Easy Slow Cooker Appetizers

Hosting a casual get together? Turn to one of these simple appetizers for a fuss-free starter your guests will love, from dips to chicken wings.

Cathy Long


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Meatball Sliders

    These bite-size, saucy meatball sandwiches are a hostess favorite that require just 10 minutes of preparation time.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 24 appetizers
Prep   10 mins 
Cook  4 hrs  to 5 hrs (low) or 2 to 2 1/2 hours (high)
2/19
Red Curry Chicken Wings

    These popular chicken wings are finger food at its finest. Add the red curry paste sparingly unless you are looking for a fiery snack.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cook  3 hrs  to 4 hrs High 1 1/2 to 2 hour
3/19
Bourbon-Glazed Cocktail Sausages

    Apricot preserves, maple syrup, and bourbon meld beautifully for these pleasing sausage bites.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   5 mins 
Cook  4 hrs  (low)
4/19
Hoisin-Garlic Mushrooms

    Hoisin sauce with garlic and red pepper flakes punch up the flavor of these bite-size button mushrooms.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  5 hrs  to 6 hrs (low) or 2 1/2 to 3 hours (high)
5/19
Plum Good Sausage and Meatballs

    These delectable meatballs and sausages slow-cook in a sassy blend of plum jam and barbecue sauce.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   10 mins 
Cook  5 hrs Low or High 2 -/2 hours
6/19
Sweet-and-Hot Nuts

    These sweet and savory nuts not only serve as the perfect party food, but also make a healthy snack.

Makes: 22 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cool  1 hr 
Cook  2 hrs (low)
7/19
Supreme Pizza Fondue

    This fun appetizer is just like eating pizza. All the elements are there -- sausage, sauce, mushrooms, and veggies -- plus Italian bread, cherry tomatoes, and provolone cheese for dipping.

Makes: 10 servings
Serving size: 5-1/2 cups
Prep   20 mins 
Slow Cook  3 hrs  to 3 hrs 15 mins Low heat
8/19
Apricot-Glazed Ham Balls

    Pineapple and ginger create a sweet, fruity sauce for these ham balls studded with dried apricots.

Makes: 30 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   20 mins  350°F 
Cook  4 hrs  to 5 hrs (low) or 1-1/2 to 2 hours (high)
9/19
Flamin' Cajun Riblets

    Hot-and-spicy Cajun seasoning and chili sauce give these yummy riblets lip-tingling flavor.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  5 hrs  to  6 mins (low) or 2 1/2 to 3 hours (high
10/19
Cranberry-Sauced Meatballs Appetizer

    Tender meatballs mixed with cranberries take on a glorious flavor when they're simmered in this snappy cranberry-barbecue sauce.

Serving size: 60 meatballs
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   15 mins  to  18 mins  350°F 
Cook  2 hrs  to 3 hrs (low) or 1 to 1 1/2 hours (high)
11/19
Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks with Blue Cheese

    These brightly sauced chicken legs will be the hit of your party, especially when dipped into a cool and creamy blue cheese dressing.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cook  6 hrs  to 8 hrs (low) or 3 to 4 hours (high)
12/19
Saucy Apricot 'N' Spiced Meatballs

    Ancho chili powder adds a pleasing sweet and spicy bite to these meaty nibblers.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   15 mins  to  20 mins  350°F 
13/19
Mexican-Style Meatballs and Mini Sausages

    Salsa and chili sauce give firepower to these saucy meat tidbits.

Makes: 20 servings
Serving size: 20 appetizer servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   18 mins  350°F 
Cook  3 hrs on low or 1 1/2 hours on hig
14/19
Thai Chicken Wings with Peanut Sauce

    This chicken wing drumette recipe gets its terrific taste from a double measure of peanut butter -- both on the wings and in the peanut sauce.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 12 servings (2 pieces per serving)
Prep   25 mins 
Cook  5 hrs  to 6 hrs low or High 2-1/2 to 3 hours
15/19
Spicy Mustard Stir-Fry Bites

    Wrapped and ready to eat, these good-looking, bite-size fajitas are savory and filling.

Serving size: 25 appetizers
Prep   25 mins 
Cook  6 hrs low
16/19
Sweet, Hot, and Sour Meatballs

    If kids are on the guest list, apple juice is the perfect substitute for the whiskey in these slow-simmered sausage-and-beef meatballs.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 48 meatballs
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   30 mins  375°F 
17/19
Caponata Sicilianata

    This robust Italian antipasto combines eggplant, tomatoes, onions, and olives to make an ideal opener for just about any dinner party or gathering.

Serving size: 6 cups
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  5 hrs 30 mins (low) or 3 1/2 hours (high)
18/19
Asiago Cheese Dip

    This rich and cheesy dip is filled with diced mushrooms, tomatoes, and green onions. Serve it with toasted baguette slices.

Serving size: 7 cups
Prep   25 mins 
Cook  3 hrs (low) or 1-1/2 hours (high)
19/19
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