If you are looking for outstanding easy appetizers, you have come to the right place. We have compiled 35 easy appetizers that you are going to love.
Whether you’re putting on a dinner party or hosting a holiday party, easy appetizers such as the luscious Cowboy Caviar and Muffin Cup Ham and Cheddar Quiches can be your best friends.
A bunch of easy appetizers for a crowd can go a long way – even as far as to offer enough food to avoid preparing large and complicated main dishes.
If complicated is what you want to avoid, then you’ve come to the right place.
Our list of 35 easy and simple appetizers, including the delectable #32, can take your event up a notch and diminish your kitchen anxieties.
Brussels sprouts are the unsung heroes of the appetizer world, and we’ll stand by that forever.
Yet, the same old recipes can get old real quick, so this one steps things up a notch.
Crispy bacon-wrapped brussels sprouts take Brussels from “eh” to excellent with just a couple of ingredients: Brussels sprouts, bacon, honey, chives, and salt and pepper.
Wrap the sprouts in bacon, season with salt and pepper, and toss them in the oven for a half-hour.
Drizzle the batch with honey once they’re crispy for a last-minute sweet and savory touch.
Fruit platters are easy cold appetizers for almost any kind of gathering. However, they’re so easy that they can quickly become mundane and expected.
However, you can spice up your fruit platters by adding a cream cheese fruit dip.
And the best part? It couldn’t be easier.
The most straightforward cream cheese fruit dip in the world only takes cream cheese and marshmallow cream.
When combined, you get a delicious dip with the perfect balance of sweet and creamy to go with your fruit.
This buffalo hummus stuffed sweet peppers recipe is fantastic because half of it is already done for you.
The filling is easy: simply buy your favorite kind of hummus and mix it up with some: buffalo sauce, green onion, cheese, and cayenne pepper for an extra kick!
Once you have your filling made, fill mini sweet peppers with it.
Using sweet peppers is fun because they add a ton of color to your plates, and they’re easy to grab.
Plus, the whole appetizer is reasonably healthy.
There’s something about marinated mozzarella that always seems so fancy, even if it was easy to put together.
Marinated mozzarella with basil will leave your guests impressed.
To marinate your fresh mozzarella cheese, simply soak in basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and black pepper for at least an hour.
Top with tomatoes and serve with baguette slices or crackers.
Salsa, dip, fancy expensive appetizer – who can tell the difference here?
Cowboy caviar is a fun, unique, and easy way to serve fresh veggies and bold flavors.
Even the newest chefs can whip up this recipe in a matter of minutes.
Combine fresh avocado, corn, tomatoes, onion, and cilantro in a bowl and mix it up.
Season with lime juice, salt, and Italian dressing, and serve with your favorite chips or bread.
Nachos make a great appetizer for sharing with family or friends.
This one-for-all appetizer is perfect for a crowd and easy to make.
You can have it ready in as little as 20 minutes, and it’s loaded with unique flavors.
Unlike traditional nachos, Mediterranean nachos lay on a bed of pita chips and are covered with sun-dried tomatoes, banana peppers, chickpeas, cucumbers, and more.
You can also add olives, shallots, and your favorite kind of cheese.
With minimal baking involved, this might just become your next favorite party dish.
There’s something about deviled eggs that seems to make them the perfect savory finger food at any event.
We like ours with a bit of a kick.
Spicy deviled eggs are prepared like deviled eggs, but they pack so much flavor.
The trick is to add a little bit of hot sauce to the yolks, and a sprinkle of parsley will make them look professionally prepared.
If you’ve ever had beer cheese at a restaurant, you know how irresistible it is.
Served alongside your favorite tortilla chip or pretzel bites, it makes an excellent savory appetizer for any event.
This pub-style beer cheese dip is almost impossible to mess up.
All you need is some shredded cheddar, cream cheese, and a few extra ingredients for flavor.
Plus, your favorite pale ale, of course.
We love this recipe because you can easily make it kid-friendly by using apple cider instead of beer.
It’s warm, creamy, and delicious in just a few steps.
Air fryers are all the rage these days.
If you have one of the high-tech appliances, you can quickly create easy recipes in mere minutes.
Enter: air fryer frozen french fries.
Frozen french fries may not sound very impressive, but when you cook them in the air fryer, they deliver a crispy outside and a fluffy inside that no guest can resist.
