Party-Ready Finger Food Ideas That Are a Must for Your Next Gathering
Blue Cheese- and Walnut-Stuffed Mushrooms
Mushrooms are having a moment (for good reason), so you'll want to include stuffed mushrooms among your party finger foods. 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 can be enjoyed in one bite!
Shrimp and Chorizo Kabobs
Hot and spicy, these little shrimp-sausage skewers pack lots of smoky chorizo goodness. Chorizo brings its own heat to this party appetizer idea, and the shrimp double the spice thanks to an ancho and chipotle chile pepper marinade. Just be sure to soak the wooden skewers in water for an hour before firing up the grill so the only thing that burns is your mouth from all the spice.
Party-Ready Potato Skins
Potato skins are always ready to party! This finger food idea takes plain potato skins and loads them up with a slightly spicy seasoning, bacon, tomato, green onion, and cheese. All those toppings might sound like too much for a finger food to handle, but once the cheese melts over everything, it hangs onto stray tomato chunks and bacon bits.
Sweet Potato Fries with Roasted Garlic Ketchup
This sweet and crunchy fry recipe includes a dipping sauce that just might steal the show. The onion-and-garlic ketchup incorporates caramelized veggies and agave-sweetened ketchup for a flavorful kick. Your homemade ketchup might be even more popular than the fries, once your guests realize how much better it is than store-bought.
Sloppy Joe Bombs
These "Joes" are really anything but sloppy. Enveloping the ground beef, sweet pepper, and pickle filling in biscuit dough eliminates the mess of the classic sandwich and turns it into one of our favorite finger food recipes. You won't have to worry as much about losing the best part of this appetizer to gravity, and it still tastes like one of our favorite sandwiches.
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. Since this is a party, feel free to serve your favorite dip recipe alongside this easy finger food.
The salty-sweet flavor of sausage links wrapped in bacon makes it hard to stop after just one. Prep them a day ahead so they're ready to pop in the oven just before party time. They'll be hot and ready when guests arrive, and you'll be less tempted to start snacking on this finger food appetizer before the rest of the party has a chance to try some. Win-win!
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 8 to 10 minutes for a finger food recipe everyone will be clamoring to try. Yes, you'll have enough time left to whip up a margarita, too.
If you make this easy party finger food, we guarantee you won't have any leftovers. This snack hits just about every flavor—briny pickles, slightly spicy cream cheese filling, salty ham, and a touch of sweetness from a brush of jelly. Even at a small party, 24 servings will disappear fast.
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 this healthy finger food takes only 30 minutes to make.
Test Kitchen Tip: For a healthy vegetarian alternative, substitute firm, diced tofu.
Hot and hearty, these poppers are easy to make on the grill or under the broiler. Filled with ground beef, Spanish rice, cheese, raisins, and olives, the stuffed jalapeño peppers offer bite-size bursts of flavor. If you want to serve this finger food with a dipping sauce, try stirring together sour cream, a splash of milk, toasted almonds, lime juice, and a pinch of cinnamon.
Sweet and Smoky Nuts
Throwing a get-together and serving drinks? Try these flavorful nuts as an easy party food that will pair nicely with a variety of beers and cocktails. This finger food's coating of brown sugar, smoked paprika, cinnamon, and allspice is simple, but it can easily elevate your favorite nuts to a special snack.
Grilled Banana Bites
Friends and family will go bananas for this 15-minute finger food recipe! Coat a shortbread cookie in chocolate-hazelnut spread, then add grilled banana slices. The nutty sweetness is even stronger with a dollop of whipped dessert topping and extra hazelnuts.
Avocado Deviled Eggs
Spicy Kale Chips
For a hotter upgrade to traditional kale chips, look no further than the chili powder in your spice cabinet. These four-ingredient veggie crisps take only 15 minutes to prepare and will spice up any party. Plus, they're a healthier finger food option for anyone who wants to snack on veggies.
Bangkok Chili Wings
Try out some food trends—sriracha, coconut milk, lime, and mango—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. It's one of the best finger foods for a party filled with more adventurous palates.
Pepperoni Pizza Cups
Turn a universally loved entrée into a delightfully cheesy appetizer! These finger food appetizers use ingredients you're familiar with—frozen pizza dough, tomato sauce, and mozzarella cheese—to transform party pizza slices. Choose a variety of toppings for an easy-to-prepare party food that's guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.
Tuscan Mac and Cheese Cups
Chorizo-Topped Mexican Pizzas
Stuffed Sausage Sliders
Cheese-stuffed sausage slider patties pair well with our apple-fennel slaw. So much flavor in such a small party appetizer, we can hardly believe it! A toothpick can help hold this finger food together, but you can also use it to make your sliders look a little more festive and fun.
Want wings that your vegetarian guests can enjoy, too? Just substitute the chicken for cauliflower! Once cauliflower florets are coated in spicy buffalo sauce, they have all the flavor of chicken wings turned healthier. To cool these hot "wings" down, serve this finger food with a side of ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping.
Caprese Surprise Meatballs
Bite into these meatballs and reveal prosciutto, mozzarella, and olives inside. Dipped in marinara sauce, pesto, and Alfredo sauce, this dish serves up loads of Italian flavors! Plus, you can mix and match this finger food recipe (try different fillings with different sauces) so, really, it's like having a whole spread of appetizers in one.
Nutty Gorgonzola Apple Rings
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. We're planning to take this party finger food to all of our fall gatherings, but it's just as tasty any other season, too.
Lemon-Zest Snacker Mix
You can hardly go to a party without seeing a snack mix on the appetizer table, but this recipe stands out from all the rest. 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.
Mini Quiches with Sriracha
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. To turn these mini sandwiches into even more of a finger food, wrap half the sandwich in a napkin to help your guests hang on to all their toppings.
Grilled Arugula Bruschetta
Turn a fresh loaf of Italian bread into a simple party stunner: Bruschetta! Give your guests a new culinary experience by switching up this classic finger food with arugula in place of the tomatoes. Every bite of the crisp, golden appetizer brims with rich mozzarella and peppery pesto flavors.
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 as they snack on this simple finger food.
Brown-sugary churros are a happy addition to any dessert tray. Make yours party-ready by decking them in our fabulous glazes: lime and pistachio, orange, birthday cake, and Mexican chocolate. Or set up this finger food as a churro bar so guests can create their own combo of churros, glaze, and toppings.
Cheesy Snack Mix
Easy-to-scoop snack mix is a party essential. This cheesy version features a crispy assortment of rice cereal, crackers, nuts, and mini breadsticks. Coat it lightly in Italian dressing and grated Parmesan, then step out of the way to allow the snackers to descend.
Jalapeño-Peach Wonton Poppers
Zesty Fajita Bites
Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
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. You can dress up this finger food dessert further by drizzling melted chocolate on top of each turnover.
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 to clean up your fingers afterward.
Test Kitchen Tip: For an easy dip, mix together a second batch of the marinade.
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. Toothpick appetizers are one of our favorite finger foods because they make snacking and cleanup super simple.
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 and helps keep the meat nice and tender as the meatballs simmer.