18 Martha Stewart Appetizer Recipes We Love

Appetizers are the perfect way to kick off a meal, offering a taste of what’s to come.

Whether you’re hosting a casual get-together or a formal dinner, having a variety of appetizers ensures there’s something for everyone.

Martha Stewart has an array of appetizer recipes that are both delicious and easy to make.

Martha Stewart Appetizer Recipes

In this article, we’ve compiled 18 of our favorite Martha Stewart appetizer recipes that are sure to impress your guests and leave them wanting more.

Delicious Dips

1. Creamy Artichoke Ranch Dip

This artichoke ranch dip is a delightful blend of tangy and savory flavors.

Start by draining a jar of marinated artichoke hearts and reserving three tablespoons of the marinade.

In a food processor, pulse the drained artichokes along with three anchovy fillets, fresh parsley, and the reserved marinade until finely chopped.

Add Greek yogurt, extra-virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper, and pulse a few more times until everything is evenly combined.

Transfer the dip to a serving bowl, drizzle with a little more olive oil, and serve with flatbread crisps or crackers for a delicious and easy appetizer.

2. Roasted Eggplant Dip With Greek Yogurt

This next dip offers a smoky and creamy taste that’s both healthy and satisfying.

Begin by charring three medium eggplants over a gas burner or grill until their skins are completely soft and charred.

Once cool, peel off the skin, chop the flesh, and drain in a colander for about an hour. In a bowl, mix the eggplant with minced garlic and salt to form a paste.

Stir in olive oil, Greek yogurt, and fresh lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Easy Bean Dip

A bean dip is a simple yet flavorful option for any gathering.

Heat olive oil in a small skillet and cook minced garlic and chopped red onion until tender.

Add ground cumin and chili powder, stirring briefly before removing from the heat. In a food processor, pulse the beans until chopped, then add the onion mixture and a bit of water, pulsing to combine.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in freshly chopped parsley just before serving.

This dip pairs wonderfully with tortilla chips or vegetable sticks and can be prepared in just minutes.

4. Minty Margarita Guacamole

For a refreshing twist on classic guacamole, try this minty margarita version.

Lightly mash three ripe avocados in a medium bowl. Add fresh lime juice, grated orange zest and juice, chopped jalapeno, and fresh mint.

Season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Mix until well combined and serve immediately, or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to one day.

5. Hot Spinach Dip

This hot spinach dip is a warm, cheesy delight that’s sure to be a hit.

In a Dutch oven, heat olive oil and cook diced onion and minced garlic until lightly browned.

Add spinach in batches, cooking until completely wilted. Drain the spinach well, pressing to remove excess liquid.

In the same pot, warm milk over high heat and whisk in cream cheese until melted.

Add the spinach, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and some of the shredded mozzarella, stirring to combine.

Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a baking dish, sprinkle with remaining mozzarella, and bake until bubbly and golden brown.

Serve hot with baguette slices.

Classic Appetizers

6. Classic Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a timeless appetizer; they’re always a crowd-pleaser.

Begin by covering eight large eggs with an inch of water in a medium saucepan and bringing it to a boil.

Remove the pan from heat, cover, and let the eggs stand for 12 minutes. Drain and cool the eggs under cold water.

Peel the eggs, halve them lengthwise, and remove the yolks. Mash the yolks in a bowl and mix in mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and white-wine vinegar until smooth.

Season with salt and pepper, and use a pastry bag to pipe the yolk mixture back into the egg whites before serving.

7. Individual Nachos

Individual nachos are a fun and customizable appetizer that’s easy to prepare.

On a rimmed baking sheet, build six stacks of tortilla chips, alternating with your favorite toppings like black beans, salsa, sliced jalapeno chiles, and shredded cheese.

Bake until the cheese is melted and the stacks are warm throughout. Garnish with sour cream and serve immediately.

8. Devils On Horseback

Devils on horseback are a savory-sweet appetizer that’s sure to impress.

Halve 24 large dates lengthwise, being careful not to cut all the way through.

Stuff each date with a small amount of crumbled Stilton cheese, then wrap with a half slice of bacon.

Secure each with a toothpick and bake until the bacon is cooked through.

Serve warm for a delightful bite-sized treat.

9. Mixed Olive Tapenade

Mixed olive tapenade is a flavorful spread that’s perfect for any occasion.

Start by mincing three anchovy fillets and mashing them into a paste with kosher salt. In a skillet, combine the anchovy paste with extra-virgin olive oil, capers, mixed olives, minced garlic, and fresh thyme leaves.

Cook over a medium heat until the mixture is fragrant and comes to a bare simmer, about two to three minutes.

Let cool slightly before serving.

10. Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

Heirloom tomato bruschetta is a fresh and vibrant appetizer that showcases the best of summer produce.

Begin by cutting four pounds of assorted heirloom tomatoes into half-inch pieces and mixing with extra-virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Toast the cut sides of two baguettes under a broiler or on a grill until golden, then rub with garlic while still hot.

Spoon the tomato mixture over the toasted baguette halves, add thinly sliced red onion, and scatter torn fresh basil leaves on top.

Slice each baguette half into pieces for serving.

This colorful and flavorful dish is perfect for warm-weather gatherings.

No-Cook Appetizers

11. Seeded Feta Bites

Seeded feta bites are a simple yet flavorful appetizer that is so underrated.

Begin by toasting sesame seeds and mixing them with ground sumac and flaky sea salt in a small bowl.

Cut a pound of mild feta cheese into 3/4-inch cubes.

To serve, use skewers or toothpicks to dip each feta cube into the seed mixture, coating all sides.

12. Prosciutto With Melon

Prosciutto with melon is a classic combination that balances the sweet juiciness of melon with the salty richness of prosciutto.

Start by seeding half of a medium honeydew melon and slicing it into twelve half-inch thick pieces, removing the rind.

Halve six slices of prosciutto lengthwise, then wrap one slice around each melon piece.

This easy-to-prepare appetizer requires no cooking and is perfect for summer gatherings or as a light starter for any meal.

13. Pear, Walnut, And Ricotta Crostini

Pear, walnut, and ricotta crostinis offer a delightful mix of creamy, crunchy, and sweet flavors.

Begin by spreading ricotta cheese on each crostini. Top with several ripe pear slices and walnut pieces.

Season with coarse salt and ground pepper, then drizzle each with honey. Serve immediately.

14. Cheese Ball

This cheese ball is a retro favorite of ours that’s always a hit at parties.

In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese, finely grated sharp cheddar cheese, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and ground pepper until well combined.

Mix in some finely chopped pecans, then cover the mixture with plastic wrap and chill for at least two and a half hours.

Once chilled, divide the mixture in half and shape each into a ball. Roll each ball in the remaining chopped pecans until fully coated.

Serve chilled with crackers for a creamy and nutty appetizer that’s both delicious and easy to prepare.

15. Tomato Burrata Bites

Tomato burrata bites are a fresh and elegant appetizer that’s easy to assemble.

Start by trimming the base of each Campari tomato so it sits flat. Slice off the top quarter inch of each tomato and scoop out the seeds and pulp.

Let the hollowed-out tomatoes drain upside-down on a paper towel. Once drained, season the insides with flaky sea salt.

Open a ball of burrata cheese, place the creamy interior into a bowl and chop the firm exterior.

Stuff each tomato with a piece of the firm cheese, then fill with the creamy center.

Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and garnish with small basil.

16. Sweet And Savory Cottage Cheese Tartines

Sweet and savory cottage cheese tartines offer two delicious variations on a simple base.

Spread cottage cheese onto crackers, such as Wasa Thins. For a sweet tartine, top with thinly sliced plums or figs and a drizzle of honey.

For a savory version, top with sprouts or thinly sliced radishes and finish with freshly grated lemon zest, flaky sea salt, freshly ground pepper, and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.

17. Steak Tartare

Steak tartare is a classic, elegant appetizer that showcases high-quality beef.

Start by slightly freezing 8 ounces of beef tenderloin to firm it up, then cut into 1/4-inch pieces.

In a bowl, toss the beef with finely chopped shallots, capers, curly parsley, Worcestershire sauce, and fresh lemon juice.

Season with flaky sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Spread Dijon mustard onto a chilled plate, arrange the tartare in the center, and make a small indent on top to hold an egg yolk.

Serve with lightly toasted pumpernickel bread, salted butter, cornichons, and parsley sprigs for a sophisticated appetizer.

18. Antipasto Skewers

Antipasto skewers are a colorful and flavorful appetizer that’s easy to assemble.

On each of 16 four-inch skewers, thread one piece of giardiniera (Italian pickled vegetables), one pimento-stuffed green olive, one bocconcino (bite-sized fresh mozzarella ball), and one small piece of thinly sliced prosciutto.

These skewers offer a delightful combination of tangy, salty, and creamy flavors and are perfect for any gathering.

Final Thoughts

This delicious selection of Martha Stewart’s appetizer recipes is perfect for any occasion, from casual get-togethers to formal dinners.

They are not only delicious but also easy to prepare, ensuring you can enjoy your time with guests without spending all your time in the kitchen.

Each recipe offers a unique combination of flavors and textures, making them a hit with a variety of palates.

18 Martha Stewart Appetizer Recipes We Love

Recipe by Barbara HuntCourse: Martha Stewart


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