50 Easy Appetizers and Snacks to Get the Party Started

Because we all know that light bites are better than entrées.

The Best Appetizers
Mike Garten

How do you make sure have a successful party? It’s not the size of the guest list or the carefully curated music that matters most. Nor is it the feast that you have planned and prepared. No — true party-goers know that a celebration lives and dies based on the quality of the snacks. Greet people at the door with a satisfying bite of food thanks to our list of easy appetizers! Happier guests mean better mingling, which makes for better parties. It’s basically science.

If you’re planning a fête — and it doesn’t matter if you’re thinking of an intimate evening or a big, family BBQ — the first thing you should do is consult this list of appetizers and go from there. We have suggestions for all types of palates, from people who like spicy bites, to health-conscious veggie-lovers, to vegans who still what to chow down on some nachos. It’s all about making a good first impression, after all. Then, once you’ve got your app game plan, you can move on to dinner entrées, side dishes, and desserts. Oh, and don’t forget the cocktails! (Seriously, have you tried the Berry-Basil-Lemon Sangria?)

easy appetizers - chorizo queso with potato skins
Mike Garten
Chorizo Queso Potato Skins

Fondue is always a good idea, especially when you add homemade potato skins into the mix.

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spaghetti and meatball nests
Danielle Occhiogrosso
Spaghetti and Meatball Nests

Your go-to weekend dinner becomes a talked-about amuse bouche with the help of a muffin tin.

Get the recipe for Spaghetti and Meatball Nests »

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easy appetizers - spinach and artichoke dip
Mike Garten
Best Ever Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Using protein-packed cannellini beans instead of cream cheese in this dip makes for a healthy twist on the classic.

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Gingery Shrimp Toasts
Mike Garten
Gingery Shrimp Toasts

Asian flavors provide a contemporary twist on a cocktail-party staple.

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easy appetizers - BBQ Italian Sausage and Pepper Pie
Anna Williams
BBQ Italian Sausage and Pepper Pie

Whip up these slices quick and easy with frozen pizza dough. Eat the leftovers for lunch — if there are any.

Get the recipe for BBQ Italian Sausage and Pepper Pie »

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Frico Cups 
Mike Garten
Frico Cups

It's almost dangerous to know how easy it is to make an edible cup out of baked Parmesan cheese — you're going to want to fill them with everything.

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Warm Cheddar Dip
Mike Garten
Warm Cheddar Dip

This warm, comforting cheese dip is the perfect thing to pair with a big game.

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easy appetizers - Parmesan-Chive Chips
Mike Garten
Parmesan-Chive Chips

Appetizers don't get easier (or more delicious) than tossing warm potato chips with two flavor-packed ingredients.

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thanksgiving appetizers - cheesy monkey bread
Mike Garten
Cheesy Monkey Bread

Move over, garlic knots. Here comes your new fave.

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easy appetizers - grilled peach and proscuitto flatbreads
Mike Garten
Peach and Proscuitto Flatbreads

Pizza is the perfect easy appetizer. Grill dough and top with fresh summer ingredients for the tastiest party starter.

Get the recipe for Peach and Proscuitto Flatbreads »

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easy appetizers - tomato tart
Mike Garten
Herbed Ricotta and Fresh Tomato Tart

Small slices of this easy, cheesy tart make for the perfect summer appetizer.

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Cherry Tomato Confit
Mike Garten
Cherry Tomato Confit

It only takes four ingredients to make this confit — you might even have all you need hanging around the kitchen already.

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easy appetizers - zesty beet dip
Mike Garten
Zesty Beet Dip

Serve this spicy, earthy dip with bread, crackers, even raw veggies to dip before dinner.

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Old Bay Shrimp 4th of July Recipes
Jonny Valiant
Old Bay Shrimp

All you need to gussy up some grilled jumbo shrimp is a good dose of Old Bay seasoning.

Get the recipe for Old Bay Shrimp »

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easy appetizers - charred salsa
Mike Garten
Charred Salsa

Grilling nearly all of the ingredients before blending gives this easy appetizer its uniquely smoky flavor.

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Easy Appetizers - Shrimp Curry Potstickers
Mike Garten
Shrimp Curry Potstickers

The perfect way to start any meal, these flavor-packed dumplings are full of shrimp and zucchini.

Get the recipe for Shrimp Curry Potstickers »

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baguette pizzas
Mike Garten
Baguette Pizzas

These are so easy to make, you can throw on a variety of toppings to please a wide variety of tastes with little extra effort.

Get the recipe for Baguette Pizzas »

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Cheesy Hasselbacks
Mike Garten
Cheesy Hasselbacks

These are the best way to do loaded potatoes, because there are lots of nooks and crannies for the toppings to hide in.

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easy appetizers
Mike Garten
Veggie Rolls

Cheese-filled veggie spirals are easy to make, and almost too pretty to eat.

Get the recipe for Veggie Rolls »

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easy appetizers - gingery pork and chive wontons
Mike Garten
Gingery Pork and Chive Wontons

Impress your guests by wrapping your own wontons and drizzling with spicy chili oil.

Get the recipe for Gingery Pork and Chive Wontons »

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easy appetizers - spring crudite with cheese dip
Mike Garten
Spring Crudités With Herbed Cheese Dip

Sure, it's Great with spring's freshest veggies, but you'll also want to serve this dip with everything else.

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easy appetizers - zucchini dip
Mike Garten
Zucchanoush

Instead of eggplants, make this take on baba ganoush with zucchini for an easy, summery spread.

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easy appetizers - Roasted Artichokes with Caesar Dip
Mike Garten
Roasted Artichokes With Caesar Dip

Forget about salad. This cheesy mustard dressing is best served with golden brown artichokes.

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Asparagus, Burrata, and Prosciutto Tartines
Mike Garten
Asparagus, Burrata, and Prosciutto Tartines

Basically you get all of the food groups in one tasty bite.

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Rainbow Deviled Eggs
Erin Phraner
Rainbow Deviled Eggs

Why settle for one flavor (or color) of deviled eggs when you can have some that incorporate guacamole, sriracha and honey, curry, or other flavors?

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Citrusy Shrimp-Stuffed Avocados
Mike Garten
Citrusy Shrimp-Stuffed Avocados

Move over, avocado toast: These beauties are stuffed with ceviche.

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Grilled Onion Dip & Naan Chips
Mike Garten
Grilled Onion Dip & Naan Chips

Onion dip is always a classic, and naan chips will become a new favorite.

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easy appetizers - Chunky Buffalo Blue Dip
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
Chunky Buffalo Blue Dip

All your favorite wing flavors get transformed into a creamy dip, perfectly paired with cucumbers, carrots, or other fresh veggies.

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easy appetizers - guacamole
Mike Garten
Chunky Guacamole

Lots of lime juice is the secret to this fresh, creamy dip.

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easy appetizers -Goat Cheese Log with Cranberries, Chives and Black Pepper
Mike Garten
Goat Cheese Log With Cranberries, Chives and Black Pepper

Dress this log of goat cheese up in a festive coating of homemade granola.

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