Easy Finger Food Recipes & Ideas For Parties (2024)

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1 of 65 Everything Cream Cheese Jalapeño Poppers 1 of 65 2 of 65 Melted Manchego Tortas with Romesco and Chorizo 2 of 65 3 of 65 Lemon-Caper Parmesan Potato Salad Bites 3 of 65 4 of 65 Cheese Truffles 4 of 65 5 of 65 Pigs in an Everything Blanket with Cream Cheese Dip 5 of 65 6 of 65 Goat Cheese Poppers with Honey 6 of 65 7 of 65 Bacon Endive Tomato Bites 7 of 65 8 of 65 Caprese Salsa 8 of 65 9 of 65 Mini Corn Dogs with Cranberry Mustard 9 of 65 10 of 65 Pesto Pastries 10 of 65 11 of 65 Strawberry Bruschetta 11 of 65 12 of 65 All-Purpose Entertaining Crackers 12 of 65 13 of 65 Smoked Trout, Arugula, and Granny Smith Stacks 13 of 65 14 of 65 Peaches and Cream Mini Cupcakes 14 of 65 15 of 65 Melon, Mozzarella, and Prosciutto Skewers 15 of 65 16 of 65 Chicken Salad Tarts 16 of 65 17 of 65 Bruschetta with Peach Salsa and Melted Brie 17 of 65 18 of 65 Crab Cake Hush Puppies 18 of 65 19 of 65 Cheesy Sausage Roll-Ups 19 of 65 20 of 65 Grilled Stuffed Jalapeños 20 of 65 21 of 65 Cheese Dreams 21 of 65 22 of 65 Mini Cheese Balls 22 of 65 23 of 65 Creamed Spinach Phyllo Cups 23 of 65 24 of 65 Skewered Persimmon and Herb Bites 24 of 65 25 of 65 Stuffed Celery 25 of 65 26 of 65 Mini Quiches 26 of 65 27 of 65 Caramelized Onion-Apple Bites 27 of 65 28 of 65 Egg and Anchovy Crostini 28 of 65 29 of 65 Pepper Jelly-Goat Cheese Cakes 29 of 65 30 of 65 Creamy Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Cups 30 of 65 31 of 65 Sweet and Spicy Nut and Pretzel Mix 31 of 65 32 of 65 Pimiento Cheese Squares 32 of 65 33 of 65 Herbed Onion Parmesan Toasts 33 of 65 34 of 65 Chicken Sausage Puffs with Creamy Mustard Dipping Sauce 34 of 65 35 of 65 Mini Corn Cakes with Smoked Salmon and Dill Crème Fraîche 35 of 65 36 of 65 Brie with Jeweled Fruit Compote 36 of 65 37 of 65 Pecan-Raisin Mini-Tarts 37 of 65 38 of 65 Seared Beef Tenderloin Mini Sandwiches with Mustard-Horseradish Sauce 38 of 65 39 of 65 Modern Cheese Balls 39 of 65 40 of 65 Brownie Bourbon Balls 40 of 65 41 of 65 Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschetta 41 of 65 42 of 65 Classic Shrimp co*cktail with Red and Green Sauces 42 of 65 43 of 65 Savory Parmesan Bites 43 of 65 44 of 65 Endive Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Walnuts 44 of 65 45 of 65 Goat Cheese Tarts with Lemon-Fig Compote 45 of 65 46 of 65 Onion Frittata Bites 46 of 65 47 of 65 Barbecue Pizza Bites 47 of 65 48 of 65 Panko-crusted Crab Cake Bites with Roasted Pepper-Chive Aioli 48 of 65 49 of 65 Ham-and-Cheese Skewers 49 of 65 50 of 65 Pigskins in a Blanket 50 of 65 51 of 65 Yummy Sausage Cups 51 of 65 52 of 65 Tomato-Feta Bites 52 of 65 53 of 65 Mini Peppermint and Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes 53 of 65 54 of 65 Crunchy Pecan Pie Bites 54 of 65 55 of 65 Sausage Balls 55 of 65 56 of 65 Bourbon Balls 56 of 65 57 of 65 Fruit, Cheese, and Herb Skewers 57 of 65 58 of 65 Mini Bacon Quiches 58 of 65 59 of 65 Pizza Sticks 59 of 65 60 of 65 How to Make Mini Caprese Bites 60 of 65 61 of 65 Cumin-Roasted Cashews 61 of 65 62 of 65 Mini Sausage Tarts 62 of 65 63 of 65 Chocolate Bruschetta 63 of 65 64 of 65 Chicken Salad Tomato Cups 64 of 65 65 of 65 Creamy Pesto Pinwheels 65 of 65 Up Next FAQs References

