Homemade Appetizers: Start with a Bang

What is it about eating out that makes it feel so luxurious and indulgent? One major draw is the appetizers! Apps make the entire meal feel more like an event. It's not just about eating quickly so you can get on with your night. It's about enjoying your company and taking the time to savor every last bite. But you don't have to eat out to experience that type of extravagance.

Making appetizers at home is an easy way to take your meal to the next level and make them feel more meaningful. Whether it's date night hors d’oeuvres or putting together a few finger foods for friends, small, intimate gatherings at home are perfect for appetizers.

Try these homemade appetizers to make dining in feel just as special as a night out on the town.

Rockin' Guacamole Sweet Potato Bites


These Rockin' Guacamole Sweet Potato Bites are bite-sized treats bursting with flavor and are an excellent starter for any Mexican-inspired dish. Thinly sliced sweet potato rounds baked to crispy perfection in the oven while you mash together avocado and other veggies for a delicious creamy and crunchy blend. Use Ro*Tel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles to speed up the process for a delicious homemade appetizer you can make in minutes.

Vegan Deviled Potato Bites


Get all the creamy, spicy bite of a deviled egg with a healthy vegan twist. These Vegan Deviled Potato Bites use Earth Balance Original Buttery Spread to offer a creamy texture and depth of flavor. Blended chickpeas with turmeric, red pepper, and tahini give the potatoes a spicy kick. While a touch of maple syrup helps complete this balanced homemade appetizer sure to get the dinner party started right.

Prosciutto Pizza Rolls


The perfect date-night appetizer, Prosciutto Pizza Rolls are fancy meets fun. They're reminiscent of the pizza rolls you used to have as a kid but with a more elegant grown-up feel to them thanks to high-quality ingredients. Fresh basil on top of prosciutto and mozzarella cheese really brightens this dish. Be sure to use PAM Non-Stick Cooking Spray to ensure that your lavish little pizza bites spring smoothly off the pan without sticking. Consider these as a great warm-up for a romantic pasta dinner.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Roasted Pecans


Who says that dessert has to come last? Flip the script and serve up these delicious Mexican Hot Chocolate Roasted Pecans as the ideal homemade appetizer to start the night. Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix gives these pecans a welcome sweetness, and cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and ginger give them a zing that's sure to please almost any palate. Try these as a pleasantly unexpected starter course for tacos, enchiladas, or any rice dish.

Antipasto Di Carne


Colorful and bursting with flavor, this Antipasto Di Carne is an excellent appetizer to make at home. Using a ready-made dressing like Wish-Bone House Italian will help pull this salad together without a lot of prep time. The crunch of onions and celery combines with earthy mushrooms and savory artichokes to really make this decadent first course sing.

Creamy Chili Hummus Dip


Hearty, delicious, and a little unexpected, this Zesty Tomato Hummus is an excellent starter course to elevate traditional American fare. It’s an excellent appetizer to serve with almost any meal or for any occasion. Use already-prepared ingredients like your favorite hummus and RO*TEL Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles, for a tasty dish you can make in mere minutes. Serve it alongside corn or tortilla chips for dipping.

Ready-To-Eat Restaurant Favorites

Sometimes you need to put together an appetizer in a hurry, and that's when it's best to turn to ready-made favorites. You can even get delicious options like P.F. Chang's Firecracker Chicken Dumplings or Gardein's meatless Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Wings. Enjoy restaurant-quality apps in a quick and convenient package!

Eating out can be time-consuming and expensive, but you can capture that same decadence anytime with homemade and ready-made appetizers that are sure to turn your dinner into a more exciting event. Try serving one of these recipes before dinner tonight and enjoy the luxury of dining out under your own roof.

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