Appetizer Recipes

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!

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

4.93 from 54 votes

Spinach Puffs

40 minutes

4.87 from 29 votes

Crockpot Meatballs

6 hours 5 minutes

5 from 25 votes

Spinach Artichoke Dip

30 minutes

4.97 from 65 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

4.95 from 18 votes

Buffalo Chicken Dip

25 minutes

4.93 from 27 votes

Cream Cheese Bean Dip

30 minutes

4.95 from 73 votes

Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

7 minutes

5 from 20 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

Easy Appetizers

5 minutes

5 from 3 votes

Newest Appetizers

Cheesy Garlic Bread

17 minutes

4.81 from 21 votes

Spinach Artichoke Dip

30 minutes

4.97 from 65 votes

Pupusas

1 hour

5 from 9 votes

Beef Empanadas

4 hours 20 minutes

5 from 18 votes

Chicken Tacos

25 minutes

4.93 from 26 votes

Chicken Fingers

40 minutes

5 from 3 votes

Peach Salsa

5 from 14 votes

Chicken Flautas

30 minutes

5 from 18 votes

Cheese Crisp

15 minutes

5 from 3 votes

Cheese Quesadilla

10 minutes

5 from 6 votes

Flautas

25 minutes

5 from 14 votes