56 Incredibly Easy Easter Appetizers
Even though the main dish is the star of the show at Easter dinner, every Southern hostess knows you’ve got to have appetizers to welcome your guests. That doesn’t mean that you should spend even more time and effort in the kitchen than you already are, though. These easy Easter appetizers will look beautiful and taste incredible, but no one will know how easy they were to put together. With classic Easter appetizers like deviled eggs and ham biscuits, the whole crowd will be pleased. For the easiest Easter appetizer, go with recipes with short and sweet ingredient lists, like our bacon bow ties and pimiento cheese sausage balls. It wouldn’t be a gathering without a good cheese or dip, and we’ve got plenty of recipes that will fit right in as Easter appetizers. While you’re planning out your Easter menu, don’t forget the appetizers! These are the easiest Easter appetizer recipes to get on the table. Your guests will love you even more for it.
How To Make Deviled Eggs
Recipe: Basic Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are definitely a Southern staple – so much so that no dish-covered gathering is complete without their presence on the table. Why else would beautiful serving plates designed to hold deviled eggs, and deviled eggs only, exist in such lovely designs?
Take a couple of delicious deviled eggs to a Southern soirée, and you’re sure to have the most gobbled up dish before dinner is even served. Since these party treats are always such a fan favorite, why not master a deviled egg recipe of your own and declare deviled eggs your signature party dish? That way, not only will you have a simple go-to dish if you’re ever in a pinch, but you’ll also know for certain that the plate you bring will definitely leave clean.
But, if you’ve never made deviled eggs before, don’t let their fancy façade scare you. They are actually super simple to make, and we’re here to help you learn how. Watch as we demonstrate how easy it is to master this heavenly finger food, and you'll be prepared for any potluck party invitation that comes your way.
RELATED: 18 Ways with Deviled Eggs
Though most crowds will devour this appetizer any which way it is served, our editors enjoy their deviled eggs with a touch of mustard, just a modest amount of mayonnaise, and a little sweet pickle taste. The filling for the basic version we demonstrate here is just that and quite simple; it's nothing more than egg yolks, mayonnaise, mustard, and relish. This simple formula sets the foundation for original additions, such as bacon, pimiento, or chives, to name a few. There are so many ways to spruce up this Southern staple. If you're looking for a devilish upgrade, be sure to try one of our classic deviled egg recipes. There are more than a few options for a flavorful twist.
Recipe: Carrot Hummus
The Easter Bunny might come knocking on your door to get some of this fresh hummus.
Tomato Tea Sandwiches
Recipe: Tomato Tea Sandwiches
This classic tomato sandwich only requires a few ingredients, but they’ll disappear right before your eyes.
Picnic Egg Salad
Recipe: Picnic Egg Salad
Serve this Southern favorite on crunchy crostinis for easy individual pickup.
Mini Potato Skins
Recipe: Mini Potato Skins
Picky kids and choosy adults alike will adore this bite-sized appetizer that you can make with six ingredients you probably already have on hand.
Blue Cheese-and-Pecan Stuffed Cherry Peppers
Sweet, hot peppers, rich blue cheese, and crunchy pecans make for a perfectly balanced bite every time in this appetizer recipe. You’ll use this one over and over again.
Creamy Feta-and-Herb Dip
Recipe: Creamy Feta and Herb Dip
A colorful tray full of baby vegetables makes for a beautiful welcome for guests.
Stuffed Endive with Herbed Goat Cheese
This simple appetizer is ready in just 15 minutes, but it doesn’t slack on presentation or flavor.
Bacon Bow Tie Crackers
Recipe: Bacon Bow Tie Crackers
This two-ingredient recipe couldn’t be easier or more delicious. It’d be wise to make multiple batches.
Pretzel-and-Peanut Cheese Ball
Recipe: Pretzel-and-Peanut Cheese Ball
Is it really an appetizer platter if there isn’t a cheese ball? Absolutely not! No one at your party will have ever tried one quite like this.
Artichoke and Spinach Dip
Recipe: Artichoke and Spinach Dip
Has there ever been any artichoke and spinach dip left at the end of the gathering? No, the answer is no.
Baked Brie Bites
Recipe: Baked Brie Bites
With five store-bought ingredients, this is the easiest appetizer to make. Crunchy phyllo dough and pecans, creamy brie, and red pepper jelly for a little kick make this a well-balanced bite.
Crispy Pork Meatballs
Recipe: Crispy Pork Meatballs
These Asian-inspired meatballs dipped in spicy mayo are absolutely addicting.
Recipe: Cheese Dreams
Your guests will actually have dreams about these cheesy bites of goodness. This recipe will be your new party go-to.
Pea Pesto Flatbread
Recipe: Pea Pesto Flatbread
This springy flatbread starts with refrigerated pizza dough for ease.
Recipe: Collard Dip
Classic collards get an appetizer makeover with this warm, cheesy dip.
Recipe: Squash Tart
Just when you thought you knew every use for frozen puff pastry, this beautiful tart walked in.
Cheese Puffs with Ham Salad
Recipe: Cheese Puffs with Ham Salad
This Southern classic is a recipe to keep on hand for any spring luncheon or get-together.
Muffuletta Deviled Eggs
Spicy Pimiento Cheese Sausage Balls
Using pre-made pimiento cheese makes this four-ingredient recipe even easier than it already is, and that old-school sausage ball recipe can’t hold up to this one.
Deviled Crab Dip
Recipe: Deviled Crab Dip
Calling all coastal cooks: You’ve got a new crab recipe to try.