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From chips and dip to one-bite apps, finger foods are the perfect way to kick off a party.No forks or spoons required, justeasy-to-pick-up party foods, so you can clean up in no time.

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Everything Cream Cheese Jalapeño Poppers

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Everything Cream Cheese Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

If you're throwing an all-appetizer party, make sure you provide a variety of options—these cheesy jalapeño poppers are just the finger food you're looking for.

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Melted Manchego Tortas with Romesco and Chorizo

Melted Manchego Tortas with Romesco and Chorizo

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Melted Manchego Tortas with Romesco and Chorizo Recipe

These cheesy Manchego tortas are ready in just 25 minutes. Spanish flatbreads, or tortas, are a tapas staple that party guests will love.

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Lemon-Caper Parmesan Potato Salad Bites

Lemon-Caper Parmesan Potato Salad Bites

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Lemon-Caper Parmesan Potato Salad Bites Recipe

Turn "jacket potatoes" into irresistible potato salad bites. Capers offer a twist on traditional relish; they're actually pickled flower buds and add bright, briny flavor to this appetizer.

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Cheese Truffles

Cheese Truffles

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Cheese Truffles Recipe

Pimiento cheese transforms into tiny little cheese truffles in this effortless recipe. These bite-sized cheese balls are perfect for your next party or get-together and are an easy no-cook solution to that appetizer spread.Roll each cheese ball into chopped toasted pecans, parsley or crumbled bacon forirresistible flavor in every bite.

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Pigs in an Everything Blanket with Cream Cheese Dip

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Pigs in an Everything Blanket with Cream Cheese Dip Recipe

Two finger food favorites collide as pigs in a blanket get aneverything bagel makeover. Rather than the traditional canned biscuit or croissant dough, the"blanket" of this playful appetizer is made with fresh pizza dough that is first boiled,brushed with egg wash, and rolled in an "everything" seasoning blend (poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dried mincedonion, dried minced garlic, and coarse salt) before being baked. Using a yeasted dough and this double cooking method is what gives these tailgate-ready bites their bagel personality. Serve them up with a tangy cream cheese dip for a party-perfect snack platter.

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Goat Cheese Poppers with Honey

Goat Cheese Poppers with Honey

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Goat Cheese Poppers with Honey Recipe

In addition to being a delicious appetizer, Goat Cheese Poppers with Honey are great as croutons on salads or as "meat" balls for vegetarian pasta dishes

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Bacon Endive Tomato Bites

Bacon Endive Tomato Bites

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Bacon Endive Tomato Bites Recipe

Multicolored grape tomatoes shine in these little bites. Prepare this appetizer when the tomatoes are at their ripest, sweetest, and juiciest. This starter makes for a bright and fresh starter that is bursting with flavor and color. On the light side, this appetizer will ensure that you and your guests don't get too full before the main course.

