Make simple appetizers everyone will love!
Whether you’re looking for a simple snack to tide you over until dinner or are hosting a pre-game happy hour or holiday event, we’ve got easy appetizer recipes for every occasion.
From hot to cold to make-ahead appetizers, these easy party snacks will have people asking for the recipes!
We’ve learned a thing or two about party planning after creating over 150 appetizer recipes. Follow our tips below for some of the best appetizers to serve at a party and become the go-to source for good eats among your friends and family.
Simple & Quick Appetizers
When you’re hosting a party, keeping the menu simple is key to keeping your sanity. Dips, spreads and roasted nuts are always popular and quick appetizers. But simple appetizers don’t have to be flavorless.
Take our Green Olive Dip recipe, for example. This dip is quickly made in the food processor and is basically dump and go. But after a few hours in the refrigerator, the flavors meld into an irresistible spread that ALWAYS results in an empty bowl.
Good Snacks to Bring to a Party
Short on time? The best appetizers for a crowd are make-ahead appetizers. From cheese balls to fresh salsas to slow cooker meatballs, we’re huge fans of anything that can be done in advance especially if we need to bring an appetizer to a party.
Our 7-Layer Greek Dip can be made several hours before the party but no one will be the wiser. This Mediterranean version of everyone’s favorite taco dip is piled high with enough veggies that you might even be able to call it a healthy snack - or at least healthy-ish.
Best Appetizers to Serve
Some of the most popular party snacks are cherished family recipes. They have a history that begs to be told and are often the recipes that everyone asks for (or expects you to serve) because they are so, so good!
Take these 4-ingredient Bacon Cream Cheese Bites, for instance. This simple appetizer has a short ingredient list, but that doesn’t mean it’s short on flavor. These decadent and habit-forming bites will be the appetizer recipe everyone looks forward to year after year.
P.S. Don’t forget dessert!
Does anyone else love to enjoy a heavy appetizer spread for dinner? You get to sample a little bit of everything and still walk away completely full.
But don’t forget to add a sweet to your spread! Everyone has a sweet tooth and including a simple, easy-to-eat dessert will round out any appetizer buffet beautifully.
A recipe for something portable - like these Rhubarb Bars - is great because you can still mix and mingle without having to hold a plate and juggle a fork. Plus they are make-ahead so you can set it, forget it and enjoy your guests at the party!