Whether you’re hosting a cocktail party with a few apps, or want to whet guests’ appetite before a big holiday meal, there’s arguably no course more beloved than appetizers. They can be casual (a bowl of spiced nuts), elegant passed bites (stuffed mushrooms), indulgent (baked brie) or healthy (summer rolls). Here are eight of the most highly-rated finger foods in the Williams-Sonoma recipe collection.
|Candied Mixed Nuts with Rosemary
These nuts are easy to prepare and make a satisfying snack when guests gather for dinner.
|French Onion and Blue Cheese Dip
Guess what’s better than French onion dip or blue cheese dip? That’s right: our insanely delicious French onion blue cheese dip.
|Cucumber and Avocado Summer Rolls with Mustard-Soy Sauce
Think of these wholesome rolls as a tart, sweet and savory salad that can be eaten easily out of hand.
|Chicken Meatballs with Ginger and Lemongrass
Meatballs make for a wonderful finger food. Make them Asian-inspired, with lemongrass, soy and fish sauce, or try the Greek version in the recipe headnote, which calls for feta, mint and walnuts instead.
|Gravlax with Mustard-Dill Sauce
Gravlax sounds exotic, but it’s simply salmon that’s been cured with spices and vodka or aquavit. Serve pieces of it speared by toothpicks for dipping, or with simple crackers or toasted rye bread.
|Baked Brie en Croûte with Apple Compote
It’d be mighty hard to pass up an appetizer like this one, a puff pastry pouch brimming with oozy melted brie and served with a sweet apple compote. As an incredible bonus, it can made up to two weeks ahead.
|Caramelized Onion and Apple Tarts with Gruyere and Thyme
Every party needs an easy, elegant appetizer to keep guests satisfied until the main event. This adaptable is just the thing, as it’s attractive, delicious and made easy thanks to puff pastry.
|Cremini Mushrooms Stuffed with Spanish Ham
Thanks in part to the addition of serrano ham, these stuffed mushrooms are unlike any other. We’d recommend making an extra-large batch; these bites will go fast.