9 Of The Best Party Appetizers

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Do you love appetizers as much as I do? Here are 9 of the best party appetizers ever! You know when you get invited to a get together of some sort and they ask you to bring something and you’re not sure what to bring that will be a real hit without a lot of time or expense? I like to offer to bring an appetizer. I usually always have these ingredients in my pantry, refrigerator or freezer.

I can easily grab the ingredients and make an appetizer in minutes!

The Best Party Appetizers

Cheese-Fresh Fruit Appetizers

Cheese-Fresh Fruit Appetizers
Prep Time
10 mins
 
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Ingredients
  • your favorite cheese-sliced
  • apples (cut and cored)
  • grapes-red and green make the platter look festive
  • sliced strawberries
  • chunks of cantaloupe
  • sliced pears
Instructions
  1. The appetizer pictured above is always popular at parties. This is a really healthy platter for people to stand around and chitty chat while munching. People love this one and it's a great one to take to the park and enjoy the fresh air with family and friends.

Water Chestnut Appetizers

Water Chestnut Appetizers
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Ingredients
  • 3 cans of whole-water chestnuts-drained
  • 1-1/2 pounds thin raw bacon
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard this is optional-I like a little kick to mine
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9″ by 13″ inch pan. I cut the package/s of uncooked raw bacon into thirds to make the bacon go further. You wrap a piece of the raw bacon around one water chestnut and secure it with a toothpick. Place the bacon wrapped chestnuts in the greased pan. Continue until all, or at least most of the chestnuts are wrapped. Bake for 20 minutes. Drain the fat from the pan. This is the hardest part of the whole recipe. Be careful!
  2. Place the ketchup, brown sugar and dry mustard in a medium size bowl and whisk until smooth. Cover the baked chestnuts with this mixture and bake an additional 20-30 minutes. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

This appetizer is probably the first one devoured at any party. You pull the pan out of the oven and people start grabbing the toothpicks to eat them. Yummy!

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This is how they look while preparing them:

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Sweet Little Smoky Appetizers

Sweet Little Smokies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15 people
Ingredients
  • 12-18 ounce jar grape jelly
  • 12 ounces chili sauce
  • 3 pounds Little Smokies
Instructions
  1. Grab a slow cooker, combine all the ingredients and set it on low. When heated through, take it to the party with toothpicks. Everyone loves this one! If you keep some little smokies in your freezer and a couple of jars of jelly and chili sauce in your pantry, this is easy peasy to make and take!

Pineapple-Cream Cheese Dip

Pineapple-Cream Cheese Dip
Prep Time
10 mins
 
This is an easy one to make because if you typically keep cream cheese in your refrigerator, pecans in the freezer and crushed pineapple in the pantry you can make this one at the last minute. It's perfect, even if you have to stop and pick up crackers at the grocery store on the way to the party. This appetizer is one of my family's favorites! We like the crackers called Chicken In A Biscuit and also Wheat Thins served with this one.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Ingredients
  • 2- 8- ounce packages softened cream cheese
  • 2- 8- ounce cans drained crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons green onion chopped or 1 tablespoon freeze/air dried green onion optional
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons all season salt-similar to Lawry’s salt
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Use a hand mixer to blend completely. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Serve with your favorite crackers or veggies

Stuffed Baked Sausage Mushrooms

Stuffed Baked Sausage Mushrooms
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
These are really easy to make the day before and cover with plastic wrap until you want to bake them. These are always gone within minutes.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Ingredients
  • 15 large mushrooms or 24-30 smaller mushrooms-washed and dried-remove the stems
  • 1-8- ounce cream cheese softened
  • 1-16- ounce package of Jimmy Dean Maple Sausage or your favorite flavor
  • Chop the mushroom stems if desired, to add to the sausage when cooking it
  • green onions-chopped fine optional I never use these
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook and crumble the sausage and drain the grease if any. Stir in the softened cream cheese.
  3. Scoop the mixture into each mushroom. Bake for about 15-30 minutes depending on the size of the mushrooms.
  4. Serve hot.

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Easy Spicy Meatball Appetizers

Easy Spicy Meatballs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Ingredients
  • cup Franks Hot Sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups brown sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • Meatballs-precooked about 40-50-depending on the size
Instructions
  1. Combine the Franks Hot Sauce, brown sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the brown sugar dissolves. Place the precooked meatballs in a crockpot and cover with the sauce. Cook for about 2-3 hours or until warmed through. Serve with toothpicks and buttermilk ranch dressing and celery sticks, if desired.

Recipe Notes

I love this recipe because I buy the frozen meatballs from Costco and add the rest of the ingredients from my food storage stash! Get the slow cooker out and it's ready to make another very easy appetizer. They have a little kick, but you can cut down the hot sauce so they aren't so spicy if that is your preference. Serve out of a small slow cooker with toothpicks or place on a platter. This one is perfect for football season parties!

