One-Bite Appetizer Recipes for Hassle-Free Hosting

Bacon Bow Tie Crackers
Photo: Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Lydia Pursell; Food Styling: Tami Hardeman

No matter the occasion, when hosting company, having an appetizer ready as soon as they walk through the door is always a good idea. However, for more laid-back gatherings or impromptu happy hours, we understand not wanting to have to drag out extra plates for the pre-dinner course. So, we have a solution for you: our best one-bite appetizers. These no-fuss appetizers don't require extra plates or utensils for serving. Just place a stack of napkins next to your serving platter and allow your guests to enjoy these appetizers with one hand while being able to hold a drink in the other. Your guests will love not having to juggle carrying a plate and you'll love having less dishes to wash when the party's over. Plus, most of these one-bite appetizers come together with just a handful of ingredients so they come together both quickly and easily.

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Mini Potato Skins

Mini Potato Skins
Photo: Greg DuPree; Prop styling: Claire Spollen; Food styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Mini Potato Skins

If you don't have a piping bag on hand, you can use a zip top plastic bag to pipe on the sour cream.

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Bacon Bow Tie Crackers

Bacon Bow Tie Crackers
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Lydia Pursell; Food Styling: Tami Hardeman

Recipe: Bacon Bow Tie Crackers

You're just two ingredients away from getting this easy appetizer on the table.

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Slow-Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs

Slow-Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs
Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Ali Ramee; Prop Styling: Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs

As the name implies, the secret ingredient to crowd-pleasing meatballs is grape jelly. Plus, your slow cooker will do the work while you prepare for your guests.

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Cheddar Cheese Straws

Cheddar Cheese Straws
Southern Living

Recipe: Cheddar Cheese Straws

If you just want to offer up a small snack before the main course, you can never go wrong with cheese straws.

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Cranberry Brie Bites

Cranberry Brie Bites
Southern Living

Recipe: Cranberry Brie Bites

Our favorite appetizers are delicious, come together quickly, and require just a few ingredients. These cranberry bites are all three.

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Mushroom-Stuffed Phyllo Cups

Mushroom-Stuffed Phyllo Cups
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Mushroom-Stuffed Phyllo Cups

These warm bites bake for just 5 minutes, meaning you can get them on the serving platter in just 25 minutes.

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Cheese Dreams

Skewered Persimmon and Herb Bites
Photo: Johnny Miller; Styling: Sarah Smart

Recipe: Cheese Dreams

Keep these cheese snacks in the freezer for last-minute guests.

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Baked Brie Bites

Baked Brie Bites
Laurey W. Glenn

Recipe: Baked Brie Bites

This recipe packs plenty of flavor and texture into every bite

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Inside-Out Hot Brown Bites

Inside-Out Hot Brown Bites
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Inside-Out Hot Brown Bites

Serve up the taste of the classic sandwich in bite-sized form.

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Basic Deviled Eggs

Classic Deviled Eggs
Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Zapalowski

Recipe: Basic Deviled Eggs

Start any cookout off on the right foot with classic deviled eggs. This recipe makes 12 halves, so you may want to consider doubling the ingredients.

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Crispy Cheese Wafers

Crispy Cheese Wafers

Recipe: Crispy Cheese Wafers

To make sure this recipe is successful, we recommenced grating the cheese by hand.

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Maple-Bacon Smokies

Maple Bacon Smokies
Southern Living

Recipe: Maple-Bacon Smokies

In our book, you can't go wrong serving bacon-wrapped appetizers.

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