Party-Ready Finger Food Ideas

Get your party started with easy and delicious finger foods. Our appetizers, snacks, and bite-size sweets are easy to make and fun to enjoy while mingling.


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    • Blue Cheese- and Walnut-Stuffed Mushrooms

      This six-ingredient mushroom stuffing provides a savory crunch and golden brown finish. With toasted walnuts, dried bread crumbs, and crumbled blue cheese, these mini appetizers should be enjoyed in one bite!

    • Shrimp and Chorizo Kabobs

      Hot and spicy, these little shrimp-sausage skewers pack lots of smoky chorizo goodness. Be sure to soak the wooden skewers in water for an hour before firing up the grill.


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    • Avocado-and-Pesto Tomatoes

      Upgrade your go-to party salad! These cherry tomatoes are filled with an avocado-and-cream-cheese basil pesto then skewered with a toothpick for an oh-so-creamy upgrade to traditional tomato and basil salad.

    • Sweet Potato Fries with Roasted Garlic Ketchup

      This sweet and crunchy fry recipe accompanies a dipping sauce that steals the show. The onion-and-garlic ketchup incorporates caramelized veggies and agave-sweetened ketchup for a flavorful kick.

    • Chicken Wings, 5 Ways

      Don't be chicken -- try them all! With Bourbon Espresso BBQ, Thai Peanut, Italian Parm, Creamy Sriracha, and Citrus Pepper, there's a wing for every party palette.

    • Root Veggie Chips with Sea Salt

      This counts as a veggie platter, right? Sweet potatoes, blue potatoes, beets, parsnips, carrots, rutabagas, and celery root can be sliced and dehydrated for a deliciously crisp and salty snack.

    • Bacon-Wrapped Smokies

      The salty-sweet flavor of sausage links wrapped in bacon is addictive. Make them a day ahead so they're ready to pop in the oven just before party time.

    • Grilled Drunken Shrimp and Scallop Skewers

      A good party calls for tequila -- well, tequila-coated seafood, at least. Marinate shrimp and scallops in a mix of lime juice, olive oil, and tequila, then grill for 8 to 10 minutes. Yes, that's enough time to also whip up a margarita.

    • Avocado Fries

      Guacamole and chips are so yesterday. Turn silky smooth avocados into the ultimate fiesta snack: fries! Coat them in tortilla chips and a sprinkle of chili powder for spicy crunch.

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      Mini S'mores

      Miniature s'mores broiled and then dipped in chocolate make excellent grab-and-go desserts. Bonus: Learn how to make our Grown-Up S'mores with orange, raspberries, and rosemary, as well as our White Chocolate-and-Jam S'mores.



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      Shrimp Spring Rolls with Chimichurri Sauce

      These no-bake spring rolls combine chimichurri-coated shrimp with hints of cilantro, carrot, and mint. The garlic and parsley chimichurri sauce is a crowd-pleaser, and the healthy rolls take only 30 minutes to make.

      Editor Tip: For a healthy vegetarian alternative, substitute firm, diced tofu.

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      Picadillo Poppers

      Hot and hearty, these poppers are easy to make on the grill or in the broiler. Filled with ground beef, Spanish rice, cheese, raisins, and olives, the stuffed jalapeno peppers offer bite-size bursts of flavor.

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      Sweet and Smoky Nuts

      Throwing a get-together and serving drinks? Try these flavorful nuts as an easy party food that will pair wonderfully with a variety of beers and cocktails. 


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      Grilled Banana Bites

      Friends and family will go bananas for this 15-minute dessert recipe! Coat a shortbread cookie in chocolate-hazelnut spread, then add grilled banana slices. The nutty chocolate sweetness is even stronger with a dollop of whipped dessert topping and extra hazelnuts.

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      Avocado Deviled Eggs

      Deviled eggs are a cocktail party classic -- and they're fun and easy to upgrade. With a dash of hot pepper sauce, these eggs get a devilish kick that transforms this classic appetizer. Don't worry, the avocado and chive topping offsets the spice.

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      Spicy Kale Chips

      For a hotter upgrade to traditional kale chips, look no further than this perfect addition of chili powder. These four-ingredient veggie crisps take only 15 minutes to prepare and will spice up any party.

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      Bangkok Chili Wings

      Try out some food trends -- sriracha, coconut milk, lime, and mango are all in this punchy wing recipe. A nice variation from expected buffalo wings, you'll be serving up a favorite food with a flavor twist.


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      Pepperoni Pizza Cups

      Turn a universally loved entree into a delightful bite-size appetizer! Choose a variety of toppings for an easy-to-prepare party food that's guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.


