Strike a balanced meal with our tasty appetizers.

  • These fritters get a nice crispy crust while maintaining a softer noodly texture on the inside, which is bursting with fresh scallion flavor. YIELD 4 servings ZEST FACTOR Medium PREP TIME 15 minutes COOK TIME 25 minutes 1 (3-ounce) package instant ramen noodles, broken into...

  • Do you know those people that can’t help but turn each bite of pasta into a garlic bread sandwich? In their honor, we decided to combine the two. YIELD 10–12 slices ZEST FACTOR Mild PREP TIME 5 minutes COOK TIME 30 minutes 1 (11-ounce) package...

  • Crushed ramen noodles add an extra crunch to these tenders—similar to the ever-popular pretzel-crusted chicken. And because the ramen comes with a seasoning packet, you can add less of the other spices you’d normally add to the flour. YIELD 4 servings   ZEST FACTOR Hot...

  • This popular Chinese street dish features dough that’s pan-fried until golden brown, with every slice full of flaky, crispy goodness. Our addition of sliced Thai chiles adds a nice hot surprise to each bite, too. YIELD 6–8 servings ZEST FACTOR Medium PREP TIME 40 minutes...

  • Looking for great texture and great flavor? This app is sure to please a crowd, especially since it’s served with light and crispy wonton chips. You can prep this ahead of time or serve it right away. YIELD 6–8 servings ZEST FACTOR Hot PREP TIME...

  • Traditional Mexican-style street corn recipes have graced the pages of CP a couple times and for good reason—they’re delicious. To keep it simple, party-friendly and a lot less messy, we’re combining all the tasty flavors in one bowl to be scooped up with salty tortilla...

  • These fancy, special-occasion nachos are more like hors d’oeuvres. Although they require a few components and some assembly, the end result makes the extra work more than worth it! YIELD 4–6 servings ZEST FACTOR Medium PREP TIME 30 minutes COOK TIME 15 minutes For the...

  • Much like their pork counterparts, the chicharrón, these insanely delicious chicken skin bites are not only full of flavor but pack a serious punch. Crunchy, savory and intensely hot, they’re sure to please a crowd. YIELD 4 servings ZEST FACTOR Hot PREP TIME 24 hours...

  • My mouth is watering just thinking about these scrumptious bites. Dense, and packed with flavor and intense heat, these are lovingly deep-fried to a golden-brown deliciousness. Diet tomorrow, enjoy today! YIELD 4 servings ZEST FACTOR Hot PREP TIME 2½ hours COOK TIME 20 minutes 4...

  • This is a little palate refresher, thanks to the combination of watermelon and mint. The fruit picks up an extra hint of sweetness when grilled that pops against the tangy balsamic glaze and feta cheese. YIELD 8–10 servings ZEST FACTOR Mild PREP TIME 30 minutes...