Whether you’re hosting the next family gathering or attending a get together you don’t want to show up empty handed to, you can always rely on party appetizers.
The best appetizers to bring to a party are easy to make and transport, convenient to eat, and, most importantly, packed with flavor. Here are our picks for the best party appetizers that check off all these boxes and more.
1: Puff Pastry Bites
Puff pastry might sound intimidating at first, but is the perfect canvas for finger food. You can easily find frozen puff pastry at your local supermarket and then get creative with different flavor combinations.
Some of our favorites are ham and cheese or mushroom for a savory feel, or make it sweet with cranberry sauce and brie or goat cheese and jam. These are some of the best appetizers to take to a party because you can personalize each bite-sized portion to your heart’s delight.
2: Jalapeno Popper Cheese Balls
If you love jalapeno poppers but want to skip the slicing and frying process, these no-bake popper cheese balls are perfect. This appetizer recipe takes all the creamy, savory, and spicy flavors of a jalapeno popper into a bite-sized ball.
All you need are the classic ingredients like cream cheese, sour cream, cheese, jalapenos, and spices and get to work. For some added flavor and crunch you can also make these with bacon wraps.
3: Slow Cooker Meatballs
When you’re tight on time, turn to your slow cooker for help. This recipe for grape jelly meatballs comes together while you’re at work and is the perfect combination of sweet and savory. Plus, it only takes three ingredients to make.
This addicting party appetizer also makes a great side dish.
4: Goat Cheese Crostini
This is one of the best appetizers for a party because it hits all the sweet, salty, crunchy, and smooth notes. Crunchy, lightly toasted french bread makes the perfect base for creamy whipped goat cheese and any toppings you might want.
Make it savory with chives, roasted peppers, or olives or take it the sweet route with honey and mixed berries.
5: Buffalo Chicken Dip
Everyone needs a good dip recipe to whip out for a party. Buffalo chicken dip is a classic and super easy to make in under 30 minutes. We love this recipe because it can be tailored to your tastes. Make it extra spicy or cool things down with some blue cheese, it’s totally up to you!
And don’t forget to bring along tortilla chips, pita chips, or cut veggies for dipping.
6: Mini Potato Skins
It’s no wonder potato skins are a popular restaurant app. They’re surprisingly easy to make and downright delicious. Take this five-ingredient recipe that your friends and family won’t be able to get enough of.
7: Bked Zucchini Chips
For some more crunch, try baked zucchini chips. These are a healthier alternative to other fried food or chips while still offering a crispy, delicious bite. Pair these small bites with unique dips and other seasonings to really pack a flavor punch.