Last Minute Appetizers

Super Quick and Easy Treats

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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! All of these recipes are easy to make, and most can be made with ingredients you probably have on hand. If you don't, take time to stock up on the ingredients for favorite recipes in this grouping.

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 Devils on Horseback appetizer can be made in minutes, and it's so beautiful served on small plates.
  • Mini Pizza Bites
    These mini pizza bites 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 stove top apple kielbasa recipe has the most marvelous aroma and taste. It takes about 3 minutes to put together!
  • Mini Cranberry Filo Shells
    Always, always have the little frozen filo cups on hand in the freezer to make these delicious mini cranberry filo shells. 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!
  • Guacamole
    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.
  • Quesadillas
    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 sour cream pesto dip is so easy to make a child can do it. In fact, have your child make it, while you cut up the vegetables!
  • Crab Spread
    You could also use shrimp or lobster in this decadent and festive spread. Yum.