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Caprese Salsa

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Caprese Salsa Recipe

We loved the classic caprese salad so much, we transformed it into a vibrant summer “salsa,” so that we could top just about everything with it. The simple, but so satisfying, flavor combo of ripe, juicy tomatoes, fresh basil, and rich mozzarella cheese is the perfect path to amping up any number of your favorite summertime staples. Serve this fresh and flavor-packed topper over grilled steak or chicken, use it as a burger relish, or spoon it onto crostini or grilled bread for an awesome and easy appetizer.

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Mini Corn Dogs with Cranberry Mustard

Mini Corn Dogs with Cranberry Mustard

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Mini Corn Dogs with Cranberry Mustard Recipe

The Chardonnay in a brut blend pairs well with the corn and the mustard, while the Pinot Noir builds bridges to the hot dog and the cranberry in the dip.

TIP: Make the Cranberry Mustard before you start the dogs.

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Pesto Pastries

Pesto Pastries

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Pesto Pastries Recipe

Unlike classic pesto, there's no oil in this filling. Once everything is minced in the food processor, though, it develops a paste-like consistency. Thaw the pastry in the fridge overnight, or leave out at room temperature for an hour or two.

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Strawberry Bruschetta

Strawberry Bruschetta

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Strawberry Bruschetta Recipe

Usher in the warm days of spring and summer with Strawberry Bruschetta. This refreshing mixture of nectarine, grape tomatoes, strawberries, and basil are served over baguette slices with slatherings of goat cheese.

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All-Purpose Entertaining Crackers

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All-Purpose Entertaining Crackers Recipe

Why buy something that you can make easily and more deliciously at home? Make these all-purpose crackers as they are, or top with Asiago cheese, sea salt and black pepper, Italian herbs, or sesame seed oil after rolling the dough and before cutting it into desired shapes. Note that if you choose to make larger, 2" crackers, the yield is around 60 crackers, which serves 30 people.

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Smoked Trout, Arugula, and Granny Smith Stacks

Smoked Trout, Arugula, and Granny Smith Stacks

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Smoked Trout, Arugula, and Granny Smith Stacks Recipe

Crisp apples make a delicious and nutritious base this quick and easy appetizer.

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Peaches and Cream Mini Cupcakes

Peaches and Cream Mini Cupcakes

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Peaches and Cream Mini Cupcakes Recipe

Petite and almost too cute to eat, these miniature cupcakes are infused with the sweet flavor of summer's juiciest fruit.

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Melon, Mozzarella, and Prosciutto Skewers

Melon, Mozzarella, and Prosciutto Skewers

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Melon, Mozzarella, and Prosciutto Skewers Recipe

Put out half of the skewers, and keep the remaining chilled until ready to serve. Everyone loves a good melon salad, so we took that idea and "skewer-ed" it. Salty cured ham meets creamy, fresh melon for the ultimate savory/sweet combination. With the addition of smooth mozzarella cheese, these skewers are texturally satisfying and not shy on flavor. Your guests will absolutley the easiness and accessibility of these skewers, and you'd be surprised at how impressed they'll be.

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Chicken Salad Tarts

Chicken Salad Tarts Recipe

This appetizer recipe for Chicken Salad Tarts is perfect for any occasion and (almost!) too pretty to eat.

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Bruschetta with Peach Salsa and Melted Brie

Bruschetta with Peach Salsa and Melted Brie

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Bruschetta with Peach Salsa and Melted Brie Recipe

Place the cheese in the freezer for about 20 minutes for easier cutting. To make this appetizer in advance, you can prepare and refrigerate the salsa up to a day ahead. Toast bread and assemble just before serving.

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Crab Cake Hush Puppies

Crab Cake Hush Puppies

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Crab Cake Hush Puppies Recipe

Serve these Crab Cake Hush Puppies with your favorite rémoulade or co*cktail sauce for tasty appetizers. Hush puppies, a Southern classic made by deep-frying a cornmeal batter gets a seafood makeover. Served with a creamy, thick dipping sauce, these salty critters are a great option for a potluck meal or an appetizer that serves to impress. Freeze any leftovers and defrost up to 3 months later.