Choose your favorite frozen french fry and cook them high in the air fryer. It’s a no-mess, fast, and easy solution that requires no extra oil or grease.
Feel free to pair these with your favorite dipping sauce.
Not many people get overly excited about finger food, but we’re over the moon about these sweet potato bites.
These delicious appetizers are vegan, gluten-free, and, quite frankly, adorable.
The color profile in this recipe is to die for, and your guests will swoon.
This simple list of ingredients is only ten items long.
The sweet potato topped with avocado, red onion, and watermelon radish comes from the color.
If you can’t get your hands on that last one, red radishes work too and add a crispy kick to your dish!
Serve these bites at your next party and sit back, relax, and wait for the compliments to roll in.
11. Avocado Dip
If it were socially acceptable, we’d make every party a dip-only party.
With enough fruits, vegetables, chips, and bread, the dip is all you need to please your guests!
This avocado dip would be at the top of our list.
This delicious appetizer dip is essentially simple guacamole.
It uses avocados, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and sour cream to create a creamy mix that is perfect with tortilla chips.
Simply toss it all in the food processor and serve cold.
A creamy dip that you can make in 15 minutes or less? Say no more!
This creamy feta-and-herb dip uses feta cheese, cream cheese, and sour cream combined with
some common fresh herbs and spices.
The result? A tasty dip perfectly paired with pita chips or crusty bread.
13. Cheese Board
Cheeseboards are very in right now.
Or, if you’re feeling fancy, we can call it a charcuterie board.
Those professional pictures on Pinterest can make the idea seem intimidating, but this recipe explains the process beautifully.
So what goes on a cheese board?
The best way to compile your ingredients is to have a healthy mixture of savory, crunchy, sweet, and fruity.
You can also include veggies, condiments, and garnishes for an extra flare.
Cheeseboards are fantastic because you can customize them to your taste and dietary needs.
There’s also no cooking or baking involved, which is excellent if you don’t fancy yourself a good chef.
Cucumbers make for clean, refreshing components to a wide range of easy recipes, and one of our favorite appetizers are these dilly cucumber bites.
These grab-and-go finger foods take just a few ingredients to make: English cucumbers, grape tomatoes, cream cheese, Greek yogurt, fresh dill, and powdered ranch dressing mix.
These ingredients are familiar, easy to use and taste superb together.
The contrast between green cucumbers and red tomatoes looks fabulous when arranged on a plate.
French onion dip is always a great party go-to, but what’s even more impressive is homemade
French onion dip.
This recipe uses simple ingredients to whip up a creamy, tasty dip – perfect for chips, pretzels, and veggies.
All you need is sour cream, cream cheese, and dry onion soup mix.
You can add some extra flavor and flair with dried onions and salt and pepper.
If you’re feeling super adventurous, try experimenting with some spicy flavors, herbs, and diced meats.
If you’re anything like us, then garlic bread speaks to your very soul.
Pull-apart garlic bread is an alluring appetizer that screams “share me!”
This pull-apart garlic bread recipe is anything but complicated. It puts a fun twist on a common idea that leaves you with a crispy shell and a soft, fluffy inside.
You can use pretty much any kind of pre-made dough to replicate it.
Serve it on its own (yes, it’s THAT good) or alongside the marinara sauce.
You’re only 20 minutes away from buttery, garlic, golden-brown delight.
Are you looking for a super easy appetizer to please a large crowd?
These antipasto skewers do just the trick.
The great thing about skewers, especially when it comes to antipasto, is that you can fill them with
practically anything you want.
Try using fresh mozzarella balls, grape tomatoes, black olives, salami, cheese cubes, and fresh basil for this recipe.
These savory ingredients combine in a beautiful way for all kinds of events, both formal and casual, and you can slide them on skewers to make as many as needed.
With no actual cooking involved, it couldn’t be much easier.
The classic shrimp cocktail is about as easy as easy party appetizers get.
The list of ingredients is insanely shot, there’s no cooking involved, and everyone loves it.
Plus, you can dress it up by using authentic cocktail glasses and garnishes.
It’s a win for everyone.
If you’re up for the challenge, you can follow the boiling recipe for raw shrimp and even try your hand at a homemade cocktail sauce recipe.
For quick and easy appetizers, simply defrost some pre-cooked shrimp and pick up a jar of your favorite cocktail sauce.
These easy cranberry brie bites will have your guests wondering whether you hired a professional caterer for your event because they are fantastic – and versatile!
