Nothing gets a party started like a variety of tasty small plates that can be passed among guests during cocktail hour to whet the appetite. The perfect mix includes something savory for the omnivores, as well as meat-free bites for the vegetarians.
The best potluck appetizers are easy to transport and don’t require much assembly once you arrive – you want them to arrive just as beautiful, and delicious, as when they left your kitchen.
You can’t go wrong with a savory, spreadable chorizo pate – it’s simple to prepare, extremely mobile and pairs well with crackers or crostini. A light and flaky tart made with cheese and summer vegetables is another sure winner as it can easily be cut into squares that can be served warm or at room temperature.
And if you’re tasked with also feeding kids? Who doesn’t love a fritter, especially when it’s made with fresh corn and served with a dip, in this case guacamole? It’s familiar but at the same time fun.
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