50 Easy Party Appetizers

You've got enough to do, as a party host. Cleaning the house, getting everything set up, figuring out how many of the people who RSVPed yes will actually come. Add these easy party appetizers to your roster to take one more worry off your list, so you can enjoy the get-together as much as your guests. Many of these can be made ahead, come together in less than 30 minutes, or use the slow cooker so you don't have to slave over the stove. Pour yourself a glass of wine and get ready to relax.

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    Easy Teriyaki Meatballs

    teriyaki meatballs

     Leah Maroney

    These Asian-flavored meatballs come together in just about 40 minutes and look so cute on their little toothpicks. You can also make them ahead of time and freeze, to cut down on prep time. When you're ready to finish them, thaw completely and toss with the teriyaki sauce before heating through.

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    Hummus with Pita Points

    Homemade Gluten-Free Hummus

    Sarka Babicka

     

    Making hummus at home means you can adjust the level of garlic and add whatever spices you want. It takes just minutes to put together, and you can serve it with store-bought pita chips or make your own by cutting pita into triangles and toasting until your desired level of crunch.

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    Slow Cooker Chili Cheese Dip

    Crock Pot Chili Cheese Taco Dip

    Diana Rattray

    Three ingredients and your slow cooker stand between you and this easy, crowd-pleasing make-ahead dip. Velvety cheese, slightly spicy chili, and tortilla chips – you've got a taco in a dip before you can say "fiesta!"

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    Jalapeño Peach Cheese Ball

    Jalapeno Peach Cheeseball of Darkness
    Leah Maroney

    Give your party some vintage flare with a homemade cheese ball you can roll up ahead of time and then just put out when your guests arrive. This peach and jalapeño ball has a sweet and spicy flavor plus crunch from black sesame seeds that everyone will love. Just add crackers, and you're in business.

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    Basil Walnut Spread

    Basil Walnut Spread on Toast Rounds
    Photo: Diana Rattray

    With a texture and taste similar to pesto, this basil walnut spread goes great with crackers, pita chips, or even crostini. Both parmesan and cream cheeses give it a rich creaminess that tastes so much better than store-bought cheese dip. And during the summer, it makes a great way to use up excess basil.

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    Smoked Salmon Crostini

    Smoked Salmon Crostini
    Leah Maroney

    Top tiny toasts with a cream cheese spread and a slice of ruby red smoked salmon for a simple crostini that tastes reminiscent of your favorite deli order. Infusing the cream cheese with lemon and herbs gives it extra panache, but everything bagel seasoning would be fun, too.

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    Easy Black Bean Salsa

    Easy Black Bean Salsa

    Leah Maroney

    Just pop open a can of black beans then add frozen corn, chopped tomatoes, red onion, lime juice, and a few other seasonings for this zesty Mexican salsa. Add some pickled jalapeños if you like a spicier dip, then serve with tortilla chips. The flavor in this one just gets better as it sits, so make it ahead to save yourself time.

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    Easy Fig Crostini

    Fig Crostini
    Fig Crostini. Photo © Molly Watson

    These fig crostini look elegant enough for a fancy party, but easy enough for a last-minute invite. Soaking fresh figs in high-quality balsamic vinegar gives them a lovely depth of flavor, and adding a slice of goat cheese adds a creamy note your guests will love. If some of your guests have dietary concerns, leave the goat cheese off.

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    Make-Ahead Chicken Pate

    Jewish style chicken liver pate

    The Spruce

    Use your food processor to make this decadent, make-ahead chicken pate. The flavors need to meld overnight in the fridge, so it frees up time on party day. It works well on appetizer-sized toast, crackers, or melba toast.

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    Pizza Crostini

    Pizza crostini
    Crostini with pizza toppings. Diana Rattray

    Kids and kids-at-heart will adore these easy pizza-style crostini that you can throw together in under 30 minutes. Mix up the toppings if you like, adding pepperoni, sausage, chopped peppers and onions, olives, different types of cheese, or whatever other pizza accoutrements you like best.

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    Cranberry Brie Bites

    Cranberry Brie Bites

    Elaine Lemm

     

    Frozen puff pastry makes these cranberry brie bites easier than anything. You can buy puff pastry cups or shape them into these adorable bundles yourself, too. Funky brie and sweet-tart cranberries go together perfectly, but you can use other cheeses if you prefer.

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    Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Low-Carb Cauliflower Hummus

    Cauliflower Hummus

    The Spruce / Jennifer Perillo 

    Everyone's seen the packaged tub of hummus at the party table. But what about silken, homemade, cauliflower hummus? Unlike traditional hummus made with chickpeas, this cauliflower hummus is gluten-free, low-carb, and keto-friendly alternative. Cauliflower lends a lighter mouthfeel, while the tahini and olive oil still give it that classic silkiness. Paprika and cumin lend it a smoky quality that complements the sweetness of pan-fried or roasted cauliflower. (However, you can boil the cauliflower as well.) Use it as a dip with veggies, crackers, tortilla chips, or pitas. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil, sumac, pine nuts, fried garlic, or parsley for an elevated presentation.

