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Best Party Appetizer Recipes

Best Party Appetizer Recipes

Party Appetizer Shopping Tips

Purchase ingredients that can be used in a variety of dishes in bulk, in order to minimize waste and save money.

Party Appetizer Cooking Tips

When planning your menu, maximize the number of items that can be prepared in advance so you can enjoy your food without stress.


65 Crazy-Easy And Surprisingly Healthy Party Appetizers

Dietary restrictions should never stand in the way of a party.

With these easy, healthy recipes, you don't have to stress about throwing a party and derailing your healthy diet. From healthy dips to veggie bites and protein-filled skewers, there are TONS of healthy apps for you to make in here. And if you need some sweets to go with those light bites, try these amaze desserts you won't believe are low in sugar.

These sticky-spicy bites have no empty calories.

They might be even better than the real thing.

These *classy* skewers are the easy summer app you've been searching for.


Tips for having the best appetizer recipes for your party or meal:

Have an array of safe foods that even picky people will like – veggie tray, fruit tray, crackers with meat, chips and dip, etc.
Pick appetizers that are both salty and sweet. The majority of people love a good salt and sweet combo!
Make them bite-sized. This way people can pick a variety and not get full off of just a few.

I hope you find a few favorites as you are browsing some of the best appetizer recipes and hopefully a few of them will make it to your holiday parties this year!

Baked Ham And Cheese Rollups – If you think these babies look good, try actually eating them! They are the bomb.


Crostini & Flatbread Appetizer Recipes

With 6 crostini variations, these easy appetizers offer a little something for everyone! Choose just a few to serve, or make them all. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.

These elegant, easy appetizers will knock the socks off party guests! Charred ratatouille veggies, herbes de Provence, and a thin layer of goat cheese make them totally irresistible.

Slathered with a lemony sunflower spread, these cute crostini are cozy, fresh, and bright! Garnish them with cilantro leaves for an extra festive touch.

This vibrant hummus will brighten up any party! Spiced with cumin and coriander, it has a sweet, spiced flavor that will keep you coming back for more.

In this recipe, salt-roasted carrots imitate lox. I top them onto crackers with all the classic fixings – crisp veggies, capers, and a big slather of cream cheese!

This flatbread is gluten-free, but even your biggest bread-loving guests will fall for it. The chickpea base is spiked with falafel spices, and it’s piled high with crisp, juicy veggies, rich sauces, and fresh herbs.

I pile lemony broccoli, fresh mozzarella, and chickpeas onto mini naan breads to make these cute, easy appetizers.


Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Need a quick appetizer to throw together that doesn't require any cooking? This Caprese tower is one of the easiest holiday hors d'oeuvres for a crowd you'll ever make! Simply put together the ingredients, and voilà! All done.

Get our recipe for Caprese Tomato Tower Salad.


Make-ahead appetizers that travel well

The best set of foods to bring on a road trip are those that are rich in protein and fiber. This can include both snacks and meals. Another good thing to note is that you can never go wrong with fruits. Fresh fruit is not only highly nutritious, but also brings a great benefit when taking a long road trip: keeping your bowel movements regular. Since fruits are high-fiber foods, they will help prevent constipation caused by inactivity. Some fruits to bring on your road trip are strawberries, apples, and bananas.

And instead of being tempted to buy unhealthy chips to munch on, why not pack some dried fruit or veggie chips? You can also make your own trail mix which provides protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Just mix in some raw or roasted nuts and seeds, dried fruits, dried coconut, and dark chocolate chips!

For high-protein and fiber snacks, you can bring:

  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Fruits (dried or fresh) such as apples, raisins, oranges, bananas, berries, grapes
  • Veggies such as mini carrots, celery sticks, cucumber slices
  • Greek yogurt
  • Cottage cheese
  • Protein bar
  • Granola bar
  • String cheese
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Jerky (can be beef, turkey, chicken, or fish)
  • Hummus
  • Whole-grain bread
  • Whole-grain crackers
  • Baked potato
  • Popcorn

A+ Appetizers That Are So Easy for a Graduation Party

Because the tassel is the only thing worth the hassle.

