When it comes to hosting parties, planning a menu can often seem daunting. Half the time we don’t have the ingredients and are rushing to the store to ensure we have everything we need. There’s no need to rush because we’re here to give you inspiration (and recipes) for some of the most delicious finger foods for parties! You’ll be making these so often that you won’t even worry about not having the right ingredients. Get ready to hear your friends raving about the food for weeks!
Wasabi Deviled Eggs
This recipe comes from my own kitchen! Deviled eggs have been a huge finger food for parties for years! And while traditional deviled eggs are a great go-to, putting a slightly Asian twist on the appetizer makes this dish incredibly unique.
2 tsp rice wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoon wasabi paste
2 tsp soy sauce
Pickled Ginger (for topping)
Place eggs in a saucepan, cover with water. Bring water to a boil and let simmer for 2 minutes. Turn heat off and cover with the lid for 10 minutes. Remove eggs from hot water, cool in an ice bath and peel in the ice bath. (Make sure the eggs are fully submerged for an easier peel).
Cut each egg in half lengthwise and place the yolks in a bowl. Mash yolks with a fork until smooth and stir in the remaining ingredients.
Arrange egg white halves with cut-side-up on a plate. Spoon yolk mixture into whites. Garnish with a small amount of pickled ginger for pizzaz.
While we’re on the subject of Asian finger foods for parties, let’s talk about blistered edamame. Edamame is one of the best appetizers that we all look forward to when eating out, but who says that it has to be plain? With a cook and prep time of only 15 minutes, this is one recipe you will not want to skip over. Here is exactly how you make blistered edamame!
Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
As if the title doesn’t say it all. We’ve all had great grilled cheese sandwiches and we’ve all definitely had the ones our moms made us with Kraft Singles. When prepping finger foods for parties, don’t skip over the mini grilled cheese sandwiches from Taste of Home! A fun addition to this recipe would be a tiny ramekin of tomato and basil soup for dipping!
A Hand Salad
You heard that right, a hand salad! Instead of having the daunting task of scooping out individual bowls for guests, making a hand salad like the one Epicurious suggests will make clean up a breeze! These crunchy lettuce leaves topped with grapefruit zest, serrano chile and a little bit of ginger will have all of your guests rethinking their salad choices from now on.
Let’s throw some grilled finger foods for parties in here. If you’re an oyster lover, this next one is for you. When servings oysters, the tedious task of shucking them can be quite annoying. Instead of spending your time shucking them, follow this incredible recipe from Epicurious and throw them on the grill! After the oysters pop up, throw your marinated sauce on them and serve in the shell.
Avocado is always a favorite at parties. From guacamole to toppings on salads, it’s always a great addition to any recipe. But have you considered throwing the avocado itself on the grill and using other things as toppings? Food52 has given us the amazing idea of throwing avocado halves on the grill and topping it with flavor blasting cherry tomatoes. This unique appetizer is bound to shock and please your guests.
Greek Feta Spread with Roasted Peppers (Htipiti)
Htipiti may sound a little odd, but I promise this recipe is not one to skip over! You may have to explain to your guests that this finger food for parties is not in-fact tomatoes, but your mouth is guaranteed to water for more vinegary bites! I personally pair this recipe with a whole grain cracker, but pita chips are also a great choice! For an even sweeter taste, mix up the bell peppers and add in some orange or green ones. To read the full recipe and directions, hop over to Bon Appetit.
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French Toast Fingers!
Who says that your finger foods for parties have to be dinner style? Maybe you’re hosting a Sunday brunch or a breakfast-themed party. French Toast Fingers are absolutely a to-die-for appetizer for the breakfast foodie at the party. Pair it with a simple maple syrup dipping cup or drizzle some fruit over the top for a more aesthetic vibe. Either way, Taste AU has given us gold with this recipe!
Here is another finger food for parties that is breakfast related! Muffins are always a fun choice when it comes to adding in breakfast appetizers, but why not spice it up with Loaded Baked Omelet Muffins! These little egg bites can be filled with anything from cheese to kale, offering your guests a little more variety without having to do that much work.
Let’s be honest, everyone loves nachos. But nachos can often times get messy, especially if you have small plates. Your guests just won’t be able to pile up the different toppings they want their nachos covered in and they’ll be left feeling limited. Nacho bites are an excellent alternative to having a huge pile. Having an exact serving of guacamole, beans, and cheese all on one chip makes eating this delicious finger food even easier. Head on over to Taste AU for the full recipe and instructions!
Crispy Garlic Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts are often the hardest thing to incorporate into dishes. Often times they just sit in your fridge and you contemplate over and over again what to use them for. Well, you can kiss that problem goodbye! Minimalist Baker is bringing brussels sprouts back to life with this completely gluten-free finger food. With the sriracha dipping sauce you’ll pair it with, you’ll be eating the entire plate before you know it.