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    British Sausage Rolls

    The Best British Sausage Roll
    The Spruce.

    These meaty sausage rolls will disappear even quicker than you can make them, which is saying something, They take just 15 minutes to put together, and because they often appear in British lunch boxes, they work just as well at room temperature as hot. Roll up different flavors of sausage, veggies, or alternate meats for variety.

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    Homemade Mozzarella Sticks

    Mozzarella sticks

     Pete Scherer

    Mozzarella sticks are quicker and easier to make at home than you might think, and they're always a party favorite. After a quick toss in a gluten-free breading, the sticks are fried until crisp. Warm the marinara sauce while they fry and serve warm.

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    Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

    ham and cheese pinwheels

     Leah Maroney

    Made with refrigerated pizza dough, these pretty ham and cheese pinwheels are quick and easy to throw together. The spiral of salty ham and gooey cheese makes this simple snack an attractive addition to your spread.

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    French Onion Dip

    French Onion Dip

     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    To serve with chips or cut vegetables, homemade French onion dip is filled with flavor and pretty easy to make. You'll spend the most time caramelizing the sliced onions, but that's a simple task. When they're ready, mix in the sour cream, mayonnaise, and an assortment of seasonings, then let it sit in the refrigerator so the flavor develops.

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    Bisquick Sausage Balls

    Bisquick Sausage Balls

    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    Full of flavor, Bisquick sausage balls are a quick party bite that can be frozen until needed. The meatball recipe flavors ground pork sausage with herbs. Cheddar and cream cheeses and biscuit baking mix ensure they're delicious. The horseradish dipping sauce is simple too and can be made while the meatballs bake.

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    Honey Sriracha Meatballs

    Honey Sriracha Meatballs
    The Spruce Eats / S&C Design Studios

    Add a little spice to the party with these honey Sriracha meatballs. The homemade turkey meatballs include garlic and scallion, offering a delicious base for the sweet and spicy sauce. The sweet taste of honey contrasted by spicy Sriracha sauce is also complemented with soy sauce, rice vinegar, and ginger. The depth of flavor is sure to impress anyone and you'll love that they're easy to make.

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    Shrimp Cocktail

    Shrimp Cocktail

     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    It's hard to resist shrimp cocktail and this recipe shows you just how simple it is to make at home. Rather than precooked shrimp, raw shrimp are cooked in a simple vegetable broth until they're pink and tender. While they chill, scrounge up a few common ingredients in the kitchen to create the cocktail sauce. Both elements can be prepared up to a day in advance, too.

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    Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

    Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
    Leah Maroney

    For a last-minute party, toss together these simple jalapeño poppers. Stuffed with cheese and rolled with bacon, they have a spicy, meaty, cheesy, crunchy flavor that everyone will devour. Gather the kids to help make them assembly line style, for even easier preparation.

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    Stuffed Mini Peppers

    Stuffed Mini Peppers

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    Downsize a favorite recipe and transform it into a delightful appetizer. Stuffed mini peppers create a colorful plating and they're super easy to make. The filling includes ranch dressing mix, cream cheese, and mayonnaise with chopped broccoli, carrot, and pepper for extra crunch. Melted cheddar finishes them off wonderfully, and they bake up in just 10 minutes.

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    Air Fryer Bloomin' Onion

    Air Fryer Bloomin' Onion

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    A bloomin' onion is an exciting addition to any party. This recipe is healthier than the traditional deep-fried version because it skips the oil and is cooked in an air fryer. That same crispy breaded onion "flower" remains, but without all the extra fat. There's also a spicy dip that's easy to make, too.

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    Dijon Deviled Eggs

    deviled eggs with dill
    Deviled eggs with dill and paprika. Diana Rattray

    Classic deviled eggs make a fun throwback to gatherings of yesteryear, and they taste just as good today as they did back then. For a prettier presentation, spoon the filling into a plastic bag and snip off an edge, to pipe it into the white shells. A pastry bag works too, if you have one. Sprinkle with paprika or snipped chives to garnish.

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    Instant Pot Buffalo Wings

    instant pot buffalo wings
    Diana Rattray

    The Instant Pot turns what normally is a time-consuming, messy recipe into a quick and easy party app. The wings are pressure cooked, tossed with a homemade sauce, broiled for a few minutes, and then drizzled with additional sauce for the finishing touch. The result is spicy and crispy—just how Buffalo wings should be.

