21 Easy Party Appetizers

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    No fuss appetizers can be a delicious and stress-free addition to any great party. As host, you should be able to enjoy the day as much as your guests. Planning a thoughtful line-up of easy appetizers can help you in achieving this goal.

    Appetizers don't have to sacrifice flavor and taste just because you made them in under 30 minutes. Break out that glass of wine–here are easy appetizers for you to serve at your next event.

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    Burst Tomato Galette

    A galette can be savory or sweet. The crust is flaky and buttery with hints of salt. For filling, we chose a recipe that included roasted tomatoes but these pastries are so versatile there are many options.

    Burst Tomato Galette from Smitten Kitchen

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    Meat and Cheese Board

    meat and cheese platter
    Thomas Barwick / Getty Images

    Often a little wine and cheese is all you need to get a party started. A simple starter board is 3 meats and 2 cheeses. For wine look to the season. Reds are perfect for winter and white for warmer weather.

    Meat and Cheese Board from The Spruce

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    Spring and Summer Rolls

    Spring and summer rolls are fresh, satisfying and take little preparation time. This appetizer is wonderful for entertaining outdoors in warmer weather months.

    Gluten-Free Summer and Spring Roll Recipes from​ The Spruce

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    Thai Style Lettuce Wraps

    As an alternative to bread, lettuce can make a useful exterior for a wrap. If you come across guests that are paleo, it might be considerate to have a couple of lettuce wrap options available.

    Thai Style Lettuce Wraps from Cookie and Kate

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    Pretzel Parker House Rolls

    Pretzel rolls are simple and delicious. When they come fresh out of the oven, they are warm, soft and perfect to eat. Artisanal mustard or a homemade dip is a nice addition to this appetizer.

    Pretzel Parker House Rolls from Smitten Kitchen

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    Honey and Spice Roasted Carrots

    Roasted carrots are a healthy appetizer choice that doesn't sacrifice flavor. Drizzle some honey and sprinkle some spice overtop while these are roasting. A tahini yogurt sauce for dipping is highly recommended.

    Honey and Spice Roasted Carrots With Tahini Yogurt from Orangette

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    Goat Cheese and Arugula Pasta Salad

    A little goat cheese makes everything taste better! An arugula pasta salad is well-balanced and an easy dish to serve to party guests. Start with some fusilli pasta, pitted olives and fresh tomatoes alongside your arugula for the base to this appetizer.

    Goat Cheese and Arugula Pasta Salad from How Sweet It Is

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    Split Pea Soup

    Traditional Dutch Split Pea Soup
    Karin Engelbrecht

    Soup is a communal appetizer. It creates a sense of community as it's shared from one large pot, or it can also be self-serve, which makes it very low maintenance.

    Classic Split Pea Soup from The Spruce

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    Chili Cheese Dip

    Chili Cheese Dip
    Chili Cheese Dip. Love Wild Grows

    Chili cheese dip is a no fail, no fuss appetizer. Guests will feel comfortable dipping into the cheesy starter with a big bag of tortilla chips. 

    Chili Cheese Dip ​from Love Grows Wild

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    Delicata Squash

    Squash is a winter vegetable that is hearty and savory. The sweet taste of delicata squash is a great option as a table top appetizer.

    Delicata Squash from Not without Salt

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    Lime Guacamole
    Iain Bagwell / Photodisc / Getty Images

    It's rare that you hear anyone say they'll pass on the guacamole. When in doubt, start mashing up those avocados! A bag of tortilla chips or veggies will complete this starter.

    5 Delicious Guacamole Recipes from The Spruce

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    Loaded Nachos

    Nachos are a classic party appetizer. Make your nachos loaded for maximum flavor and enjoyment. Nachos are easy to prepare, share and serve. Just make sure you have extra napkins or wet wipes nearby for clean-up.

    Beef Nachos Recipe from Andie Mitchell

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    Hummus and Pita

    Hummus is another perfect appetizer option because it's an easy dip that pairs well with many foods. Add pita and sliced veggies for an easy appetizer option that saves on time. This is a recipe that is healthy, filling and beautiful for presentation points.

    Hummus and Pita from A Cozy Kitchen

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    Charred Green Bean and Lentil Salad

    This appetizer is great for sharing family style; pass a big bowl of charred green beans and lentils to your guests and let them dig in.

    Charred Green Bean and Lentil Salad from Not Without Salt

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    Labneh is another versatile appetizer that compliments a number of foods. Veggies, crackers or a spot on that meat and cheese board is a perfect pair for labneh.

    Labneh from David Lebovitz

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    Quesadillas are not just for your little ones. Pimento cheese adds a grown-up flavor to your childhood favorite. Cut your quesadillas into quarters to serve tasty small bites for entertaining. You can either add chicken or just stick with cheese when preparing.

    Pimento Cheese Chicken Quesadillas from How Sweet It Is

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    Sour Cream and Bacon Deviled Eggs

    Deviled Eggs
    Simply Recipes

    Deviled eggs are a classic appetizer that have been around for years. Try this recipe that includes a bacon and sour cream twist to this traditional starter.

    Sour Cream and Bacon Deviled Eggs from Simply Recipes

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    Hot Honey Lime Chicken Wings

    As an appetizer, chicken wings are a great option that is not only appropriate for sporting events, but any gathering. Feed an intimate or larger group a plate of these hot honey lime chicken wings and they will be grateful.

    Hot Honey Lime Chicken Wings from A Cozy Kitchen

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    Barbecue Chicken Rolls

    Barbecue chicken rolls are a fun idea for backyard cookouts, tailgates or watching the big game at home.

    Barbecue Chicken Rolls from Andie Mitchell

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    Avocado and Heirloom Tomato Salad

    Guacamole is not the only way to serve up avocados. An avocado and heirloom tomato salad is fresh, seasonal offering. Drizzle your favorite dressing over this superfood salad for the finishing touch.

    Avocado and Heirloom Tomato Salad from What's Gaby Cooking

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    Beet Salad

    Beets are a savory root vegetable full of hearty flavor. A beet salad is a colorful appetizer that brings a beautiful presentation to your entertaining.

    Beet Salad from Cookie and Kate