A bunch of no-cook appetizer ideas:

Once again, looking at the search terms that brought people here has struck me with “Hey, I should post on that” urges. When I think no-cook appetizers, I think, “What can I set out for guests if I’m in a hurry and don’t have time for fiddly little sandwiches with the crusts cut off, or for elaborately carved vegetables with elaborately concocted sauces?” I’m thinking, slap a few things together and bring that tray out so I can hang out with the guests. So here, in no particular order, are things that I/we trot out as appetizers:

  • pesto and anything
  • crab dip and anything
  • roll-ups made from tortillas and cream cheese and one or two other ingredients like spinach leaf, or red bell peppers, or marinated sun-dried tomatoes
    raspberry chipotle sauce poured over a huge chunk of brie and served on crackers
  • hollowed french bread loaf w/spinach dip inside
  • various dips and veggies
  • cheese sauces with things to dip
  • pita chips and pesto
  • salsa and chips

If you want to get some minimal cooking items, you can stuff pesto into the middle of a chunk of brie and bake it for a few minutes.

For some general thoughts to get you going on your own ideas….

Start with either something to dip or something to spread things on, or something to wrap around things. (chips, vegetables, crackers, bread in any variety of presentation, tortillas, lettuce or spinach leaves, ….)
Add something creamy/dippy (pesto, cream cheese with Stuff mixed in, sour cream with stuff, salad dressing, spreadable cheese, artichoke dip, etc.)
Add one or two other ingredients to create visual and flavor appeal. (vegetables, nuts, specialty meats, cilantro, basil, parsley, fruit,….)

Example:  a thin slice of French baguette, spread with cream cheese that has been mixed with sun-dried tomato and pesto, add a tiny curl of prosciutto or a few slivers of bell pepper, and voila–beautiful and not-too-fiddly hors d’oevre!

We welcome additional thoughts–I know there are those of you out there who, (like Cher’s character in the movie “Mermaids”) have made it a life-style to only eat finger foods.  So please share your ideas here!

Barb & Laura

  1. Great ideas!

    I love to take sandwich ham slices and spread cream cheese on them then wrap it around a dill spear.

    Then you let it refrigerate and cut into little spirals.

    They taste real good.

  2. One of my favorite, no cook , extremely easy appetizers a block of cream cheese, covered with canned (drained of juice) crab meat or cocktail shrimp, topped with cocktail sauce, served with Triscuits. Tips: I like the cocktail sauce with extra horseradish. Also I garnish the top with fresh chopped cilantro or parsley – could also add some lemon slices or wedges to squeeze on a little fresh lemon juice.

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  5. One of my favorites is this one I got from a departed friend.
    Chop up a can of smoked oysters (drained on paper towels first), and a small jar of drained pimentos. Mix with a block of cream cheese that has been brought to room temperature. Roll into a log in wax paper and refrigerate. Serve with crackers. Delicious and somewhat decadent.

  6. Okay…so these aren’t exactly no cook, but they’re pretty dang close and super yummy.

    Sesame Noodles with Tofu and Red Peppers

    http://wp.me/puWta-6g

    It’s particularly fun to serve these in little Chinese take-out boxes for a festive appetizer at a party.

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