The Best Appetizer Recipes That Are Always In Season


We’re passionate about all the wonderful things our sun-kissed state has to offer. But we have a real soft spot for our produce! California grows more than 400 different commodities, which correlates to more than a third of our country’s vegetables and two-thirds of the fruits and nuts. It’s probably no surprise that we have some incredible recipes to share, but we think the appetizer ideas below are special because they’re made with fresh, vibrant, delectable produce available year-round in the Golden State.

Swipe up to learn about the bounty of the Golden State!

Baked Brie with Olive Tapenade

This recipe combines the creamy decadence of brie with the robust flavors of olive tapenade, made from olives that thrive in California’s climate.

Raisin Rosemary Crackers

Speaking of crackers, why not make your own? These Rosemary Raisin Crackers from California Raisins are homemade and infused with the flavors of California-grown raisins and fragrant rosemary.

Smoky Mushroom and Oaxaca Quesadillas

These Smoky Mushroom and Oaxaca Quesadillas from Real California Milk offer a fusion of flavors. Featuring succulent mushrooms and melted Oaxaca cheese, these quesadillas are a testament to California’s rich cultural and culinary heritage. 

Mini Peppers with Jalapeno Pepper Jack and Olives

This dish combines sweet mini peppers with the spicy kick of jalapeno pepper jack cheese and the briny taste of olives. It’s a vibrant, bite-sized treat that’s as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate.

Cheese and Olive Stuffed Mushroom Caps

Our Cheese and Olive Stuffed Mushroom Caps are a testament to this love, offering a mouthful of umami-rich flavors complemented by the creaminess of cheese in every bite. They’re a sophisticated yet simple addition to your appetizer table.

Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Indulge in the sweet and savory delight of Bacon-Wrapped Dates. This appetizer marries the natural sweetness of dates with the savory, smoky flavor of bacon – a combination that’s hard to resist and always in season in California.

Oven-Roasted Rosemary Olives

Simple yet flavorful, these Oven-Roasted Rosemary Olives from This Mess is Ours are a testament to the versatility of olives. Roasted with aromatic rosemary, these olives are a great addition to any appetizer spread, bringing a touch of Mediterranean flair.

Roasted Shrimp with Lemon and Garlic

Seafood lovers, rejoice! G Free Foodie’s Garlic and Lemon Roasted Shrimp is a light and zesty appetizer, perfect for California’s coastal vibe. The shrimp are roasted with garlic and lemon, offering a fresh and flavorful start to any meal.

Green Deviled Eggs and Ham

Revamp a classic with G Free Foodie’s Green Deviled Eggs and Ham. This version adds a California twist with fresh herbs and a touch of avocado, making them a delicious and visually stunning addition to your appetizer selection.

Smashed Green Olive And Pistachio Burrata Bruschetta

No appetizer list is complete without Bruschetta, and this recipe from Salt and Wind uses ripe olives to add a unique twist. This bruschetta is a true rcelebration of California’s year-round produce.

Prosciutto Wrapped Prunes

For a touch of elegance, try G Free Foodie’s Prosciutto Wrapped Prunes appetizer. The sweetness of prunes pairs beautifully with the salty prosciutto, creating a sophisticated and delicious bite-sized treat.

Queso Fundido with Shiitake Mushrooms and Anaheim Chiles

For a touch of elegance, try G Free Foodie’s Prosciutto Wrapped Prunes appetizer. The sweetness of prunes pairs beautifully with the salty prosciutto, creating a sophisticated and delicious bite-sized treat.

Loaded Sweetpotato Skins

Sweetpotatoes are a versatile and nutritious staple in California. This appetizer idea from California Sweetppotatoes are potatoes is packed with flavor and perfect for sharing, making them an ideal appetizer for any gathering.

Sweetpotato Toast Bites with Figs, Blue Cheese, Flaked Salt, and Honey

Continuing our love of sweetpotatoes, these Sweet Potato Toast Bites are a unique and delightful appetizer idea. These bites are a memorable treat topped with figs, blue cheese, and a drizzle of honey.

California Figs in a Blanket

A playful take on a classic appetizer idea, California Figs in a Blanket wraps sweet figs in pastry, offering a sweet and savory experience that’s uniquely Californian.

California Fig, Gorgonzola, and Pecan Terrine

For those who love bold flavors, this appetizer idea from California Figs is a must-try. This dish combines the sweetness of figs with the sharpness of gorgonzola and the crunch of pecans, creating a perfect balance of flavors.

Wild Rice Cakes with Smoked Mozzarella and Pecans

Lastly, these Wild Rice Cakes from Williams Sonoma are topped with smoked mozzarella and pecans, which makes them a hearty and satisfying appetizer idea any time of the year.




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