Spectacular Party Recipes That You Can Make In Your Sheet Pan

Sheet Pan Nachos
Photo: Greg DuPree

We all know that sheet pans can work weeknight miracles for dinner, but sheet pans are one of the most versatile kitchen tools you own. In addition to amazing one-dish dinners, if you're not using your sheet pan for breakfast, appetizers, and dessert, you're in for some of the best sheet pan recipes yet. Party planning is stressful, and there's always pressure to get the menu just right. With these sheet pan recipes, you don't have to worry about appetizers or snacks. Whether you're gathering to watch a sports event or sitting down for a dressy dinner party, let these sheet pan recipes give your guests a warm welcome. Some of your favorite appetizer recipes can be made in your sheet pan, like sheet pan pizzas, nachos, potato skins, cheese straws, and more. Plus, all of these sheet pan recipes are kid-friendly, so bring on the company. You might want to buy another sheet pan, because with these incredible recipes, you'll be using it all the time.

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Bacon Bow Tie Crackers

Recipe: Bacon Bow Tie Crackers

Buttery crackers and salty bacon slices are a match made in snack heaven. Only two ingredients, crackers and bacon, are needed to make this recipe, so it is just as simple as it is delicious.

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Sheet Pan Nachos

Sheet Pan Nachos
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Sheet Pan Nachos

Take the baking sheet straight from your oven to your dining room table with these easy, cheesy nachos. In this recipe we use chuck beef, but you could swap out the beef for a protein of your choice.

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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

This five-ingredient recipe is simple, delicious, and sure to please guests of any age. These delightful bites of cheesy goodness will be gone before the final guest even arrives.

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Ham Biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits with Ham
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe: Ham Biscuits

We'll never turn a fluffy buttermilk biscuit away, especially when it's accompanied by country ham. Pair them with our favorite spreads—Creole Mayonnaise, Compound Butters, Spiced Apple Butter and Pimiento Cheese—and every guest's taste will be satisfied.

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Baked Brie Bites

Baked Brie Bites
Laurey W. Glenn

Recipe: Baked Brie Bites

This recipe only requires five ingredients (one of which is salt), but it will undoubtedly be your new last-minute get-together appetizer. With about 10 minutes prep time and seven to eight minutes baking time, trust us when we say it does not get any easier than this.

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Potato-Crusted Pizza

Potato-Crusted Pizza Recipe
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Potato Crusted Pizza

Forget about ordering takeout for a party, this pizza made with frozen potato rounds takes less time to make than getting food delivered. The combination of crispy potato, tomato and cheese makes for a delicious bite.

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Cheese Dreams

Cheese Dreams
Southern Living

Recipe: Cheese Dreams

For the plan-ahead host, you can freeze these dreamy bites for up to three weeks, so have a batch ready to go for drop-by company. Trust us when we say these live up to their name.

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Pimiento Cheese Sausage Balls

Pimento Cheese Sausage Balls
Southern Living

Recipe: Pimiento Cheese Sausage Balls

This long-time Southern favorite is getting a spruce up with pimiento cheese. Perfect for brunch, or really any time of day, freeze a batch and heat a few up for a last minute soiree or a book club snack.

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Sheet Pan Butternut Squash Mac And Cheese

Sheet Pan Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Sheet Pan Butternut Squash Mac And Cheese

Mac and cheese is a longtime Southern favorite. You will not find a church picnic, back yard barbecue or holiday celebration without this signature side dish. The butternut squash in this recipe makes this mac and cheese dish the star of any supper or event you bring it to.

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Spinach-and-Artichoke Bites

Spinach-and-Artichoke Bites
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Karin Olsen; Food Styling: William Smith

Recipe: Spinach-and-Artichoke Bites

Your favorite party dip wrapped up in a buttery crescent roll? Oh yes we did. This recipe could be a pre-party project for the kids or you could roll up your own in a flash.

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Sheet Pan Hanger Steak and Vegetables

Sheet Pan Hanger Steak and Vegetables
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling; Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Sheet Pan Hanger Steak and Vegetables

At most Southern wedding receptions, there is a carving station, so why not have something similar for an at-home celebration? We love this recipe for its easy clean up and elegant appearance.

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Fire Crackers

Fire Crackers

Recipe: Fire Crackers

Let's face it: we Southerners know our way around a Saltine. These bite sized snacks, also known as the Alabama Fire Cracker will live on in appetizer infamy.

