Hors d'oeuvres

An hors d’oeuvre is any small dish served before a meal, and is also intended to be eaten by hand. Typical hors d’oeuvres include deviled eggs, crostini, shrimp cocktail and stuffed mushrooms, but just about anything can be turned into a bite-sized appetizer. We especially love lobster sliders, bruschetta and these clever Greek salad skewers. One of our favorite hors d’oeuvres is a miniature version of a tomato tartlet—this recipe is also incredibly easy. A large sheet of pre-made puff pastry is baked and then topped with creamy ricotta, sliced tomatoes and fresh herbs, and then cut into little squares. Whether you need small bites for book club or an impressive starter for a dinner party, F&W’s guide to hors d’oeuvres has a perfect recipe for any occasion.

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Make-Ahead Hors d'Oeuvres

Hosting a party is stressful, whether it's a small get-together or a holiday fête for a crowd. The key is making as much food ahead of time as possible, so all you have to do day-of is reheat and do a little last-minute prep. From crunchy shrimp-and-pork spring rolls to goat cheese-stuffed figs, here are terrific make-ahead hors d'oeuvres.

Pickled Shrimp with Red Remoulade

Serve this supertangy, creamy remoulade alongside the shrimp for dipping, or toss the shrimp in the sauce and pile onto a split croissant as they do at the Pontchartrain Hotel’s Bayou Bar in New Orleans. Slideshow: More Shrimp Appetizer Recipes 

New Year's Day Black-Eyed Peas

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"Growing up in a large family of mixed heritage in the South, it seemed only natural to make things up as we went along," says Ryan Hardy. "My mother, a Yankee, insisted that it was good luck to have black-eyed peas on New Year's Day and she'd save the bones from country ham hunks just for that day." Hardy, who has childhood memories of black-eyed peas simmering on the front burner (and collards on the back burner), has adapted the recipe over the years; he now serves the hearty peas with garlic-rubbed toasts and garnishes them with generous amounts of freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano. More Southern Recipes

Sriracha-and-Wasabi Deviled Eggs

Joanne Chang's mother used to make hard-boiled eggs for dinner: She would add them to the beef or chicken she was braising in soy. This is Joanne's riff on those eggs, made spicy with hot sauce and wasabi. Slideshow:  Recipe Ideas for Hard-Boiled Eggs 

Crispy Potato-and-Sauerkraut Cakes with Smoked Trout

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Jonathon Sawyer uses his grandmother’s old Griswold cast-iron pan to cook these crispy potato pancakes, which he amps up with tangy sauerkraut, fresh dill and caraway. Slideshow: Holiday Hors d’Oeuvres  

Hogs in a Blanket

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This fun, high-brow take on pigs in a blanket swaps spicy andouille sausage for the hot dogs, with sweet mustard chutney as a condiment. Slideshow: Innovative Game Day Snacks 

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Red Wine Bagna Cauda with Crudités

This garnet sauce is Chris Cosentino's take on the classic Piedmontese anchovy-and-olive-oil dip, enriched here with red wine. Italian for "hot bath," bagna cauda is served warm with crudités. This version, with both oil-packed and marinated anchovies, doubles as a terrific sauce for grilled meat. More Party Dip Recipes

Crudités with Creamy Pistachio Dip

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Salty, creamy (and even a little crunchy), this recipe is the ultimate party snack for when you are looking to go far beyond the average bowl of onion dip.  Fast Hors d'Oeuvres

Salami-Egg Canapés

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Gustav Klimt and strudel are two icons in chef Kurt Gutenbrunner and food writer Jane Sigal's Neue Cuisine, which celebrates Austrian art and recipes like this. More Hors d'Oeuvres