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Cranberry-Cream Cheese Bites

Cranberry-Cream Cheese Bites
Prep Time
7 mins
 
This one is perfect for the holidays when the cranberries are on sale!
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Ingredients
  • Cream Cheese-softened
  • 1 can of Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce 14 ounces
  • ½ teaspoon dried and crushed jalapeno peppers more or less depending on personal preference
  • 1 box of Triscuit crackers
Instructions
  1. Spread a small spoonful of softened cream cheese on each cracker. Combine the jalapenos and cranberry sauce in a bowl. Place a small spoonful of the cranberry sauce mixture on each cracker. Serve immediately.

Hot Chip Beef or Ham-Cream Cheese Dip

Hot Chip Beef or Ham-Cream Cheese Dip
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Here is another awesome and easy appetizer or dip to take to a party. If it's homemade people love it, I promise! Our family serves this one with the large Frito dipping chips! This one is fabulous!
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup chip beef or ham cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons fresh green onion-chopped or 1 tablespoon air-dried green onion
  • 2 tablespoons milk of choice
Instructions
  1. Mix the cream cheese, sour cream and milk with a hand mixer until blended. Add the green onion and your meat of choice. Microwave until it starts to bubble. I like to stir it halfway through the heating process. You can also use a small crockpot to keep it warm. Sprinkle a little green onion on top before serving.

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Cheesy Dill-Cream Cheese Pecan Ball

Cheesy Dill-Cream Cheese Pecan Ball
Prep Time
10 mins
 
Our family and friends love this one! It's always a favorite because it has a little dill and green onions in it. We serve this one with Wheat Thins for sure!
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Ingredients
  • 2-8 ounce packages of cream cheese
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 washed and chopped green onions or equal amounts of freeze-dried green onions
  • Pecans or almonds to garnish on top of cheese ball optional
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients and use a hand mixer or stand mixer to blend them together. Roll in pecans or sliced almonds if desired. Serve with crackers of choice.

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I love “finger foods” for appetizers because I feel like people need more time to talk and laugh together. It seems that social media has taken the closeness of face to face conversation away from some of us. I love social media and use it almost every day, but I firmly believe girls need girls, women need women and friends need friends. Have a great time with friends and family soon. I hope you try some of the best party appetizers! Linda

 

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10 thoughts on “9 Of The Best Party Appetizers

  • October 12, 2013 at 8:51 am
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    I love these! Wrapping things in bacon is an outstanding cooking technique! 🙂

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    • October 12, 2013 at 1:36 pm
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      Hi Danelle, I think bacon is good in any food item! Thanks for commenting! Linda

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  • October 13, 2013 at 9:11 am
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    Hi Linda. Those look so good, but I’m afraid I would eat every one of them. I would think (by looking at the pic) that if you turned them over, they would not need the toothpick until they were done. Have you tried that before? I found you thru the social hop and hope to enjoy more from your site. I’m following thru Google. Hope you can come visit my site.

    Julie
    I Create Purty Thangs

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    • October 13, 2013 at 1:47 pm
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      Hi Julie, I guess this is why I only fix these for parties….I would eat all them too! If you take them to a party…they are usually the first appetizer that disappears! I am not sure I could bake them without the toothpick because the bacon would just slick off the water chestnuts…maybe I can find some stainless steels type toothpicks??? I will go make sure I am following you right now! Hugs! Linda

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  • October 15, 2013 at 1:34 pm
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    Love this idea. Thanks for sharing. Anything with bacon is a hit at my house.

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    • October 15, 2013 at 1:38 pm
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      Hi Diane, anything with bacon is a hit at my house too! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs! Linda

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  • August 15, 2015 at 10:15 pm
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    I have saved these for the next time I need to make/take an appetizer. On the stuffed mushrooms I would add a bit of stuffing mix and white cheddar to make them a little more substantial. If you use portabellas you could almost make this an entree.

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    • August 16, 2015 at 6:16 am
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      Sassa, thanks for this stuffed mushroom tip! I am adding it to my post! I am going to try adding stuffing mix and white cheddar to them next time! Love it! Linda

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  • December 6, 2018 at 2:43 pm
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    I tried a couple of appetizers last year and they were a hit! These also sound good.

    1) Kielbasa bites: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice the kielbasa into fairly thick slices. Top each with a pineapple chunk using a toothpick. Spoon Chili/garlic sauce over (found in the aisle with the Asian inspired foods). Roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes (depends on your oven but they should be glossy but very hot). Serve immediately.
    2) Italian inspired bites: No cooking required. Purchase fresh basil, you will need the leaves; purchase fresh mini-mozzarella bites or slice fresh mozzarella into bite sized pieces; purchase cherry or grape tomatoes (I like the multi-colored packs). You will also need fairly long toothpicks – I like the ones with the decorative ends. Skewer 1 tomato, one basil leaf and one mozzarella. Make as many as you have mozzarella/tomatoes/basil. If you have an Italian dressing, you can brush some over the treats. Very healthy and refreshing.

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    • December 6, 2018 at 5:52 pm
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      HI Leanne, oh my gosh, these sound delicious! Sometimes I wish we could have a HUGE get together and share recipes! I love hearing about new ones!! I love it! Linda

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