Chicken wings in a stainless bowl with the sriracha and honey sauce to coat them.

Appetizer Recipe Ideas

An appetizer is a simple and small dish to start the meal before the main course comes, to appetize the pallet. It is also known as a starter or hors d’oeuvres in some locations.

In a formal sit down meal, fancy picnic or outdoor celebration the starter may be a salad, soup, or a small portion size dish. In a more casual atmosphere and at barbecues, it often finger-food.

Great appetizer options for the outdoors include dips, bite-sized grilled items like poppers, meatballs, chicken wings, and shrimp. Options also often include small bacon-wrapped items and bite-sized smoked items like burnt ends and pork belly bites.

Our Best Appetizer Recipes

Newest Appetizer Recipes

Grilled Lobster

Lobsters can easily be cooked over charcoal on a grill to create a tender and flavorsome main to an outdoor…

by Harry Soo

Fried Calamari Rings

Crisp, tender, and golden brown, Fried Calamari Rings are an easy appetizer that everyone will love. Buttermilk helps to tenderize…

by Ash Hodgson