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.

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Mini Italian Beef Sandwiches with Pepperoncini Slaw

From Midwest Living

Talk about easy! Thanks to convenience foods, these sliders come together in minutes.

Mini Italian Beef Sandwiches with Pepperoncini Slaw

Cheesy Tomato Party Snack Mix

From Midwest Living

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.

Cheesy Tomato Party Snack Mix

Bacon-Stuffed Mushrooms

From Midwest Living

Cream cheese and cheddar cheese make a creamy filling for these hot appetizers.

Bacon-Stuffed Mushrooms

Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Blue Cheese and Bacon

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Blue Cheese and Bacon

Bacon Cheddar Cheese Balls

From Better Homes and Gardens

Bacon Cheddar Cheese Balls

Chilled Avocado Soup

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chilled Avocado Soup

Zesty Bean Dip & Chips

From EatingWell

Stirring salsa into versatile canned refried beans makes a quick and healthy bean dip. It also works well as a sandwich spread with your favorite vegetables and a sprinkle of cheese.

Zesty Bean Dip & Chips

Cottage Cheese Veggie Dip

From EatingWell

Stir lemon pepper into cottage cheese for a quick and healthy vegetable dip. We like carrots and snow peas, but any crunchy vegetables you have on hand will do.

Cottage Cheese Veggie Dip

Scallop & Shrimp Dumplings

From EatingWell

People along the Yangtze River enjoy dumplings with a variety of fillings, from seafood to red meat, eggs to vegetables. In Wuhan, dumplings may be served at any meal. Crisp, pan-fried dumplings don't have to be loaded with fat. Cooking them in a mix of water and oil makes them crisp on the bottom, tender and juicy inside.

Scallop & Shrimp Dumplings

Lion's Head Meatballs

From EatingWell

This is a famous dish along the Yangtze, with regional variations. In Shanghai, the sauce will be sweet and sour. In Chongqing, it will be hot and spicy. And in Wuhan...well, it will depend on the season and the mood of the chef.

Lion's Head Meatballs

Garlic & Herb Pita Chips

From EatingWell

You can make your own tasty pita chips in a matter of minutes. Just cut pita bread into wedges (stale pitas work very well), brush them with a little olive oil and bake. Not only do homemade pita chips save you money, you'll also cut calories by 16 percent.

Garlic & Herb Pita Chips

French Onion Dip

From EatingWell

In our homemade version of French onion dip, we simmer chopped onions in broth and use reduced-fat sour cream and yogurt for the familiar rich and creamy flavor. All told, our version has 12 grams less fat and nearly 50 percent less sodium per serving than the original.

French Onion Dip

Creamy Spinach Dip

From EatingWell

Try this light spinach dip made healthier with reduced-fat cream cheese, nonfat yogurt and low-fat cottage cheese instead of full-fat cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream. It will save you a whopping 84 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving when compared to traditional versions. Serve it with pita chips and crunchy vegetables or spread it on a sandwich.

Creamy Spinach Dip

Chile-Lime Tortilla Chips

From EatingWell

These tortilla chips are baked, not fried, and a squeeze of lime and a sprinkle of chili powder add flavor without tons of calories. Plus with 5 grams less fat per serving than a packaged version, they deliver all the crunch without the guilt.

Chile-Lime Tortilla Chips

Chile Con Queso

From EatingWell

Our healthier version of chile con queso will have ooey-gooey-cheese lovers celebrating. Now you can enjoy this Tex-Mex dip without all the fat and calories. We replaced some of the cheese with a low-fat white sauce and used sharp Cheddar plus a splash of beer to boost the flavor. Our version cuts the calories in half and reduces total fat and saturated fat by nearly 60 percent.

Chile Con Queso

Shredded Root Vegetable Pancakes

From EatingWell

Red beets and golden carrots look especially festive in these zesty horseradish-and-bacon-flecked cakes. Avoid parsnips, which need to be cored, in this recipe, as trying to shred the smaller cored pieces might result in nicked knuckles. Try the pancakes with seared steaks or make them bite-size for a beautiful appetizer.

Shredded Root Vegetable Pancakes

Tuna-Stuffed Peppers

From EatingWell

These tuna-stuffed peppers are ubiquitous in delis all over Susa, Italy.

Tuna-Stuffed Peppers

Salsa Rojo

From EatingWell

Here's a homemade version of the tomato salsa served at taco stands and burrito joints everywhere. Try it with all your favorite Mexican foods--it even works as enchilada sauce.

Salsa Rojo

Parmesan Spinach Cakes

From EatingWell

If you like spinach-cheese pie, try these simple but elegant-looking little spinach cakes.

Parmesan Spinach Cakes

Roasted Eggplant & Feta Dip

From EatingWell

This roasted eggplant and feta dip gets a kick from a fresh chile pepper and cayenne pepper. There are countless variations on this classic meze (appetizer) in Greece. Out-of-season eggplant or eggplant that has been heavily watered often has an abundance of seeds, which make the vegetable bitter. Be sure to taste the dip before you serve it; if it's a touch bitter, you can remedy that with a little sugar. Serve with toasted pita crisps or as a sandwich spread.

Roasted Eggplant & Feta Dip

Kefta

From EatingWell

Kefta, seasoned ground meat, is one of Morocco's most popular street foods. Traditionally, kefta is washed down with a glass of sweet mint tea. It's delicious served with ratatouille.

Kefta

Boneless Buffalo Wings

From EatingWell

Even though boneless Buffalo wings are made with healthy white-meat chicken, they're usually deep-fried and drenched in hot sauce laced with butter. The solution: chicken tenders are dredged in seasoned whole-wheat flour and cornmeal, pan-fried in only a small amount of oil and then drizzled with a tangy hot pepper sauce. With a fraction of the fat, calories and sodium, these boneless wings are reason enough to throw a party.

Boneless Buffalo Wings

Southwestern Layered Bean Dip

From EatingWell

Plenty of black beans, salsa and chopped fresh vegetables mean a healthy amount of dietary fiber in this Tex-Mex layered dip. We use reduced-fat sour cream along with full-fat (and full-flavored) cheese to make the dip lighter without compromising great taste. Be sure to have lots of baked tortilla chips on hand when you serve it.

Southwestern Layered Bean Dip

Middle Eastern Chickpea Platter

From EatingWell

This recipe combines the flavors of two Middle Eastern favorites--hummus and baba ganouj--in one easy dish. Serve it family-style, letting diners take their own favorite combination of ingredients. Serve with tabbouleh or a green salad tossed with lemon vinaigrette.

Middle Eastern Chickpea Platter

Crab Quesadillas

From EatingWell

These quesadillas have an irresistibly creamy filling. They also make great appetizers. Make it a meal: Serve with your favorite salsa on top and a cup of black bean soup topped with chopped avocado.

Crab Quesadillas

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