12 Bread Appetizers That Will Be a Hit at Your Next Dinner Party

Sure, deviled eggs, cheeseballs and charcuterie boards never go out of style. But if you pay attention to your cocktail hour spread, you’ll see that one food dominates the appetizer category every time: bread. Whether it’s in the form of crispy crostini, an elote bread-bowl dip or light-as-air brioche, this doughy delicacy is bound to woo your guests time and time again. Read on for 12 bread appetizers that are sure to get the party started.

1. Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

No summer picnic is complete without this refreshing 20-minute starter on the table. Once you have the ripest tomatoes you can find on hand, the rest is all pantry staples and The Rustik Oven™ Sourdough.

2. Mexican Corn (elote) Dip

Who needs a bowl when you can use a massive hulled-out loaf of The Rustik Oven™ Sourdough instead? This dip has everything you want in an elote, from the lime-kissed mayo to the cotija cheese.

3. Scallion And Chive Flatbread

Garden focaccia is basically a guaranteed homerun (just look at those edible flowers with scallion stems). Your guests will have no clue how simple this flatbread version was to pull off.

4. Pull-apart Bread With Caramelized Onions And Goat Cheese

Think of it as extra fancy monkey bread that’s oozing with sweet onions, salty goat cheese, fresh herbs and lots of butter.

5. Grilled Cheese Crostini

Place these Brie-topped bites on the table and watch them disappear in 30 seconds flat. They’re crowned with balsamic-marinated strawberries to boot.

6. Sweet Earl Grey Buns

The perfect kickoff for a brunch soirée. Might we suggest serving them with a pot of London fog lattes?

7. Apple Focaccia With Blue Cheese And Herbs

You only *think* you don’t like blue cheese. Bright Honeycrisp apples, sweet honey, fragrant rosemary and fresh bread balance the funky topper’s flavor just right.

8. Mozzarella-stuffed Pizza Bread

If you feel pizza should be 10 percent sauce and 90 percent cheese, you’re in luck. This beauty is packed with fresh mozz and topped with modest dollops of sun-dried tomato pesto.

9. Asparagus Flatbread

Store-bought pizza dough is one of our favorite shortcuts in the book, and it’s the key to pulling off this spring starter in just one hour.

10. Skillet Blueberry Cornbread

Whether it’s a barbecue starter or the first course at Sunday brunch, your guests will devour every crumb. It’s like a cross between a blueberry muffin, coffee cake and cornbread.

11. Baked Gorgonzola Bites

Five ingredients + 30 minutes = doughy, cheese-encrusted bliss. Consider this ridiculously simple recipe our unexpected take on savory monkey bread.

12. Mini Citrus Monkey Bread

Come winter, we whip up these orange-glazed cuties for every party we have. (They pair beautifully with Champagne, BTW.)

taryn pire

Food Editor

Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...