Last Minute Appetizers

Super Quick and Easy Treats

Fresh Homemade Guacamole (Horizontal)
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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

  • 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!
  • Cauliflower Hummus
    Everyone's seen the tub of hummus at the party table. But what about silken, homemade, cauliflower hummus? Unlike its traditional counterpart made with chickpeas, cauliflower lends a lighter mouthfeel, while the tahini and olive oil still give it that classic silkiness. Use it as a dip with veggies, crackers, tortilla chips, or pitas. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil, sumac, pine nuts, fried garlic, or parsley for an elevated presentation.
  • 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!
  • Guacamole
    Who doesn't love guacamole? Easy.
  • 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!