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’ve had it happen to you, 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’m sure you love appetizers as much as I do! Please tell me the ones you enjoy eating at family reunions, neighborhood get-togethers, or parties with friends.

The 9 Best Party Appetizers

I can easily grab the ingredients and make an appetizer in minutes! Anything delicious that you can make quickly is a win-win in my book! How many times have your kids or grandkids been super hungry and you didn’t know what to feed them as a special treat? You can easily make these appetizers. I have had instances where we’ve had last-minute company and I needed to fix something for them to eat. Over the years, I’ve figured out what to throw together and it has been awesome. Make sure you check out these best party appetizers so that you can benefit from the easiness and deliciousness of it all!

9 of the Best Party Appetizers

Cheese-Fresh Fruit Appetizers

Most of us have cheese and fruit in our fridge. You can easily slap this appetizer together with the help of what you have in your fridge!

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Cheese-Fresh Fruit Appetizers
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
mins
Total 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

Do you have water chestnuts in your cabinet? If so, you can turn them into a delicious appetizer that everyone will surely love.

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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, soy sauce, 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

I think one of my favorite appetizers in the whole world are these Sweet Little Smokies. Who doesn’t love a good little smokie?

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Sweet Little Smokies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 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!

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Pineapple-Cream Cheese Dip

Being able to take your favorite cracker or pretzel and dipping it in the Pineapple-Cream Cheese Dip will put you in appetizer heaven. Sometimes you need to have a little something salty and sweet, together!

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Pineapple Cream Cheese Dip
Pineapple-Cream Cheese Dip
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
mins
Total 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

Have sausage and mushrooms on hand? This Stuffed Baked Sausage Mushrooms are so delicious you won’t be able to get enough of them. If you need a quick appetizer, go ahead and give these a try!

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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

If you have someone in your life who enjoys something a little spicy, then give this Easy Spicy Meatballs Appetizers a try. You will enjoy the flavor of the meatballs and how easy they are to make!

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Easy Spicy Meatballs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 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

Do you have cream cheese on hand? If so, these Cranberry-Cream Cheese bites are going to rock your world. One bite and you get so many different flavors!

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Cranberry Cream Cheese Bites
Cranberry-Cream Cheese Bites
Prep Time
7 mins
Total 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

Spice up your appetizer life with this Hot Chip Beef or Ham-Cream Cheese Dip. You can dip whatever you desire into it and the taste is unlike any other dip out there.

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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

As you can see, you can make a lot of different dips out of cream cheese. This Cheesy Dill-Cream Cheese Pecan Ball is so easy to make and the perfect appetizer to throw together last minute.

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Dill Cheddar Green Onion Cream Cheese Ball
Cheesy Dill-Cream Cheese Pecan Ball
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
mins
Total 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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Final Word

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 presented here! What are some of the best party appetizers that you have made over the years? I’d love to hear from you. May God Bless this world, Linda.

16 thoughts on “9 of the Best Party Appetizers

  • 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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  • June 1, 2021 at 10:21 am
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    Linda,
    I’ve heard of reruns on TV. Based on the comment dates, it looks like this post is a rerun of a rerun one more time. LOL!!! Unfortunately, there is not much to party about with the state of this country today. Have a blessed day anyway.
    We are still working on getting our stuff in order around here. Seems like a never-ending battle. So much to do outside but we keep getting deluges almost every day. Can’t depend on having clear weather to start on any outside projects. On a positive note, all the rain and abnormally cool weather for May has revived our freeze stressed oak trees. Hope all is well in Utah!

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    • June 1, 2021 at 12:33 pm
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      Hi Harry, it was a post from 2014 and ??, and I wanted to be able to PRINT the recipes, so I updated the post. LOL! No parties here either!! It really is a never-ending battle, getting our stuff in order! I keep donating stuff and I find more stuff to get rid of!! I look at Mark and say, “we don’t need this!” I agree there is nothing to party about with the state of affairs we have going right now! I hope the rain helps your freeze-stressed oak trees! Life is good! All is well here in Utah! Linda

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  • June 1, 2021 at 11:12 am
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    Love appetizers! Your suggestions sound delicious, thanks! A couple times a year when it’s just me & the hubby for dinner, we make ourselves a little appetizer buffet. So yummy & so much fun too. 🙂

    Although not the quickest appetizer to make, I often do deviled eggs when we’re invited somewhere & cash is tight. They definitely get gobbled right up!

