10 Appetizers in 10 Minutes or Less

Make these speedy, stress-free starters to keep Thanksgiving snackers pleased while you prep the main event.

Turkey Cheese Ball

Forget the store-bought cheese log; you can assemble the base of this festive starter in just a few minutes before chilling it in the fridge. Decorate the herbed bird at the last minute to avoid soggy (pretzel) plumage.

Get the Recipe: Garlic-Herb Turkey Cheese Ball

Honey Walnut Goat Cheese Crostini

Hunting for an easy, cheesy crostini? Alie and Georgia's sweet and nutty starter takes mere minutes to set up: Just swipe tangy goat cheese across toasted bread and top with fragrant orange-blossom honey.

Get the Recipe: Honey Walnut Goat Cheese Crostini

Cucumber-Dill Yogurt Dip

A fresh herb- and pepper-flecked yogurt dip is a classic starter for both veggies and crackers. (And this one can be prepared in just five minutes.)

Get the Recipe: Cucumber-Dill Yogurt Dip

Thai Toast

Energize guests' appetites with an exotic starter: little toasts topped with soy sauce- and sesame oil-spiked peanut butter and a sprinkling of scallion and cucumber. 

Get the Recipe: Thai Toast

Peppery Chickpeas

Impart hefty flavor to canned chickpeas by quickly tossing them in a skillet with Italian seasoning and cayenne pepper. Cook them for a few minutes until they're browned, then serve them with cocktail picks for easy party popping.

Get the Recipe: Peppery Chickpeas

Hummus Dip

No cocktail hour is complete without a classic hummus recipe, but this version, with Asian sesame oil and cumin, has extra nutty flavor and spice.

Get the Recipe: Hummus Dip

Serrano Ham and Manchego Cheese Plate

Nothing's simpler than antipasto for a timesaving appetizer. Serve Michael Chiarello's meat-and-cheese plate with a bottle of red wine to bring out the best in the classic Spanish pairing.

Get the Recipe: Serrano Ham and Manchego Cheese Plate

Sweet Pea Dip

Even dip becomes Kitchen Stadium-worthy in the hands of Michael Symon. This simple combination of sweet green peas, ricotta and Parmesan is sure to wow your holiday crowd.

Get the Recipe: Sweet Pea Dip

Three Cheese Crostini with Honey

Goat cheese, mascarpone and ricotta form the cheesy trifecta atop these toasted baguette slices. Drizzle them with acacia honey for sticky sweetness; they're perfect in a last-minute party pinch.

Get the Recipe: Three Cheese Crostini with Honey


This homemade spread of finely chopped olives, anchovy and olive oil makes for a rich, salty appetizer when served on toasted garlic bread with slices of heirloom tomato.

Get the Recipe: Tapenade