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Cheese Puffs with Ham Salad

Cheese Puffs with Ham Salad
Alison Miksch; Prop Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Cheese Puffs with Ham Salad

There's a reason ham salad is a Southern recipe that's been around for so long—it's easy to make and delicious, especially served between airy cheese puffs. These appetizer treats can be made ahead of time, too!

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Fig Flatbread

Fig Flatbread
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Cat Steele

Recipe: Fig Flatbread

This gorgeous flatbread is an amazing combination of sweet and savory, and store-bought pizza dough makes it a snap to make. With fresh figs, goat cheese, balsamic, and arugula, you are hard pressed to find a more delicious and elegant combination.

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Focaccia With Ricotta And Crispy Herbs

Focaccia with Ricotta and Crispy Herbs
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Recipe: Focaccia With Ricotta and Crispy Herbs

Yes, you can make focaccia in your sheet pan, and yes, your friends will ask you to make it at every gathering once you do. While it might sound daunting, this impressive-looking project is a snap to put together with store-bought pizza dough.

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Bacon-And-Egg Tarts With Goat Cheese

Bacon-and-Egg Tarts with Goat Cheese
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Bacon-And-Egg Tarts With Goat Cheese

From brunch to dinner, these bacon-and-egg tarts are sure to please every time. And while we love a classic breakfast casserole, these tarts with frozen puff pastry are just as easy to put together.

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Spicy Cheese Twists

Spicy Cheese Twists
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Spicy Cheese Twists

We all need a little bit of spice in our lives, and with this take on the classic cheese straw, we are sure to get our daily dose of heat. Serve these up at your next party or box them up in a cookie tin to bring to your favorite hostess.

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Sweet Potato and Chorizo Sausage Bites

Sweet Potato and Chorizo Sausage Bites
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Sweet Potato and Chorizo Sausage Bites

While small in size, these bites will make a big flavor impact on your party menu. Best of all, these savory snacks are great to have in your freezer for emergency appetizer needs.

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From-Scratch Oven Fries

Baked Fries
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: From-Scratch Oven Fries

As we have shown you, your sheet pan can do many magical things, and few things are better than home-cooked fries. Perfect for get-togethers with kids of all ages, this side dish never lasts long.

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Bacon Bites

Bacon Bites
Oxmoor House

Recipe: Bacon Bites

Life is better when it is bacon-wrapped. Three ingredients will get you the most talked about appetizer at the party.

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Cheddar Cheese Straws

Cheddar Cheese Straws
Lee Harrelson

Recipe: Cheddar Cheese Straws

We would be remiss to not include our staple appetizer. Cheese straws are a classic Southern party snack that will never disappoint.

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Chile-Lime-Honey Roasted Peanuts

chile lime honey roasted peanuts
Johnny Autry; Prop and Food Styling: Charlotte L. Autry

Recipe: Chile-Lime-Honey Roasted Peanuts

Cocktail hour and peanuts go hand-in-hand. It's just a fact of life. With only six ingredients, this sweet and spicy snack is bound to be a crowd pleaser.

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Ranch Snacker Crackers

Ranch Snacker Crackers
Sheri Castle

Recipe: Ranch Snacker Crackers

Ranch seasoning has the power to bring people together, or at least, to the bowl. These easy, seasoned snacks will not last through the party.

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Pizza Pepper Poppers

Pizza Pepper Poppers
Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Christina Daley

Recipe: Pizza Pepper Poppers

In need of a gluten-free appetizer? We've got you covered! These easy, cheesy bites are perfect for game day or sleepover parties.

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Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels
Victor Protasio, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall, Prop Stylist: Kathleen Varner

Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels

Tasty hot or at room temperature, these bites are the perfect snack for a crowd. This recipe makes 40 pinwheels full of bleu cheese, chicken, and hot sauce.

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Party Poppers

Party Poppers
Hector M. Sanchez Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Recipe: Party Poppers

These easy snacks live up to their name. Jalapeños stuffed with chicken-cream cheese filling and wrapped in hickory-smoked bacon will be the talk of any gathering.

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Sheet Pan Fajitas

Sheet Pan Fajitas
Photography and Styling: Karen Rankin

Recipe: Sheet Pan Fajitas

This sheet pan dinner is the perfect thing to bring to any taco or margarita night. Serve with tortillas and all the fixings your heart desires.

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