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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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.

    Editor's Tip: For no-stress party planning, use our free Appetizer and Beverage Quantity guides, available below, to make it easy to estimate your party food and drink needs.

Makes: 45 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
Turkey Salad Tartlets

    Light and fresh, these mini salads are served in their own edible appetizer-size bowls. Baked miniature phyllo shells come ready to fill with tangy turkey salad that can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes.

    Editor's Tip: Mini phyllo shells are great containers for other party salads, too. Make your own salad or purchase tuna, ham, or seafood salad at the supermarket deli.

Makes: 30 servings
Serving size: 30 tartlets
Start to Finish   25 mins 
Picadillo Poppers

    Hot and hearty, these appetizers 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 are bite-size bursts of flavor.

Serving size: 24 poppers
Prep   45 mins 
Grill   8 mins 
Meatball Sliders

    The slow cooker makes these hearty mini sandwiches so easy. The sliders offer a satisfying combination of flavors for the meat lovers at your party.

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)
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: To make an easy dip, mix up a second batch of the wings marinade in a small pan. Simmer the sauce until reduced by half, and serve in a small bowl.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Marinate  1 hr 
Cook   15 mins 
Wasabi Shrimp-Stuffed Buns

    Wrapped in tender dough, party-favorite shrimp gets a kick from wasabi powder and richness from cream cheese filling. The flavor-filled buns are delicious fresh from the oven, or bake them ahead and simply reheat for the party.

    Editor's Tip: Wasabi powder, sometimes called Japanese horseradish, is a pale lime-green condiment with a sharp, pungent, fiery flavor. If you can't find it in the Asian section of your supermarket, look for it at Asian markets.

Makes: 16 servings
Serving size: 16 buns
Prep   35 mins 
Stand   20 mins 
Rise   15 mins 
Spicy Melon Skewers

    Drench melons and papaya in a sweet-spicy syrup for a kicky, refreshing appetizer. Serve the skewered fruit ice-cold, sprinkled with crispy prosciutto and cilantro.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Marinate  2 hrs 
Bake   6 mins  to  8 mins  400°F 
Mini Puffs with Goat Cheese and Herbs

    Party guests will devour these two-bite cheese puffs. The delicate pastry balances the creamy goat cheese filling's tangy, herb-infused flavor.

Makes: 20 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Bake   20 mins  375°F 
Teriyaki Chicken Rumaki

    Glaze bacon-wrapped chicken with teriyaki sauce for a little piece of sweet-salty heaven at your party. Skewered with red pepper and green onion, the presentation is party-perfect, too.

Serving size: 24 rumaki
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   24 mins  375°F 
Asian BBQ Pork Wontons

    The filling in these wontons is spicy; the cool cucumber salsa is a refreshing accompaniment. Ground chicken or turkey makes a tasty filling for this appetizer, too.

Serving size: 30 wontons
Prep   30 mins 
Cook   2 mins per batch
Mini Burgers with Cheesy Onions

    While a big burger may be too much for a party spread, these sliders pack a wallop of flavor inside a cocktail bun. Flavorful and juicy, no condiments are required.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Grill   8 mins 
Fresh Arugula Bruschetta

    For a garden-picked approach to a classic appetizer, the peppery bite of arugula tops tangy goat cheese swirled on toasted French bread slices. If you select baby arugula, use a few extra leaves to top the toast for plenty of flavor.

Makes: 12 servings
Broil   1 min  to  2 mins per side
Start to Finish   25 mins 
Stuffed Mushrooms

    Include a classic in your appetizer buffet. These stuffed mushrooms are overflowing with cheese, bacon, garlic, and onion.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 24 mushrooms
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   13 mins  425°F 
Gorgonzola & Pear Focaccia

    Creamy Gorgonzola, fresh pears, red onion, and toasted walnuts top mini focaccia wedges for a flavor-filled party star.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Rise  1 hr 
Bake   10 mins  425°F 
Nutty Gorgonzola Apple Rings

    The creamy smoothness of honey and cream cheese deliciously complements the crunch of crispy apples and spicy candied nuts. A sprinkling of Gorgonzola cheese finishes this appetizer with just-right sharpness.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 12 to 16 rings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   10 mins  400°F 
Aztec Chocolate Popcorn

    When spice-infused chocolate is mixed with the crispy goodness of caramel-coated popcorn, the result is a snack that will earn praise from your party guests.

Makes: 40 servings
Serving size: 20 cups
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   20 mins  300°F 
Strawberry Margarita Cheesecake Minis

    A twist of lime gives each of these tiny cheesecakes a taste of the tropics. The salted pretzel crust and fresh strawberry topper combine for a sweet appetizer sensation.

    Editor's Tip: Plan about three mini sweets per party guest.

Serving size: 36 mini cheesecakes
Prep  1 hr 
Bake   15 mins  325°F 
Cool   10 mins 
Caramel-Cashew Bars

    Cut these chewy bars into petite strips or squares so party guests won't feel guilty about savoring the big-time flavor and nutty crunch of this sweet bite.

    Editor's Tip: Look for make-ahead recipes that can be stored, refrigerated, or frozen for a few days to reduce last-minute preparations.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 24 bars
Prep   15 mins 
Bake   23 mins  325°F 
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.

Serving size: 18 turnovers
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   16 mins  400°F 
Lime-Pecan Shortbread Bars

    Squeeze a little citrus into your buffet. With a tart lime filling and a pecan-studded crust, the sunny bars add fresh zest to your party.

Serving size: 36 bars
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   18 mins  350°F 
Bake   10 mins  325°F 
Meringue-Topped Raspberry Cupcakes

    These cupcakes add a touch of sophistication with raspberry liqueur and a swirl of meringue. To make them even more party-friendly, bake mini cupcakes so guests can taste without overindulging.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cool   5 mins 
Bake   23 mins  to  25 mins  350°F 

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