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Food Network Kitchen - Chicken Caesar Salad Crouton Cups

School is out for the summer — or forever. If it's the latter, you've got one more party-planning assignment to knock out before you can kick back. Whether your graduate has completed college or kindergarten, it's an accomplishment worthy of a celebration! Get your shin-dig started on the right note with these top-of-the-class apps that will ensure your party earns a 4.0.

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Alton Brown certainly enjoys the science behind food and uses this knowledge to create delicious dishes. When serving a large crowd, cool dips like this guacamole are perfect. They require no oven space and hardly any prep time at all. Cover the guacamole with the plastic wrap touching the surface when storing to prevent it from turning brown. We will spare you the science lesson on oxidation — it is summer after all!

Food Network Kitchen’s Grilled Loaded Nachos.

If you make extra guacamole you can serve it up with these family-style nachos. Now, we don't condone cheating — but utilizing the same topping to create two appetizers lightens the workload. (Remember, work smarter not harder!) This appetizer is wrapped in aluminum foil packets and then cooked on a grill until the cheese has melted all over the chips. Raise your hand if you like an easy clean-up?!

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Chef Name: Giada De Laurentiis Full Recipe Name: Pea Pesto Crostini Talent Recipe: Giada De Laurentiis’ Pea Pesto Crostini, as seen on Foodnetwork.com FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, SUMMER/APPETIZERS/PASTA Show Name: Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

Photo by: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Renee Comet, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

If you study the recipe the day before the party, you will find that Giada De Laurentiis likes to use day-old bread to make crostini. But if you don’t have day-old bread on hand, you can dry out fresh bread by placing it in a 300 degree F oven until it crisps up slightly. The non-traditional pesto made using frozen peas adds a creaminess and density to this spread that your guests are sure to love!

These guys are full of flavor and easy for your guests to enjoy while mingling. Soak the wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes to ensure they don't burn while you grill the chicken. And make things extra-easy by serving them with your favorite store-bought dipping sauce. In a colorful bowl, it will still feel festive and special.

Food Network Kitchen - Chicken Caesar Salad Crouton Cups

Everyone's favorite part of a salad is the crispy, garlicy croutons on top — so Food Network Kitchen turned croutons into mini salad bowls so you're sure to get crunch in every bite! Allow the cups to cool on a rack so the bottoms don't become soggy. Now that is what we call "salad smarts."

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Grilled focaccia bread filled with eggs, bacon, sliced turkey and provolone will provide a filling little bite to keep your guests and graduates satisfied until you bring out the main course. Giada assembles her sandwiches ahead of time and cuts them into bite-sized pieces just before serving. Appetizers that can be prepared in advance make us want to throw our caps in the air.

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We love bright flavors and vibrant dishes when it comes to summertime appetizers. Seared halloumi cheese acts as the backdrop for juicy marinated watermelon. Michael Symon adds just a few ingredients like mint, honey and toasted almonds to elevate this impressive appetizer.

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Chef Name: Giada De Laurentiis Full Recipe Name: Pizzette with Gorgonzola, Tomato and Basil Talent Recipe: Giada De Laurentiis’ Pizzette with Gorgonzola, Tomato and Basil, as seen on Food Network’s Everyday Italian FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, SUMMER/APPETIZERS/PASTA Show Name: Everyday Italian Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

Photo by: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Renee Comet, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Your little scholar only needs one hand to count the number of ingredients needed to make these adorable pizzettes. Giada keeps party prep simple by using store-bought pizza dough. Cut the dough using a cookie cutter into rounds and top with Gorgonzola or any of your other favorite cheeses. Just because school is no longer in session doesn't mean you can't have art class. Think outside the (pizza) box and cut the dough using different shaped cutters for a creative spin your little ones will love.


