Top 100 Appetizer Recipes

When we say the options are endless, we mean it! Let's go from good to great by entertaining the right way — with food that everyone loves! Whether you've got picky eaters or adventurous palates, there is something to munch on when you follow these recipes.

Mozzarella Sticks

“This recipe was so good and easy. I added garlic powder to the breadcrumbs and it turned out perfect!”

-Valerie B.

Bacon Bites Flambé

“I just love bacon and shrimp together! I made these wonderful bites for my lunch today. After they were flamed, I squeezed some fresh lemon juice on them.”


Cheesy Shell Taco Bites

“What a great idea! I was just about to make tacos for lunch and saw this. Since I’m a sucker for cheese, what could be better? Yummy!”


Bite Size Sandwiches

“These were good! We used turkey and cheddar. Really easy!”


Caramelized Onion, Cranberry & Cream Cheese Bites

"Man oh man, this is addictive stuff! I loved it. Cranberries make it unique. Our dinner guests gave it a thumbs up, too.”


Easy Apricot Bites

“A super easy and healthy snack or dessert. I used fresh apricots with light cream cheese. What’s not to like here? It’s fruity, sweet, creamy and nutty.”


Turkey & Spinach Bites

"Lean turkey and spinach prepared into small, protein packed bites."

-Probably This

Sausage Balls

“This was simple and awesome. This is now a staple for every football party. The key is in the dips you use but alone it’s awesome!”


Cheesy Artichoke Chicken Balls

"A great appetizer or snack! I used Greek yogurt instead of cream cheese to make them slightly healthier. I loved them!"

-Jonathan Melendez

Buffalo Chicken Cheese Balls With Blue Cheese Dip

“These were a real hit at a Super Bowl party! It had great flavor.”


Mojito Shrimp Taco Cups

"I made them just as directed and they turned out great! The salsa in the middle would be great with chips.”

-Jonathan Melendez

Pizza Meatloaf Cups

"Clever, fast to make and perfect for kids. I'd add more spice to the meat or sauce for adults. I pressed the bottom of a shot glass into the muffins to make the hole for the cheese."


Cheesy Fried Chicken Parm Balls

“Our kids dunked these into ketchup and ate up every bite!”


Taco Meatball Bites

These Mexican-inspired meatballs have just the right amount of spice, and can easily be paired with tons of toppings.

Easy Bacon-Wrapped Dates

"This is a sweet and salty treat! The idea to partially cook the bacon is very helpful. These are always a hit!"


Spicy Sausage Won Ton Appetizer

“Very easy and such a big hit! If there’s ever any leftovers, they don’t last long! I’ve made these several times. Definitely a keeper.”


Cheese Bites

“I made these for a big group and they were very popular. I split the recipe in half and there was plenty for everyone. Though I was initially skeptical of the olives, they turned out really well. I also tried them with jalapeños, which were good as well!"


Stuffed Mushrooms With Roasted Red Pepper & Manchego

"Between the green of the parsley and the red of the roasted red peppers, this would make a perfect appetizer for a Christmas party! We brought it to a New Year's Eve party and it was the first thing to disappear.”


Chicken Phyllo Mini Tarts

“I ran out of phyllo halfway through and had to use wonton wrappers. We actually liked those a bit more! The filling was fantastic — you could practically eat that on it’s own!”

-Adopted Parisian

Baked Pot Stickers

"My family and I love this recipe. I usually substitute a half cup of apricot preserves for the red jalapeño jelly and combine it with the remaining ingredients for the dipping sauce. It’s wonderful!”

-Frugal Zealot

Dancer's Potato Skins

"These were so good. I baked my potatoes in the oven, let them cool and garnished them with a dollop of sour cream. They were a perfect snack!”

-mojo mom

Mini Taco Quiches

“My grand children loved these! I omitted the sour cream and would freeze them so that I have them ready for an after school snack.”


Smoked Salmon Spread

“I received unexpected company and already had smoked salmon in the fridge, so I made this as it was fast and easy. Very nice and enjoyed by everyone! I enjoyed how easy it was to make.”

-Bonnie G 2

Shrimp Wonton Cups

"These were great! The entire plate was gobbled down quickly.”