Baked Fingerling Potatoes with Smoked Salmon and Capers
This appetizer recipe looks decadent and fancy, but it only requires 15 minutes of hands-on time. That’s called a hostess win!
Recipe: Bacon Bites
Three ingredients will get you your new favorite appetizer for any occasion.
Deviled Egg Salad and Asparagus Tartines
This fresh take on classic finger sandwiches looks beautiful and tastes even better.
Krispie Cheese Wafers
Recipe: Krispie Cheese Wafers
Your traditional cheese wafers just got a crunchy upgrade from an unexpected ingredient.
Bite-Size Potatoes O’Brien
Recipe: Bite-Size Potatoes O’Brien
These fingerling potatoes are an easy, quick dish that will look impressive.
Caramelized Endive and Bacon Dip
Recipe: Caramelized Endive and Bacon Dip
Your guests will love this savory dip on spring veggies, crackers, or crostinis.
Prosciutto-and-Manchego Cheese Straws
We’ll make a bet with you: You won’t make plain cheese straws again after you try these.
Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Hummus
Recipe: Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Hummus
Southerners can justify adding black-eyed peas to many dishes, and this hummus is proof that they’ll always taste just right.
West Indies Crab Salad
Recipe: West Indies Crab Salad
This crab dish from Mobile, Alabama, is a light and beautiful way to start your meal. You can serve it in lettuce cups or with saltine crackers as more of a dip.
Chicks in a Blanket
Recipe: Chicks in a Blanket
Chicken-apple sausages are a welcome and flavorful change from usual pigs in a blanket and a homemade everything bagel seasoning topping makes them over-the-top delicious.
Cheddar Cheese Shortbread Crackers
These homemade crackers are the most thoughtful addition to a cheese and charcuterie board.
Caramelized Onion Dip
Recipe: Caramelized Onion Dip
The key to the most flavorful dip is cooking the onions over medium heat until they’re translucent and then reducing the heat until they’re nice and brown. From there, all you need to do is mix the rest of the ingredients and grab a bag of classic potato chips.
Mini Tomato Sandwiches with Bacon Mayonnaise
Transform your favorite BLT into an adorable appetizer with these mini stacked sandwiches. You can prepare the sandwiches an hour ahead of time and chill them in the refrigerator.
Deviled Crab Melts
Recipe: Deviled Crab Melts
These crostinis with melty cheese, fresh tomatoes, and lightly spiced crab are the most elegant way to kick off your holiday meal.
Potato Puffs with Toppings
Recipe: Potato Puffs with Toppings
These tiny bites look fancy enough for a holiday but they taste like little hash browns, so they’ll be a hit with young and old family members.
Old-Fashioned Relish Tray
Mini Mushroom-and-Goat Cheese Pot Pies
You can serve these savory little pies warm or at room temperature, so they’ll still be delicious if made a bit ahead of time. A topping of sea salt and fresh thyme adds to the presentation.
Bacon Deviled Eggs
Recipe: Bacon Deviled Eggs
We dreamed up a fun grazing-board presentation for this new deviled egg recipe. Include cheese straws, pickled okra, hummus, or whatever dips and crudites you prefer.
Baked Brie with Pecans
Recipe: Baked Brie with Pecans
Baked brie is a go-to appetizer for Southern hostesses, but we dressed it up for a holiday gathering with a flavorful spiced honey-pecan mixture on top.
Cacio e Pepe Puffs
Recipe: Cacio e Pepe Puffs
We put all the flavor of this classic pasta dish into these gorgeous little bites that your family will eat up.
Easy Egg Salad
Recipe: Easy Egg Salad
You can make this egg salad up to three days before Easter to save you time that morning. We love to make tea sandwiches with different kinds of bread to add a nice visual element to your presentation.
Recipe: Spinach-Stuffed Mushrooms
We combined your favorite creamy spinach dip recipe with stuffed mushrooms in this ultimate appetizer mashup recipe.
Hot Crab-and-Artichoke Dip
Recipe: Hot Crab-and-Artichoke Dip
This creamy crab dip includes a Southern favorite, Old Bay seasoning. Crackers and colorful endive make great vehicles for this decadent dip.
Chipotle Cheese Straws
Recipe: Chipotle Cheese Straws
Chipotle chili powder gives classic cheese straws a welcome smokiness, and the twisted presentation is pretty enough for your Easter spread.
Shrimp on Seasoned Crackers with Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese
Instead of having everyone dip out of the same bowl, prepare these individual crackers ahead of time, so each guest gets all the flavor in each little bite.
Creamy Feta Phyllo Bites
Recipe: Creamy Feta Phyllo Bites
This colorful and healthy bites won’t spoil your family members’ appetites before your big Easter feast.
Baked Goat Cheese Spread with Pepper Jelly
An appetizer spread wouldn’t be complete without a cheesy dip, and this one can be prepped a day in advance before baking. You’ll love the tangy-spicy combination of flavors.
Pimiento Cheese Sausage Balls
Recipe: Pimiento Cheese Sausage Balls
We made your classic sausage balls recipe even better with the addition of another Southern go-to, pimiento cheese.
Parmesan Grits Triangles with Pesto
If you’re not a fan of pesto, our Test Kitchen recommends topping these crispy grits cakes with marinara, pimiento cheese, or roasted red pepper strips.
Creamy Avocado Dip
Recipe: Creamy Avocado Dip
Once you try this tasty dip with your Easter appetizer spread, you’ll want to put this avocado dip on every sandwich or wrap you make, too.
Pickled Shrimp-and-Citrus Endive Cups
Add a colorful pastel element to your Easter spread with these light and healthy appetizer cups.