Three Appetizers with Five Ingredients (Or Fewer)

Speedy turnaround isn’t the only metric of success for appetizers. A great app packs onto a small plate intense, complex flavors made with only a few ingredients. And above all, a hard-working appetizer should trigger the appetite and make guests hunger for the meal ahead.

A little of this, a little of that is a great way to tease the taste buds. These three tantalizing appetizers are sure to wow any guest. Best of all, they are made with everyday extra virgin olive oil—one of the most flavorful cooking oils you probably already have on-hand.

Goat Cheese with Olives

This pretty plate of goat cheese and roasted olives fragrant with lemon and fresh extra virgin olive oil offers an array of nibbles – with an appetizer ingredient list you can count on one hand. This recipe is also great because you can make it up to two hours in advance of your guests arriving and leave it covered, at room temperature.

Roasted Garlic White Bean Dip

For a more substantial schmear, consider a roasted garlic white bean dip atop crostini, flatbread, crackers, or carrot sticks. It blends together in a snap and serves as a satisfying appetizer.

Roasted Squash With Feta

Craving some vegetables? This savory roasted summer squash with feta kicks the dip off the common crudite. Seared, caramelized zucchini, yellow squash, or pattypan squash are sweet against the salty of the cheese.

easy squash and feta cheese extra virgin olive oil appetizers

These appetizers with few ingredients – fueled by delicious extra virgin olive oil – are always ready whenever entertaining needs a hand.


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