Strike a balanced meal with our tasty appetizers.

  • 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...

  • Huli means “turn” in Hawaiian, and that’s pretty much all you have to do to these skewers when you throw them on the grill. Our marinade is based on the one cooked up by Ernest Morgado, who popularized these flavors while grilling chicken over mesquite...

  • Pepper jam is the not-so-secret ingredient in making sticky, slightly spicy chicken wings. I used a homemade pineapple-habanero jam for this recipe, though you can easily vary it to suit your own tastes. Just don’t forget the chopped habaneros. The sweet counterbalances the habanero heat,...

  • We took the three main components of jalapeño poppers—jalapeños, bacon and cream cheese—and deconstructed them to make this addictive, bite-sized app. Soak your toothpicks as the pork marinates so they won’t flare up on the grill. YIELD 6–8 servings ZEST FACTOR Medium PREP TIME 40...