Best Appetizers: Getting the Party Started
Whether it’s for a meal, a party, or a snack, everyone loves a good appetizer. In this list of the best appetizers we have compiled 25 tasty appetizers. From dips to finger foods, you are sure to find inspiration from this list for your next appetizer creation. And thankfully, most of the appetizers on this list are a breeze to make, ensuring that you spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying these delectable appetizers.
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Top 25 Appetizers:
Stuffed with ricotta, garlic, and all sorts of other deliciousness, these Stuffed Artichokes are a fun and tasty appetizer. Serve these at your next dinner party and you are sure to receive rave reviews. As an added bonus, artichokes are packed full of nutrients.
With a filling that can be made ahead of time and a quick fry time, these jalapeno popper wontons are a quick and easy appetizer. A great finger food, these poppers are perfect for parties and game days. If you enjoy a little spice, these wontons are a perfect fit.
Perfect for sharing (or hoarding for yourself!), these hot ham and cheese party rolls are delicious perfection. Honey maple glazed ham and Swiss cheese are rolled up in pizza dough and then drizzled with a yummy brown sugar-poppy seed glaze before being cooked into a melty, yet crispy ensemble. Best of all, these sandwiches, complete with the glaze, can be assembled ahead of time and then baked later.
A delicious alternative to a traditional cheese dip, this Neiman Marcus dip will have your friends and family begging you for more. In this dip, the shredded cheese base is complimented with green onions, almonds, mayo, and bacon. After a quick refrigeration, this dip is ready to go – Ritz crackers or tortilla chips work well with this dip, but really almost any type of cracker/chip tastes delicious with the Neiman Marcus dip.
A spin on the traditional meatball, these meatball stuffed buns are warm and filling. For down-home comfort these stuffed buns are a great choice. Trust us – your entire family will be thanking you for making this appetizer.
Who says you can’t eat dessert first? This easy cannoli dip is excellent party food. Mixed with mini chocolate chips and served with broken waffle cones that are the perfect dipping vehicle, this cannoli dip is a quick and easy dip that will please partygoers of all ages.
Comprised of just a few simple ingredients, these sweet potato bites with avocado and bacon are a great, healthier appetizer. The sweet potatoes are thinly sliced and baked into chips and then topped with an easy guacamole and crisp bacon. For a more refined approach to finger foods, this is the appetizer for you.
Coated in a tasty marinade of honey, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger and garlic, these chicken skewers can be baked or grilled. Be sure to soak the skewers in water for at least 10 minutes to avoid the chicken sticking to the skewers. If you like a more substantial appetizer, this is the perfect option.
Paired with a homemade cocktail sauce, this garlic herb roasted shrimp is a step up from the usual cocktail appetizer shrimp. And, with just a 10 minute start to finish prep and cook time, this is an appetizer that can be whipped up in pinch. Try this recipe next time you have some fresh shrimp on hand.
Fried food is almost always delicious, but these fried parmesan crusted tortellini bites take it to the next level. Delicious bite sized fried, cheese-filled tortellini pairs perfectly with warm marinara, making this a great appetizer for a cold night. While a bit time consuming to make, the end result is well worth it!
A light, healthy appetizer, these blackened shrimp avocado cucumber bites are a bit more refined than your traditional finger food appetizer. The shrimp are seasoned and seared in cast iron pan, and then placed on cucumber slices covered in creamy avocado. A link to a tasty remoulade sauce is also included with this recipe, in case you want to serve a sauce with the bites.
With just three ingredients, these semi-homemade crescent sausage bites are simple and always popular at parties (and breakfast!). Simply fry up some ground sausage, fold in some cream cheese, and then sandwich between two layers of crescent rolls.
This salty-sweet-savory combo is truly addicting. With butter crackers as the base and then a thick layer of candied bacon, this is the perfect finger food appetizer for bacon lovers everywhere. Plus, since its easy to make large trays of this, this is the perfect appetizer for when you need to serve a big crowd.
Who doesn’t like Buffalo Chicken? This buffalo chicken tortilla rollup features buffalo chicken front and center. The chicken is combined with blue cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, and cheddar and then spread out on a tortilla where it is rolled and then sliced. For an extra pop of color, top with sliced green onion.
Sweet, savory, and spicy, these firecracker chicken meatballs are sure to impress. As a baked meatball, they are healthier than many other appetizers, but still pack a ton of flavor. If you are getting bored with the traditional meatball, give this one a try!
You might not naturally think of pairing chicken with waffles, but once you have tried it you will think to yourself, “why have I never done this before?” This appetizer is going to combine the great taste of chicken and waffles with the simplicity of eating it right off of a stick.
Self titled, “Mexican fondue” this queso is going to be loaded with flavor and is perfect for dipping chips, crackers, and bread. Also, with this recipe it is easy to sub in and out different ingredients that you might find more tasty. So load up your queso fundido and get your next party started on the right note.
A new American take on the egg roll. These cheeseburger egg rolls are going to take about an hour and fifteen minutes from start to finish, but they will be well worth the time invested at your next get together. These egg roll cheeseburgers are sure to be a hit.
If you are in search of a sweet appetizer, look no further than this fruit salsa with cinnamon crisps. Be sure to make plenty, because this appetizer is definitely addicting. Hey, at least there is fruit in it!
Bacon and cheeseburgers are already a tried and true combo, and in this bacon double cheeseburger dip you can experience all the yummy goodness of a bacon cheeseburger, only in dip form! Perfect for chilly nights, this dip is a party favorite.
A favorite with both kids and adults, these homemade mac and cheese bites are a great finger food to serve at parties. Easy to make, these bites are sure to be a hit. If you love mac and cheese, but want an easily served appetizer, you definitely need to try this recipe.
These bacon wrapped tater tot bombs taste just like they sound – bombs of deliciousness! Perfect for game days and other fun events, these bombs will not last long.
Cost-effective, healthy, and delicious – what more could you want from these cucumber bites with herb cream cheese? If you are serving a large crowd, these bites are a sure bet and they are relatively healthy to boot.
A copycat recipe of PF Chang’s lettuce wraps, this chicken lettuce wraps recipe lets you enjoy all the tastiness of PF Chang’s at home. Sweet and spicy, these wraps will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. They also work well as a light meal, so if you want an easy dinner option, these wraps are a great choice.
If you want to impress your guests or family serve this pull apart party loaf. Warm, gooey, and delicious, the ranch, butter, bacon, cheese, and jalapenos make this bread a standout appetizer.
Conclusion of the Best Appetizers
The right appetizers can really set off a great party. People love to gather around good food and enjoy life together. So whether you are preparing for a large gathering or just having a few friends over, this list of the best appetizers is sure to have what you are looking for.
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