50+ Festive Mini Appetizers
These mini appetizers put the party in the palm of your hand. They make enjoying festive food simple, and these recipes make it fun. Our recipes for mini appetizers include new twists on traditional Southern classics. From mini chicken and waffles to mini tomato sandwiches, honey we shrunk your Southern favorites! These tiny bites will disappear so quickly, and with kid-friendly mini appetizers like meatball sliders and pizza poppers, every family member will love these. Fill a plate with these mini appetizers and savor every little flavor-filled bite.
These Miniature Southern Classics are Fit for a Crowd
Shrimp Boil Skewers
Recipe: Shrimp Boil Skewers
Serve this colorful appetizer in small cups if you want to skip the skewers.
Buttermilk Chicken and Waffles
Hoppin' John Parfaits
Recipe: Hoppin' John Parfaits
Layer black-eyed pea mixture, hot cooked rice, and tomato mixture in 12 (7-oz.) glasses for a charming presentation.
Chicken Salad Tarts
Recipe: Chicken Salad Tarts
This chicken salad appetizer recipe is perfect for any occasion and (almost!) too pretty to eat.
Crab Cake Hush Puppies
Recipe: Crab Cake Hush Puppies
Serve these tasty hush puppies with your favorite rémoulade or cocktail sauce.
Mini Tomato Sandwiches With Bacon Mayonnaise
Tomato sandwiches are a Southern mainstay, so we made them appetizer friendly and added our new favorite condiment—bacon mayonnaise.
Recipe: Cheese Dreams
This recipe makes a huge batch of these cheesy bites, but don’t worry: They freeze beautifully.
Mini Potato Skins
Slow-Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs
This retro appetizer will never get old in our house.
Cheesy Garlic, Herb, And Ham Bites
We made your favorite hot ham and cheese sandwich into the most indulgent appetizer that starts with puff pastry from your freezer.
Recipe: Spinach-Stuffed Mushrooms
Two appetizer all-stars—spinach dip and stuffed mushrooms—meet in this new party go-to.
Queso-Filled Mini Peppers
Recipe: Queso-Filled Mini Peppers
If you can’t go to a Mexican restaurant without ordering queso, this appetizer is a homemade must-try.
Baked Brie Bites
Recipe: Baked Brie Bites
This recipe takes everything you love about creamy baked brie and puts it into an adorable (and no-mess!) package.
Potato Puffs with Toppings
Recipe: Potato Puffs with Toppings
These precious puffs basically give you an excuse to eat fancy tater tots.
Cheesy Mushroom Tartlets
Recipe: Cheesy Mushroom Tartlets
This vegetarian appetizer doesn’t skimp on heartiness.
Mini Black Bean and Cheese Enchiladas
These muffin-tin bites are way easier to throw together than the usual stuffing and rolling that comes with enchiladas.
Recipe: Spinach-and-Artichoke Bites
This recipe wraps classic spinach-and-artichoke dip in buttery crescent rolls for a mess-free appetizer.
Bacon Wrapped Smokies
Recipe: Bacon Wrapped Smokies
Mini smokies are always a hit at parties,and wrapping them in bacon only ups the delicious ante.
Spicy Bisquick Sausage Balls
Recipe: Spicy Bisquick Sausage Balls
These bites are the best thing you can do with that box of baking mix in the pantry.
Muffin Pan Tomato Tarts
Mini Crab Cakes with Cajun Sauce
Recipe: Mini Crab Cakes with Cajun Sauce
Crab cakes feel fancy but are super easy to make. Creating tiny patties makes them perfect pre-dinner.
Prosciutto-Wrapped Mango Bites
Recipe: Prosciutto-Wrapped Mango Bites
This recipe proves how a few simple ingredients can look and taste totally elegant together.
Recipe: Party Poppers
Who doesn’t love this famously popular appetizer?
Meatball Sliders with Tomato Sauce
This kid-friendly appetizer comes together with help from your slow cooker.
Pickled Shrimp-and-Citrus Endive Cups
This appetizer makes old-school favorite pickled shrimp easier to eat and prettier for your platter.
