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Quick Appetizer Ideas - Starters

Updated on November 9, 2010

Quick Appetizers

After a full day of work, you come home and you only have a couple of hours before your dinner guests arrive. You have to prepare the table, perfect the ambiance, get ready and most importantly... cook a fantastic dinner for your guests to enjoy. Great appetizers can easily be prepared, in a short period of time. Here are a few quick appetizer ideas.

Avocado and Prawn Cocktail
Avocado and Prawn Cocktail

Avocado and Prawn Cocktail

Avocado and prawns is quite a popular appetizer and is found listed on many restaurant menu's as a light starter. This appetizer is usually served with a fresh prawn cocktail sauce but not much sauce is needed to keep the calorie count low. This fresh recipe takes five minutes to prepare and should be served chilled.


Fresh shrimp or prawns
Fresh ripe avocado
lemon or lime juice
black pepper (for seasoning)
Fresh lettuce leaves
Pinch of Cayenne pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons of ketchup
1 1/2 tablespoons of Mayonnaise


Decorate the bowl or glass with washed and chopped lettuce leaves. Cut avocado into small pieces and place pieces over lettuce. Mix the shrimps with seasoning ingredients, squeezed half a lemon or lime juice and sauces together and pour over avocado and lettuce leaves. Sprinkle a touch of black pepper over the shrimps, and this appetizer is prepared.



Bruschetta can be made in less than five minutes and is a light fresh healthy appetizer that can be served as a starter before different types of main dishes. The Mediterranean bruschetta mix is served on small pieces of dried or toasted bread but it can also be enjoy on fresh bread too.


cherry tomatoes
Shredded mozzarella cheese
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
Shredded parmesan cheese
2 tsp. Light zesty Italian dressing
4 thin slices toasted French bread


Mix the cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella, parmesan and dressing together. Once mixed, simply spoon some of the bruschetta mixture on to the top of the toasted bread.

Fresh Vegetable Platter
Fresh Vegetable Platter

Fresh Vegetable Platter

All ingredients used for a vegetable platter should be fresh and unbruised. Simply wash and slice each vegetable and arrange the vegetables on a platter, surrounding the dip. There are a variety of dips that work well as an accompaniment with fresh vegetables and these dips include blue cheese, guacamole, yogurt and mint, garlic mayonnaise, as well as many other yummy dips available at the local store.

Stuffed Tomatoes with rice and fresh herbs
Stuffed Tomatoes with rice and fresh herbs

Stuffed Tomatoes

The trick of stuffing a tomato is to ensure the tomato is ripe and not too soft. A tomato can be stuffed with a variety of fillings which include hot and cold fillings as well as vegetable, meat, fish and poultry based fillings. If a tomato is filled with a hot filling, the entire filled tomato can be placed in a warm oven for five minutes, to warm it through. This stuffed tomato recipe is a quick and simple recipe.


2 large ripe tomatoes
Boiled rice
Finely chopped spring onions
Finely chopped coriander
salt and pepper to taste


Cut the tops off of each tomato and using a teaspoon, take out the soft fleshy center of the tomato. Mix all stuffing ingredients together and spoon the mixture in to the center of the tomato. Take the top cut piece of the tomato and place over the top, like a hat.


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      Jeni Burdett 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you akirlew! :)

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      akirlew 7 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Well done, and the pictures made me hungry :)