Remember last fall when Barefoot Contessa host Ina Garten presented her go-to appetizers that require no cooking at all, and she literally poured store-bought potato chips, salted cashews, and heirloom cherry tomatoes into a silver bowl? “Choose things that you can present as is in really pretty silver bowls, and everybody’s going to have a really good time, including you,” she said in her Instagram video posted September 2018. At this moment, we could practically hear everyone letting out a huge sigh of relief. We thought, “Thank God; if Ina does it, it must not be totally lazy.” And while we can get away with doing this for most small get-togethers, when it comes to the holiday months, it’s best to put a little more time and effort into your appetizers (or you know, just buy them all at Trader Joe’s). But what you don’t have to do is spend too much time scrolling through Pinterest finding the best, easy-to-make appetizers that’ll please virtually everyone. Nope. Garten has those recipes, too.
One visit to Garten’s website will leave you with plenty of irresistible beginner- and intermediate-level appetizer recipes, including everything from butternut squash and ricotta bruschettas and roasted figs and prosciutto (both beginner recipes) to pan-fried onion dip and tomato crostini with whipped feta (both intermediate recipes). But thanks to Garten’s slew of cookbooks (she has staggering 11!), we found even more appetizer recipes that food bloggers have covered on their respective websites over the years, many of which are just as simple and equally as delicious-looking.
Ahead are our favorite Garten-penned-and-approved appetizers.
A version of this article was originally published December 2019.