The Best Easy Party Appetizers, Hors D’oeuvres, Delicious Dips and Finger Foods Recipes – Quick family friendly tapas and snacks for Holidays, Tailgating, New Year’s Eve and Super Bowl Parties!

Looking for easy crowd pleasing finger foods, hot dips and appetizers recipes for a party or special occasion, weekend tailgating or the Super Bowl? Whether it’s New Year’s Eve or family board game night, these are the BEST, family friendly, simple to make hors d’oeuvres recipes around! Party food has never been so easy or soooo delish. Whether it’s the big game, a baby shower, the wedding of the century, or your niece’s first birthday party – these will be a BIG hit and disappear fast. Even the picky eaters are going to want seconds and third of these tried and true quick tapas recipes!

You’re going to want to keep coming back for MORE of the most popular appetizer recipes around after your family raves about whichever one you pick to start with. Make sure to PIN THE IMAGE BELOW where it’s handy! You’ll be so glad you did!

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Layers of ham, chicken, dijon alfredo sauce and swiss cheese in delicious single serving cups! These bite-sized party favorites are SO easy to make! All the yummy flavor of chicken cordon bleu as a crowd pleasing finger food. CLICK HERE for the Printable Recipe: Chicken Cordon Bleu Cups Recipe via Dreaming in DIY

Meatball Sub Cupcakes | CLICK HERE for the full RECIPE: Plain Chicken

Crab and Cheddar Baked Wonton Purses Recipe | CLICK HERE for the full RECIPE: Dreaming in DIY

Easy Garlic Pull-Apart Bread Recipe | CLICK HERE for the full RECIPE: DelishPlan

“Are you ready for some football? I’m gearing up for the big game with these easy 4 Ingredient Sweet Chicken Bacon Wraps! They are a huge hit anytime!” Easy 4 Ingredient Sweet Chicken Bacon Wraps Appetizer Recipe | Easy Peasy Pleasy

“Garlic Parmesan Clam Stuffed Mushrooms are perfect for the seafood lover. Loaded with minced clams & 3 types of cheese make these the perfect appetizer.” Garlic Parmesan Clam Stuffed Mushrooms Appetizer Recipe | Kleinworth & Co.

5-Ingredient White Queso Skillet Dip Recipe | CLICK HERE for the full RECIPE: The Baking Fairy

Homemade Mac and Cheese Bites Finger Food Recipe | CLICK HERE for the full RECIPE: Chef in Training

Parmesan Crusted Tortellini Bites | CLICK HERE for the full RECIPE: the Cozy COOK

Loaded Baked Potato Bites | CLICK HERE for the full RECIPE: Landeelu

“Cheesy Chicken Chipotle Dip for the win! Score your winning touch down with this easy dip recipe. Use a rotisserie chicken to save you time!” Cheesy Chicken Chipotle Dip Recipe | Easy Peasy Pleasy

“Hosting a party is overwhelming enough let the experts at Cook’s Illustrated reduce some of the strain with this perfectly curated selection of “only the best”: the 75 best appetizer recipes ever to come out of the test kitchen. An innovative organization makes it simple to put together a well-balanced spread that hits all the high points, from something dippable to snacks to munch by the handful to elegant two-bite treats. Chapters mix cocktail party classics and modern finger foods and satisfy a variety of menus, abilities, and styles. Invite Cook’s Illustrated to your next soiree to guarantee the all-time best party for you and your guests.” CLICK HERE to get this awesome recipe book in your choice of Hardcover or Kindle Version: All-Time Best Appetizers (Cook’s Illustrated) available in your choice of Hardcover and Kindle Versions

French Dip Sliders Recipe | CLICK HERE for the full RECIPE: Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Artichoke Dip Stuffed Bread Appetizer Recipe | CLICK HERE for the full RECIPE: Tastes Better From Scratch

The Best Easy Party Appetizers, Hors D’oeuvres, Delicious Dips and Finger Foods Recipes – Quick family friendly tapas and snacks for Holidays, Tailgating, New Year’s Eve and Super Bowl Parties!