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Cheesy Sausage Roll-Ups

Cheesy Sausage Roll-Ups

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Cheesy Sausage Roll-Ups Recipe

These southwestern-style roll-ups require just 5 ingredients.

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Grilled Stuffed Jalapeños

Grilled Stuffed Jalapeños

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Grilled Stuffed Jalapeños Recipe

Searching for that perfect, crowd-pleasing appetizer for you next get-together? Look no further than these stuffed jalapeño poppers. The rich and creamy combination of bacon, cream cheese, and cheddar nicely contrasts the muted spice of grilled jalapeño peppers. This grilledappetizer recipe is a healthy, fresh alternative to the popular breaded and fried version. If you’re looking to keep your stuffed jalapeño poppers vegetarian-friendly, you can eliminate the bacon or replace it with coarsely chopped nuts, like smoked almonds or toasted pecans.

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Cheese Dreams

Cheese Dreams

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Cheese Dreams Recipe

These little gems will be the first appetizer to disappear. Make them the day before and refrigerate, or freeze up to 3 weeks. If frozen, pop in the oven straight from the freezer; increase the bake time by 10 minutes.

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Mini Cheese Balls

Mini Cheese Balls

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Mini Cheese Balls Recipe

Almond milk cream cheese is delicately nutty, with a buttery-rich texture and zero grams of sat fat. Find it at Whole Foods stores nationwide. You can substitute 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, which adds 1.6g sat fat to each serving.

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Creamed Spinach Phyllo Cups

Creamed Spinach Phyllo Cups

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Creamed Spinach Phyllo Cups Recipe

Turn a beloved side dish into a cute and savory appetizer. Frozen phyllo shells speed prep time, as does bagged baby spinach (rather than frozen). Toasting the phyllo cups keeps them crisp longer after being filled.

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Skewered Persimmon and Herb Bites

Skewered Persimmon and Herb Bites

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Skewered Persimmon and Herb Bites Recipe

The combination of persimmons with Southeast Asian herbs and dunk sauce comes as a surprise in these quick appetizers, and it's totally addictive.

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Stuffed Celery

Stuffed Celery

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Stuffed Celery Recipe

For an easy side dish, serve guests Stuffed Celery. This stuffing is also great as a dip.

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Mini Quiches

Mini Quiches

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Mini Quiches Recipe

Five ingredients and 5 minutes of baking gets you these mini quiches, tasty pastry cups filled with egg and cheese and topped with bacon.

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Caramelized Onion-Apple Bites

Caramelized Onion-Apple Bites

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Caramelized Onion-Apple Bites Recipe

These savory hors d'oeuvres can be assembled in advance—ideal for relaxed entertaining.

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Egg and Anchovy Crostini

Egg and Anchovy Crostini

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Egg and Anchovy Crostini Recipe

Enjoy eggs with soft yolk, nestled into lemon-scented toasts and topped with marinated white anchovies for a fresh, clean appetizer.

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Pepper Jelly-Goat Cheese Cakes

Pepper Jelly-Goat Cheese Cakes

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Pepper Jelly-Goat Cheese Cakes Recipe

These delightful goat cheese cakes topped with pepper jelly are a great make ahead appetizer and are served chilled so no warming is necessary.

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Creamy Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Cups

Creamy Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Cups

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Creamy Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Cups Recipe

The filling can be made and refrigerated up to a day in advance, then brought to room temperature before filling the cups. Phyllo shells come conveniently prebaked, so they're ready to fill once thawed.

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Sweet and Spicy Nut and Pretzel Mix

Sweet and Spicy Nut and Pretzel Mix

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Sweet and Spicy Nut and Pretzel Mix Recipe

This sweet and spicy mix is a must for holiday entertaining. Make a batch at the beginning of month and serve all season long.