Mini Smoky Bacon Wraps

"Really easy to make and delicious! Everyone loved them."


Spinach Artichoke Wontons

“Five stars. Yum! What a great idea. The filling was nice to work with and was the perfect amount for 24 wontons. The cheesy spinach filling did not overwhelm the flavor of the artichoke. I really enjoyed these simple-to-make appetizers!”

-LUv 2 BaKE

Shrimp Fried Rice Cups

"I made these last night and we absolutely loved them. I was a little worried about the shrimp on top, but they were jumbo shrimp and weren’t over cooked. I will certainly make this recipe again!”

-Sharon K.

Deviled Eggs With Lemon

"The lemon really brightened up these eggs. It was the first time I'd made deviled eggs and they were actually easier than I thought.”


Marinated Shrimp Canapes

"Very pretty and tasty! I topped each canapé with a little sprig of fresh dill."


Tomato & Basil Bruschetta

"Nice and easy! This has great flavor and eye appeal. It was easy to put together and bake.”

-Miss Annie

Chinese Egg Rolls

“Delicious! These are the best pork egg rolls I’ve ever eaten and my husband agreed. They were perfectly seasoned and easy to make.”


Grape Jelly & Chili Sauce Meatballs

“I’ve been making these for years for all of our parties and gatherings. Very easy and a huge hit.”


Puff Pastry Canapes

A luscious foundation with toppings to your liking! Make it sweet or savory, either way it’s a mega crowd-pleaser.

Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

“Delicious and beautiful! I made this as written with the addition of a sprinkling of parsley on top.”


Yummy Baked Potato Skins

"My friends, this recipe is A-plus and two thumbs up! The skins came out absolutely perfect. In fact, better than a restaurant.”


Sweet Chicken Bacon Wraps

"I made a double batch to take to a friend's house a couple weeks back. They went fast while we were watching the football game. Only problem is now I've been begged to make them every weekend! They were so tasty and just the right size to snack on throughout the day.”


Cranberry & Brie Bites

An appetizer that can conquer a sweet tooth or satisfy a savory craving. Serve these up and they’ll be the first to go!

Crab Cake Croquettes

The perfect appetizer for a Super Bowl party. This dish will be the gone by the end of the game!

Shrimp & Bacon Presents

The cutest phyllo presents that are almost too pretty to eat. Don’t worry, the filling is that much more addicting!

Cheese & Herb Bites

From creamy to crunchy, this appetizer offers it all! The salty foundation makes for the last taste and a lingering for more.

Turkey & Brie Puff Pastry Bites

“Using a butter puff pastry is the host or hostess' best friend. Try this delectable nibble for your next party and your guests will be coming back for more.”

-Mary Jenny

Cucumber & Caramelized Onion Salad Bites

From a salty foundation to a crunchy cucumber topping with sweet caramelized onions, your guests will be begging for more!

Panko Fried Oysters for Two

“This is an awesome recipe. I won’t make them any other way. You won’t be disappointed.”

-Terri M.

Deviled Eggs With Candied Bacon

What better way to spruce up deviled eggs than with a sweet and salty garnish on top? This recipe takes a basic appetizer from good to great. Run, don’t walk to try it!

Pistachio & Goat Cheese Bites

"These are tangy, creamy, crunchy and delicious. I made them for a baby shower and ended up saving and freezing the leftovers. I melted them over grilled chicken with lemon and sun-dried tomato sauce — It made a great, quick dinner and it looked like I fussed for hours! These are not just for appetizers anymore.”


Chinese Chicken Balls With Sweet & Sour Sauce

“I added beer to the batter instead of water. It was amazing!”

-Matthew W.

Unbelievable Baked Buffalo Wings

"These were excellent! I made two batches. Very crispy and very delicious!”


Jalapeño Poppers

“I tried this recipe for a small gathering to watch football last weekend. My only complain was that they quickly disappeared! I’ll need to make a larger batch next time. A great tasting recipe!”



“Easy to make and delicious! Our dinner guests also loved it.”


