Favorite Appetizer and Snack Recipes

Whether you're planning a New Year's Eve party, Super Bowl bash, or a more formal affair, you're sure to find some food options in this list of recipes. Dips, nachos, and sandwiches are excellent choices for more informal parties. For small bites on trays, consider meatballs with fancy toothpicks, stuffed mushrooms, or the pizza crostini.

Some appetizers should be served immediately, but some can be kept warm and served more casually. A slow cooker or chafing dish is ideal for keeping...MORE some hot appetizer dishes warm. Use it for meatballs in sauce, chili, and many kinds of dips. A warming tray works well for hot appetizers without sauce, like stuffed mushrooms and chicken wings.

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    pizza crostini with pepperoni and cheese
    Diana Rattray

    A French bread baguette is sliced and baked with pizza toppings. Serve the crostini as a passed appetizer or serve them from a warming tray. Your guests will be pleasantly surprised at how tasty they are. Use the suggested toppings or your favorites. Mini pepperoni or diced ham are good options, and you can make some with vegetables for vegetarian guests.

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    Nachos
    Diana Rattray

    Delicious nachos with the works! Make them for holiday get-togethers, game parties. They make a fantastic snack for a family movie night, too!

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    Stuffed Mushrooms With Ham and Spinach
    Diana Rattray

    A spicy mixture of crabmeat and breadcrumbs make up the filling for these stuffed mushrooms. Sauteed bell pepper, green onion, and the chopped stems add to the flavor and texture of the stuffing.

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    Diana Rattray

    Peppers and pineapple chunks flavor these delicious meatballs. If you don't have the time, use good quality frozen meatballs in this dish.

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    crock pot party meatballs
    Diana Rattray

    A sweet, tangy barbecue sauce flavors these meatballs beautifully. The meatballs are made up of a combination of sausage and ground beef, making them juicy and flavorful.

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    Bacon Cheese Puffs
    Diana Rattray

    Cheddar cheese and bacon team up in these remarkable bacon-cheddar gougères. The choux pastry is very easy to make, and your reward will be these fabulous soft puffs of flavor. Split the gougère and fill them with chicken or turkey salad if you'd like.

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    Quick and Easy Shrimp Dip
    Diana Rattray

    Lemon juice and Italian dressing mix flavor this easy shrimp dip. Use small canned salad shrimp in this recipe. The dip base is a mixture of sour cream and cream cheese. Delicious!

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    Tortilla Roll Ups
    Diana Rattray

    The filling in these delicious tortilla roll-ups includes a mixture of sour cream and cream cheese. The flavor comes from green onions, chile, and shredded cheese. Serve them with fresh or purchased salsa, guacamole, or your favorite dips.

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    Red Pepper and Artichoke Dip
    Diana Rattray

    This dip is a popular one, and it's surprisingly easy to fix and bake. It's a hot dip with Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, artichokes, and chopped roasted red pepper.

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    Clam Dip With Crackers
    Diana Rattray

    Minced clams and cream cheese team up in this easy dip. Flavors include Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice. Serve the dip with tortilla chips, crackers, or pita chips.

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    Party Ham Rolls
    Diana Rattray

    These little ham rolls are always a hit, and they are so easy to fix with a package of dinner rolls and deli ham and cheese. Choose a block of dinner rolls like King's Hawaiian.

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    Hot Spicy Drumettes
    Diana Rattray

    Make these spicy chicken drumettes your go-to recipe for wings. Your guests will love them, and they make a delicious family meal as well. A light flour coating makes them crispy while baking keeps lighter than deep-fried versions.

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    Honey Garlic Pork Meatballs
    Diana Rattray

    Ground pork adds flavor and juiciness to these tasty meatballs. A combination of honey, soy sauce, garlic, and ketchup makes up the sauce for the meatballs. Add some Sriracha or Tabasco to heat them up if you'd like.

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    Homemade Pretzels
    Diana Rattray

    These soft, warm pretzels will delight your friends and family. Serve them with yellow mustard, honey mustard, or aioli.

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    Sugared Pecans
    Diana Rattray

    These addictive little sugar-coated pecans are an easy preparation, and they are an excellent snack to have on hand.

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    Southern Deviled Eggs
    Diana Rattray

    Sweet relish is the secret ingredient in these tasty Southern deviled eggs. Everyone loves deviled eggs, and these will be an instant hit. Top them off with a slice of pimiento or cornichon. Or make them a bit more decadent with some crumbled bacon.