These decadent treats use just five ingredients, crescent roll dough or puff pastry, brie cheese, whole berry cranberry sauce, all-purpose flour, and rosemary sprigs (for garnish).
Assembly takes no time, and the bites are done in about 15 minutes!
The melted cheese pairs perfectly with the brie, and when you top the bites with rosemary, you get a festive, fancy effect.
You can change up the flavor of this recipe by choosing different types of sauces, which is excellent
if cranberry isn’t your favorite.
This recipe offers a couple of superior alternatives.
Think jalapeno poppers without the hassle.
This jalapeno pepper appetizer is a friendly alternative to the usual chips and dip, and it only takes
Cut your peppers lengthwise and stuff them with cream cheese.
Wrap each stuffed pepper with bacon before tossing the batch in the oven for a great blast of flavor.
These jalapeno pepper appetizers will be a hit at your next party, and their spicy flavor adds a nice kick.
Puff pastry is a great ingredient that goes a long way in sweet and savory recipes.
For now, we’re sticking with a delectable treat in this mushroom brie puff pastry appetizer.
These little pastries are the ideal finger food appetizer.
They’re small, easy to pop in your mouth while mingling, and are delicious.
This recipe uses a white wine reduction to create a savory, garlicky mushroom stuffing.
You can also prepare these puffs ahead of time and refrigerate them until you’re ready to bake, ensuring that they come out fresh and warm for your event.
When you think of appetizers, your mind probably doesn’t head straight for meatballs.
However, any kind of meatball can quickly become the perfect pre-meal treat if you stick a toothpick in it!
Meatballs can be intimidating to make from scratch.
There’s a lot of pressure to season them properly and cook them perfectly.
This easy meatball recipe is fool-proof for anyone looking for an uncomplicated appetizer.
The ingredients are plain and straightforward here, and the instructions are clear to follow.
Plus, meatballs are easy to make in bulk.
When they finish cooking, display them on a large platter with toothpicks to make it easy for guests to grab and enjoy.
23. Pesto Pinwheels
Pesto pinwheels are fun and tasty appetizers that pack a zesty, savory punch. And with just a ten-minute prep period, they work well around your busy schedule.
These pinwheels call for just three ingredients, crescent roll dough, basil pesto, and chopped roasted red bell peppers.
Combine the last two ingredients, spread them over the dough, roll the dough, and cut into pinwheels.
Toss them in the oven until they’re golden and ready to go!
The things you can do with some bread and smoked salmon are simply astounding.
Bite-sized sandwiches are always a hit at parties, allowing guests to enjoy them without filling them up too much.
Smoked salmon is yummy and elegant.
These tiny finger food sandwiches comprise smoked salmon, cream cheese, and black pepper.
You can also add some dill for a little bit of extra flavor.
As a bonus, this recipe also includes two more smoked salmon ideas to check out and choose from.
Who knew there were so many ways to incorporate this flavorful fish?
Our dream easy, quick appetizers are ones with few ingredients, no baking, and no chance of screwing it up.
Essentially, it’s this easy salami appetizer.
All it takes to create this tiny masterpiece is salami, pepperoncini, and cream cheese.
The salami serves as a bit of a pouch to neatly hold the pepperoncini and cream cheese with a toothpick.
These appetizers are so unbelievably easy to make yet tasty for almost anyone.
You can make a ton of them on a tight budget, and everyone will no doubt enjoy the fact that they
can eat them while holding their drink and moving around the room.
Sometimes, it is that easy.
Olives make a fabulous snack all on their own, but it’s fun to dress them up with an easy upgrade now and then.
These cheese olive balls are bite-sized delights wrapped in shredded cheese, butter, cayenne
pepper, and dry mustard.
A quick stint in the oven and they become an instant cheesy favorite.
You can also make these appetizers ahead and freeze them, thawing them and baking them according to the instructions when the time comes.
Everyone loves buffalo wings, but they’re genuinely a hassle to make.
Sriracha buffalo cauliflower bites give you all that flavor without the extra work.
Simply roast some cauliflower and toss it in a quick and easy sriracha buffalo sauce.
You can even take a shortcut and purchase your favorite buffalo sauce premade.
This recipe is also great for your vegetarian friends.
There’s something about goat cheese that makes everything seem a tad fancier.
These dates are stuffed with goat cheese and garnished with walnuts and mints for tender and tasty finger food.
One of the best parts about this recipe (aside from the goat cheese) is that you can make it ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator.
