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15 Fancy Store-Bought Appetizers Worth the Splurge
Party plan from your couch with these tasty store-bought appetizers. (Just save us one of the empanadas.)
Take your soiree from so-so to swanky with this ready-made charcuterie plate ($13). The assortment of calabrese, Italian dry salame, Genoa salame and sopressata is fancy enough to serve solo or help build a tasty cheese and charcuterie board.
Gourmet Chorizo Empanadas
No time for making empanadas from scratch? These Southwestern-flavored empanadas ($38) are filled with chorizo sausage, jalapenos, red bell peppers and two cheeses. Bonus: It only takes 5 minutes to deep fry each batch.
Brie and Onion Palmiers
You could make puff pastry at home—or have a dozen of the flaky, savory hors d’oeuvres shipped directly to you. These savory brie and onion palmiers ($40) are perfect for entertaining.
Not all fancy appetizers have to be complicated. Pair this imported fig spread ($11 for 2) with brie or goat cheese and you’re all set. How easy is that?
Don’t forget to pop open the champagne, too. Here’s a look at our top picks for bubbly under $20.
Brandini Toffee Popcorn
Satisfy any guest’s sweet tooth with this delicious toffee popcorn ($40). The three-pack includes one box of toffee popcorn and two boxes of cashew almond toffee popcorn. Just watch the video of it being made and try not to buy it!
Yakatori Chicken Skewers
Yakatori sauce is typically made with a tangy rice vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, garlic—and sake. The salty-sweet chicken skewers ($60) are a perfect (and fancy-looking) finger food.
Bacon Cheddar Puff Pastry Twists
These bite-sized, savory bacon and cheddar twists ($40) are handmade and oh-so-flaky. It’s the perfect balance between gourmet and easy, cheesy comfort food.
Artisanal American Cheese Collection
This American Cheesemakers Collection ($105) takes the guesswork out of what cheese to buy. This collection features cheeses from Wisconsin, New York, Texas and California and includes display tags and suggested wine pairings for each cheese as well. Instant party!
Perfect Gourmet Chicken Potstickers
Delicate wontons wrapped around chicken, vegetables and sauce satisfy a craving without being too filling. These chicken potstickers ($63) are easy to prepare and as a one-bite appetizer, will keep the conversation flowing at your get-together.
Italian Style Mixed Whole Olives
With three varieties of gourmet olives, this jar imported from Italy ($15) will complement any antipasto platter—especially this one that’s a favorite with Taste of Home readers.
Oak Stove Kitchen Crustless Quiche
With these mini crustless quiches ($77), you can choose from bacon and cheese, cheese and spinach or a combination pack with both flavors. A reviewer called these tasty bites the “best quiche ever” and complimented their wonderful flavor and easy prep.
Smoked Sockeye Salmon
Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops
Sea scallops—amazing. Bacon—irresistible. Wrap one around the other and you get one of the best appetizers ever. These appetizer bites ($127) receive rave reviews from those who’ve tried them.
Love to snack on seafood? Here are more seafood appetizers that steal the spotlight.
Olli Salumeria Antipasto Tray
You don’t have to be entertaining to indulge in a fancy appetizers. Just open an antipasto tray like this one ($12), loaded with Parmesan, Genoa salami, sopressata and Greek olives, while you binge food shows on Netflix. Enjoy!
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