Boursin Cheese

“I’m getting ready to make this again. I’ve made it at least a dozen times. It’s a really great recipe! I make half batches unless we’re expecting company.”


Mini Pigs-In-A-Blanket

“These are awesome! I made them again two days later.”


Mozzarella, Tomato & Basil Salad

“What is there not to like? It’s perfect in every way with the presentation, and the taste is great.”


Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip

“Sometimes less is more! A simple recipe with little ingredients, yet there’s no sacrifice on flavor. I serve it with celery or chips.”

-Natalie S.

Baba Ganoush

“This is wonderful! I roasted the garlic and topped it with toasted pine nuts, oil, parsley and olives. The kalamata olives really add to the flavor!”


Toasted Ravioli

"Oh yes, these are good! My husband and I have ordered these as an appetizer at our favorite Italian restaurant. We prepared these with a salad and I’m stuffed!”

-Terri F.

Zucchini Bites

“I’ve made these several times and they always turn out great! Once I even forgot to put flour in them and they were still terrific. They also freeze perfectly, so I like to make a double batch to have plenty to pop in the microwave on busy mornings.”

-Camdens Mom

Perky Olive Penguins

“My daughter and I made this for Christmas dinner. They were fun! Time consuming, but worth it. They tasted yummy!”

-ct in ut

Mexican Ceviche

“Wow, what a great recipe! My guests had never heard of it, and they all asked for the recipe.”



“I just pop this in the oven. I made this for the first time a few months ago, and wow! There’s only one store that sells phyllo dough within 45 minutes of here. Now I know to stock up, because we love this!”


Parmesan Zucchini Strips

“Very tasty! Everyone loved these, and they were so easy!”

-Anne P.

Marinated Cheese Appetizer

"This recipe is incredible! I had it at a party the other evening and couldn't stop eating it.”

-Marg CaymanDesigns

Batter-Fried Shrimp

“I used jumbo shrimp and dusted it with garlic powder before dipping them in the batter. My husband loved them!”


Beer Batter-Fried Mushrooms

“I made these this evening. I used the rest of the batter to fry squash. They turned out great!”

-Gail F.

Hot & Spicy Peanuts

“Awesome if you like spicy snacks! I would definitely make this again. You should also try bacon bits with this!”

-Thomas D.

Green Onion Blinis With Red Pepper Relish & Goat Cheese

"Easy to make and they look really impressive! I love the red pepper and goat cheese combination. These would be a great addition to an appetizer tray at a dinner party. Who knew mashed potatoes could be so sophisticated?"

-KristyThe Wicked No

Bread Bowl Spinach Dip

"Quick, easy and simply delicious with minimal ingredients! It took 10 minutes to make. What an awesome recipe!"

-Lisa Ruffin

Vietnamese Cold Spring Rolls

“This was a great summer dinner! The kids loved making their own. I added carrots. Don’t omit the cilantro or mint — it’s a great combination! I used peanut sauce for dipping. I’ll be making these again!”


Crab Cakes

“I made these last night, which made for an excellent valentines dinner. We had leftovers that have been vacuum sealed and frozen for another meal. We will make these again!”

-Old Mariner

Pimento Cheese

"Try this as the filling for a grilled cheese sandwich, or top a burger with it! Oh yeah, here in the South we know how to use some pimento cheese!"


Grilled Stuffed Jalapenos

"These were awesome! This filling had superior flavor and makes it really easy to fill the jalapeños since everything is mixed together. I made a bunch and froze the extras.”


Texas Best Cheese Dip

“I made this recipe tonight for a party of 20 women. It was a huge hit! I did everything in a regular sized crock pot on low for a little under two hours and it was creamy and tasty!”


Chicken Enchilada Ring

"I had this at a Pampered Chef party and loved it. The chicken was very zesty and spicy. The enchilada ring looked so cool and the pastry was very flaky. Very impressive!”

-Gail Blue Eyes

German Sauerkraut & Potato Balls

“Yummy! I made these with instant mashed potatoes and took them to our German-themed Christmas dinner. Everyone loved them! We ended up calling them German hush puppies.”

-princess buttercup

Cajun Guacamole Shrimp Cups

“These were really delicious! I served these to friends as a snack with some drinks. They’re really easy to assemble, so they were perfect for a quick appetizer.”

