Popular Party Appetizers Recipes

Keep the party appetizers coming to set the tone for warm and memorable gatherings. From birthdays to holidays to Chinese New Year, these easy party appetizers will wow your guests.

Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Sweet, smoky, and just a bit spicy, these delectable bites are an elegantly enticing appetizer you'll want enjoy again and again. Fresh dates are available in many specialty markets from late summer to mid-fall, as well as year-round through a number of online retailers. Choose plump, soft dates with a smooth, shiny skin, and store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Kenny's Wings of Fire

The name "Wings of Fire" is no understatement, as a quick read of this chicken-wings recipe will tell you. Two hot pepper sauces and two forms of dried chiles make sure that these wings are hot, hot hot. Treat a few wings to the rub -- but spare them from the sauce -- for guests that prefer milder foods.

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Kenny's Wings of Fire

Cheesy Tomato Party Snack Mix

We packed this snack mix with extra protein and nutrients by adding soy nuts. You can find plain or flavored roasted soy nuts at large supermarkets or health-food stores.

From Midwest Living

Cheesy Tomato Party Snack Mix

Roasted Tomato Tart

When it comes to tart making, frozen puff pastry is truly a miracle ingredient. Just be sure to thaw the pastry according to package directions. Should you wish to cut a few calories from this cheesy fresh tomato tart, you may use Neufchatel cheese instead of full-fat cream cheese.

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Roasted Tomato Tart

Veggie Spring Rolls with Chimichurri Sauce

Vietnam meets Argentina in this eye-opening fusion recipe in which fresh, crisp veggies nestled in rolls of rice paper are accompanied by Chimichurri -- Argentina's famous parsley and garlic sauce -- for dipping. Making the wraps may seem awkward at first, but keep trying. You'll be a pro in no time at all.

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Veggie Spring Rolls with Chimichurri Sauce

Beer & Cheddar Fondue

Two great ingredients -- beer and cheddar cheese -- will make this fondue be the first dish to disappear at any party. If you double or triple the recipe for a larger gathering, consider serving the fondue in a slow cooker on low setting. The thick crock and gentle heat will keep the fondue warm and smooth for a long time.

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Beer & Cheddar Fondue

Sweet and Spicy Pecans

These yummy pecans are super for snacking, but they also make wonderful holiday or hostess gifts. Why use cane sugar? Cane sugar has a lower melting point than the more common beet sugar, which makes cane sugar better for candied glazes.

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Sweet and Spicy Pecans

Cheese Wafers with Pepper Jelly

These rich and crumbly cheese wafers boast slice-and-bake ease. Serve with pepper jelly or a mixture of pepper jelly and cream cheese.

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Cheese Wafers with Pepper Jelly

Tuscan Cheesecake Bites

Panko -- extra-crispy Japanese bread crumbs -- give the crusts of these savory small cheesecakes a pleasingly crunchy texture. Grind walnuts in a food processor or blender until they're as fine as cornmeal.

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Tuscan Cheesecake Bites

Rosemary Bruschetta Stacks

Small sandwiches are always a hit on the appetizer table, and these quick and easy tomato-cheese melters are no exception. Another time, make these stacks with large slices of bread (rather than bruschetta) and serve the sandwiches for lunch or dinner.

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Rosemary Bruschetta Stacks

Goat Cheese-Olive Bites

Refrigerated piecrust makes these cheesy leek-and-olive appetizers a snap to make. For fun, purchase olives at a gourmet market's olive bar -- they're usually filled with a fantastic selection.

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Goat Cheese-Olive Bites

Chef Rusty's Kivado Crostad

Brightly sweet kiwi provides a vibrant counterpoint to the salty pancetta, spicy jalapeno, and rich, buttery avocado in this uniquely tasty dish. A drizzle of balsamic glaze provides the perfect finishing touch. Most of the avocado sold in supermarkets is still in its unripened stage. To ripen, place avocados in a paper bag and set aside at room temperature for 2-4 days. When the fruit is soft to the touch, it is ready for use.

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Chef Rusty's Kivado Crostad

Lemony Red Pepper Spread

Bright lemon juice and aromatic garlic beautifully complement antioxidant-rich eggplant and sweet peppers in this delectable spread. When buying peppers, choose that are firm, heavy for their size, and have shiny, vibrantly-colored skin. Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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Lemony Red Pepper Spread

Peanut-Pretzel Bars

Inspired by childhood snacks, these peanut-pretzel bars can be prepped in a half hour. Peanut butter, quick oats, and sweetened condensed milk combine to make a sweet, salty, chewy treat.

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Peanut-Pretzel Bars

Herbed Deviled Egg Bruschetta

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Herbed Deviled Egg Bruschetta

Sweet and Smoky Nuts

Serve this nut mix with drinks before dinner or make them ahead for your next gathering with friends: They store at room temperature for up to two weeks.

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Sweet and Smoky Nuts

Puff Pastry-Wrapped Mini Hot Dogs

These little appetizers are the grown-up version of pigs in a blanket. They take less than an hour including bake time—sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese or finely shredded Gruyere cheese on top for a warm, cheesy appetizer or snack.

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Puff Pastry-Wrapped Mini Hot Dogs

Strawberry-Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Surprise your guests with this quick appetizer recipe that combines cheese and fresh strawberries on a lightly toasted baguette.

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Strawberry-Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Addictive Wasabi Almonds and Popcorn

If you'd like to cut additional fat from this zesty snack mix, use 5 sprays of butter-flavor nonstick spray instead of butter. Be sure to add the spray right before eating to prevent the popcorn from getting soggy.

From Midwest Living

Addictive Wasabi Almonds and Popcorn

Ham Sliders

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Ham Sliders

Greek-Style Quesadillas

When it's snack time, try this quick-and-easy tortilla sandwich recipe with roasted chicken, feta cheese, tomatoes, and vegetables drizzled with a Greek vinaigrette dressing.

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Greek-Style Quesadillas

Sweet Onion-Tomato Tartlets

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Sweet Onion-Tomato Tartlets

Pineapple-Black Bean Guacamole

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Pineapple-Black Bean Guacamole

Herbed Tofu Cakes

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Herbed Tofu Cakes

Bruschetta

Fresh chives are a welcome addition to this low-fat, tomato based bruschetta spread. A taste sensation when made with summer-ripe tomatoes.

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Bruschetta

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