Party Appetizer Recipes

Smoked Salmon, Caviar and Creme Fraiche on Blini

Everything You Ever Wanted in Hors d'oeuvres but were Afraid to Spell

Party appetizer recipes are not what they used to be. Appetizers, canapes, hors d'oeuvres... Whatever the phrase, they're not just a before-dinner treat any more. They can carry the party all by themselves and look good doing it.

Party appetizers need not be snooty, though. Pickled squid and unpronounceable recipe names won't impress most friends.

Still, you want something with pizzazz, right? Prepare to celebrate the tastes, the ease of presentation, and the fact that we're about to tell you how many of the little morsels to make.

Party Appetizer Recipes

Many of these cocktail party appetizers are equally at home on a picnic, at a barbecue, or in front of the big game on TV.

Baked Brie

Black Olive Penguins


"Caterpillar" Sushi Rolls

Caviar and Smoked Salmon on Blini 

Caviar on Quail Eggs 

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Bites

Cheese Puffs 

Chestnut Stuffing Balls

Chicken Nuggets 
With Honey-Mustard Dipping Sauce

Cinnamon Pork

Coconut Shrimp

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Cream Cheese Balls

Curry Chicken Balls

Deviled Eggs, with Options


Egg Rolls

Endive Boats

Falafel Balls

Meatballs with Mint Sauce

Lettuce Wraps

Paper Wrapped Chicken

Pot Stickers with Chili Dipping Sauce

Roast Beef Pinwheels


Sardine Rice Rolls, with Options

Sausage in a Blanket

Sherried Stuffed Mushrooms

Shrimp Cocktail Platter

Shrimp Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Spicy Pecan Nibbles

Spinach Balls

Stuffed New Potatoes

Summer Kabobs

Super Nachos

Tiropites (Greek cheese pies in phyllo)


How Much Food to Prepare

Such a good question, and we have pages of information to help you determine not only how many appetizers you'll need for your party, but napkins, cocktails, glasses, ice, liquor and mixers, and lots more, here: 

Party Food Planning for Small Groups

Party Food Planning for Large Groups

Tip: Supplement your selections from Party Appetizer Recipes with dips and spreads, and fondues. They're easy on the cook and on the budget. 

Presentation Tips for your Party Appetizers

A decorative platter, or an appealing arrangement of appetizers on the platter, may be all that is required.

A sprig of parsley here, a few mint leaves there. Or try these suggestions:

  • Tie a blanched chive around each shrimp in your arrangement; it's easy and elegant.
  • Arrange Endive Boats in a starburst pattern.
  • Serve Deviled Eggs on a bed of alfalfa sprouts; it looks terrific and keeps them from sliding.
  • Substitute bamboo skewers, cocktail skewers or thin pretzel sticks for toothpicks, where practical.
  • Use a pineapple, apple, grapefruit, cabbage or eggplant as a "pincushion" for Summer Kabobs.

For the most part, though, hors d'oeuvres are naturally decorative and 'presentable' without much help. The important thing is to serve a variety of flavors, textures and tastes.

More party appetizer recipes: Finger Foods


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