hot!
Yields 10 tarts
You'll enjoy the colors and the flavors of these pastries. Slightly sweet apple and beet get a sharp, salty kick from the blue cheese. Save time by skipping the tart dough and using store-bought puff pastry instead.
Yields 20 bites
Crispy polenta is the perfect vessel for a tangy, umami-laced tapenade and a great gluten-free alternative to crostini.
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