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      Tuscan Mac and Cheese Cups

      Mac and cheese is already a favorite comfort food. Add prosciutto and bread crumbs and it becomes irresistible. These bite-size cups are easy to enjoy without making a mess.


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      Chorizo-Topped Mexican Pizzas

      Combine two beloved foods -- pizza and tacos! It's a party food that's easy to make and eat. Top tortillas with melted cheese, chorizo, avocado, and salsa, or set out ingredients and let guests customize slices.


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      Stuffed Sausage Sliders

      Cheese-stuffed sausage slider patties pair well with our apple-fennel slaw. So much flavor in such a small party appetizer.


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      Go-to Party Food: Bruschetta

      Easy to whip up in a pinch, bruschetta is a great party food to have mastered. We show you how to make this flavorful dish step-by-step.


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      Caprese Surprise Meatballs

      Bite into these meatballs and reveal prosciutto, mozzarella, and olives inside. Dipped in marinara sauce, pesto, and Alfredo sauce, there are loads of Italian flavors in this dish!


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      Nutty Gorgonzola Apple Rings

      Creamy honey and cream cheese deliciously complement the crunch of crisp apples and spicy candied nuts. A sprinkling of Gorgonzola cheese finishes this appetizer with just-right sharpness.

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      Lemon-Zest Snacker Mix

      The zippy flavor of lemon peel and mixed herbs guarantees this party mix will be a major hit. Save any leftovers for an easy on-the-go snack.

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      Mini Quiches with Sriracha

      Mini quiches -- a standby appetizer for a reason. Give these bite-size hors d'oeuvres a trendy update with the addition of sriracha sauce. Spicy, cheesy, and savory -- there's nothing not to love.


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      Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches

      Let your slow cooker simmer up some sliders for your next party. Root beer and chili sauce make a sweet and savory combo to top off tender pulled pork. 


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      Grilled Arugula Bruschetta

      Turn a fresh loaf of Italian bread into a simple party stunner: bruschetta! Every bite of the crisp, golden appetizer crumbles with cool mozzarella and rich pesto flavor.


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      Pork Empanadas with Jicama Pico de Gallo

      These flaky empanadas are oozing with cumin-coated pork that's simmered in a slew of savory spices. Cool them down with fresh pico de gallo. Be sure to set out more than one bowl of pico so your guests can easily dunk away.


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      Glazed Churros

      Brown-sugary churros are a happy addition any dessert tray. Make yours party-ready by decking them out in our fabulous glazes: orange, lime and pistachio, birthday cake, and Mexican chocolate.

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      Cheesy Snack Mix

      Easy-to-scoop snack mix is a party essential. This ultracheesy version features a crispy assortment of rice cereal, crackers, nuts, and mini breadsticks. Coat it lightly in Italian dressing and grated Parmesan.


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      Jalapeno-Peach Wonton Poppers

      Get the party poppin' with a batch of jalapeno-peach wontons. The restaurant-worthy poppers are crisp and golden on the outside and sweet and snappy on the inside.


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      Zesty Fajita Bites

      Liven up your fiesta with a tray of feisty fajita bites. The wraps feature lime-zest chicken and colorfully crisp peppers. Serve alongside a spicy bowl of salsa.

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      Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

      Lush and fruity, these strawberry cheesecake bars are a sweet break from a lineup of salty snacks. Best of all? One batch makes a whopping 54 servings!

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      Strawberry-Chocolate Turnovers

      Marvelous milk chocolate meshes with sweet strawberry jam in these flaky pastries. Cut them in half to show off the filling and make the turnovers even more party-friendly.

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      Chinese Coca-Cola Wings

      Give traditional chicken wings a sweet-spicy attitude with Asian flavoring and a splash of fizzy cola. The saucy goodness is worth using a few napkins.

      Editor's Tip: For an easy dip, mix together a second batch of the marinade.

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      Teriyaki Chicken Rumaki

      Glaze bacon-wrapped chicken with teriyaki sauce for a sweet-salty party bite. Skewered with red pepper and green onion, the presentation is party-perfect, too.

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      Greek Stuffed Meatballs

      Nestle traditional Greek Kasseri or feta cheese inside these meatballs before tossing them in your slow cooker for an easy make-ahead appetizer. A homemade Mediterranean tomato sauce drizzled on top heightens the flavor.

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      Mini Caramel Cheesecakes

      Six-ingredient cheesecakes are rich, creamy, and coated in sweet caramel. These treats prove what we knew all along -- dessert is sweeter when it's fun-sized. 

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      Winter Party Appetizers

      On game days and movie nights, winter entertaining has a style all its own. Fuel the fun with these easy appetizer recipes for bite-size foods, delicious dips, irresistible snack mixes, and more.
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