25 Superb Spring Appetizers
Take advantage of spring's bounty with these delicious appetizers to start your party off right
Take advantage of spring’s bounty with these delicious appetizers to start your party off right
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Thomas J. Story
Favas and Ricotta on Buttermilk Crackers
Fresh from the spring market or your own garden, tender sweet fava beans taste wonderful on fresh ricotta. An easy homemade cracker completes the dish. Serve it as an appetizer with glasses of chilled sauvignon blanc, or even as a first course on a shared platter.
Recipe: Favas and Ricotta on Buttermilk Crackers
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Cashew-Lime Cilantro Hummus
Cilantro makes this hummus fresh and bright green–just right for a holiday gathering or spring event!
Recipe: Cashew-Lime Cilantro Hummus
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Peden & Munk
Simple and delicious, these low-carb, bite-sized artichoke appetizers
have been a Sunset
favorite since 1971.
Recipe: Artichoke Nibbles
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Apricots with Basil-Goat Cheese and Almonds
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Thomas J. Story
Tuna Poke Crackers
Chef Ravi Kapur’s restaurant Liholiho Yacht Club brings the best of Hawaiian food and attitude to San Francisco. Transport your friends to the islands, too, by serving his gently flavored poke atop homemade nori crackers.
Recipe: Tuna Poke Crackers
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Thomas J. Story
Zaatar Yogurt Dip and Vegetables
A Middle Eastern spice blend, zaatar has a slight citrus note that goes well with vegetables. Enjoy the flavor combo in this no-utensils-required dish.
Recipe: Zaatar Yogurt Dip and Vegetables
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Thomas J. Story; prop styling by Bianca Soleto; food styling by Karen Shinto
Moroccan-Spiced Lamb Chops with Charmoula
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Tuna Gravlax with Radish and Avocado Salad
Tuna bellies, or toro,
are prized in sushi bars for their velvety texture. That said, you can also use tuna loin in this recipe; it will simply be a little lean. Make sure that your knife is very sharp—it’s the key
to slicing through the soft fish easily without tearing it.
Recipe: Tuna Gravlax with Radish and Avocado Salad
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Mediterranean Deviled Eggs
Chopped kalamata olives, capers, and a splash of white balsamic vinegar add Mediterranean flavor to liven up this classic appetizer.
Recipe: Mediterranean Deviled Eggs
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Fresh artichokes usually take a long time to cook, but if you slice them thinly and then saute them, they cook up in a flash.
Recipe: Artichoke Bruschetta
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Any sliced vegetable can be turned into tempura, but sweet asparagus at the height of spring is hard to top. Folding fluffy egg whites into the batter gives this coating its delicate crispness.
Recipe: Asparagus Tempura
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Wine maker and hostess extraordinaire Amelia Ceja shares her recipe for salmon ceviche. Assemble mini-tostadas or serve with thick tortilla chips.
Recipe: Salmon Ceviche
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Edamame and Almond Hummus
Asian flavors blended to perfection for a bright green hummus that pairs well with rice crackers and raw vegetables.
Recipe: Edamame and Almond Hummus
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Savory Carrot Ribbon Tart
With its tangle of bright carrot strips and bits of spicy chorizo, this beautiful tart makes an exciting appetizer or even a light main dish. An all-butter puff pastry, such as Dufour, gives especially flavorful and flaky results, but it’s delicious made with any kind of puff pastry.
Recipe: Savory Carrot Ribbon Tart
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Shrimp and Pork Meatball Wraps with Vietnamese Dipping Sauce
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Peden & Munk
This is the hands-down best guacamole that we at Sunset
have ever tasted. It’s made right in a stone mortar, which gives it performance appeal; make it in front of your guests at your next party and watch them dip those chips before you’re even finished.
Recipe: Gabriel’s Guacamole
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Baby Artichoke Antipasto
Part salad, part appetizer, and all delicious, this is a great way to turn small artichokes into a special dish.
Recipe: Baby Artichoke Antipasto
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Brie, Rhubarb, and Green Peppercorn Crostini
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DIY Chicken Papaya Spring Rolls
Spring rolls can be labor intensive if you need to make a bunch. That’s why we suggest setting out all the ingredients and letting guests make their own. If you’re not a fan of papaya, you can easily substitute mango.
Recipe: DIY Chicken Papaya Spring Rolls
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We didn’t think there was a way to improve on the avocado until we tried these fries from Chef Trey Foshee of George’s at the Cove in La Jolla, CA.
Recipe: Avocado Fries
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Smoky Salmon Chive Spread
This elegant dip is easy to make–and healthy. Greek yogurt evokes the silkiness of mayo but without the fat; salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids. Both are rich in protein and calcium.
Recipe: Smoky Salmon Chive Spread
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This simple no-cook dip that starts with cream cheese and puréed artichoke hearts, then adds parmesan, parsley, lemon, and garlic for flavor. Serve with crackers, crostini, or crudités.Recipe: Creamy Artichoke Dip
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Nori Radish Toasts
Radishes and butter are a classic pairing. It’s taken an Asian detour with the earthy, nutty flavor of nori added.
Recipe: Nori Radish Toasts