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