Classic Appetizers for A Crowd We'll Always Love
When you cook and entertain guests often, it can be fun to try new recipes every once in a while. You might get tired of the same flavors or ingredients, or need something new and inventive to keep you on your toes. But when you’re short on time or really want to impress your friends and family, you probably fall back on some never-fail classics that you know well. Even with the pros in the Southern Living test kitchen working on new recipes all the time, we know the dishes that have stood the test of time have remained favorites for a reason and are worth keeping in your arsenal. So the next time you’re hosting a party or are bringing a dish to a potluck, turn to one of these appetizer recipes that have gotten rave reviews for decades. Scroll down for 7 vintage appetizers so good that we’ll always bring them back.
Cheddar Cheese Straws
Recipe: Cheddar Cheese Straws
Cheese straws are a quintessential Southern recipe, and no matter the time of day or formality of the occasion—a plate of cheese straws is always sure to impress (and go fast!).
This popular recipe combines unexpected ingredients in the best possible way. And these shrimp-stuffed peppers are especially delicious when served with a spicy queso dip.
Recipe: Cocktail Meatballs
Perfect for every event from football tailgates and holiday parties to bridal brunches, this recipe for cocktail meatballs has been around the Southern party circuit a time or two—and for good reason.
Cheese Snappy Wafers
Recipe: Cheese Snappy Wafers
Southern hostesses have known for decades just how reliable cheese wafers are when it comes to pleasing hungry house guests. They’re quick, easy, and undeniably delicious—what else could you ask for?
Tex-Mex Deviled Eggs
Recipe: Tex-Mex Deviled Eggs
If you haven’t sensed a theme yet, dishes with cheese or a little spice tend to be winners with just about any crowd. We first published this recipe in the ‘90s, so while not quite vintage, it’s well on its way to becoming a well-loved Southern classic.
Cheddar-Horseradish-Walnut Cheese Ball
Lump Crab Mornay
Recipe: Lump Crab Mornay
Once you’ve mastered a go-to dip recipe, you’re set for any potluck that might show up on your calendar. The delicious blend of creamy cheese and just a little bit of heat has long made crab mornay a Southern classic worth making a classic of your own.