Caprese Salad Skewers
While all of these finger foods for parties sound delicious, some of them may seem like quite a bit of work. While you definitely want to make some appetizers to add in the wow factor, keeping some dishes simple can alleviate the stress of having so many dishes to prepare. That’s where Caprese Salad skewers come in to play!
The ingredient and prep time for this recipe is one of the easiest ones to remember!
Fresh Mozzarella Pearls (or cubed mozzarella)
Small Cherry tomatoes sliced
1 TBSP of Balsamic Vinegar
Assemble toothpicks with one of each of the following in order: mozzarella pearl, fresh basil, small cherry tomato, mozzarella pearl.
Once you have assembled a plate full, use a kitchen brush and lightly coat the skewers with balsamic vinegar. You can also use a small spray bottle to spray across all of the skewers at the same time.
This recipe is so insanely simple and aesthetically pleasing, it’s the perfect addition to your finger foods for parties.
While we’re on the subject of simple and easier finger foods for parties, let’s talk about one of the most raved about finger foods ever – olives! With a recipe so simple, you can have this done right before guests walk into your party. Everyone loves olives, especially when they’re marinated in garlic and tossed with feta cheese. Marinated olives are definitely a must-have at your next party.
If you’re wanting something muffin-style, but still want a little more pizzaz for your guests, spinach puffs are right up your alley. Epicurious combines spinach, onions and feta cheese to make this savory dish absolutely delightful.
Simple Chickpea Hummus
Here is another great recipe from my own personal kitchen. Who needs a store-bought hummus when it’s so easy (and a lot cheaper) to create yourself? All you need is a few ingredients and a food processor. If you’re wanting to minimize the carbs for your finger foods for parties, skip the pita chips and serve the hummus with baby carrots instead.
2 Cans of Chickpeas
1 TBSP of Minced Garlic
1 TBSP of Tahini
1 tsp of Olive Oil
1 tsp of Cumin
1 tsp of Paprika (more for sprinkling)
Drain 2 cans of chickpeas and place in a food processor.
Add all other ingredients and blend on low. Taste test and add in more cumin and paprika until the flavor is correct.
Drain 2 cans of chickpeas and place in a food processor.
Scoop hummus into a bowl and sprinkle paprika on top. Pair with pita chips or vegetables.
**If you want to change the flavor at all in this recipe, try roasting garlic or red peppers to sprinkle on top as well!**
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While we’re on the Mediterranean finger foods for parties, I want to bring this dish to life! Years ago this was introduced to my kitchen and oh my goodness – it is absolutely delish! Think hummus but instead of beans…the main ingredient is eggplant.
1 large eggplant
1 TBSP of minced garlic
2 tsp of Olive Oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Paprika
1 TBSP Pine Nuts
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Slice the eggplant into long slices about one inch wide. Drizzle 1 TBSP of olive oil over eggplant. Place in the oven and cook until the edges start to brown.
Place the eggplant into a food processor and add salt, garlic, olive oil, cumin, and paprika. Blend on low. Taste test until the flavor is correct. The flavor should be sweet and salty, with a little kick.
Meanwhile, place the pine nuts on a baking sheet and roast in the oven until browned. This should take about 5 minutes, do not overcook.
Scoop the baba ganoush into a bowl. Sprinkle pine nuts on top and serve hot or cooled. You can pair this recipe with vegetables, naan bread or pita chips.
If you like the idea of hummus, but don’t absolutely love the full chickpea taste, Love and Lemons brings us a new spin on the class hummus. Chickpeas mixed with butternut squash already has some of us drooling, but when you top it with pomegranates and feta it brings a whole new flavor combination in. This sweet hummus will absolutely have you making this dish time and time again.
When you think of finger food for parties, there is one thing every person searches for immediately. Salsa! Whether you’re hosting a Sunday football party or a clothing swap, having a great salsa can make everyone’s experience a whole lot better.
Why make salsa when you could buy it at the store? Well, this recipe will change your mind on that! Bon Appetit gives us a recipe where we roast the ingredients beforehand – enhancing the flavor of your salsa exponentially.
One cannot simply have salsa without pairing it with guacamole. Ripen those avocados, ladies, because this recipe is going to knock your socks off! I never imagined pumpkin seeds being tossed in my guacamole, but Bon Appetit has changed my mind with one of the best recipes for guacamole I’ve ever had.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
With every party, you have to offer some sort of finger food that is desert related. A go-to chocolate chip cookie is always a favorite. They’re simple, small, and if you make them the way that Bon Appetit suggests, you’re going to be craving them time and time again. The most important thing to remember about chocolate chip cookies is using the right kind of chocolate. Although it may be easier to use the traditional chips, big chunks of chocolate chips make each bite melt perfectly in your mouth.
Although these dishes may sound simple, you will have a blast making and serving them. There you have it ladies, the most delicious finger foods for parties that your friends will be talking about for months to come.
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