Warm Cherry Tomato Crostini <br> Photography by Matthew Kimura Credits: Warm Cherry Tomato Crostini <br> Photography by Matthew Kimura
You can make some of these dishes ahead of time so you won't feel rushed on the day of your party.
Kick things off with our Layered Mexican Dip. It's achieved a cult classic status since it first appeared in an issue in 1988, and even the most dedicated meat eaters won’t be able to resist the colourful layers of cool sour cream, creamy avocado and sharp cheddar cheese.
Keeping your appetizers fresh
We asked Test Kitchen Food Specialists Amanda Barnier and Irene Fong how they keep appetizers fresh at a party. Here’s what they had to say:
• Make sure the food doesn't spoil. Keep cold appetizers in the fridge until the last minute.
• Give appetizers a four hour window. Don't bring everything out all at the same time, keep fresh ones in reserve and replace them as they run out.
• Serve temperature sensitive appetizers on a plate over crushed ice, or hot ones on warm plates.
20 vegetarian party foods you'll love
Developed by The Canadian Living Test Kitchen, each recipe was Tested-Till-Perfect!
|Layered Mexican Dip
We're still getting requests for this colourful party-size appetizer from 1988. We've lightened up the original, and it's better than ever.
| Pesto Puff Pastry Straws
Quick and easy, buttery and delicious, these will be devoured by guests in no time. Make two different kinds to use up one package of puff pastry.
|Chunky Greek Salad on a Stick
All that's left to do is just pull the skewer from this fun appetizer. Or you can bring containers of the cut vegetables and everyone can help.
|Artichoke Green Olive Dip
Simple Mediterranean ingredients create a rich and creamy dip without any dairy products. Serve with flatbread crackers.
|Crispy Tofu with Two Sauces
Green Onion Ginger and Spicy Soy Sauce accompany this tasty fried tofu. Any leftover sauce makes a nice stir-fry base the next day, too.
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|Crispy Sweet Potato Skins
Easy, tasty and nutritious!
|Warm Cherry Tomato Crostini
Olive oil and garlic enhance the bright, sweet flavours of cherry tomatoes to serve on slices of crusty market-fresh baguette.
|Vegetarian Salad Rolls
Prepare these delicious, fresh and light rolls ahead of time so you won't feel rushed at party time.
|Vegetable Skewers with Pesto Butter
Use either basil pesto or sun-dried tomato pesto. No pesto? Add 1/4 cup (50 mL) minced fresh basil (or 1 tsp/5 mL dried) to the butter.
|Vegetable Samosas with Fresh Coriander Chutney
This recipe for homemade samosas comes with step-by-step photographed instructions.
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|Smoky Hummus with Toasted Pita
This dip has a tangy zip from the yogurt and lemon juice, and smoky flavour from smoked sweet paprika.
|Spinach, Mushroom and Cheese Phyllo Purses
Phyllo purses are a cinch to assemble and look so inviting and tasty.
|Mushrooms in Riesling
Serve this simple but flavourful appetizer with toothpicks.
Serve these with our without the pita, but be sure to have lots of tahini for dipping.
Chunky guacamole is more visually appealing than the smooth kind, and allows party guests to scoop bite-sized pieces.
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|Mushroom Maki Rolls
Packed with shiitakes and enokis, serve these maki rolls with sushi soy sauce, which is milder and sweeter than regular soy sauce.
|Grilled Personal Pizzas
These delicate pizzas are topped with baby arugula and goat cheese.
Delight guests with this spicy green salsa for dipping tortillas, pitas, or crudités.
|Golden Potato Latkes
This recipe has a mini latke variation, which would make excellent finger food served with multiple dips.
Every vegetarian's favourite, protein-packed edamame sprinkled with sea salt makes a fantastic snack.
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