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Pimiento Cheese Squares

Pimiento Cheese Squares

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Pimiento Cheese Squares Recipe

The South’s classic spread made into savory bites of Pimiento Cheese Squares makes the perfect appetizer for parties— a taste of home the crowd will love.

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Herbed Onion Parmesan Toasts

Herbed Onion Parmesan Toasts

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Herbed Onion Parmesan Toasts Recipe

An all-Chardonnay blanc de blancs has an herbal quality that loves the green onions and dill in this appetizer, a brioche layer that echoes the toast itself, and a bright acidity that cuts through the rich mayo and cheese.

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Chicken Sausage Puffs with Creamy Mustard Dipping Sauce

Chicken Sausage Puffs with Creamy Mustard Dipping Sauce

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Chicken Sausage Puffs with Creamy Mustard Dipping Sauce Recipe

Shortcut items, such as fully cooked chicken sausage and coarse-grained mustard make these Chicken Sausage Puffs an easy go-to recipe around the holidays.

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Mini Corn Cakes with Smoked Salmon and Dill Crème Fraîche

Mini Corn Cakes with Smoked Salmon and Dill Crème Fraîche

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Mini Corn Cakes with Smoked Salmon and Dill Crème Fraîche Recipe

Make these in the morning, and top with salmon and crème fraîche just before your guests arrive. Tight on time? Use store-bought blini instead.

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Brie with Jeweled Fruit Compote

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Brie with Jeweled Fruit Compote Recipe

This lovely appetizer is about as quick and easy as it gets--as tasty, too. You don't even need to let the cheese come to room temperature first; the warm fruit that goes on top will soften it up.

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Pecan-Raisin Mini-Tarts

Pecan-Raisin Mini-Tarts

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Pecan-Raisin Mini-Tarts Recipe

Pecan pie is always a welcome treat during the holidays but is sometimes a bit messy to serve. With these little pecan tarts, there's no need for a fork since you can simply pick one up and pop it in your mouth. The raisins in the filling add a bit of extra sweetness.

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Seared Beef Tenderloin Mini Sandwiches with Mustard-Horseradish Sauce

Seared Beef Tenderloin Mini Sandwiches with Mustard-Horseradish Sauce

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Seared Beef Tenderloin Mini Sandwiches with Mustard-Horseradish Sauce Recipe

Mini open-faced sandwiches are ideal for a light supper or appetizer buffet and a great way to stretch the number of servings you get from a pricey cut of meat.

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Modern Cheese Balls

Modern Cheese Balls

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Modern Cheese Balls Recipe

Eliminate the need for cute party spreaders or knives when you offer bite-size cheese balls that guests can either pick up with their fingers or with wooden picks.

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Brownie Bourbon Balls

Brownie Bourbon Balls

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Brownie Bourbon Balls Recipe

A packaged brownie mix is the shortcut ingredient in this fudgy favorite. You might need to make an extra batch as your guests will have a hard time stopping with one.

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Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

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Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschetta Recipe

Prepare the fig jam for this savory-meets-sweet appetizer up to three days in advance, and store in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature, and assemble bruschetta just before serving. For smaller groups, use half the amount of bread. Leftover jam is great on toast at breakfast.

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Classic Shrimp co*cktail with Red and Green Sauces

Classic Shrimp co*cktail with Red and Green Sauces

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Classic Shrimp co*cktail with Red and Green Sauces Recipe

The tails of fresh shrimp beckon you to pick them up with your fingers and dip them into a savory sauce. If you need a few shortcuts, buy steamed shrimp at the seafood counter and use bottled green salsa and horseradish sauce instead of making your own.

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Savory Parmesan Bites

Savory Parmesan Bites

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Savory Parmesan Bites Recipe

Start with refrigerated crescent roll dough to make these cheesy little roll-ups. You can freeze the unbaked roll-ups for up to one month, and then bake just before serving.

