Appetizer

Recipe: Creamy Avocado Dip — 3-Ingredient Recipes

Take three simple things — ripe avocado, soft goat cheese, and lemon juice — and whirl them together to create the creamiest, dreamiest dip you've ever imagined. It's sweet and a bit green-tasting from the avocado and tangy from the cheese, both of which are balanced by the big squeeze of lemon. Serve it with tortilla or pita chips, crackers, or crudité and it will be gone before you blink.

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Recipe: Spicy California Roll Dip — Recipes from The Kitchn

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California rolls may be a sushi restaurant staple, but they're not really a make-ahead dish since the seaweed gets soggy quickly. It also takes some time to make enough rolls to feed a crowd. Turning it into a dip served with seaweed instead of crackers takes much less time, and people will love making their own sushi bites!

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20 Apps That Will Go with Just About Any Bottle of Wine — Recipes from The Kitchn

Wine and food pairings don't need to be as complicated as they are often made out to be. Sure, there are certain wines that work better with certain foods, but you don't need to overthink it too much. That's especially the case when it comes to pre-dinner snacks and sips. When you're easing into the evening, whether it's a dinner party with friends or a quiet Sunday on the couch, the best approach is the most causal approach: Pop open whatever you most enjoy drinking, be it white, rosé, red, or even bubbles, and snack on whatever you're in the mood for. These 20 appetizers work with just about any bottle of wine and I have a good feeling that at least one of them is what you're in the mood for.

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Your Happy Hour Formula: Wine + Snack Pairings for $20 or Under — Quick and Easy Appetizers

There seem to be weekly moments when you're gathered with friends and need a good snack and a drink. Maybe it's book club, game night, or just that 5 p.m. drop-by of a couple of your best buddies looking to catch up and laugh a little. Whatever the excuse, bites and sips are a must. It doesn't have to be complicated to be fun — just a few good apps and a bottle of wine can win in these instances. That means these moments also don't need to break the bank. In fact, you can throw an "Appy Hour" for under $20 for your group without much hassle if you know the tricks to it.

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The Best Ways to Use Frozen Puff Pastry, Phyllo, and Pie Doughs — Tips from The Kitchn

You know puff pastry, phyllo, and pie dough as the backbone of many a sweet dessert, but these versatile doughs are good for so much more. In fact, one of my favorite ways to use them is for savory snacks and appetizers, from puff pastry cheese sticks to fresh corn galettes. Frozen dough is my secret to no-fuss, last-minute get-togethers with friends and family.

But these doughs, while similar, are not created equal. You might think of puff pastry, phyllo, and pie dough as interchangeable, but each has distinct qualities that set it apart. Here's what you should know, including the best ways to use whatever dough you've got stashed in your freezer.

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10 Ways to Turn Puff Pastry into an Easy, Fancy App — Recipes from The Kitchn

There are a few things that my freezer is never without: A pint (or two) or ice cream, a rotating variety of pesto that I've made, and a box (or two!) of puff pastry. The frozen dough makes me an appetizer champ (after years of throwing a bowl of olives on the coffee table). All you have to do is let it thaw on the counter or in the fridge and you have a base for any number of flaky, buttery, crowd-pleasing snacks that bake up in a flash.

Here are 10 recipes to get you started.

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