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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Burst Cherry Tomatoes and Pancetta

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Best New Chef Michael Gallina of Vicia in St. Louis has a way with vegetables, and this time of year tomatoes are his muse. His Burst Cherry Tomatoes and Pancetta is a simple sauté that brings everything to the table: sweet acidity from the tomatoes; a salty, savory chew from the pancetta; and aromatics from the garlic and onion. The pancetta seasons the mixture, which begs to be served over ricotta toast. You can also try the combo tossed with pasta.

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Stuffed Jalapeños

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Perfect served with cold beers, these stuffed jalapeños are the perfect game-day or movie-night snack. Halved jalapeños are packed with a cheddar and cream cheese filling flavored with garlic, cilantro and scallions. Slideshow: More Jalapeno Recipes 

Bacon-Wrapped Dates

A perfect cocktail party snack, bacon-wrapped dates are chewy, crispy, sweet, savory and smoky all at once. Plump and tender Medjool dates are stuffed with a mixture of blue cheese and cream cheese, and a toasted walnut stands in for the pit. Fresh goat cheese could easily be swapped for the blue cheese, and roasted salted almonds can replace the walnuts. For sweeter stuffed dates, drizzle them with honey before serving. Slideshow: More Date Recipes 

Ricotta Spread with Olive Oil and Dark Chocolate

“This recipe is perfect for cheese and chocolate lovers.,” says Vosges Chocolate founder Katrina Markoff. “Crumbled Reishi Mushroom & Walnut Super Dark Chocolate Bar atop ricotta cheese...mmm. It takes just minutes to make for a satisfying snack or as an hors d'oeuvre, served with black pepper crackers and fresh or dried fruit.” Slideshow: More Great Ricotta Recipes 
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Pickled Crudités with Buttermilk Dip

Star chef Grant Achatz gives the classic vegetables-and-dip hors d’oeuvre a nicely acidic punch by pickling the vegetables. The dip would also be fantastic as a dressing. Slideshow: More Pickled Recipes 

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 

Camembert in Pistachio Crust

"I have always enjoyed a good Camembert, especially the raw milk varieties from France. To make this version a bit more elegant, I moisten the cheese with honey, cover it with chopped pistachios and serve it garnished with dried cranberries."—Jacques Pépin.