When guests drop in unexpectedly, as they often do, it's nice to have some quick and easy, delicious last minute appetizer recipes you can rely on. And when hungry children are clamoring for something to eat, these recipes can get you out of a jam in a hurry.
Keep your pantry, fridge and freezer well stocked with ingredients for these recipes so you can whip up something tasty in minutes. Better yet, teach your kids how to make these goodies and they'll be able to feed themselves!
And now you can relax, because there will always be something delicious to eat at your house.
Last Minute Appetizer Recipes
Festive Melon and Avocado Cocktail
This spectacular recipe takes a little more thought, because the melon and avocado have to be ripe. But once you have those, the assembly takes about 10 minutes.
Devils on Horseback
This easy and flavorful appetizer can be made in minutes, and it's so beautiful served on small plates.
Baked Brie with Curried Chutney
A wheel of Brie, or a few wedges, are great to have on hand during the holidays, because they can be used in so many ways.
Roasted Red Pepper Pizzas
These mini pizzas are delicious, fun and quick to make, and can be made with almost any pizza topping.
Stove Top Apple Kielbasa
This super easy four ingredient recipe has the most marvelous aroma and taste. It takes about 3 minutes to put together!
Baked Tex-Mex Cheese
A three ingredient recipe! Use the salsa that suits your love of spicy or mild.
Mini Cranberry Filo Shells
Always, always have the little frozen filo cups on hand in the freezer. You can fill them with practically anything!
Creamy Cheese Spread
Three kinds of cheese, in a four-ingredient recipe, is just plain decadent. I love this one.
Roast Beef Filo Cups
Every freezer should have at least one package of these crisp little cups; they're the perfect last minute appetizer ingredient. Period!
Who doesn't love guacamole? Easy.
Almost Instant Fondue
Serve this super easy appetizer with a selection of crackers, some sliced apples and pears, and breadsticks for a delicious treat.
Melted Pesto Cheese Dip
Nothing is better than melted cheese, unless, of course, it's topped with pesto.
Tapenade is a combination of finely chopped olives and seasonings. You can also use it to make Quesadillas, or spoon some on melted Camembert cheese.
With tortillas, different cheeses, and your favorite taco or enchilada toppings, different quesadillas can be made in minutes.
Sour Cream Pesto Dip
Most dips can be served immediately after mixing; they don't absolutely need to be refrigerated. This two ingredient appetizer is so easy to make a child can do it. In fact, have your child make it, while you cut up the vegetables!
You could also use shrimp or lobster in this decadent and festive spread. Yum.