These dates are great for any season and any event.
A savory, decadent cheese ball instantly upgrades any kind of gathering, whether it’s a holiday or a football game.
While cheese balls are delicious, they don’t have to be challenging to create.
This cheese ball uses three different kinds of cheese along with zesty spices and tart cranberries for a taste that’s out of this world.
Place it on a platter with crackers and a knife, and let your guests go to town.
Who doesn’t enjoy a good BLT every now and then?
The savory, crisp sandwich just became a bite-sized appetizer that you can serve to all of your friends.
We love any easy recipe that uses store-bought dough, and this one uses crescent roll dough.
Cut the dough and press it gently into a muffin pan.
Fill it with your remaining ingredients (bacon, lettuce, tomato… you get the idea) and bake.
31. Pepperoni Bread
Pepperoni bread is always a crowd-pleaser, and this recipe uses the ultimate easy appetizer hack: store-bought dough.
The dough gives you a jump start on the recipe, so the pepperoni and cheese filling is all you have to worry about.
Pepperoni bread also gives you the perfect excuse to create a fantastic display, as it pairs well with a wide range of sauces.
Slice your bread on a large cutting board and surround it with little bowls of pizza sauce, pesto, garlic butter, ranch dressing, and anything else that sounds good.
Crispy cheese twists offer a unique way to serve cheese as a crisp, crunchy snack.
You can make these twists in bulk for your next party using just cheese, puff pastry, and a few other everyday ingredients.
The stick shape of this appetizer makes it easy for guests to grab and go or stack a few on their plate.
And their twisted shapes are fun and different.
Who doesn’t love a good quiche?
Here’s another fast recipe that uses store-bought dough to cut down on time and frustration.
Plus, how fun is it for everyone to enjoy their very own little mini quiche?
Cute and functional: we’re here for it.
All you need for these mini quiches is crescent roll dough, cheese, ham, eggs, milk, and seasoning.
Bake them in a muffin tray for easy shaping, and use muffin cups for even quicker cleanup.
Most of us probably don’t consider chickpeas a crunchy, pop-in-your-mouth kind of snack, but the glorious air fryer transforms these common ingredients into a flavorful appetizer.
Chickpeas are great for any crowd because they’re vegan-friendly and gluten-free.
With a batch of unsalted chickpeas and a few seasonings, including paprika, crushed red pepper, and salt, you can toss these legumes into the air fryer until they’re browned and crispy.
These savory cheese appetizers may be simple to make, but their flavor is so impactful that no one will think twice about their convenience.
This particular recipe gives you two variations, which helps create a diverse platter with varying flavors.
Top pieces of English muffin with goat cheese and olive tapenade for one batch, and use cream brie and garlic onion jam for the second batch.
So easy, yet so delicious.
The bottom line
As soon as you’ve read through this list of delectable and quick appetizers, head out and buy the ingredients for your favorite.
From Japanese Appetizers to Seafood Appetizers, we have a wide variety of appetizer recipes to help you plan your next get-together.
Have fun with these simple appetizers from our collection of 35 delicious recipes.
What are your next plans?
- Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts
- Cream Cheese Fruit Dip
- Buffalo Hummus Stuffed Sweet Peppers
- Marinated Mozzarella With Basil
- Cowboy Caviar
- Mediterranean Nachos
- Spicy Deviled Eggs
- Pub Style Beer Cheese Dip
- Air Fryer Frozen French Fries
- Sweet Potato Bites
- Avocado Dip
- Creamy Feta-and-Herb Dip
- Cheese Board
- Dilly Cucumber Bites
- Homemade French Onion Dip
- Pull-Apart Garlic Bread
- Antipasto Skewers
- Classic Shrimp Cocktail
- Easy Cranberry Brie Bites
- Jalapeno Pepper Appetizers
- Mushroom Brie Puff Pastry Appetizers
- Easy Meatball Recipe
- Pesto Pinwheels
- Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Sandwich Bites
- Easy Salami Appetizer
- Cheese Olive Balls
- Sriracha Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
- Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates
- Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball
- BLT Appetizer Cups
- Pepperoni Bread
- Crispy Cheese Twists
- Mini Ham & Cheddar Quiches
- Air Fryer Crispy Chickpeas
- Choose one or more options from our list of easy appetizers here!
- Create your new favorite dish.
- Pat yourself on the back for making food at home for you to enjoy!
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