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Endive Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Walnuts

Endive Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Walnuts

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Endive Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Walnuts Recipe

Endive leaves make a perfect container for the crumbled cheese, orange sections, and walnuts in this appetizer that's basically a hand-held salad.

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Goat Cheese Tarts with Lemon-Fig Compote

Goat Cheese Tarts with Lemon-Fig Compote

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Goat Cheese Tarts with Lemon-Fig Compote Recipe

Mini phyllo shells are definitely a "go-to ingredient" when you need to serve a sweet treat that doesn't require a fork or spoon.

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Onion Frittata Bites

Onion Frittata Bites

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Onion Frittata Bites Recipe

Instead of cooking a frittata in a skillet, bake the egg mixture in a baking dish and then cut into rectangular pieces. You can serve them either warm or at room temperature.

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Barbecue Pizza Bites

Barbecue Pizza Bites

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Barbecue Pizza Bites Recipe

Pizza wedges are perfect when you need a hearty party appetizer. Because of the sturdy Boboli crusts and a small amount of sauce, you can hold these pizzas bites in one hand and not make a mess.

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Panko-crusted Crab Cake Bites with Roasted Pepper-Chive Aioli

Panko-crusted Crab Cake Bites with Roasted Pepper-Chive Aioli

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Panko-crusted Crab Cake Bites with Roasted Pepper-Chive Aioli Recipe

The panko crumbs make these bite-sized crab cakes crispy and easy to pick up. In fact, they might be way too easy to pick up and pop in your mouth. If you're expecting a crowd, you'd better make extras because these will be gone fast.

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Ham-and-Cheese Skewers

Ham-and-Cheese Skewers

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Ham-and-Cheese Skewers Recipe

These 4-ingredient appetizer skewers are the perfect pick-up party food and an elegant addition to an appetizer menu.

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Pigskins in a Blanket

Pigskins in a Blanket

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Pigskins in a Blanket Recipe

Offer a slightly more sophisticated version of pigs-in-a-blanket for your next football party. You only need 3 ingredients: chicken sausage, frozen puff pastry, and whole-grain mustard.

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Yummy Sausage Cups

Yummy Sausage Cups

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Yummy Sausage Cups Recipe

These phyllo cups filled with maple-flavored sausage, cheese, and sour cream are perfect for a brunch buffet or a holiday open house. Easy to grab and go, these little cups are sure to be a hit.

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Tomato-Feta Bites

Tomato-Feta Bites

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Tomato-Feta Bites Recipe

Start with frozen puff pastry to make these 6-ingredient Mediterranean-style appetizers featuring the savory goodness of tomatoes, kalamata olives, and feta cheese.

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Mini Peppermint and Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes

Mini Peppermint and Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes

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Mini Peppermint and Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes Recipe

Instead of making one big cheesecake for a dessert buffet, make individual cheesecakes in mini-muffin pans. Serving them in their paper liners make them even easier to pick up and eat.

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Crunchy Pecan Pie Bites

Crunchy Pecan Pie Bites

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Crunchy Pecan Pie Bites Recipe

Cram all the amazing flavor of pecan pie into these bite-sized treats that are perfect for parties and gift-giving alike.

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Sausage Balls

Sausage Balls

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Sausage Balls Recipe

This 3-ingredient recipe is the perfect finger food for Christmas morning when children are too excited to sit down for breakfast, but it’s also a great choice for breakfast and brunch any time of the year.

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Bourbon Balls

Bourbon Balls

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Bourbon Balls Recipe

These bourbon-flavored cookies offer up a powerful punch while packaged in a small bite. These sweet, no-bake treats are a favored gift and a perfect nibble for parties.

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Fruit, Cheese, and Herb Skewers

Fruit Cheese, and Herb Skewers

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Fruit, Cheese, and Herb Skewers Recipe

Stack various combinations of fruit, mozzarella cheese, and herbs on 6-inch wooden skewers for a fun and fresh party appetizer that can be madeup to three hours ahead of time.

