Appetizers + Snacks

Easy Appetizers for all occasions- party food, snack ideas, simple finger food, one-bite appetizers, appetizers for a crowd and even last minute horderves.

I could probably just live off of nothing but appetizers and finger food for the rest of my life. I prefer having just a little bite of everything rather than a whole big meal of just one flavor.

Tell me I am not alone….

Caprese Skewers are the perfect party appetizer made with fresh mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, garlicky croutons, and zesty pepperoni, all drizzled with a tangy balsamic reduction sauce! #capresesalad #capreseappetizer
Caprese Skewers

Which is why I realized that there were a HUGE number of appetizers ideas on the site. Over 130+ to be exact and I presume that number will increase month after month.

So here you are folks, killer appetizers recipes for any occasion. I tried to break them down into sections so it is easier to read, but feel free to look at all of our appetizer and snack ideas!

Most commonly asked questions:

What is an appetizer? An appetizer is generally categorized as a dish served before the meal or to satiate between meals. We are quenching the appetite, if you will.

What is considered an appetizer? The term is really open to interpretation, but it is generally a small meal that is one-bite, like a crostini, or shared, like a dip.

What is the difference between an appetizer and a hor dourve? The two are interchangeable. Hors D’oeuvres is the French word translating to “outside of the meal” and served prior. They are commonly passed, but can also be served individually while seated.

What is a canape? A small piece of bread with toppings. Sometimes you’ll see them call crostini.

What is amuse bouche? People write to me asking for moosh boosh recipes. While that is kinda of what is sounds like, it is actually amuse bouche and is just fancy for a single bite appetizer.

How many appetizers should I serve at my party? This depends on how many people you have at your party, if you plan to serve dinner and what time of day it is.

The general rule is to serve 6 types of appetizers for a party of 50 or less if you aren’t serving dinner.

Serve 8 or more appetizers for a party of 50 or more if you aren’t serving dinner.

If you are having a small intimate gathering, 2-3 easy party foods should suffice. Have a variety like one cold and one hot, and a vegetarian option.

If you are serving a full dinner at a seated meal, one should do, but making it something like a Fancy Cheese Platter or charcuterie board is best.

What are the most popular appetizers? In the US, these are the top 10 appetizers to serve at parties or any other time.

  1. Buffalo Chicken Wings
  2. Crab Cakes
  3. Caramelized Onion Dip
  4. Deviled Eggs
  5. Artichoke Dip
  6. Pigs in a Blanket
  7. Olive Oil Bread Dip
  8. Cocktail Meatballs
  9. Steamed Shrimp
  10. Hush Puppies (this one surprised me!)

Okay… here we go- here are just some of the recipes you’ll find here!

Hot Appetizer Recipes:

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are a quick and easy appetizer that will spice up any party! Simmered in spicy wing sauce and blue cheese, these will be a winner! #buffalochicken #partymeatballs #buffalochickenmeatballs
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Cold Appetizer Recipes:

Zucchini Goat Cheese Rolls are tasty toothpick appetizers made with roasted red peppers, seasonings and creamy goat cheese. Make them ahead for an easy appetizer!
Zucchini Goat Cheese Roll Ups

One-Bite Appetizers:

Lemon Ricotta Fritters are a savory fritter recipe. Smooth and and rich, they are filled with cheese with subtle lemon and sage. Served with garlic aioli!
Lemon Ricotta Fritters

Dip Recipes:

Mexican Corn Dip is a decadent and colorful appetizer recipe! A mix of corn, spices, bell peppers, jalapenos, and onion, will bring a fiesta to your table! #corndip #hotcorndip
Cheesy Mexican Corn Dip

Quick Appetizers:

Smoked Salmon Pesto Crackers are easy no-cook appetizers perfect for any potluck, party or afternoon snack. They are also healthy!
Smoked Salmon Pesto Crackers

Simple Party Food:

Crabby Totchos are crispy fried tater tots smothered in hot crab dip and topped with melty cheddar cheese. The perfect party appetizer! #tatertots #easyappetizerrecipes
Crabby Loaded Tater Tots

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