Easy Party Appetizers

When time is short and you need to get cooking, reach for one of our easy appetizer recipes to get the party started. Each of our appetizers is quick to pull together and perfect for any last-minute gathering. Including snack mixes, bruschetta, and creamy dips, our easy appetizers are perfect for your party needs.

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    Zesty Popcorn Mix

    Popcorn is a classic choice to add to your party menu, so why not try our zesty mix? Chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, and other spicy ingredients fill each bite with loads of flavor.

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    Antipasto Platter with Tomato Chutney

    One of the quickest ways to pull together a party appetizer is to present a charcuterie platter. Ours is full of fresh veggies, meats, and cheeses. Serve with our homemade tomato chutney.

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    Gorgonzola-Thyme-Stuffed Olives

    Finishing an easy party appetizer is as simple as one, two, done! Step 1: Mix cream cheese, Gorgonzola cheese, and herbs with an electric mixer. Step 2: Pipe into olives. You're done!

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    Sweet Ricotta and Strawberry Parfaits

    Individual-size fruit parfaits are an adorable and easy appetizer for any party buffet. The mild ricotta cheese offers the perfect stage for sweet strawberries to shine.

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    4 Party-Ready Bundt Pan Ideas

    Bundt pans don't have to be just for baking. Use the common kitchen tool as a mold for ice cream cake, a shareable sandwich, dips, and other finger foods. 

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    Parmesan-Stuffed Dates

    All you need to make these delightful finger foods are just three ingredients: fresh Medjool dates, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and bacon. We love the way the sweet dates play off the salty bacon in this tasty appetizer.

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    Bacon and Cheese Deviled Eggs

    Here's a bacon-trimmed take on a best-loved appetizer. Make these deviled eggs extra quick by starting with hard-cooked eggs from the supermarket deli.

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    Walnut-Apricot Baklava Bites

    Store-bought phyllo shells instantly transform into petite pastries with an easy do-it-yourself stuffing. Our baklava-inspired mix of nutmeg-spiced walnuts, honey, and crystallized ginger mimics the sticky-sweet Greek favorite.

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    Smoky Blue Cheese Dip

    Creamy blue cheese, Greek yogurt, and mayo come together to make this irresistible dip recipe. Add a hint of smokiness to the appetizer with a dash of paprika.

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    Gluten-Free Spicy Kale Chips

    Crispy, chewy kale chips provide the perfect alternative to potato chips in your appetizer display. We used chili powder to add a little kick of heat to each chip.

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    Crispy Kale Chips in 5 Steps

    Watch how easy it is to turn this leafy green into a healthy appetizer.

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    Rosemary Roasted Nuts

    A mix of almonds, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds can provide the base for any nut mix, but our rosemary-brown sugar topping is what really makes this appetizer stand out. A hint of cayenne pepper adds heat to the mix.

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    Mini Margherita Pizzas

    Topped with melted mozzarella, roma tomatoes, and fresh herbs, these colorful pizza bites will be gobbled up by party guests. The mini pizzas can also be easily customized with your favorite toppings.

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    Peppered Herb Cheese Ball

    To help party day go smoothly, look for appetizer recipes with make-ahead options. This colorful cheese ball is generously flavored with herbs and goat cheese and can be made the night before your gathering.

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    Olive-Pepperoni Kabobs

    These eye-catching kabobs require no cooking and just a few minutes to assemble, making them one of the all-time easiest of easy appetizer recipes! We love how the ingredients have been cleverly skewered using rosemary stems.

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    Hot Fennel Cheese Dip

    Hot dips rank among the most popular (and easiest!) appetizer recipes. And when bacon and blue cheese get in on the act, the results are irresistible.

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    Nutty Gorgonzola Apple Rings

    Rich cheese, sweet honey, and candied walnuts make tempting toppers for tart apple rings. More great news: The pretty party appetizers can be made up to 2 hours in advance.

     

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    Strawberry-Goat Cheese Bruschetta

    Freshen up your appetizer recipes with in-season fruit. Here, creamy goat cheese, zippy arugula, and luscious strawberries combine for an off-the-beaten-path take on bruschetta.

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    Plum-Good Sausage and Meatballs

    On a buffet of party appetizers, sausage and meatballs are often among the first to disappear. Fortunately, this slow cooker recipe makes enough of these bold and tangy delights to serve a crowd.

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    Mini Party Quiches

    Make these mini quiches perfect for a crowd by topping half with tomatoes and the others with fresh herbs. It will look like you've whipped up two different appetizer recipes instead of just one.

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    Sweet Pea Ricotta Bruschetta

    Bruschetta is a party appetizer favorite, and our sweet pea version is no exception. Watch to learn how to make the wow-worthy starter.

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    Roasted Corn and Crab Dip

    This extra-creamy version of crab dip features roasted veggies, onions, and spicy cheese. One taste will have you adding it to your roster of favorite appetizer recipes.

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    Herbed Deviled Egg Bruschetta

    Hard-cooked eggs are an inexpensive way to add richness to your easy appetizer recipes. Here they star with mayo, mustard, herbs, capers, and pickles in a clever take on bruschetta.

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    Mushroom-Garlic Pizza

    Every party calls for a tasty pizza. Grab a slice of our mushroom-garlic version featuring fresh shiitake mushrooms and homemade herb oil.

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