Appetizers

From Dips to Finger Foods, we have an amazing collection of Appetizer Recipes to Make for Any Function – Parties, Get Togethers, BBQs, Holidays and More!

Cream Cheese and Chicken Taquitos

Everyone loves these cheesy taquitos! They’re filled with chicken, cream cheese, salsa, and spinach and are great as appetizers or even a main dish. Also known as flautas, these chicken…

15 minutes

4.88 from 158 votes

Turkey Veggie Tray

The most festive Turkey veggie tray you will ever make! Perfect for your Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family. Both kids and adults will be impressed! It’s important to have…

4.97 from 131 votes

Spinach Artichoke Dip

This is the BEST Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe, and the ultimate dip for any get together! Filled with spinach, artichoke hearts, cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, and mayo – this…

30 minutes

4.97 from 63 votes

Cream Cheese Bean Dip

This Cream Cheese Bean Dip recipe is our new favorite Mexican dip! With sour cream, cream cheese, Mexican cheese, refried beans, and salsa, it is the perfect dip to eat…

30 minutes

4.94 from 66 votes

Tips for serving appetizers

Everyone loves a great (and simple) appetizer recipe – especially if it’s easy.

From cheesy dips (like our Spinach & Artichoke Dip) to finger foods (like our Bacon Wrapped Smokies), we are sharing all of the best and easiest appetizers to help make your next party not only amazing, but delicious too!

For any get together or holiday, the first question I like to address is,  “How many appetizers do I need?” 

If I am serving appetizers before a dinner I will need far less than if I am having a party and only serving appetizers. You also need to take into account how many guests you will have so you know how many different appetizers to provide..

  • Before a dinner: Appetizers are great to set out about an hour before the main meal will be served. Plan for guests to be able to have 3-5 pieces/servings total.
  • Appetizer only Party: For a two hour event plan to serve about 10-12 pieces per person. Add about 5 more pieces per person for every hour after.
  • Different Dishes: Plan to provide 2-3 different appetizer dishes for 10 or fewer guests. Add another dish to the menu for every 5-8 more people.  

Our Top Picks

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

37 minutes

5 from 53 votes

Spinach Puffs

40 minutes

4.89 from 27 votes

Crockpot Meatballs

6 hours 5 minutes

5 from 25 votes

Spinach Artichoke Dip

30 minutes

4.97 from 63 votes

What to Serve?

Now that you know how many different appetizer dishes you will be making and the amounts you will need it’s time to decide which recipes to choose. 

Variety: I like to offer both warm and cooler appetizers. I also like to be sure to provide a mixture of heavy and light proteins and produce. You might even want to consider different textures and colors. 

New Recipes: I stay away from making too many new recipes for one event. For less stress I limit myself to making only 1 new recipe and use favorite recipes that I could make in my sleep. 

Timing: Be aware of what kitchen appliances you will need to make your appetizers and if it interferes with dinner. Use a mix of appetizers you can make ahead of time, ones that can be made in a crock pot and ones that are best served freshly made.
Display: If you have a large venue you can divide the appetizers and place them in different areas throughout the space. Be sure each space includes plates, napkins and utensils. And don’t forget to have fun with festive decorations to dress up the serving tables.

Reader Favorite

Dip Recipes

7 Layer Bean Dip

10 minutes

4.94 from 15 votes

Buffalo Chicken Dip

25 minutes

4.93 from 27 votes

Cream Cheese Bean Dip

30 minutes

4.94 from 66 votes

Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

7 minutes

5 from 19 votes

Who here loves a good dip?!

I am all about a quick, simple and delicious dip recipe for any get together – birthday, BBQs, potlucks, holidays…

Not only can many of them be made in the slow cooker, but many can also be thrown together in minutes. Whether they are hot or cold, I love that the are so many easy, delicious dip recipes that never let me down!

Holiday

Appetizer Collections

Thanksgiving Appetizers

5 from 6 votes

Don’t Forget the Holidays!

Whether it’s a family get together or large gathering with friends and neighbors, the holidays are another great reason to make some delicious appetizers.

We wanted to make it as easy as possible for you and rounded up some great ideas for each holiday!

Most Popular

Appetizer Collections

Newest Appetizers

Caprese Kabobs

10 minutes

5 from 1 vote

Velveeta Spinach Dip

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4.34 from 3 votes

Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Bites

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5 from 3 votes

Veggie Tray

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5 from 4 votes

Pizza Dip

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5 from 8 votes

Christmas Tree Veggie Platter

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5 from 2 votes

Veggie Christmas Tree

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5 from 14 votes

Hamburger Dip

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5 from 11 votes

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5 from 8 votes

Loaded Baked Potato Rounds

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Lunch Kabobs

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5 from 8 votes