Creamy Feta Phyllo Bites
Recipe: Creamy Feta Phyllo Bites
This phyllo cups are filled with a blend of creamy cheese and fresh, crunchy veggies.
Crispy Pork Meatballs
Recipe: Crispy Pork Meatballs
These Asian-inspired meatballs come with a friendly warning from one Test Kitchen professional: “Careful, you’re going to overeat.”
Blue Cheese-and-Pecan Stuffed Cherry Peppers
You won’t believe how flavors balance so beautifully in one small bite.
Mini Mushroom-and-Goat Cheese Pot Pies
These adorable pot pies are delicious warm or at room temperature.
Chicken Salad Swiss Cheese Puffs
Recipe: Chicken Salad Swiss Cheese Puffs
We made chicken salad appetizer-ready with perfectly poppable cheese puffs.
Inside-Out Hot Brown Bites
Recipe: Inside-Out Hot Brown Bites
Louisville’s famous Hot Brown sandwich gets appetizer treatment with these savory bites.
Mini Shrimp Rolls
Recipe: Mini Shrimp Rolls
These shrimp sliders have the perfect amount of kick thanks to pickled jalapenos.
Recipe: Ham-and-Cheese Skewers
We love a no-cook appetizer that is still full of flavor.
Sweet Potato and Chorizo Sausage Bites
There are plenty of inventive ways to enjoy sweet potatoes, and these spicy sausage balls are one of the best.
Pizza Pepper Poppers
Recipe: Pizza Pepper Poppers
These mini peppers are kid-friendly, fun, and gluten-free!
Beef Tenderloin Crostini
Recipe: Beef Tenderloin Crostini
Our Test Kitchen described this beautiful appetizer as “a steakhouse dinner in a single bite.”
French Onion Puff Pastry Bites
Recipe: French Onion Puff Pastry Bites
We took those dreamy caramelized onions you love from French onion soup and put them in this simple but incredible appetizer recipe.
Bacon Bow Tie Crackers
Recipe: Bacon Bow Tie Crackers
This addicting appetizer only requires two ingredients, but it’s delicious with brown sugar or parmesan cheese sprinkled on top, too.
Butternut Squash Tarts
Recipe: Butternut Squash Tarts
This appetizer might look like it came from a five-star restaurant, but it only takes six ingredients.
Cranberry Brie Bites
Recipe: Cranberry Brie Bites
These pretty bites only need four ingredients, including a topping of pecans for a satisfying crunch.
Recipe: Sweet-and-Spicy Meatballs
These slow-cooker meatballs have all the Asian-inspired flavors you love.
Melon, Mozzarella, and Prosciutto Skewers
Salty ham, fresh melon, and creamy mozzarella meet in appetizer harmony in this recipe.
Cacio e Pepe Puffs
Recipe: Cacio e Pepe Puffs
If you’re looking for an appetizer that looks pretty but can be thrown together with staples you have on hand, you’ve come to the right place.
Smoked Sausage Pretzel Bites
Recipe: Smoked Sausage Pretzel Bites
If you thought pigs in a blanket couldn’t get better, think again.
Petite Sweet Potato Biscuits with Pulled Pork and Slaw
Get the whole cookout in one bite with these mini biscuits.
Fresh Herb-Tomato Crostini
Recipe: Fresh Herb-Tomato Crostini
You can prep the tomato topping up to two days in advance to save you time before you serve this appetizer.
Curried Shrimp Tarts
Recipe: Curried Shrimp Tarts
Simply stir the ingredients, spoon them into the pastry tarts, and voila: You have an Instagram-worthy appetizer.
Mini Caprese Bites
Recipe: Mini Caprese Bites
Leave the fork and knife behind and still get all the caprese salad goodness you love.
Bite-Size Potatoes O’Brien
Recipe: Party-Perfect Meatballs
The name of this recipe says it all: These will disappear before the last guest arrives.
Herbed Goat Cheese-Melon Party Bites
We try to use fresh watermelon as much as possible during the summer, and these pretty bites are a unique way to do so.