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Great summer appetizer ideas

37 Recipes
Great summer appetizer ideas
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times )

Morton's smoked salmon pizza

Time 15 minutes
Yields Serves: 6 to 8

Aunt Mary's yalanchi (stuffed grape leaves)

Time 2 hours
Yields Makes about 5 dozen yalanchi

Black bean hummus

Time 20 minutes
Yields Serves 12 to 16

Cheese-and-spinach phyllo rolls

Time 1 hour
Yields Makes about 3 dozen pieces

Philly cheesesteak lettuce cups

Time 20 minutes
Yields Serves 1

Cream cheese balls with sesame and pistachios

Time 25 minutes
Yields Makes 15 cheese balls

Super wings

Time 3 hours
Yields Serves 12 to 24

Pissaladiere with spiced ricotta, radicchio and poached apricots

Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Yields Makes 24 pieces

Mushroom and cheese calzones

Time 2 hours
Yields Serves 2 1/2 dozen

Romesco with grilled bread, spring onions and shrimp

Time 45 minutes
Yields Serves 4 to 8

Ginger soy chicken wings

Time 1 hour
Yields Serves 4 to 6 appetizer portions

Peel-'n'-eat shrimp

Time 55 minutes
Yields Serves about 5 (10 shrimp each)

Guacamole

Time 10 minutes
Yields Makes 2 cups

Beer-battered shrimp with classic tartar sauce

Time 30 minutes
Yields Serves 6 to 8

Stuffed fried olives

Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yields Serves 12 to 16 (64 olives)

Parmesan balls

Time 45 minutes
Yields Makes 26 balls

Champagne nuts

Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yields Serves 8

Chile con queso

Time 50 minutes
Yields Serves 8 to 10

Giuseppe's mussels in sambuca

Time 35 minutes
Yields Serves 4 to 6

Savory tomato galette

Time 1 hour
Yields Serves 6 to 8

Orso's Romano pizza

Time 45 minutes
Yields Serves 8 to 12

Roasted pepper rolls stuffed with tuna

Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yields Makes about 24 small rolls, serving 8 as an hors d'oeuvre

Roasted zucchini and labneh dip with mint

Time 1 hour
Yields Serves 4

Grilled eggplant dip with tahini, yogurt and roasted chiles

Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yields Serves 4 to 6

Blue cheese beignets

Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Yields Serves 8 to 10

Pan-roasted fresh garbanzo beans

Time 10 minutes
Yields Serves 4

Bacon-wrapped pork belly

Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Yields Serves 4 to 8

Sweet potato and chickpea dip

Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Yields Serves 10 to 12

Cracked wheat mana’esh (flatbread with za’atar)

Time 35 minutes
Yields Makes 8 (6- to 7-inch) flatbreads

Leona's seeded crackers and cheese

Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Yields Serves 6 to 8

Farinata with pesto and ricotta

Time 1 hour
Yields Serves 4 to 6

Socca with peppers, fennel and olives

Time 55 minutes
Yields Serves 2 to 4

Flame-roasted eggplant spread with lemon and garlic

Time 50 minutes
Yields Makes about 2 cups

Classic elotes

Time 15 minutes
Yields Serves 4

Beer nuts

Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Yields Serves 12 to 16

Baked chips with roasted garlic hummus

Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yields Serves 8 to 12

Grilled shrimp cocktail

Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yields Serves 8 to 12


Noelle Carter is the former Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director. She left in January 2019.
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