Classic Appetizers with a Twist

10 refreshing takes on traditional appetizers—from olives to crostini to shrimp cocktail—make exceptional finger food for your next party.

Beet "Tartare"

Beet "Tartare"

Earthy roasted beets are brightened by fresh orange zest and tangy balsamic for a clever appetizer, which looks beautiful presented in individual endive spears. To make this dish vegan, omit the Greek yogurt or use a non-dairy yogurt alternative.Yossy Arefi
Fried Cucumbers with Sour Cream Dipping Sauce

Fried Cucumbers with Sour Cream Dipping Sauce

Sour cream and fines herbes make a great sauce for cooling down a spicy snack like our fried cucumbers.Maxime Iattoni

Fried Olives

A salty, crunchy snack that will bring out the olive enthusiast in anyone. See the recipe for Fried Olives »Maxime Lattoni

Ohio Nachos

At Cap City Diner in Columbus, Ohio, they top potato chips with alfredo sauce, blue cheese, and chives. See the recipe for Ohio Nachos »Todd Coleman
Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

These poppers have a perfect marriage of textures and flavors—creamy, chive-flecked cheese cuts the bite of roasted jalapeños, while crispy bacon adds crunch.Maxime Iattoni
Roasted Eggplant with Goat Cheese Tahini and Pine Nuts

Roasted Eggplant with Goat Cheese Tahini and Pine Nuts

These one-bite hors d'oeuvres are inspired by the ingredients of a classic Middle Eastern baba ganoush; they can be served either cool or hot out of the oven.Maxime Iattoni

Marinated Sardine Crostini with Salsa Verde and Fennel

Chef Tony Mantuano, of Chicago's Spiaggia, combines the tangy flavors of tarragon and chive salsa verde with a zesty lemon and fennel salad in this marinated sardine crostini. See the recipe for Marinated Sardine Crostini with Salsa Verde and Fennel »Maxime Lattoni

Herb Tempura

Classic tempura receives a creative twist thanks to fresh herbs. Serve these alongside a champagne cocktail. See the recipe for Herb Tempura »Maxime Lattoni

Baked Feta with Roasted Red Peppers and Lemon Oregano Broth

Creamy feta's pungent taste is rounded out by sweet red peppers and salty broth in this classic Greek dish. See the recipe for Baked Feta with Roasted Red Peppers and Lemon Oregano Broth »Maxime Lattoni

Shrimp Cocktail with Avocado

Avocado and a light herbed mayonnaise add an elegant, unexpected touch to simple shrimp cocktail. See the recipe for Shrimp Cocktail with Avocado »Maxime Lattoni