4 Sophisticated Appetizers to Make for a Cocktail Party

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Sophisticated appetizers are high end appetizers for parties that you want to be striking for your guests.

You only need to spend about 20 minutes preparing each of the following appetizers.

Feel free to add your own touch to the appetizers – red pepper jelly, Thai basil, fig jam, etc.

The most important thing to remember, is the presentation of your appetizers.

Place them on a clean white place to let the colors of appetizer pop through. Serving them on a colored or “busy” plate will take away from their eye catching look to them.

People eat with their eyes first, then their mouths.

Each of the appetizers have powerful flavors that will take your breath away.

Sophisticated Appetizers to Make for a Cocktail Party

Easy Prosciutto Appetizer to Make Ahead of Time

You can make this appetizer ahead of time by arranging your artisan crackers on a serving plate.

Top the specialty crackers with a slice of brie cheese, fresh basil, prosciutto, and arugula.

Once you’re ready to serve your appetizer, top with a drizzle of honey and balsamic reduction.

Easy Prosciutto Appetizer to Make Ahead of Time

Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

Roasted cherry tomato bruschetta is one of the most flavorful appetizers you can serve.

Bruschetta is a restaurant style appetizer with a combination of roasted tomatoes, garlic, and homemade crostinis.

Bruschetta is best made right before serving, and is topped with balsamic reduction to give the appetizer a bit of a sweet finish to it.

roasted cherry tomato bruschetta

Pesto Bread Appetizer

Pesto bread appetizer is twisted bread with fresh parmesan cheese and pesto.

It’s best to use fresh pesto for your pesto bread appetizer. Fresh pesto has much more flavor and is less oily than store bought.

Pesto bread appetizer is a tasty, cheesy bread that can be sliced to serve as an appetizer. It’s unique shape and incredible flavor will be sure to impress your guests.

Pesto Bread Appetizer

Raw Apple Appetizer

Slice a baguette, and top the sliced with olive oil. Broil the slices to create your own crostinis.

The baguette has a layer of fig jam, fresh basil, a slice of apple, and prosciutto.

Drizzle with a bit of balsamic reduction for a finished look to your sophisticated appetizer.

raw apple appetizer

Easy Cheese Ball Recipe with Cream Cheese and Green Onions

You can make a cheese ball in about 20 minutes, plus time for it to chill in the fridge ~1 hour.

The cheese ball base is made of cream cheese. Worcester sauce, fresh parsley, garlic powder, oregano, green onions, salt and pepper are added to the cream cheese base and are mixed together using a hand mixer.

Finally, the cheese is added to make the cheese ball.

To finish off the outer layer of the cheese ball, it is rolled in walnuts.

Serve the cheese ball with crackers or bread.

Cheese balls are a popular appetizer that are a specialty food usually served at Christmas parties.

What are fancy appetizers called

Fancy appetizers are called hors d’oeuvres. Hors d’oeuvres refers to a light snack served prior to a meal. Specialty appetizers are served at cocktail hour for a wedding, or during a elegant evening party.

Make your own quick elegant appetizers that will mesmerize your guests with flavor and presentation.

You don’t need to spend a ton of time making appetizers that will be impressive to your guests.

All of the appetizers listed above take about 20 minutes to prepare, and will astound your guests.