Easy 10-Minute Appetizers Perfect for Every Occasion

No matter how casual the get-together may be, when friends, family, and even acquaintances stop by, you’re typically expected to feed them. You definitely don’t need to serve them a five-course meal, but you’re probably going to want to pull out something a little more refined than those stale crackers you’ve had in your pantry for as long as you can remember. For occasions when you need to whip something up quickly, we suggest making one of these 10-minute appetizers. Some require ingredients as simple as canned tuna and peppers, while others call for more sophisticated foods, like caviar.

Read on — you’ll love how easy it is to make these five 10-minute appetizers.

1. Cool Shrimp and Cucumber Crackers

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Five ingredients are all you need to make The Kitchn’s cool shrimp and cucumber crackers. This simple, yet sophisticated, recipe comes together unbelievably quickly, creating an appetizer that’s both light and refreshing. It serves 6 to 8.


  • Whole-grain crackers
  • ½ long English or seedless cucumber, washed and cut very thin
  • Full-fat sour cream
  • 12 ounces langostino tails or tiny shrimp, defrosted
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions: Place a thin round of cucumber on each cracker. Top with a dollop of sour cream, then a piece of seafood. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.

2. Mini Caviar Parfaits

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If you want to serve your guests an elegant appetizer but don’t want to spend more than 10 minutes in the kitchen, Southern Living has the perfect recipe for you. Sour cream, avocado, seasonings, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, and caviar are layered in a shot glass and served with breadsticks and assorted crackers. To cut down on prep time even more, purchase peeled, boiled eggs in the deli or dairy section at your grocery store.


  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 medium avocado, diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 2½ teaspoons lemon juice
  • ¾ teaspoon chopped fresh dill
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 small plum tomato, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 large hard-cooked egg, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 (2-ounce) jar black caviar, chilled and drained
  • Thin breadsticks, assorted crackers

Directions: Spoon sour cream into a 1-quart zip-top plastic bag. Snip 1 corner of bag to make a small hole; pipe sour cream into 6 shot glasses. Combine avocado and next 3 ingredients in a bowl. Mash with a fork, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Spoon avocado mixture over sour cream in shot glasses. Top each with tomato, egg, and ½ to 1 teaspoon caviar. Reserve remaining caviar for another use. Serve parfaits with breadsticks and assorted crackers.

3. Piquillo Peppers with Mediterranean Tuna Salad

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Canned tuna is livened up with paprika, lemon zest and juice, and oil, and stuffed into piquillo peppers in O, The Oprah Magazine’s recipe. Before serving, drizzle with extra oil and a touch of pepper. Serving 4, this appetizer is perfect for last-minute get-togethers.


  • 2 (6-ounce) cans tuna in oil, drained
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 jar (about 12) whole piquillo peppers
  • 12 medium-size whole basil leaves

Directions: In a bowl, flake tuna. Add paprika, lemon zest, lemon juice, and oil; mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Dry piquillo peppers on paper towels. Carefully split peppers open, remove seeds, and lay flat. Place a basil leaf on each and top with 1 tablespoon tuna mixture. Carefully roll to close. Seal each pepper with a toothpick if desired. Drizzle with extra oil and sprinkle with pepper; serve.

4. Thai Toast

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No one will believe it only took you 10 minutes to prepare Cooking Channel’s Thai toast. Pop your bread in the toaster, and whisk together the peanut butter, sesame oil, and soy sauce. Spread a thin layer of the peanut butter mixture onto each piece of toast, and cut it into four pieces. Garnish with cucumber and scallions, serve, and enjoy!


  • ½ cup peanut butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 5 slices bread, toasted
  • Diced cucumbers
  • Diced scallions

Directions: Whisk together the peanut butter, sesame oil, and soy sauce. Spread a thin layer of the mixture onto each piece of toast, and then cut each slice of bread into 4 pieces. Sprinkle cucumbersand scallions on top.

5. 10-Minute Appetizer Spread

Seven layer bean dip

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This bold-flavored spread is the perfect way to dress up crackers. Start with cream cheese and some Miracle Whip, and then choose one of the topping combinations Kraft’s Philadelphia Cream Cheese recommends. Add-ins range from tomatoes and cucumbers to pizza sauce and pepperoni, ensuring you can personalize this spread to suit your tastes. It yields 24 servings.


  • 1 (8-ounce) package softened cream cheese
  • ½ cup Miracle Whip dressing
Topping Options
  • ½ cup thick and chunky salsa, 1 cup chopped tomatoes, 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup each chopped tomatoes and cucumbers, ¼ cup chopped black olives
  • ¼ cup each pesto and chopped artichokes, 1 cup roasted red peppers
  • ½ cup spaghetti or pizza sauce, ¼ cup pepperoni, ½ cup chopped green peppers
Cheese Choices
  • Mexican-style finely shredded four cheese
  • Crumbled feta cheese with garlic and herb
  • Finely shredded Italian five cheese blend

Directions: Mix cream cheese and dressing until blended; spread onto serving dish. Add toppings. Sprinkle with 1 cup cheese. Serve.