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    Pepperoni Bread

    pepperoni bread

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    With just six ingredients, including store-bought bread dough, and only 20 minutes prep time, you can have this delicious pepperoni bread party-ready without much effort. The dough is layered with Parmesan, herbs, pepperoni, and provolone, rolled up, and baked until golden. Slice and serve with marinara for dipping.

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    Cheddar Bacon Puffs

    Bacon and Cheddar Puffs
    Bacon and Cheddar Puffs. Diana Rattray

    Make these airy, smoky cheddar bacon puffs up to a month ahead of time to save time. Red and black pepper give them just the right amount of heat to offset the creamy cheese. They work great as heavy appetizers, or try them as a side for a full meal.

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    Tex-Mex Beef Sliders

    tex mex taco sliders with beef and cheese
    Tex-Mex Taco Sliders. Diana Rattray

    Use your slow cooker to keep the filling for these Tex-Mex sliders warm. Set a basket of sliced rolls next to it, so guests can assemble their own sliders as they like. Extra taco toppings like sour cream, shredded Mexican cheese, sliced olives and jalapeños can make a fun little mini slider bar.

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    Baked Thai Chicken Wings

    Baked Chicken Wings With Peanut Sauce

    Diana Rattray

    These chicken wings with a spicy peanut sauce have a Thai flavor profile that's finger-lickin' good. Because you bake instead of frying them, they make less mess – perfect for right before your guests arrive. Serve for a game day party, a casual get-together, or even a meal on its own.

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    Slow Cooker Party Meatballs

    crock pot party meatballs
    Party meatballs from your slow cooker. Diana Rattray

    Bake these homemade meatballs in your oven first, then toss them in an awesome barbecue sauce and keep them warm in your slow cooker. Serve with toothpicks on the side, for spearing. If you need to save even more time, you can serve frozen meatballs with the sauce and no one will know the difference.

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    Queso Blanco Dip

    Queso Blanco Dip

    Anita Schecter

    This queso blanco dip is ooey and gooey and easy to whip up. The combination of white cheeses and a spiced white sauce means this dip will stay melty longer. Serve with crisp tortilla chips or drizzle over nachos.

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    Easy Mini Quiches

    Broccoli Mini Quiches, Crustless
    Broccoli Mini Quiches, Crustless. Diana Rattray

    Serve breakfast for dinner with these make-ahead mini quiches with broccoli and cheddar. They keep well in the freezer for up to a month and can reheat straight from frozen, to save time. Mix up the flavor profile by adding sausage, bacon, chopped ham, or different veggies.

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    Smoked Salmon Dip

    smoked salmon dip

     Leah Maroney

    This bright and flavorful smoked salmon dip only takes minutes to whip up and can be made ahead of time for a last-minute appetizer. Serve the creamy spread with crackers or bagel chips.

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    Caramelized Candy Peanuts

    Caramelized Candied Peanuts

    The Spruce Eats

    Instead of your standard bowl of mixed nuts, set out these sweet caramelized peanuts. Store them tightly covered so they don't go soft, and watch the sugar carefully as it caramelizes so it doesn't burn. A pinch of coarse salt will level up the flavor beautifully, and a tiny bit of chili powder will add some spice, for adventurous palates.

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    Vegan Baba Ganoush

    Easy vegan baba ganoush eggplant hummus

    The Spruce

    For guests with dietary restrictions, serve this vegan, gluten- and dairy-free baba ganoush that has flavor to spare. Roasted eggplant gives it a lovely smokiness, plus chickpeas pack it full of protein. Sour lemon juice, creamy tahini, and garlic just round it all out. Make it up to seven days ahead of time and store in the fridge for party time.

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    Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

    Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

    The Spruce / Jennifer Perillo

    A perfect combination of chicken wings and meatballs, everyone will love these Buffalo chicken meatballs. The Buffalo sauce is mixed right into the meatballs, making them moist and flavorful. A quick and easy homemade ranch sauce is served on the side for dunking.

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    Instant Pot Pizza

    instant pot pizza sliced
    Diana Rattray

    Pizza is always a party favorite, and the Instant Pot makes this recipe simple while freeing up the oven for other party foods. Store-bought dough is used to make individual-sized pizzas, allowing you to easily create customizable pies for your guests.

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    Southern-Style Pickled Shrimp

    Pickled Shrimp with Dill
    Southern Pickled Shrimp. Diana Rattray

    Southern-style pickled shrimp have a mild, herbal flavor that tastes like shrimp cocktail's more flavorful cousin. And you can let them marinade up to 24 hours, to free up time. Chopped fresh dill has the most traditional pickle flavor, but you can substitute thyme, parsley, tarragon, chives, or a blend.

