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Great summer appetizer ideas

37 Recipes
Great summer appetizer ideas
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times )
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Morton's smoked salmon pizza

Time15 minutes
YieldsServes: 6 to 8

Aunt Mary's yalanchi (stuffed grape leaves)

Time2 hours
YieldsMakes about 5 dozen yalanchi

Black bean hummus

Time20 minutes
YieldsServes 12 to 16

Cheese-and-spinach phyllo rolls

Time1 hour
YieldsMakes about 3 dozen pieces

Philly cheesesteak lettuce cups

Time20 minutes
YieldsServes 1

Cream cheese balls with sesame and pistachios

Time25 minutes
YieldsMakes 15 cheese balls

Super wings

Time3 hours
YieldsServes 12 to 24

Pissaladiere with spiced ricotta, radicchio and poached apricots

Time2 hours 30 minutes
YieldsMakes 24 pieces

Mushroom and cheese calzones

Time2 hours
YieldsServes 2 1/2 dozen

Romesco with grilled bread, spring onions and shrimp

Time45 minutes
YieldsServes 4 to 8

Ginger soy chicken wings

Time1 hour
YieldsServes 4 to 6 appetizer portions

Peel-'n'-eat shrimp

Time55 minutes
YieldsServes about 5 (10 shrimp each)

Guacamole

Time10 minutes
YieldsMakes 2 cups

Beer-battered shrimp with classic tartar sauce

Time30 minutes
YieldsServes 6 to 8

Stuffed fried olives

Time1 hour 30 minutes
YieldsServes 12 to 16 (64 olives)

Parmesan balls

Time45 minutes
YieldsMakes 26 balls

Champagne nuts

Time1 hour 15 minutes
YieldsServes 8

Chile con queso

Time50 minutes
YieldsServes 8 to 10

Giuseppe's mussels in sambuca

Time35 minutes
YieldsServes 4 to 6

Savory tomato galette

Time1 hour
YieldsServes 6 to 8

Orso's Romano pizza

Time45 minutes
YieldsServes 8 to 12

Roasted pepper rolls stuffed with tuna

Time1 hour 30 minutes
YieldsMakes about 24 small rolls, serving 8 as an hors d'oeuvre

Grilled eggplant dip with tahini, yogurt and roasted chiles

Time1 hour 15 minutes
YieldsServes 4 to 6

Blue cheese beignets

Time1 hour 20 minutes
YieldsServes 8 to 10

Pan-roasted fresh garbanzo beans

Time10 minutes
YieldsServes 4

Bacon-wrapped pork belly

Time2 hours 30 minutes
YieldsServes 4 to 8

Sweet potato and chickpea dip

Time1 hour 25 minutes
YieldsServes 10 to 12

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

Time35 minutes
YieldsMakes 8 (6- to 7-inch) flatbreads

Leona's seeded crackers and cheese

Time3 hours 15 minutes
YieldsServes 6 to 8

Farinata with pesto and ricotta

Time1 hour
YieldsServes 4 to 6

Socca with peppers, fennel and olives

Time55 minutes
YieldsServes 2 to 4

Flame-roasted eggplant spread with lemon and garlic

Time50 minutes
YieldsMakes about 2 cups

Classic elotes

Time15 minutes
YieldsServes 4

Beer nuts

Time1 hour 20 minutes
YieldsServes 12 to 16

Baked chips with roasted garlic hummus

Time1 hour 30 minutes
YieldsServes 8 to 12

Grilled shrimp cocktail

Time1 hour 30 minutes
YieldsServes 8 to 12