Options such as wraps, bruschetta, cheese spreads and dips, as well as bite-sized pastas make for quick and easy appetizers that can make a splash at any dinner party. Many traditional finger foods such as shrimp cocktail or canapés can be given a twist for a unique appetizer option.
The easiest appetizers to prepare are those that require no preparation other than a little decorative plating. Samplers of vegetables, fruits, chocolate, gourmet cheese and other foods that can be trimmed down into bite-sized portions are perfect for entertaining guests.
For an appetizer with light assembly, people can roll cheese logs or cheese balls in mixtures of nuts, breadcrumbs, herbs and spices. Serve them with crackers as nibbles for guests. Those with fondue pots can also easily create great, easy appetizers with cheese or chocolate and items for dipping.
Other popular appetizers are those that require only a little assembly. For example, soft cheese such as cream cheese, Brie and goat cheese can be spread on a cracker and topped with jellies and jams, including gourmet offerings such as hot pepper jelly, for a quick and easy appetizer. Prepare canapés with an assortment of dips, spreads, cheeses, crackers, breads and meats ranging from smoked salmon to roast beef.