Party Appetizers That Will Have Everyone Asking for the Recipes
Sweet Potato Toasts
Welcome guests to the bash with a build-your-own spud spread! This easy party appetizer idea is gluten-free and easy to prep ahead. Outsource the assembly and allow guests to design their own cocktail party appetizers that fit their dietary needs and flavor preferences.
Lemon-Dill Artichoke Dip
Think of this party appetizer idea like a jalapeño popper with a twist. Simply stuff pickles with a spiced-up cheese blend, wrap with ham, and bake. If you prefer a cold party appetizer—or you're in a hurry—serve chilled. Whichever temp you choose, pop these pickles onto your appetizer spread with a side of hot pepper jelly. No one will be able to resist.
Small shellfish, big flavor. These cocktail party appetizers are marinated in a lemon and chili-garlic sauce combo to infuse each ounce with a hint of spice. And the bacon wrap doesn’t hurt either! Each batch broils to perfection in less than 10 minutes, so you can refill the platter without missing much of the party.
Pimiento Cheese Dip
Like cheese boards? Then you’ll love this Southern-inspired cheesy snack. Diced pimiento peppers perk up the ridiculously creamy cheese dip that will disappear in a flash when you serve the 15-minute easy party appetizer with crackers and crudites (aka cut-up veggies).
Paleo Avocado Deviled Eggs
These poppable, crowd-pleasing bites are devilishly good thanks to a dash of hot pepper sauce. And since each half is packed with three grams of protein, these are among the best party appetizers to fuel guests through until dinner.
Test Kitchen Tip: Assemble these deviled eggs up to four hours preparty, chill, then top with the diced avocado and a squeeze of lemon juice (to keep it all looking fresh and green) just before everyone arrives.
Chorizo-Cheese Ants on a Log
Channel your inner child with this grown-up ants on a log recipe. Some of the most memorable party dishes are those with a hint of nostalgia, and these cold party appetizers certainly deliver on that. The chorizo dates complement each other deliciously for a one-hand snack that’s savory, sweet, crunchy, and creamy all at once.
If you’re hosting a brunch gathering, you can’t get much better than these easy party appetizers. Not only are they downright delicious, but they also take advantage of store-bought ingredients (refrigerated pastry crust) and clean-out-the-fridge options (add any combo of chopped meats and veggies you desire).
Test Kitchen Tip: Assemble, bake, and freeze a batch of itty-bitty quiches on a weekend when you have extra time. Then, when unexpected drop-in family and friends arrive, you’re only about 20 minutes of oven time away from snacks.
Rose Spring Rolls
These vegan party appetizers are a showstopper! Edible rose petals tucked into rice paper give a beautiful floral look, while fresh herbs and veggies paired with rice noodles fill out the rolls. Herbs add loads of flavor, but the real flavor star of this cold party appetizer is the Rose Dipping Sauce made of soy sauce and rose vinegar.
Classic Stuffed Mushrooms
Unsure of your attendees’ food preferences? This is the cocktail party appetizer idea for you. The stuffed mushroom recipe comes with three flavor variations—classic garlic-Parmesan, dressed-up blue cheese-walnut, and comforting bacon-cheddar—so you can choose your flavor adventure (or offer all three to ensure there's something for everyone).
Party-Ready Potato Skins
Potato skins aren’t just for game days. (Although they’re delicious for that purpose, too!) These easy appetizers for a party are one of our entertaining go-tos because kids and adults alike gobble them up—and you prep everything up to a day in advance prior to the baking step.
We’re nuts about these stadium-reminiscent snacks. The cinnamon-sugar-dusted walnuts are outrageously irresistible, but what we also love about this cocktail party appetizer is how it infuses our whole home with warm, cozy aromas. (Bonus points are awarded for how this recipe can be stored in an airtight container at room temp for up to two weeks so we can get a jump on party prep.)