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Mini Bacon Quiches

Mini Bacon Quiches

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Mini Bacon Quiches Recipe

These mini crustless quiches are filled with potato, bacon, Parmesan cheese and sour cream and baked in mini muffin pans. You can serve them either warm or at room temperature.

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Pizza Sticks

Pizza Sticks

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Pizza Sticks Recipe

Jarred bruschetta topping, chock full of flavorful herbs and veggies, saves both money and prep time for these cheesy pizza sticks. Simply top a refrigerated thin pizza crust with the bruschetta topping and a shredded cheese blend, bake, and cut into bite-size strips.

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How to Make Mini Caprese Bites

Learn how to make Mini Caprese Bites for a quick party appetizer that your company can't resist. Fresh tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella combine with tangy balsamic vinaigrette for a no-cook dish that comes together in just 20 minutes.

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Cumin-Roasted Cashews

Cumin-Roasted Cashews

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Cumin-Roasted Cashews Recipe

This simple appetizer of Cumin-Roasted Cashews is full of flavor and will subdue an appetite until the feast is complete.

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Mini Sausage Tarts

Mini Sausage Tarts

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Mini Sausage Tarts Recipe

You’ll only need 5 ingredients to make these tasty little sausage tarts for your next holiday party. The recipe makes 5 dozen, so it’s a perfect recipe to make if you’re having a crowd.

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Chocolate Bruschetta

Chocolate Bruschetta

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Chocolate Bruschetta Recipe

Turn your bruschetta into a sweet treat for a change. Salt enhances the chocolate flavor. For best results, use good-quality chocolate and coarse sea salt.

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Chicken Salad Tomato Cups

Chicken Salad Tomato Cups

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Chicken Salad Tomato Cups Recipe

Shredded chicken salad, whenpaired here with fresh herbs, is served up in little tomato cups: which makes this item the perfect finger food for your next party or get-together.

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Creamy Pesto Pinwheels

Creamy Pesto Pinwheels

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Creamy Pesto Pinwheels Recipe

Make quick and easy appetizer pinwheels with sandwich bread, cream cheese and prepared pesto.

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FAQs

What are the most popular finger foods for parties? ›

Some of my favorites: Deviled eggs, bruschetta, crackers with cheese and dried salami, artichoke & spinach dip with tortilla chips, stuffed mushrooms, mini-spanakopita, Chinese dumplings. What are some tasty but easy to make snacks or appetizers that don't involve any cooking? Salami cheese wraps.

What are good appetizers to buy for a party? ›

11 Store-Bought Appetizers Our Editors Turn To For Easy...
  • Taylor Farms Sweet Kale Chopped Salad Kit.
  • Publix Deli Chicken Breast Dip, Buffalo Style.
  • Trader Joe's Pastry Bites Feta Cheese & Caramelized Onions.
  • The Fresh Market Take & Bake Brie.
  • Publix Deli Artichoke & Spinach Dip.
Feb 19, 2023

What makes a good finger buffet? ›

Finger Buffet Menu No. 1
  • A Selection of Finger Sandwiches. Served on mixed breads with various fillings.
  • A Selection of Savouries. Sausage rolls, mini pork pie pieces, picnic eggs, mixed quiche pieces & co*cktail sausages.
  • Pickles. Gherkins, silverskins, olives & cherry tomatoes.

How can I feed 50 guests cheap? ›

Feed the masses without breaking the bank with these budget-friendly dishes.
  1. Mexican Lasagne. A spicy lasagne for those of us who love Mexican and Italian food. ...
  2. Cheese Cob Dip. ...
  3. The Best Burger in Oz. ...
  4. Kangaroo Casserole. ...
  5. Sausage Casserole. ...
  6. Nanna's golden sausage casserole. ...
  7. Quiche Lorraine. ...
  8. Turkey and Pumpkin Lasagne.

