10 Best Store-Bought Party Appetizers
Best Spinach Pie
Whole Kitchen Spanakopita
Extra-delicate layers of phyllo and a distinct touch of dill set this Greek classic apart. Kudos for the Feta-packed filling.
To buy: $6.50 for 12 pieces, Whole Foods Markets.
Best Stuffed Olives
Divina Green Olives Stuffed With Feta
Move over, pimientos. Loaded with salty Feta, these meaty oversize Halkidiki olives are perfect for popping in your mouth—or martini glass.
To buy: $7 for a 12-ounce jar, at supermarkets.
Best Marinated Vegetables
Williams-Sonoma Hand-Packed Mushrooms in Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Gourmet mushrooms in a lively thyme-infused marinade catapult this offering, best served with toothpicks, far ahead of its soggy competition. Worth every penny.
To buy: $29 for a 21-ounce jar, at select Williams-Sonoma stores and williams-sonoma.com.
Best Cheese Straws
Stonewall Kitchen Chipotle Cheddar Cheese Straws
Like Grandma’s, but with a spicy blast of chipotle, paprika, and cayenne. Addiction factor: scarily high.
To buy: $6.50 for a 5-ounce box, at gourmet stores and some supermarkets.
Best Crab Bites
Goodwives Hors D’Oeuvres Crab Puff Pastry
Pockets of tender pastry filled with a rich mixture of Atlantic crab, cream cheese, and curry. These will be pinched in no time.
To buy: $9 for 10 pieces, at gourmet stores and some supermarkets.
Best Pigs in a Blanket
The Perfect Bite Co. Haute Dogs in a Blanket
Tasters went wee, wee, wee all the way back for seconds (and thirds). The bite-size sausages have that quintessential frankfurter snap.
To buy: $12.50 for 10 pieces, at gourmet stores and some supermarkets.
Best Cheese Bites
Safeway Select Caramelized Onion & Gorgonzola Pastry Puffs
These flaky tartlets pair luscious blue cheese with sweet golden onions. (Virtuous? No. Delicious? Yesss! ) They’re mess-free, too: They bake in their own oven-safe tray.
To buy: $6 for 12 pieces, Safeway and Vons.
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