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    Tortilla Pinwheels with Cream Cheese

    Tortilla pinwheels

    The Spruce

     

    Not just for kids' lunchboxes anymore, tortilla pinwheels look cute on a platter and make a great handheld appetizer. Filled with an herbaceous cream cheese mixture, they have plenty of flavor on their own. You can also serve with a side of guacamole for dipping.

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    Pimento Cheese Spread

    Pimiento Cheese Spread
    Southern Pimiento Cheese Spread. Diana Rattray

    This popular pimento cheese spread couldn't be easier to prepare, but your guests will gobble it up. Adjust the heat level by adding more or less hot sauce and use real cheddar cheese for the best flavor and texture. Serve it with crostini, crackers, or even celery sticks. Leftovers make next-level grilled cheese sammies.

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    Crescent Roll Pigs in a Blanket

    Crescent Roll Hot Dogs
    Crescent Roll Hot Dogs "Pigs in a Blanket". Diana Rattray

    No one ever turned down these simple, flaky pigs in a blanket. Canned crescent rolls and refrigerated cocktail weenies make these a snap to prepare for a last-minute gathering. Sprinkle some coarse sea salt, poppyseeds, or everything bagel seasoning over the dough when fresh out of the oven for extra oomph.

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    Spinach and Ham Stuffed Mushrooms

    Stuffed Mushrooms With Ham and Spinach
    Stuffed Mushrooms With Spinach and Cheese. Diana Rattray

    Use up leftover ham with these simple stuffed mushrooms that add spinach for some green and cheese for creamy goodness. They take just a few minutes to put together and make a delicious low-carb and Keto-friendly offering for your get-together.

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    Pizza Pinwheels

    Pizza pinwheels
    Pizza pinwheel appetizers with marinara sauce. Diana Rattray

    Packaged crescent rolls and assorted pizza toppings make these party pinwheels super simple, with all the deliciousness of delivery without picking up the phone. Serve with a dish of marinara for dipping and use whatever toppings you like best on your pie.

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    Baked Spinach Balls

    Baked Spinach Balls
    Spinach Balls. Diana Rattray

    For the vegetarians in your group, baked spinach balls will hit the spot. Read the label on your packaged stuffing crumbs first though, since many do include chicken broth. If you have stale bread lying around, this recipe can help use those up, too. A marinara or Alfredo sauce would both taste great on the side.

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    Sugared Pecans

    Sugared Pecans
    Pecans baked with a brown sugar and vanilla coating. Diana Rattray

    Every appetizer spread needs something sweet to balance out the savory, and these sugared pecans will do just fine. They come out with a meringue-like coating that balances out the nuts well. This coating tastes great on walnuts or mixed nuts too, if you crave more variety.

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    Devils on Horseback

    Devils-on-Horseback.jpg
    Devils on Horseback. Linda Larsen

    Devils on horseback may sound scary, but the result is anything but. Sweet dates get stuffed with creamy Asiago cheese then wrapped in bacon for an easy appetizer that tastes festive. Try them for a fancy get-together if you don't want to spend a ton of time.

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    Crab Rangoon Dip

    Crab Rangoon Dip

    Leah Maroney

    Get all of the flavor of crab rangoon and none of the work by making this creamy, cheesy, seafood-forward crab rangoon dip instead. Serve it with crispy fried wonton strips for dipping, to get the full effect.

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    Easy Baked Brie

    Easy Baked Brie

    Pete Scherer

    For a classic appetizer that looks so much more complex than it is, you can't go wrong with baked brie. Oozing, funky brie, sweet fruit preserves, candied walnuts, and of course, tiny toasts complete the platter. Serve with a blend of crostini, fancy crackers, and sliced baguette for the prettiest presentation.

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    Slow Cooker Chex Mix

    Crockpot Chex Party Mix
    Crockpot Chex Party Mix. Stephanie Gallagher

    You don't need to turn on the oven to make crunchy, salty, texture-forward Chex mix. Just mix it all up and toss it in the slow cooker for the easiest appetizer around. Add roasted peanuts or leave them out, if you have nut allergies in your crew.

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    Spinach and Artichoke Dip

    Spinach and Artichoke Dip
    Spinach and Artichoke Dip.

     Leah Maroney

    If you always order spinach and artichoke dip at your neighborhood restaurant, you may be amazed how easy it is to make. This creamy, cheesy, veggie-packed dip is welcome at any gathering. You can even serve it in your slow cooker to keep it warm, if you like.

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    Caramelized Onion Tart

    Three-Cheese Caramelized Onion Tart

    Elaine Lemm

    Prepared puff pastry makes this impressive-looking caramelized onion tart so easy. Mix up the cheeses, add additional toppings, or sprinkle with fresh herbs if you like. You can also make it ahead and serve at room temperature, to take some pressure off party crunch-time.