It’s entertaining season! And that means bringing out the big guns to make sure you create a memorable evening for your guests. How do we do it? With the food, of course! Instead of the usual chips and dip or mini quiches, we like to serve one-bite appetizers that are little conversation pieces in themselves. Cute and impressive? Sign us up! The beauty of each of these 20 recipes is that they make a lot–and believe us, you’re going to snack.
20 bite-sized appetizers that are so easy to make (seriously, you’ll make a million)
Feta-Stuffed Buffalo Chicken MeatballsWarning: Blogger Kristin at Iowa Girl Eats says these meatballs are super-addictive. Save yourself a few before sharing them at the party to ensure you get a taste. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
GET THE RECIPE HERE Iowa Girl Eats
Sweet Potato and Avocado BitesPass on the guacamole and chips, and pass on the loaded potato skins, too. Instead, spoil your guests with these delectable vegan (yes, vegan!) bites that look almost too pretty to eat.
GET THE RECIPE HERE Blissful Basil
Meatball Sub on a StickCue a slow clap. This recipe wins you the Hostess of the Year award. Make the turkey meatballs from scratch or swap them for the store-bought version to save time and effort. Get ready for this to be the most instagrammed image of the night.
GET THE RECIPE HERECookies and Cups
Beet-Dyed Deviled EggsThere are deviled eggs, and then there are deviled eggs that look tickled pink. Almost like they are blushing! Blogger Diane gives a detailed explanation on the egg dying method, making this seemingly arduous-looking process extremely easy. You’ll never make deviled eggs the same way again.
GET THE RECIPE HERE Created by Diane
Cheesy Crab PoppersThis is the kind of recipe you have to make a double batch of because they are going to disappear quickly. Ready-made corn muffin mix creates the addictive base that’s spiked with crab, cheese, red bell pepper and garlic. We’ll be adding some jalapeno for a kick of heat.
GET THE RECIPE HERE Host the Toast
Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Cucumber BitesFor edible elegance without any fuss, this easy recipe is a winner. A quick assembly job, these one-bite appetizers scream sophistication and deliver intense flavour, thanks to the kick of horseradish.
GET THE RECIPE HEREBaker by Nature
Zucchini and Goat Cheese BruschettaWhat can we say, we’re suckers for toast with fancy toppings! The simplicity of these nibbles with shaved zucchini ribbons and goat cheese had us at first bite. Nom!
GET THE RECIPE HERESimply Delicious Food
Cranberry and Pomegranate BruschettaIf tomatoes say summer bruschetta, this cranberry and pomegranate version is a wintry delight. Ginger, Sriracha and cilantro add a burst of freshness to the fruit relish that doubles as a topping for chicken (not that you’ll have any remaining).
GET THE RECIPE HERE The Café Sucre Farine
Beef Wellington Spanakopita BitesBlogger Christie at Food Done Light says this recipe has an identity crisis. Well, Christie, we have no problem with that. Beef, spinach and feta all cozied up in a crispy phyllo pastry cup? We’ll take a whole dozen, thank you.
GET THE RECIPE HEREFood Done Light
Jalapeno Popper WontonsInstead of packing the jalapenos with filling first, the gooey cream cheese filling fills a crisp wonton wrapper instead. Your chili-averse friends will thank you for it! The wontons can be baked as well, but we’re voting the fried ones are way better.
GET THE RECIPE HERE A Thrifty Mom
Homemade Pepperoni Pizza RollsLast-minute guests? No sweat! Store-bought pizza dough and tomato sauce are here to the rescue. Go traditional with pepperoni and mozzarella or finish up that leftover ham and cheddar. Either way, these shortcut rolls will leave you looking like a domestic goddess.
GET THE RECIPE HEREJulie’s Eats and Treats
Pretzel Crusted Chicken BitesYou could serve regular chicken tenders, but let’s be honest, you’re not one for the ordinary. Give chicken a whole new level of crunch with a dusting of crushed pretzels, and watch as your guests try to figure out the secret ingredient.
GET THE RECIPE HERESally’s Baking Addiction
Goat Cheese and Walnut-Covered Grapes“You showoff!” Yeah, take that as a compliment when you present guests with a platter of these beauties. Also, just to up the ante, describe them the way blogger Dianna does: “It’s like a baby cheeseball swallowed a grape.” How cute is that?
GET THE RECIPE HEREThe Kitchen Prep
Caramelized Pecans Stuffed with Blue CheeseWho needs a cheeseboard when you have these easily portable morsels? Blogger Amelia at Z Tasty Life uses butter, honey and garam masala to spice up the pecans. Honestly, we’re not sure we’ll make it to the stuffing part!
GET THE RECIPE HERE Z Tasty Life
Coconut Mango Chicken CupsThis recipe is so popular with blogger Kim’s friends, they are simply referred to as “The Cups.” We also like the idea of serving something tropical during winter to evoke thoughts of sunshine and warmth. Winter will end, friends. We promise.
GET THE RECIPE HERE Liv Life
Chicken Verde Wonton TacosHybrid foods are always a winner in our books (hello, cronut!!). Replace the tortilla with a wonton wrapper and you have a taste of Mexico via China. What’s even better is this recipe is fairly light, coming in at just 48 calories per taco.
GET THE RECIPE HERE The Girl Who Ate Everything
Mini Taco Bowl BitesTaco, taco, taco! The trend is certainly not going anywhere, right? This no-fuss recipe is great in a pinch, and a little store-bought help makes these little guys easier to serve at your next party. Feel free to switch up the fillings to use any leftovers on hand. In a cinch, little Tostitos scoops work like a charm.
GET THE RECIPE HERECincy Shopper
Cheesy Shrimp Tea SandwichesThis ain’t no crustless cucumber sandwich, but the Queen would certainly approve, no? Perfect for a holiday brunch or cocktail party, these cute crostinis can be prepared in advance and baked just before your guests arrive. Serve with a glass of bubbly.
GET THE RECIPE HERENatasha’s Kitchen
Candied Bacon-Wrapped PineappleRemember when melon slices wrapped in prosciutto were the appetizer to serve at parties? Well, not any more. We’re replacing them with these little squares of porky heaven. Why? Bacon. There, enough said.
GET THE RECIPE HERE The Café Sucre Farine
Mini Corndog MuffinsPigs in a blanket is so 2013! You’ll earn top marks for the novelty factor with these cute-as-a-button corndog muffins. They have all the flavour of the traditional snack, but without the mess of any deep-frying.
GET THE RECIPE HEREMacaroni and Cheesecake