9 Easy Appetizers That Are Better Than A Bread Basket

Caprese Skewers

Skewers featuring cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls (bocconcini), and basil leaves, drizzled with balsamic glaze.

Stuffed Mushrooms

Mushrooms stuffed with a savory mixture of breadcrumbs, garlic, herbs (like thyme or parsley), Parmesan cheese, and olive oil.

Cucumber Bites with Herbed Cream Cheese

Cucumber slices topped with herbed cream cheese and garnished with fresh herbs like dill or chives.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

A creamy dip made with spinach, artichoke hearts, cream cheese, sour cream, Parmesan cheese, and garlic.

Shrimp Cocktail

Boil shrimp until pink, chill, and serve with cocktail sauce and lemon wedges. Occasion: Elegant appetizer for formal dinners, weddings, or as part of a seafood spread.


Toasted baguette slices topped with a mixture of diced tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.

Cheese and Charcuterie Board

An assortment of cheeses (like Brie, Gouda, and aged Cheddar), cured meats (such as prosciutto and salami), nuts, olives, and dried fruits.

Stuffed Mini Peppers

Mini sweet peppers filled with a mixture of cream cheese, herbs (like basil or chives), and chopped veggies (such as cucumber or carrot).

Deviled Eggs

Hard-boiled eggs halved and filled with a creamy yolk mixture seasoned with mustard, mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, and pepper.