Entertain With Top Appetizer Recipes

For your next get-together, mix and match mingle-friendly small bites to please a crowd.

©2009, Jeremiah Alley.

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©2009, Jeremiah Alley

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

©2009, Jeremiah Alley

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Mario's Mixed Crostini: Crostini Misti

With red pepper-thyme-oregano, prosciutto-pepper flake and more, Mario Batali has a crostini combination sure to please any palate.

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Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

Classic Italian flavors like parsley, Parmesan, garlic and mild sausage mixed with cream cheese and breadcrumbs make a quick and easy filling for cremini mushroom caps.

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Bruschetta Pizzaiola

A cross between bruschetta and pizza, these toasts are topped with fresh mozzarella and cherry tomatoes, then cooked quickly in the oven.

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Aida's Cucumber-Dill Yogurt Dip

No party is complete without a veggie tray. Make it extra special with Aida Mollenkamp's light and creamy homemade dip.

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Leek and Bacon Flatbread

Perfect for any awards show party, this flatbread is heavily favored to win "Flatbread of The Year."

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Seared Prawns with Lime with Mint and Cilantro Chutney

Bal Arneson's large prawns are skewered and cooked in spices in a cast-iron skillet.

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Laura Calder's Kitschy Canapes X 3

Whip up this trio of canapes to give your party a retro vibe.

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Fig and Blue Cheese Flatbread

Slice up flatbreads to make impressive bite-sized apps.

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Rice-Paper Summer Rolls

Mark Bittman makes classic shrimp and pork summer rolls, perfect for any occasion.

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Extra Virgin's Bruschetta with Sauteed Mushrooms

Instead of traditional tomato bruschetta, Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos of Extra Virgin make a topping of mixed mushrooms sauteed with garlic and herbs.

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Emeril's Spanish Meatballs

Pork, veal and beef are all combined into one perfectly balanced meatball.

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Arancini

You can't go wrong with these bite-sized balls of fried risotto and fresh mozzarella.

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David Rocco's Sausage and Stracchino Cheese Crostini

This tasty crostini topper is made with just two ingredients: sausage and cheese.

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Laura Calder's Chevre and Walnut Tartlets

Tangy goat cheese, sweet figs and crunchy walnuts are all mounted on buttery puff pastry.

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Laura Calder's Brandade Cakes with Caramelized Peppers and Tomatoes

Laura fries these cod and potato cakes until golden brown before she decorates them with tender, caramelized peppers.

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Giada's Pecorino Crackers

These savory homemade crackers pair perfectly with sparking cocktails.

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Giada's Antipasti Platter

In Italy, meals begin with antipasti, a generous spread of assorted meats, cheeses, olives and vegetables that are raw, grilled or marinated.

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Extra Virgin's Risotto Croquettes: Arancini Di Riso

These addictive fried snacks are a great way to use leftover risotto.

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Crostone di Carpaccio: Open-Faced Carpaccio Sandwich

David Rocco gives his beef carpaccio a little flash in the pan before serving it sandwich style.

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Caprese Salad Skewers

Ditch forks and bowls, and skewer fresh mozzarella, grape tomatoes, basil and croutons for a portable salad.

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Porcini and Nepitella

Nepitella is a wild Italian herb that tastes similar to a cross between mint and oregano. David Rocco pairs it with porcini mushrooms for this bruschetta.

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Potato Croquette

David Rocco's creamy potato croquettes have a surprise inside: gooey fresh mozzarella.

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David Rocco's Pinzimonio: Vinaigrette

This might be the simplest dish there is: just fresh raw vegetables dipped in seasoned olive oil. With in-season veggies and good-quality olive oil, it becomes something extraordinary.

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David Rocco's Tender Artichoke Hearts

Crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, fried artichokes with a squeeze of lemon make a satisfying snack.

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David Rocco's Insalata Caprese

Caprese salad is a pure and simple Italian classic: just juicy tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil and a little extra virgin olive oil.

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Spice Goddess Baked Samosas with Tamarind Chutney

Bal's samosas are filled with a mixture of chickpeas, brown rice, dried cranberries and lots of spices.

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Emeril's Oven-Roasted Chicken Wings

For a fresh and fast take on classic Super Bowl party eats, try Emeril Lagasse's oven-roasted wings.

Oven-Roasted Chicken Wings

Michael Symon's Sweet Pea Dip

Mix smashed peas with ricotta and mint for a refreshing dip.

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Laura Calder's Shrimp in Mayonnaise

Instead of cocktail sauce, try dipping shrimp into homemade mayo.

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Diavoli Fritte with Onion and Dill Dip

Nadia G fries up red peppers for a spicy, unexpected treat.

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Holy Moly Guacamole

Try Hungry Girl's fabulous guilt-free guacamole.

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Exploding Chicken Taquitos

Hungry Girl's taquitos are baked, not fried, for a guiltless Mexican food indulgence.

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Crispy Sweet Potato Cakes

Serve a large plate of Bal's Indian-spiced appetizers with mango chutney.

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Turnip Lettuce Wraps

These crunchy small bites make great hand-held eats.

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Golden Eggplant with Green Pea Sauce

Crispy, fried slices of eggplant make spicy treats.

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Duck Confit Sliders, Banh-Mi Style

Michael Symon takes sliders to a whole new delectable level with duck confit and Vietnamese-style flavors.

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Luke's Hue Lemongrass Skewers: Nem Lui Hue

Cooking meat on lemongrass skewers infuses it with the sweet, Vietnamese-style flavor.

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Soft Rice Paper Rolls with Prawns and Pork: Goi Cuon

Start any meal with Luke's Vietnamese summer rolls.

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Laura Calder's Hot Mussels

Laura sprinkles mussels with breadcrumbs and herb butter and then pops them under the broiler to crisp up the topping.

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Herb-Rolled Quail's Eggs

Cute little eggs are hard-boiled and then rolled in za'atar for spice.

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Pissaladiere

Slice up Laura's French-style pizza for your next cocktail party or any get-together.

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Ivan's Oysters

Impress guests with this elegant Asian-inspired appetizer from Laura.

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Herbed Goat Cheese Sauce for Crudites

Laura makes a simple veggie dip with tangy goat cheese, rosemary and lemon juice.

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Thai-Italian Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Nadia G whips up a creative take on Asian rolls.

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