Anyone who says it’s wrong to eat with your hands has never chewed on the juicy buffalo chicken wings. Of course, we love a main course that is as filling and satisfying as the next TV, but these small entrees are best with a delicious bite. Whether you want to hang out with your guests while your main dish is still in the oven, or game day and you let the treats steal the show, these meals will have you throwing away your fork and knife.
From crunchy tartins for formal occasions to pretzels and cream cheese for last-minute breakfasts, there’s something for every type of get-together. Remember, it’s best to prevent the hanger before you start. So next time you have people around, take your party to the next level with one of these snack ideas. Careful, they are so delicious you can fill up your stomach with appetizers!
1. Crispy mushrooms and Muenster Sliders.
Do you think it’s still an appetizer when you eat this burger complete with a veggie slider?
2. Chorizo Queso potato skins.
Fondue + potato skins = salty and spicy breakfast with hot cheese.
3. Steak sandwich with Arugula.
Leave this sandwich open-face to turn into a handheld bite!
4. Tomato and mozzarella canapés.
These skewers are basically caprese salad on a stick so you only need a few seconds.
5. Butternut squash and feta Tartlets.
You can use a mini muffin pan for the breadcrumbs in this vegetable and feta tartlet.
6. Korean Pineapple Beef Lettuce Wraps.
The fresh salad cups make a chewy contrast to the sweet caramelized beef.
7. Zucchini Tots.
Another homemade zucchini from your leftovers? Use them to make low-calorie versions of tater tots.
8. Smoky Maple Turkey Chili.
Crispy tortillas give this sweet and smoked turkey chili a delicious flavor.
9. Frico Cups.
This light and airy cheese mug full of goodness is probably the most delicious way to eat your greens.
10. Vegetable rolls.
A little cream cheese is enough to turn crunchy fresh vegetables into a delicious snack.
11. Skinny bagels.
Why only breakfast in the morning? The combination of lox and cream cheese on these pretzel chips will always fill you up.
12. Creamy Spinach-Leek Tartlets.
Soft and full of fresh herbs, these tarts are basically bite-sized cakes. No complaints here!
13. French Onion Dip.
Forget soup mixes, this French onion recipe is dipped in caramelized onions.
14. Avocado Dip & Totchos.
Talk about a power couple. As much as we love this creamy avocado dip and this crunchy potato snack on its own, they taste best together.
15. Creamy Beer Cheese.
Best enjoyed with beer in hand, in our opinion.
16. Crispy potatoes with vegan nacho sauce.
Vegans can have fun with crunchy potatoes dipped in a flavorful vegan nacho sauce that you might even taste more than cheese.
17. Ham and Cheese Oven Sliders.
This bite-sized ham and cheese sandwich is a fun twist on your classic burger slider.
18. Buffalo Chicken Pull-Apart Bread.
Stuffed with buffalo sauce, chicken strips and blue cheese, only if the whole bread tastes like it.
19. Crispy grilled chicken wings with six sauces.
Why choose just one sauce when you can use six. This recipe is perfect for crowds with different definitions of “spicy”.
20. Spaghetti and Meatball Nests.
Instead of filling up a big dinner with pasta, satisfy your carb cravings with this pint-sized Italian appetizer.
21. Gingery Shrimp Toasts.
We first published this recipe in 1979. Although we have updated the bold Asian flavours, we have retained the original crunchy taste.
22. Cherry Tomatoes Confit.
Confit tastes great compared to pasta, salads and grilled meats – but with bruschettas it’s the perfect snack.
23. Shrimp Curry Potstickers.
These Shrimp and Zucchini dumplings are great, but when dipped in this flavorful Thai dipping sauce, they are simply irresistible.
24. Cauliflower “popcorn”.
Cauliflower that’s as light, fluffy and crunchy as corn-based “cousins”? You don’t say!
25. Triple-ingredient pretzel bites.
With just three ingredients and a cooking time of 15 minutes, these pretzel bites are probably the most sought-after finger food on our list.