Memorial Day Appetizers to Feed a Crowd

Mini Black Bean and Cheese Enchiladas
Photo: Stephen DeVries

These Memorial Day appetizers will keep your guests occupied while the meats are on the grill. From veggie kabobs to tarts, dips, and bites, we have you covered with plenty of appetizer recipes for your Memorial Day get-together. These recipes are so good, your guests may even forget about the rest of the meal. (That is, until they smell the barbecue on the grill. One whiff of that, and they're sure to be hungry again.) We have Memorial Day snacks for everyone, even kids, picky eaters, and those with allergies, so take a look and start planning your menu today. You can feed a crowd with these delicious app ideas, all of which are easy enough to whip up the morning before the party.

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Party Poppers

Party Poppers
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Party Poppers

Your guests will be nibbling these stuffed, bacon-wrapped poppers all afternoon (and requesting them at every other get-together this summer).

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Southwest Salsa

Southwest Salsa
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Southwest Salsa

Backyard barbecues call for time-tested, party-perfect salsas. (This one is great.)

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Spinach-and-Vidalia Dip

Spinach-and-Vidalia Dip
Photo: Greg Dupree

Recipe: Spinach-and-Vidalia Dip

When feeding a crowd, go for vibrant, party-pleasing dips.

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Peppery Grilled Okra with Lemon-Basil Dipping Sauce

Peppery Grilled Okra with Lemon-Basil Dipping Sauce
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Peppery Grilled Okra With Lemon-Basil Dipping Sauce

Make some room on the grill for these tasty bites.

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Tex-Mex Deviled Eggs

Tex-Mex Deviled Eggs
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Tex-Mex Deviled Eggs

Memorial Day and deviled eggs go together like peas and carrots.

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Herbed Tomato Tart

Herbed Tomato Tart
Becky Luigart Stayner

Recipe: Herbed Tomato Tart

Slices of tomatoes and a scattering of herbs make this tart a lovely seasonal addition to your appetizer spread.

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Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes with Queso Blanco Dip

Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes with Queso Blanco Dip
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes with Queso Blanco Dip

Better make a few batches of these delicious potato wedges.

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Easy Vegetable Kabobs

Easy Vegetable Kabobs
Southern Living

Recipe: Easy Vegetable Kabobs

Put your fresh produce to good use with this easy kabob recipe.

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Baked Bean Crostini

Baked Bean Crostini
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Baked Bean Crostini

Take classic baked beans up a notch by serving them as fancy, snackable crostini.

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Deviled Potatoes

Deviled Potatoes
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Deviled Potatoes

These mini bites are a cross between deviled eggs and potato salad, and they couldn’t be more perfect for a backyard barbecue.

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Barbecue Deviled Eggs

Barbecue Deviled Eggs
Southern Living

Recipe: Barbecue Deviled Eggs

Barbecue and deviled eggs? Of course! It’s a perfect pairing.

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Loaded Baked Potato Dip

Loaded Baked Potato Dip
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Loaded Baked Potato Dip

Just add waffle fries for a crowd-pleasing app.

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Mini Black Bean and Cheese Enchiladas

Mini Black Bean and Cheese Enchiladas
Stephen DeVries

Recipe: Mini Black Bean and Cheese Enchiladas

These bite-size enchiladas are delicious and easy to eat (no utensils needed!).

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Mini Caprese Bites

Mini Caprese Bites
William Dickey

Recipe: Mini Caprese Bites

Bursting grape tomatoes make a perfect app for a backyard party.

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Melon, Mozzarella, and Prosciutto Skewers

Melon, Mozzarella, and Prosciutto Skewers
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Melon, Mozzarella, and Prosciutto Skewers

Keep your apps fresh and flavorful with juicy melon, delicious prosciutto, and creamy mozzarella.

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Peach and Pork Kabobs

Peach and Pork Kabobs
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Peach and Pork Kabobs

Grill these kabobs for a perfectly unexpected app.

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Guacamole

Guacamole
Ralph Anderson

Recipe: Guacamole

It’s the ultimate summertime dip. Serve alongside salsa and chips for a no-fail app.

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Fresh Herb-Tomato Crostini

Fresh Herb-Tomato Crostini
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Fresh Herb-Tomato Crostini

These crunchy bites will satisfy a crowd.

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Herbed Dip with Baby Vegetables

Herb Dip
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Herbed Dip with Baby Vegetables

A creamy herb dip makes for an easy and seasonal app.

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Green Pea Hummus

Green Pea Hummus
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Recipe: Green Pea Hummus

Gather your favorite seasonal veggies for a flavorful spread.

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Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos

Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos
Laurey W. Glenn

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos

Make nachos even easier by preparing them in your slow cooker.

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Pimiento-Stuffed Summer Squash

Pimiento-Stuffed Summer Squash
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Pimiento-Stuffed Summer Squash

Pop a few of these onto your plate, and you’ll be off to a delicious afternoon.

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Guacamole-Goat Cheese Toasts

Guacamole-Goat Cheese Toasts
Southern Living

Recipe:Guacamole-Goat Cheese Toasts

Summertime is no stranger to guacamole. Dress it up with crunchy toasts and creamy goat cheese.

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Shrimp Mojo de Ajo

Shrimp Mojo de Ajo
Southern Living

Recipe:Shrimp Mojo de Ajo

This garlicky shrimp app is easy to pop onto the grill, and guests will love it. Garnish with a lime for the ideal summer snack.

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Summer Fruit Skewers

Summer Fruit Skewers
Southern Living

Watch the Video: Summer Fruit Skewers

Combine all your favorite fresh fruits from the farmers' market for an easy-as-can-be app.

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Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Recipe: Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Stuff cherry tomatoes with this addictive avocado mixture for supremely snackable bites.

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Fruit, Cheese, and Herb Skewers

Fruit, Cheese and Herb Skewers
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Fruit, Cheese, and Herb Skewers

This super-fresh skewer alternates blackberries, mozzarella, and fragrant herbs.

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Fried Chicken Bites

Fried Chicken Bites
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Fried Chicken Bites

These nuggets will keep everyone satisfied until the Memorial Day meal is served.

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Tomato-Rosemary Tart

Tomato-Rosemary Tart
Tina Cornett, Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Tomato-Rosemary Tart

This delicious tart is best when eaten al fresco.

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Classic Pimiento Cheese

Classic Pimiento Chese
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Classic Pimiento Cheese

You can’t go wrong with classic Southern pimiento cheese and toasts.

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Pizza Sticks

Pizza Sticks
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Pizza Sticks

Keep the kids happy with these tasty pizza sticks.

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Roasted Garlic-Edamame Spread

Roasted Garlic-Edamame Spread
Southern Living

Recipe: Roasted Garlic-Edamame Spread

You’ll be scraping the bottom of the bowl in no time with this creamy, cool app.

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Grilled Chicken-Vegetable Kabobs

Grilled Chicken-Vegetable Kabobs
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Grilled Chicken-Vegetable Kabobs
Watch the Video: The Best Way To Make Kabobs

These hearty kabobs can easily double as a main.

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Ham Salad

Ham Salad
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Ham Salad

Southerners know: When in doubt, mix up some ham salad as an easy app.

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