Crab Rangoon Crescent Cups | CLICK HERE for the full RECIPE: Spend With Pennies

Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms | CLICK HERE for the full RECIPE: Landeelu

Gooey Cheesy Warm Bacon Dip | CLICK HERE for the full RECIPE: Kitchen meets Girl

Maple Caramel Bacon Crack | CLICK HERE for the full RECIPE: the domestic REBEL

Crunchy Taco Cups Finger Food Recipe | CLICK HERE for the full RECIPE: Kevin & Amanda

5 Minute Million Dollar Dip Appetizer Recipe | CLICK HERE for the full RECIPE: The Recipe Critic

Chili Lime Shrimp Cups | CLICK HERE for the full RECIPE: inspired taste

Cheesecake Factory Copycat Avocado Egg Rolls | CLICK HERE for the full RECIPE: damn delicious


Our 43 Best Holiday Party Appetizers

Matt Taylor-Gross

Finger-friendly, elegant, and (almost too) easy to eat, these recipes for appetizers and hors d’oeuvres are perfect for all of your holiday endeavors. Starting off with something unexpected, like salmon appetizers are one of our favorite ways to elevate any event, whether it’s a fancy cocktail party or potluck dinner. But the classics are called so for a reason, so don’t overlook go-tos like homemade pigs in a blanket, cheese gougères, or crab toasts. Any of these recipes can be scaled up to accommodate more guests. Now all you need is a festive drink.

For holiday menu inspiration, roast recipes, and more, check out our full Holiday Guide.

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Fried Stuffed Castelvetrano Olives

Making for a substantial snack, Rosa Pepe stuffs olives with a simple beef and pork filling then dredges them in breadcrumbs before crisping them up in the deep-fryer. Get the recipe for Fried Stuffed Castelvetrano Olives »

Armenian Stuffed Cabbage (Dolmas)

Armenian Stuffed Cabbage (Dolmas)

Pigs in a Blanket with Herbed Mustard Dipping Sauce

The dough, a variation on a Southern-style biscuit dough, is rolled out and folded several times to ensure delicate layers. Leftover dough and scraps can be rolled out again and cut and baked into biscuits. The dough can also be made in advance and refrigerated for up to 2 days or frozen until ready to use. Get the recipe for Pigs in a Blanket with Herbed Mustard Dipping Sauce »

Beef Short Ribs Empanadas

In his version of Chilean empanadas, chef Rodolfo Guzmán of Boragó replaces lean ground chuck with rich beef short ribs, which make each bite tender. Get the recipe for Beef Short Ribs Empanadas »

Baked Brie with Raspberry Jam

There's a reason this recipe is a classic party appetizer: crowned with jam and wrapped in puff pastry, a wheel of brie turns into a gooey, irresistible treat that's great eaten with crackers or toast. Get the recipe for Baked Brie with Raspberry Jam »

Broccoli Rabe and Italian Sausage Fried Ravioli

Broccoli Rabe and Italian Sausage Fried Ravioli

Farmers' Cheese with Onion and Pumpkin Seed Oil

Farmers' Cheese with Onion and Pumpkin Seed Oil

Onion Tart with Goat Cheese

This gorgeous tart has it all—sweetness from the caramelized onions, earthiness from the goat cheese, and a subtle saltiness from the anchovies. Get the recipe for Onion Tart with Goat Cheese »

Crab Toast

Spreading mayonnaise on both sides of the bread before grilling yields a perfectly golden brown crust. Get the recipe for Crab Toast »

Sharp Cheddar and Sausage Balls

These holiday favorites benefit from a spicy, sage-heavy bulk pork sausage. Get the recipe for Sharp Cheddar and Sausage Balls »

Cavolo Nero and Prosciutto Bruschetta

Cavolo nero, also known as Tuscan kale, Lacinato kale, or Dinosaur kale, balances thinly sliced, salty prosciutto over toast. Get the recipe for Cavolo Nero and Prosciutto Bruschetta »