-Izy Hossack

Spinach Balls

“A delicious recipe! I used garlic salt instead of garlic powder.”

-Jodi C.

Fried Macaroni & Cheese

“The kids gave this a ten! We had lots of leftover Mac and cheese. Instead of warming it up, we fried it according to this recipe! It turned out great. My daughter wants to have these for her next sleepover.”


Salmon Croquettes

"These croquettes were just delicious. Your directions were clear and easy to follow. They fried to a delicate crispness! We dipped them in seafood sauce and had a wonderful meal.”


Sauerkraut Balls

"My mom used to makes these. They're wonderful and great for any party. These were even served at my wedding!”

-Nicole Brummett

Mexican Rice Balls

“I made these for my boyfriend and he couldn’t get enough! Very tasty. I finished them in the oven to make sure the egg was cooked through.”


Tahini & Yogurt Appetizer

“I love Middle Eastern appetizers, and this tahini and yogurt dish is not an exception. We enjoyed this with veggies and pita, and will definitely make it again for friends!”


Buffalo Chicken Monkey Bread

"I was amazed at how easy this was to put together. The ranch dressing on top acted almost like a savory frosting. I also sprinkled some fresh chives and parsley on top to make it look even better!”

-Izy Hossack

Nacho Dip for a Crowd

"So good! I loved the gooey, melty version of a seven layer dip."


Sloppy Joe Sliders

“A great sloppy Joe recipe. The barbecue sauce adds a touch of sweetness without overdoing it.”

-Ginny Sue

Potatoes for the Brave

“I was cautious with the heat, but don’t be afraid for it needs heat! I really liked being able to roast the potatoes instead of frying them.”


The Original Chex Party Mix

“This is exactly the same recipe my grandma used and it is fantastic.”


Spanish Garlic Prawns

"I don't think I'm ever going to order shrimp in garlic sauce at a restaurant again. I can't imagine it being more delicious than this one!”


Ham Salad Finger Rolls

"We had a shower for a friend at work, so I made this filling and put it in finger rolls. Everyone loved them and even went back for seconds and thirds! Good thing I tripled the recipe.”


Egg & Chive Tea Sandwiches

“This egg salad is delicious and simple to make. I definitely plan on making it again!”


Pizza Bouquet

You might’ve seen this technique before with apples, but we all know everything is better with pizza. Turn your dough, sauce, cheese and pepperoni into a beautiful bouquet!

Sun-Dried Tomato, Mozzarella & Basil Rice Balls

“This is a flavorful alternative to plain rice, and makes a meal much more interesting! It serves two as a main or four as a side dish.”


Baked Hush Puppies

“Here’s a healthier alternative to the usual deep-fried hush puppies. I think these look like mini corn muffins, but they taste the way a hush puppy should!”

-Leslie in Texas

Honey-Glazed Fried Manchego Cheese

“So tempting to have it in just one sitting! I love cheese, and this makes me love cheese even more.”


Spinach & Artichoke Wreath

“I added sliced salami to this recipe and guests devoured it!”

-sasha vee

Parmesan crisps

“These parmesan crisps are perfect by themselves or as a snack with beer. Or, you can even add them to your salad!”


Party Salad Boats

These are amazing! I made them for a new years party and everyone loved them."

-Dawn G.

Easy Cheese Ball

“An excellent cheese ball! This recipe is fast, easy and good. Five stars for ease, taste and consistency.”


Marinated Cocktail Shrimp

"I had raw shrimp, so I combined everything with some water and boiled the shrimp in the mixture. It took the shrimp cocktail to the next level!”


4-Minute Spicy Garlic Shrimp

"This recipe is amazing! It won over my picky family. We've actually had it twice this week by my husband's request!”


Pigs in a blanket

"These are a never-fail quick and popular appetizer. My daughter and husband’s favorite! We love to eat them plain, with honey BBQ sauce or spicy brown mustard."


Best Ever Bruschetta

"Yum! This is very similar to the recipe I usually use. It's cheesy, tomato-ey, bubbly and delicious!"