These tiny bites will please vegetarians and may convert a few meat-eaters.
Cost per serving: 70¢
These skewers can be easily customized. For a shot of green, thread a fresh basil leaf onto each skewer. Cherry tomatoes also make good additions. Swap cubes of Parmesan instead of the mozzarella.
See recipe: Antipasto Skewers
Cost per serving: 43¢
Change this flexible recipe to suit your tastes. Substitute black olives for the green ones, or add chopped toasted walnuts for crunch. Add feta or goat cheese instead of the parmesan.
See recipe: Roasted Pepper, Parmesan and Olive Crostini
Cost per serving: 10¢
To make your own pesto, combine 1/4 cup pine nuts, 4 cloves garlic, 3 cups fresh basil leaves, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a food processor. Process until smooth. With the blades in motion, pour in 3/4 cup olive oil. Add 1/2 cup grated Parmesan and puree until smooth and blended. Makes about 1 cup. Freeze what you don’t use in a small, airtight container.
See recipe: Creamy Pesto Pinwheels
Cost per serving: 53¢
Guests can munch guilt-free on these cute and tasty vegetable fritatta squares. Swap out some of the veggies for ham for a non-vegetarian version.
See recipe: Vegetable Frittata Squares
Cost per serving: 47¢
This quick appetizer takes just 25 minutes to prepare and is a great use for day old bread. Simply drizzle bread slices with olive oil and rub with a garlic clove before popping them in the oven to toast.
See recipe: Artichoke-Arugula Crostini
Cost per serving: $1.45
Fresh and flavor-packed, these rice-paper wraps get extra kick from a quick dipping sauce.
Recipe: Vietnamese Summer Rolls
Cost per serving: $3.04
This versatile antipasto recipe doubles as an attractive, edible centerpiece on your buffet table. Try swapping in marinated artichoke hearts or chunks of marinated eggplant.
See recipe: Antipasto Skewers with Pesto Dip
Cost per serving: 60¢
These tasty pop-em-in-your-mouth Stuffed Mushrooms are the perfect way to kick off a holiday party.
See recipe: Stuffed Mushrooms
Cost per serving: 68¢
Serve these tasty Mozzarella-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes for an easy and inexpensive side dish option. If your tomatoes don’t stand upright, cut a small sliver from the bottom to help them lay flat.
See recipe: Mozzarella-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
Cost per serving: 69¢
This savory appetizer is a great addition to any picnic, and the bite-sized portions make it fun for kids.
See recipe: Italian Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
For sweet potato wedges with a crunch, cut them into smaller pieces and leave on the grill until they're crispy on the outside but still slightly tender inside.
See Recipe: Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle Dip
Cost per serving: 76¢
For a Southwestern twist, swap in cilantro for the parsley.
See recipe: Roasted Corn Salsa
Cost per serving: 39¢
Omit the chili powder for a milder taste. Or add more to bump it up.
See recipe: Crunchy Edamame
Cost per serving: $1.90
Make these as a fun party snack, or for a fun and new taste twist on classic french fries.
See recipe: Zucchini Fries with Chipotle Mayonnaise
Cost per serving: $2.31
Cut these in smaller squares for an easy party appetizer that everyone will love!
See recipe: Spinach and Feta Pie