These pretty summer hors d’oeuvres can be made ahead and served at room temperature—simply add the yogurt topping and pepper confetti at the last minute.
Appetizers & Snacks
Za’atar adds so much flavor to this tartine you could easily skip the cheese.
Bourekas are savory filled pastries that Israelis often make with puff pastry. To lighten the recipe, this version calls for phyllo dough brushed with olive oil.
Savory pastries made with rolled and folded brek pastry leaves, or warka, are common starters in North Africa. Here, easy-to-find phyllo sheets replace the specialty brek leaves and encase a savory potato-and-egg filling.
Serve this colorful hummus with raw vegetables, such as carrot or celery sticks, red bell pepper, cucumber, or broccoli.
Whole steamed artichokes have a natural elegance, but leaf-dipping can get messy. We’ve solved the problem by filling artichokes with a thick arugula pesto, which turns the de-choked centers into individual dipping bowls. Extra pesto can be served on the side or spooned over the artichokes as desired.
In Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong, it is common to find curry-stuffed turnovers in bakeries. They’re an easy make-ahead appetizer because they can be frozen once assembled and prepared straight from the freezer—just bake them 5 to 10 minutes more than specified below.
Roasting fennel concentrates its natural sweetness. A sprinkling of Parmesan gives it a crunchy crust.
The peanutty satay sauces of Southeast Asia inspired the sweet-and-spicy filling for this delicious appetizer or snack.
If you like hash browns, you’ll love this easy hors d’oeuvre from Austria that is nothing more than grated potatoes and fresh herbs fried in a little olive oil. Serve in wedges (as shown), or cut into small squares for bite-size nibbles. If you’re making rösti for a crowd, prepare the potato cakes ahead of time, then reheat them in the skillet before serving.
Short and thick, these oven-baked fries are modeled after British “chips.” Parsley, Parmesan, and truffle oil toppings give them a gourmet feel.