You have a few friends coming over, so naturally you want to serve a bunch of photogenic apps that everyone will be dying to Instagram. It’s easier than it looks when you pick a few foolproof recipes. From a Pinterest-ready bruschetta bar to an impressive array of savory crostini and tarts, here are 17 fancy appetizers that are secretly really easy to make.
1. Italian Bruschetta Bar
The epitome of a fancy app: a bruschetta bar. Pass us a negroni.
2. Baked Brie with Figs, Pistachios and Orange
Sweet and savory with melted cheese? Count us in (and everyone else).
3. Scallion and Chive Flatbread
The quickest way to make anything “fancy”? Add edible flowers.
4. Smoked Salmon Crostini with Herbed Mayonnaise
Ten minutes and a food processor gives you Katie Workman’s herbed mayonnaise, the best base for these savory smoked salmon crostini.
5. Brussels Sprout Sliders
The first rule of fancy apps: Put stuff on a stick. For these sliders, it’s Brussels sprouts, prosciutto and mozzarella balls.
6. Vegetarian Sushi Cups
Impress your friends by making your own sushi. This veg version is surprisingly easy to pull off.
7. Roasted Green Bean Salad with Navy Beans and Preserved Lemons
Want to transform green bean salad into something très chic? Easy. Just call them haricots verts.
8. Sweet Potato Crostini
Toppings are everything when it comes to these classy finger foods. We’re partial to the cranberry almond complete with crème fraîche.
9. Beet Carpaccio with Burrata
On their own, beets, carpaccio and burrata all have the makings of a classy app. That’s why Aida Mollenkamp includes all three in one dish.
10. Baked Mac-and-Cheese Bites
Dress up comfort food by serving it in bite-size portions.
11. Coconut Shrimp
Yes, deep frying coconut shrimp sounds intimidating, but we promise it’s easier to manage than you think.
12. Spicy Pineapple Prosciutto Tarts
Frozen puff pastry allows these spicy pineapple and prosciutto tarts to come together in 30 minutes.
13. Crisp Fall Green Salad with Benne Seed Ginger Dressing
Heirloom benne seeds dress up this simple dressing and seasonal salad.
14. Melon Caprese Skewers with Herb Oil
A melon baller is the secret tool to make Liz Harris’s impressive-looking melon skewers with mozzarella and herbed oil.
15. Roasted Mixed Nuts
Serve a ramekin of your homemade roasted mixed nuts to give pre-dinner cocktails a five-star touch.
16. Boursin Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Bacon
Need to gussy up a package of cheese from the grocery store? Top Boursin with caramelized onions and chunks of bacon.
17. Whipped Feta Dip
Um, we’re actually just going to make this for ourselves so we can eat the whole thing.