Mexican Ricotta Croquettes

Requeson (Mexican ricotta) and a variety of other Mexican cheeses to make these craveable croquettes. Serve them with a sweet and smoky chipotle-honey salsa. Get the recipe for Mexican Ricotta Croquettes »

Classic Scotch Eggs

Goat Cheese and Apricot Truffles

A sweet core of dried apricot coated in tangy goat cheese is rolled in a savory mixture of crushed pistachios and fresh herbs. Get the recipe for Goat Cheese and Apricot Truffles »

Ricotta, Potato, and Scallion Fritters

Ricotta, Potato, and Scallion Fritters

Swiss Fondue Fritters (Malakoffs)

A decadent mixture of Gruyère, garlic, wine, and kirsch is scooped onto bread rounds and fried to perfection—golden and crisp outside, gooey inside. Get the recipe for Swiss Fondue Fritters (Malakoffs) »

Steamed Pork Belly Manti

Browned butter brings an extra layer of flavor to these otherwise traditional Central Asian dumplings, but the cherry on top comes in the form of fried shallots. Get the recipe for Steamed Pork Belly Manti »

Indian Spiced Potato Pastries (Aloo Samose)

With their golden, flaky shells and sweet aroma, Indian samosas are a crowd-pleasing classic. Get the recipe for Indian Spiced Potato Pastries (Aloo Samose) »

Acadian Salt Cod Cakes

Salt cod is mashed with fluffy potatoes to make these bite-size pan-fried cakes from Prince Edward Island. Get the recipe for Acadian Salt Cod Cakes »

Roasted Garlic and Sweet Potato Crostini

Sweet and savory, crunchy and creamy come together on little toasts, which pair cubes of sweet potato with a flavorful spread featuring lemon zest, capers and sour cream. Get the recipe for Roasted Garlic and Sweet Potato Crostini »

Tofu Wanzi (Fried Tofu and Bacon Fritters)

China meets the American South in these tofu, bacon, and scallion fritters. Get the recipe for Tofu Wanzi (Fried Tofu and Bacon Fritters) »

Stuffed Pepperoncini with Smoked Salmon

Spicy, briny, creamy, and salty, this simple, retro-inspired appetizer is an unabashed crowd-pleaser. Get the recipe for Stuffed Pepperoncini with Smoked Salmon »

Robiola-Stuffed Figs with Pomegranate

Pungent Robiola cheese can be substituted with brie, ricotta, or any other soft cheese in this simple no-cook appetizer. Get the recipe for Robiola-Stuffed Figs with Pomegranate »

Pigeon Pea Fritters with Yogurt-Tomato Sauce (Vadai Pachadi)

Pigeon Pea Fritters with Yogurt-Tomato Sauce (Vadai Pachadi)

Goat Cheese Crostini with Fig-Olive Tapenade

A tangy-sweet tapenade made with dried figs, kalamata olives, and capers is the perfect foil for mild goat cheese in this easy appetizer. Get the recipe for Goat Cheese Crostini with Fig-Olive Tapenade »

Bluefish Paté

This bluefish paté has all the makings of a traditional fish dip—cream cheese, lemon, herbs—with a few updates to give it some zing. Get the recipe for Bluefish Paté »

Pecan Cheese Wafers

Pecans lightly brushed with egg whites are baked into cheesy, buttery wafers with a touch of chile flakes. Get the recipe for Pecan Cheese Wafers »

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Olive Oil Crackers

Adapted from Anya Fernald's Home Cooked, this recipe for delicate, whole wheat-flecked crackers makes enough to feed a party, or last all week in your pantry. "The key to [their] crispiness is to roll out the dough extremely thin," the author writes. If the dough springs back at all while rolling, let it rest at room temperature for 5 minutes, then try again. Get the recipe for Olive Oil Crackers »

Spiced Pecans

Bite-size and buttery, cumin and cayenne-spiced pecans glazed in dark brown sugar are the perfect smoky, spicy-sweet snack. Get the recipe for Spiced Pecans »

