Start your party off right with these party food ideas and easy appetizer recipes for dips, spreads, finger foods, and appetizers.
Serving tasty appetizers is the best way to start a night of entertaining in your home. Browse all of these party food ideas
to find just the right starters for your gathering.
A creamy tuna-apple mixture fills mini-phyllo pastry shells and is topped with Havarti cheese slices to make a tasty, bite-sized appetizer.
Guests will be amazed at the better-than-the-restaurant-version taste of these garlicky cheese-stuffed mushroom caps. Garnish
with fresh basil for a springlike presentation.
With all the flavor of a traditional tomato pie, these tiny tarts will be a hit at your party.
These snacks are as simple as sliced cheese. Prepare them ahead of time to allow ample chill time. Be sure to garnish with
a sprig of parsley or rosemary for a bit of panache.
Make this appetizer your go-to crowd pleaser. Charmingly retro, the cheese ring is dressed up with sweet strawberry preserves
that pair perfectly with the sharp Cheddar cheese.
Bake Blue Cheese-Bacon Dip appetizer in four small baking dishes, and place throughout the party area.
Serve these as heavy hors d'oeuvres or as a light holiday supper all season long.
Flaky puff pastry envelopes a rich mix of cream cheese, mushrooms, onions, and Parmesan cheese. You can even assemble and
freeze these ahead of time.
Parsley, dill, and tarragon pack this creamy sauce with herb-fresh flavor. There's no need for chopping; the sauce is super
easy to prepare in the food processor. Serve with boiled shrimp or veggies.
The Spanish love these tiny nibbles they call pinchos. Skewer any two items on a pick, and serve a colorful assortment on a tray. Try our combinations, or experiment with some
of your own.
Sweet-'n'-Salty Honey Cheese Spread is ready in only 10 minutes, perfect for last-minute company. A generous drizzle of the
sticky sweetener is the finishing touch. Serve with assorted crackers.
This made-from-scratch dip gets its kick from canned diced tomatoes and green chiles.
Have a few of these yummy Barbecue Stacks ready to go when your friends arrive. The rest can be put together by your guests.
These festive party pick-ups get a quick start with refrigerated cheese tortellini. If you’re short on time, simply toss the
ingredients together in a pretty bowl and set out some forks.
It's Southern tradition to have a little hot sauce with your turnip greens, so be sure to offer guests several brands to choose
from on the side.
Arrange-and-serve Lemon-Basil Antipasto is not only fun to eat and beautiful, it's also really easy. Decoratively place ingredients
on the platter. Cover with damp paper towels and plastic wrap, and refrigerate up to four hours. Just before guests arrive,
uncover, drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice, and sprinkle with basil, salt, and pepper.
Choose any fresh, seasonal fruit to pair with this creamy dip. We prefer strawberries, pineapple, and grapes. Adding a hint
of coffee liqueur to the dip gives it an extra kick of flavor.
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Lemon zest provides a lovely counterpoint to Tomato-Rosemary Tart. Slice this savory pie into bite-sized pieces for guests
Ready-made pastry shells make preparation of these tarts super-fast. Simply spoon a shrimp-and-cream-cheese mixture and jarred
mango chutney into the shells. Top with chopped fresh chives and toasted sweetened coconut.
Save time by picking up gourmet salsa in a jar and adding a couple quick ingredients for fresh, homemade taste.
Mini pita rounds create a sturdy base for Guacamole-Goat Cheese Toasts. Feel free to use French baguette slices instead. Top
with chopped tomatillo and tomato for a touch of crisp acidity.
For a hearty, fun appetizer, arrange cubes of sweet potato and pieces of smoked sausage on skewers and serve with a lemon-garlic
mayonnaise. Serve warm or at room temperature. If you choose to serve the squares warm, prepare the mayonnaise first.
A sweet-tangy accompaniment to a variety of grilled meats, Texas Cranberry Chutney also makes a mouthwatering appetizer when
served over cream cheese or warm Brie. Be sure to send a jar home with your guests.
These skewers are the perfect pickup appetizers for a crowd. The best part? They can be made ahead.
This top-rated recipe was made to serve to a crowd. You and your guests will rave over the distinctive combination of ingredients
such as cream cheese, curried chicken, orange marmelade and flaked coconut over wheat bread.
If you want a complete throwback recipe that is still delicious today, try the classic taste of Rolled Olive Sandwiches.
