Appetizers are the opening statement for any gathering. And when you serve them before the big game? They’re the perfect warm-up!
Whether it’s a formal dinner or a casual party with friends, what you serve for apps can set the mood, dazzle your in-laws or just satisfy a starving crowd! Check out these 25 appetizer ideas and get inspired for your upcoming get together.
Skewers are a guaranteed hit, especially when topped with these perfectly seasoned vermouth shrimp.
Nothing says the holidays more than this ultimate comfort food, topped off with a delicious maple sugar glaze.
Tired of plain old potato skins? These cheesy potato bites are a new twist on the ever-popular appetizer! Top with sour cream and bacon and you’ve got a crowd favorite on your hands.
Sometimes you can’t go wrong with a classic. (Sprinkle poppy seeds on top for some extra flare!)
Top with crushed candy canes, nuts, chocolate shavings – this dessert appetizer has endless possibilities!
If you’re going for wow factor, try these red pepper straws. Very unique and bursting with flavor, these straws are a recipe for success (pun intended).
Simple and classy, these grilled artichokes are amazing with this creamy butter sauce.
Ever had a cheese ball? It’s a traditional appetizer in my family! This adorable recipe shrinks your regular cheese ball down to size for bite-sized apps that can be paired with anything.
Another Italian favorite, these prosciutto wrapped asparagus stalks are the most amazing flavor combination.
An elegant twist on your game day food, these turkey sliders are smothered in a delicious lemon yogurt sauce.
Bursting with flavor, these little cups pack a big punch!
Tender Greek meatballs in doughy, warm cups? Yes, please.
For all you bacon lovers out there, these homemade onion wrings are right up your alley.
Looking for something sweet for your guests? These cookie dough stuffed, chocolate dipped pretzels are the cure for any sweet tooth. Plus, they’re extremely easy and cheap to make!
Upgrade your garlic bread with some savory slices of mushrooms and provolone.
Just like your old favorite – fried green tomatoes – these juicy bites are even more delicious with this creamy cumin dip.
This pesto combines some interesting flavors and allows you the luxury of making this simple dip and displaying it with some fresh bread for a DIY appetizer.
For a unique, breakfast appetizer, serve these cheesy scrambled egg rolls with some sausage gravy.
If your family loves their reubens, then these mini-triple decker finger sandwiches will be a hit! Make sure to serve them nice and hot.
This elegant crostata makes for a sophisticated hors d’oeuvre.
It’s a mouthful…but in a delicious way. These fancy beef skewers make very swanky starters.
For something a little out of the ordinary, try some traditional potato pancakes as an appetizer. The nutmeg gives them an extra, unexpected kick.
A very trendy app right now is flavorful popcorn. Gone are the days of generic movie theater butter! This smoky take on an old favorite snack uses aged Gouda and paprika for a tasty twist.
Fresh and flavorful, these healthy appetizers are perfect for a lite bite before dinner.
If you’re really looking to start your party off with a bang, serve this gorgeous and tangy smoked salmon appetizer to get the party started right.
Which of these delicious appetizers will you try first? With a season of parties ahead of us, you’ve got some delicious options! Share your favorite appetizer recipe in the comments section below.