Brigtsen's Scallops with Sweet Potato Puree and Onion Marmalade

Sweet potato puree and onion marmalade enhance the natural sweetness of scallops in this dish. Get the recipe for Brigtsen's Scallops with Sweet Potato Puree and Onion Marmalade »

Deep-Fried Indian Bread (Puri)

Like chapati, puri is made from a simple durum wheat flour dough. But this flatbread incorporates ajwain seeds, which lend a lightly herbal, floral flavor, and is deep-fried in hot oil. It's often eaten at breakfast or as a snack. Get the recipe for Deep-Fried Indian Bread (Puri) »

The Ultimate Crab Dip

Known as chupe de centolla, this Chilean crab gratin borders on a cheesy crab dip. While similar South American chupe are always prepared with milk-soaked bread and any combination of shrimp, scallops, shellfish, meats, and cheeses, Patagonia's version relies solely on the massive local king crabs, the hallmark of fishermen's kitchens along Chile's southernmost coast. Get the recipe for The Ultimate Crab Dip »

Deviled Eggs With Crab

Chef Yves Camdeborde assembles these haute deviled eggs—the whites marinated in soy sauce and pomegranate vinegar—à la minute at his stand-up bar L'Avant Comptoir de la Mer in Paris, but you can make the filling up to a day in advance and keep it refrigerated. Be sure to drain the whites immediately after 15 minutes of marinating so they don't toughen. Get the recipe for Deviled Eggs With Crab »

Broiled oysters with Spinach and Brown Butter Hollandaise

Get the recipe for Broiled oysters with Spinach and Brown Butter Hollandaise »

Broccoli Rabe, Cannellini Bean, and Ricotta Crostini

Broccoli Rabe, Cannellini Bean, and Ricotta Crostini

Gravlax with Blinis

We persuaded the wife of a Norwegian fisherman to share her secret recipe for marinating a fresh side of salmon to silky-textured, ­subtly flavored perfection. Modern-day gravlax, preferably served with blinis (a Russian touch). Get the recipe for Gravlax with Blinis »

French Piped Potatoes (Pommes Duchesse)

Elegant potatoes are brushed with an egg wash before baking for color and crunch. Get the recipe for French Piped Potatoes (Pommes Duchesse) »

Apple and Stilton Welsh Rarebit Bites

Piquant Stilton replaces the more traditional cheddar in this bite-sized twist on the classic British dish. Get the recipe for Apple and Stilton Welsh Rarebit Bites »

Salmon Croquettes

These croquettes from Atlanta's Watershed are all meat with minimal breading. It's important to chill them thoroughly—ideally overnight—so they hold together in the hot skillet. Get the recipe for Salmon Croquettes »

More Pinwheel Recipes:

Veggie Pizza Pinwheels: These Veggie Pizza Roll-Ups combine two of my favorite appetizer ideas into one easy and delicious recipe everyone is going to love. I think I like them so much because they are very simple to make and are packed with flavor. I also find it hard to resist any appetizer that involves cream cheese and / or ranch flavoring.

Tortilla Roll-ups with Salsa Pinwheels: This pinwheel recipe gets its visual punch from green flour tortillas. While these pinwheels are delicious with salsa any time of the year, they are perfect for the holidays when stacked in a tree shape and garnished with cherry tomato &ldquoornaments&rdquo and a yellow pepper &ldquostar.&rdquo Can you say, &ldquoOh, tortilla Tannenbaum&rdquo?

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Tortilla Pinwheels: In this variation of a classic pinwheel, I boosted the flavor with minced fresh herbs, cooked and chopped thick-cut bacon, and powdered ranch dressing mix. A crowd pleaser, this pinwheel recipe is another one you&rsquoll want to keep handy during the holiday season.

Which of these recipes will you make for your next dinner or party? Let us know what your favorite ingredients are and how you like to serve pinwheels.