We've taken garlic bread up a notch. These tasty toasts make perfect entertaining starters. For a light meal, serve them with
a salad and glass of wine. Mix spreads the day before, and refrigerate overnight. You'll only need to slather them on French
bread and bake for a super-quick presentation. So skip the carb counting, and crunch into something delicious.
Great for small get-togethers, this mini-kebab can be served straight from the grill while guests mingle. "Mojo de Ajo" means
garlic sauce, and this recipe calls for ¾ cup garlic! Don't let that scare you; the garlic sauce becomes smooth when cooked
and mixed with flavorful guajilo chiles.
Boiled shrimp makes a perfect party starter, especially when paired with a delicous dipping sauce like Creamy Buttermilk-Avocado Sauce. Tip: To ensure that shrimp stays chilled, place half out when guests arrive, and replenish the platter as needed.
Salty bacon and goat cheese add the perfect balance to the fig-and-honey-topped crostini.
This yields more than enough for appetizer-size servings. Divide up the leftovers, and freeze for a last-minute meal during
Fresh, chilled Caesar Salad Bites are tasty, super-easy make, and perfectly suitable for eating out of hand.
Turn these appetizers into a pretty salad by layering veggies and croutons in a clear ice bucket or trifle dish and topping with dressing and parsley.
This warm and creamy dip is filled with zesty tomato flavors. Serve with assorted cut vegetables and bread cubes.
You can prepare the dip in advance and freeze it for up to 1 month. Let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight then stand at room temperature 30 minutes before baking.
Grits are treasured like gold in the South. These Bacon-Grits Fritters are the perfect Southern delicacy to introduce to your
family and friends. Watch them quickly disappear
You can also serve the delicious Slow-Cooker Beef in slider buns with your favorite sandwich toppings for a heartier meal.
Sparked by the leisurely pleasures of the cocktail-and-canapé Mad Men era, smørrebrød (Danish open-faced sandwiches) are the
latest craze in stress-free entertaining. With a little clever prep, you can set out an impressive DIY spread in under an
hour. Now we'll toast to that. Skål, y'all!
If you've never tried homemade ricotta, then you're in for a tasty surprise. This will change the way you think about the
store-bought kind. Be sure to stir only when indicated in the recipe.
Recipe developer Julia Reed adapted this creamy dip from a recipe in Bayou Cuisine by St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Indianola,
Patiently roasting pecans (the entire 25 minutes!) at 325° to coax out their flavor and essential oils takes them from good
These little gems will be the first appetizer to disappear. Make them the day before and refrigerate, or freeze up to 3 weeks.
If frozen, pop in the oven straight from the freezer; increase the bake time by 10 minutes.
Make these in the morning, and top with salmon and crème fraîche just before your guests arrive. Tight on time? Use store-bought
Give a classic side dish an extra kick with spices like curry, horseradish, and hot sauce.
Dough-wrapped chicken-apple sausages are best fresh from the oven, so bake one batch at a time and serve warm.
A homemade brine gives these chips a more delicate vinegar tang than mouth-puckering bagged varieties.
Fragrant fresh ginger gives these easy two-bite nibbles a bright punch of flavor. Can't find fresh ginger? Substitute with
1/2 tsp. ground ginger.
Bacon and trendy kale update the hot spinach dip.
Stamp a Southern accent on this classic French hors d'oeuvre. You can use a piping bag with a 1/2-inch round tip or a zip-top
plastic freezer bag with a corner snipped off to pipe the dough onto the baking sheets.
Party-staples pepper jelly and puff pastry go uptown in this flaky, sweet-and-savory pastry.
Revive this party staple by setting out a bountiful platter of shrimp with three bowls of zingy new sauces. For an appetizer,
plan on 1 pound of large shrimp for every 4 to 5 guests. Perk up precooked shrimp in boiling water for 30 seconds. Then plunge
them in ice water. Drain shrimp well, pat dry, and serve. Try it with Avocado Cream, Tequila-Lime Cocktail Sauce, or Ginger Rémoulade.
This easy appetizer melds the flavors of olives, egg, and salty salami.
"My younger cousins enjoy this recipe as much as the adults," says recipe developer Whitney Miller. "I'm not sure they know
they're eating their greens!" Pair with flavorful Rosemary Focaccia Bread and springy Mrs. Monty's Rolls for a mouth-watering appetizer.
Be sure to press the cream cheese pastry dough all the way up the sides of the mini muffin cups so the tart shells will be
deep enough to hold a generous amount of filling.
Upgrade your pecans with apples and spice. They're great in salads, desserts, or on their own as snacks.
Spin the old-school salad into a dip, and pair with everything from crudités to pretzel rods.