What are some examples of finger foods? ›

No matter what the occasion may be, these finger food ideas are just what you need to feed a crowd of hungry guests. Here, you'll find tons of one-bite wonders, including pigs in a blanket, garlic knots, fried pickles, and whipped deviled eggs.

How do you feed a crowd cheap and easy? ›

19 Ideas For Easy Meals For Large Groups
  1. Taco Bar. A taco bar is one of the best inexpensive meals for large groups. ...
  2. Meatballs. ...
  3. Butter Chicken. ...
  4. Lasagna. ...
  5. Chili. ...
  6. Homemade Pizza. ...
  7. Baked Pasta. ...
  8. Skewers.
Apr 4, 2023

How to feed 40 people cheaply? ›

Create a “Bar” and feed everyone cafeteria-style

There are lots of bar ideas out there, such as the Nacho bar, Baked potato bar, Burrito bar, Hot dog bar, Root Beer float bar, Hawaiian Haystacks bar, Sandwich bar, etc. All of these can be done on the cheap, and links to all these ideas can be found below.

What is the cheapest food that can feed a lot of people? ›

MAKE A PASTA BAR

Pasta is one of the cheapest and most filling pantry staples you can buy, and that's exactly why it's the perfect food to feed to a crowd! Plus, everyone loves a good pasta dish. Grab yourself a buffet server warming tray so you can pop your cooked pasta inside and keep it warm all evening long!

What should I feed 20 people on a budget? ›

Cheap tricks for the best outdoor cookouts.
  • 1 / 7. Hot Dog Snack Board. ...
  • 2 / 7. No-Cook Dip and Veggie Summer Board. ...
  • 3 / 7. Instant Pot Pulled Porchetta Sandwiches. ...
  • 4 / 7. Chicken Caesar Salad Skewers. ...
  • 5 / 7. Chopped BBQ Chicken Salad. ...
  • 6 / 7. Fish Tacos. ...
  • 7 / 7. Ice Cream Sandwiches for a Crowd.
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What appetizer is a known as crowd pleaser? ›

Deviled eggs are always a crowd-pleaser, but the addition of buttery avocado makes the filling extra smooth and rich. In order to dress them up for the party, finish them with chives to add a little something that will have everyone coming back for seconds.

What is considered the simplest appetizer? ›

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables – are the simplest appetizer. Fruits are good appetizers because they give an attractive appearance, fragrance, appealing taste and delicious flavor. For example, you could serve a platter of thinly sliced cucumbers, chunks of red bell pepper and baby carrots.

What are the 7 appetizers? ›

What are the 7 appetizers?
  • co*cktails.
  • Hors d' oeuvres.
  • Canape.
  • Relishes/Crudité
  • Salads.
  • Soup & Consommé
  • Chips & Dips.

What are the most common party foods? ›

Some examples of party food include mini sandwiches, sliders, chicken wings, meatballs, cheese and charcuterie platters, vegetable and fruit skewers, and various dips and spreads.

How much finger food for 25 guests? ›

Quantity. A good rule of thumb when working with your caterer on just how many hors d'oeuvres to choose is as follows: for 10 – 12 guests a minimum of 5 selections, 25 guests a minimum of 9 selections and for 50 guests, a minimum of 13 selections.

What is a typical finger buffet? ›

Most finger buffets include foods such as: Sandwiches - whether its sliced bread or buns, sandwiches are ideal for a finger buffet. You can include both white and brown bread to add a bit of variety. The list of fillings is endless, don't be scared to think outside the box but be careful to cater for vegetarians.

What are the five finger food groups? ›

Enjoy food from each of the five food groups and you'll be getting a fantastic mix of the best nutrients and vitamins.
  • 1 Carbohydrates. Carbohydrates give you energy, calcium and B vitamins. ...
  • 2 Protein. ...
  • 3 Dairy products. ...
  • 4 Fruit and vegetables. ...
  • 5 Fats and sugars.

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