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    • June 1, 2021 at 12:35 pm
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      Hi Amy, I agree deviled eggs always disappear!! I love to share recipes where we can print them. When I first started my blog, I didn’t have Print Recipes! I would love an app[etizer buffet! Linda

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  • June 1, 2021 at 12:16 pm
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    Linda, most of these sound yummy! Thank you for the recipes. My wife, Jane makes sweet and sour Chinese meatballs that are always a hit.

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    • June 1, 2021 at 12:35 pm
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      Hi Ray, oh my, Chinese meatballs? Please share the recipe, I would love those! Linda

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  • June 1, 2021 at 12:53 pm
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    5 stars
    Hi Linda,
    Perfect timing on appetizer recipes! Besides all the summer holidays, we have a lot of family birthdays in the summer. They all look great & I especially love the ones in the slow cooker – saves time for getting everything else ready lol
    Thanks for your great newsletter, I always look forward to it. Wishing you a wonderful safe, healthy summer!

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    • June 1, 2021 at 1:26 pm
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      Hi Karen, thank you for the 5 stars! I love appetizers for family birthdays and family reunions! Thank you for your kind words! Stay safe! Linda

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  • June 1, 2021 at 8:25 pm
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    Hi Linda,
    It was such a nice walk down memory lane to read these recipes. I think that at one time or another, way back when, I probably made all of these recipes. AND they were good!
    On another note, I need to tell you that my son Greg, passed this Sunday morning. The doctor told me that the Covid and pneumonia simply destroyed his lungs and his heart was unable to keep pumping hard and long enough to keep him going. He also said that if he had survived, he would have faced at least a year in rehab and would never be the same person again.
    He is now in a better place and no longer suffering any pain. My heart is broken into a million pieces.
    This is the most horrendous disease. Please Linda, take every precaution to stay well and stay safe. This is NOT something you ever want to get. And to those who think it’s a big government conspiracy, please stay safe.
    SuzyQ

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    • June 2, 2021 at 5:54 am
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      Hi Suzanne, my sweet friend, I’m so sorry to hear this. You know when Covid first was “announced”, I thought to myself, it’s just another “flu”. I know you are a nurse so you will understand this. My friend, Sherry is a nurse, I sent her an email to see what the BIG deal was about this COVID stuff in February 2020. She called me and said I need to be worried about it. Then she explained what it does to your lungs, stuff you would understand more than me. She watched people die within 24 hours of coming to the hospital, one was a healthy strong man. We have seen athletes with no underlying conditions die from it. It really is the most horrendous disease. I’m praying for you and your husband that you continue to gain strength after having had COVID. I can’t imagine losing a child, he is in a better place, but your heart will take time to heal. I’m glad you enjoyed looking at the recipes, they are at least 40-50 years old. Love and hugs, Linda

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  • June 3, 2021 at 10:13 am
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    Hi Linda,
    Thank you for your kind words. My heart is broken into a million pieces and I don’t know if it will ever be whole again. Yes, he is with God and isn’t suffering any more pain or other afflictions gotten on this earth. Greg was a kind, loving soul and had dozens of friends. We will be holding a memorial service sometime near the end of June. Then we will be moving back to Oregon between July 1 & 4th.
    Thank you again Linda.

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    • June 3, 2021 at 10:38 am
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      Hi Suzanne, I can’t imagine losing a child. When we go out to dinner with our friends who lost their son to cancer, I always ask how his wife is doing and the kids. It’s important to remember people want to talk about the loved ones who have gone to heaven. I watched him grow up and I can see the pain in their eyes. Greg will always be in your heart, talk about him often. I will pray for your safety to travel to Oregon. Hugs, Linda

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