At a party, there’s no entertaining when there are no appetizers.
Everybody loves receiving a great appetizer. For one, there’s always something about mini-finger foods that say, “Ah, the party is just about getting started!”
On Labor Day, however, nothing ever brings everyone quite like an appetizer that is both a standout and a prelude to what’s about to come.
Summer’s end is around the corner.
And what better way to celebrate it than festoon that upcoming occasion with only the best appetizers that are making the rounds now!
Also, they should make your mains, sides, and beverages all the more palatable
Today, you’re about to stumble upon one of my most guarded collections of appetizers—time to show them off.
1. Fresh mango salsa
This version of mango salsa will have your taste buds asking for more.
Bright and decidedly festive, my first entry off the list is best served with black bean lettuce wraps.
But if you’re a little more adventurous, you may opt for tacos, burrito bowls, and spicy Cajun chicken or salmon. You’re welcome.
2. Mango prosciutto appetizers
Easy to prepare and can be readied in just 15 minutes, these mango prosciutto appetizers can also be served in small batches.
Alternatively, you can combine it with a few mango pieces to show off a divine-looking and delicious entrée.
Here’s the recipe.
3. Stuffed mushrooms with bacon and cream cheese
Like appetizers at a party, a table without some mushroom in it is next to bland.
Take your mushroom game up a notch with these stuffed mushrooms with bacon and cream cheese – an absolute favorite of our guests here whenever they frequent our little parties.
Laden with a mix of cream cheese, bacon, and seasoning, these baked mushrooms can be prepped in less than 30 minutes.
4. Grilled garlic mushroom skewers
Another mushroom favorite on our menu is the grilled garlic mushroom skewers!
Think of them as the unassuming appetizers that will, later on, impress upon some serious flavor bombs.
And when these are finally consumed, your guests should know that they’re in for a treat very soon!
Check the recipe here.
5. Grape jelly BBQ meatballs
This super easy recipe version CookingChew has come up with only requires five ingredients – meatballs, jelly, chili sauce, lemon, and crushed red pepper.
The jelly is the obvious star of the recipe. But like our rendition, you can use any brand, so long as you think it’s going to go with a bang!
6. Bacon wrapped meatballs
A low-carb, keto-friendly alternative for guests looking for a healthier recipe on the table, these bacon-wrapped meatballs versions are positively sweet and spicy!
This bacon-wrapped meatballs version I’ve found makes around 28 servings.
7. Honey-roasted figs
Though CookingChew already has an impressive collection of appetizers, there’s something about its honey-roasted figs recipe that pleases the crowd.
And on Labor Day, there’s also no exception.
The equally easy-to-prepare honey-roasted figs also feature mascarpone cheese and pistachios!
Check the recipe here.
8. Fig burrata Caprese
Fig season is just around the corner, and what could be better than making the most out of it this Labor Day? This fig burrata Caprese appetizer, for instance, is out of this world.
The recipe features fresh burrata, figs, basil, olive oil, balsamic glaze, and salt and pepper.
It can either be served on its own or scooped on a slice of one of your prized bread.
9. Cheesy stuffed mini peppers
A hallmark of a great appetizer is one that makes you desperate for more.
Such is the case of these cheesy stuffed mini peppers, which are also quick and easy to prep up, BTW.
It will only take you five minutes to broil the peppers. If you’re roasting the mini peppers whole, this should only take you around 10 minutes to get the peppers cooked.
Unwrap the recipe here.
10. Skinny bell pepper nacho boats
There’s no shame when you’re munching with these skinny bell pepper boats.
Their flavor, positively Southwest, is just insanely delicious!
Meanwhile, these same boats come with low-carb nachos. Sinful no more indeed.
Your Labor Day party is made better with these scrumptious Tex-Mex snack!
11. Shrimp ceviche
This Mexican-inspired ceviche version is all light, fresh, and teeming with flavor.
With citrus-marinated shrimp, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, avocadoes, and jalapenos, one might very well say that this is the best ceviche ever!
Finally, the shrimp ceviche recipe I unwrapped recently is tasty, simple, and won’t require cooking.
12. Antipasti bites
If you’re feeding a hungrier crowd, these antipasti bites are your surest bet to accommodate it.
Like the previous entries, these fun bites are easy to make; best, they are just attractive to look at, don’t they?
Antipasti bites have slices of Genoa salami, marinated artichoke hearts, finely chopped jarred roasted red peppers, and mini mozzarella balls.
13. Antipasto skewers
Our 13th appetizer is more than just your regular party snack!
Among the many who already prepared this fabulous snack, antipasto skewers are about as versatile as they are succulent.
These skewers are massively pleasing, especially if the crowd is easily attracted to fantastic hues.
For a surefire rendition, I recommend going with marinated cheese tortellini, black olives, fresh basil, creamy cubed Havarti cheese, salami, and grape tomatoes!
14. Caprese salad skewers
Did I mention skewers are a colossal crowd hit?
In case I didn’t, these Caprese salad skewers should be able to convince you and the awaiting stomachs during your Labor Day party.
I mean, really.
There’s always this winning combination of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and balsamic that makes you wanting for more.
Finally, unlike traditional Caprese salad, which would require you to eat with a fork and knife, these skewers would never!
Here’s the recipe CookingChew recipe I’m dying to share.
15. Greek salad on a stick
Have you ever served your prized salad on a stick? If you haven’t, try starting with Greek salad.
Sure the Caesar and beet salads on sticks are already getting the buzz, but a Greek salad on a stick is on another level. It’s colorful with a hint of gorgeousness and is adored by many, including the kids in the neighborhood.
16. Goat cheese and honey bites
When you stumble upon a recipe that’s flavorful, easy to prepare, and downright attractive-looking, you know it’s a keeper right off the bat.
I’m talking about these goat cheese and honey bites which I’ve been serving for quite some time in almost every party here or even during impromptu get-togethers.
The accompanying tangy cheese pairs so well with sweet honey. And who can ever resist such charm?
17. Twice baked potato bites
Last but not least are the twice baked potato bites! These scrumptious-looking bites feature only some of the most essential ingredients in your pantry, which include sour cream, bacon, grated cheese, and small red or white potatoes.
This recipe I’ve come across makes 12 little bites. Feel free to double or even quadruple it if you can!
The bottom line
You can start your Labor Day party or get-together right with these appetizer ideas I’ve laboriously sourced out from the most guarded of vaults!
We all know just how vital these appetizers are. And this assortment of easy appetizer recipes I’ve tallied for you should readily tell you that.
Now, onto the main and side courses!
- Fresh mango salsa
- Mango prosciutto appetizers
- Stuffed mushroom with bacon and cream cheese
- Grilled garlic mushroom skewers
- Grape jelly BBQ meatballs
- Bacon wrapped meatballs
- Honey roasted figs
- Fig burrata Caprese
- Cheese stuffed mini peppers
- Skinny bell pepper nacho boats
- Shrimp ceviche
- Antipasti bites
- Antipasto skewers
- Caprese salad skewers
- Greek salad on a stick
- Goat cheese and honey bites
- Twice baked potato bites
Choose two to three appetizers in the list.
Gather the ingredients.
Serve and enjoy!