Appetizers

34 Easy Finger Food Recipes for Parties

Tingle your taste buds with these party food recipes

Claire Onidi By
Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated September 23, 2022

Looking for some fresh finger food recipes to spice up your party table? Whether it’s some classic stuffed peppers or crispy breadsticks that are ideal for small hands, I’ve got you covered.

It’s time to ditch the boring salads and up your game for every dietary need. Gorge on a feast for your senses with everything from gluten-free pizza rolls to Chinese roast chicken buns.
Easy Finger Food Recipes for Parties

I’ve got 34 simple recipes for appetizers to tingle your taste buds. And your guests will love them too!

01. Pan con Tomate (Spanish Tomato Toast)

The vibrant pop of red from sweet tomatoes on crunchy toasted bread will draw your guests to this dish like bees to honey.

The combination of sweet garlic, smooth olive oil, and tangy tomatoes make Pan con Tomate the ultimate finger food.

And best of all? With only five ingredients, you can whip this up in no time at all.

02. Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Sriracha Dipping Sauce

Imagine biting into the crispy, caramelized baked outer skin and revealing the smooth, creamy inside of sweet potato fries. Add a pop of heat from the spicy sriracha dip and you’ve got yourself a winning combo.

And seeing as sweet potatoes are fat-free and contain plenty of vitamin A, you can keep coming back for more without an ounce of guilt.

Fancy some extra crunch? Pop these in the air fryer for added crispiness.

03. French Onion Dip

Forget buying store-bought French Onion Dip when you can whip up your own version that oozes rich flavors. The caramelized onions infuse an unforgettable mixture of sweet and savory into a soft, creamy base.

And if you know party day is chock-a-block busy, why not make this the day before? Not only does it save time, but it tastes even more delicious the day after.

04. Homemade Potato Chips

There’s nothing more irresistible than a bowl of potato chips, and I love the added crunch of homemade ones.

Just make sure you opt for a firm russet potato and plunge your slices into a bowl of ice water to soak the starch away. It’s my top tip for achieving the perfect crunch with each bite.

05. Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Tangy buffalo sauce made with creamy blue cheese gives an interesting twist to these meatballs. Less-messy than buffalo wings, but still just as delicious.

Make sure you save some of the sauce to drizzle over the dish when you serve for an extra boost of flavor. Enjoy with an ice-cold beer for the perfect party vibes.

06. Tomato and Mozzarella Bites

Spruce up your salad and save it from wilting in a bowl with these fresh bites. I love the modern twist on the classic tomato mozzarella salad.

The mini kebab feel makes for the perfect party food while adding vibrant colors to the table.

Keep things simple and buy bocconcini – it’s just mozzarella that’s already pre-rolled into small balls.

07. Brie-Stuffed Pretzel Bites

Get them while they’re hot! Because these pretzel bites filled with creamy melty cheese won’t stick around for long.

It’s simple to make your own glaze to give that gorgeous golden brown topping. And don’t scrimp on the salt – you need it to cut through the rich cheese filling of these brie bites.

08. Greek Veggie Tartlets Phyllo Pastry

Finger food recipes don’t get much better than this tangy salad encased in layers of crisp, golden phyllo pastry.

With fresh veggies, crumbly feta, and a moreish Greek vinaigrette, it’s like biting into a little slice of sunshine.

Save time and use pre-made phyllo tart shells. You can make the salad mixture in advance, provided you don’t eat it all before!

09. Aloo Chaat

One bite of these spice-infused lemon potatoes will transport your mind to sunny shores. These popular Indian festival snacks make the perfect party food for any celebration.

A good quality potato rich in flavor provides the perfect base for this dish. And keep an eye out for chaat masala. It’s a ready-made spice mix that will save you from buying loads of jars of spices when you only need a dash of each.

10. Dynamite Lumpia

These chilli-based Filipino spring rolls aren’t for the faint-hearted! Each bite of fresh chili and ground pork stuffing encased in ultra-thin pastry builds into a taste explosion.

Pre-cooking the meat mixture means you can make these ahead of time and fry just before serving as a tongue-tingling appetizer. Make sure you’ve got plenty of drinks around to combat the kick of heat!

11. Burger Bites

These cute little burger bites are a fun addition to any party. Served on a cocktail skewer, you don’t need to worry about soggy bread rolls.

Why not try Bison to pack a punch of flavor with each bite? Just keep an eye on them during cooking, as it’s easy for the meat to dry out when the burger patties are bite-sized.

12. Mini Sandwiches

Need to whip up some finger food fast? No problem. Mini sandwiches are super quick and a real crowd-pleaser for every event.

Ham and cheese is one of my all-time favorite flavor combos, but you can use whatever fillings you want.

Crustless bread gives a neater finish, so why not buy it without crusts to save even more time?

13. Spinach Artichoke Wonton Cups

This chic and simple finger food recipe looks amazing but is so easy to make.

Flaky wonton wrappers encase a delicious filling of artichoke hearts and spinach in a melt-in-the-mouth creamy sauce.

Make sure you pop the wonton wrappers in the oven for a few minutes first to achieve crispy golden pastry.

14. Mexican Pinwheels

The six layers of filling make these pinwheels look amazing, and taste even better. You can use vegan cheese spread or regular cream cheese, whichever you prefer.

Rich avocado mixes with the tang of tomato and onion to deliver some serious savory goodness whenever you want a Mexican hit.

I often make these the day before and pop them in an airtight container in the fridge until I’m ready to serve.

15. Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs

Hosting a summer soiree? Put these to the top of your recipes list!

The sweetness of the Hawaiian BBQ sauce combines with the sharp pineapple and moist chicken for a real taste sensation.

It’s best to use canned pineapple for this recipe as fresh pineapple juice can make your chicken mushy.

16. Bacon Jalapeno Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a party finger food classic, and this flavor pairing adds a whole new level of deliciousness.

Adding a pinch of mustard, brown sugar, and rice vinegar to the bacon and jalapeno mix cuts through the creamy yolk. Serve chilled with a dusting of smoked paprika.

My top tip? Ziploc bags are easy to convert into a piping bag for a neat finish.

17. Mini Cheese Balls Bites

I love the fun pretzel handle on these cheese bites and how easy they are to grab and go.

They’re perfect to nibble at any party on their own or with a cracker for the holiday season.

And why not mix up the coating? You can roll them in nuts, breadcrumbs, or even crushed cornflakes for a different take on a classic cheese snack.

18. Gluten Free Pizza Rolls

Perfect for parties or an after-school snack to suit every dietary requirement, these pizza rolls are so simple to make.

The “miracle” pizza dough only needs a few ingredients and you can whip up a batch in minutes.

I love a classic mozzarella and marinara sauce filling, but you can go dairy-free or add your favorite fillings for a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

19. Hiyayakko (Chilled Tofu)

Pop a piece of this silky tofu appetizer in your mouth and be transported to the cherry blossom-lined streets of Japan.

While I’m using ingredients like onion, shiso leaves, and corn, you can get creative with this versatile dish.

Try to find silken tofu rather than the regular type for a dream-like texture, and serve with chopsticks for an authentic feel.

20. Goat Cheese Mousse and Smoked Salmon Canapés

These small bites look restaurant quality and your guests won’t be able to stop eating them!
A curl of fresh salmon sits atop a creamy goat cheese mousse with a crisp rye cracker as the base.

And the thing I love about this easy finger food recipe? You can prep everything beforehand then pop the pieces together a few minutes before you serve.

21. Peruvian Ceviche

A quick and easy-peasy marinade is the trick for the perfect piece of fish in this Peruvian appetizer.

With lashings of lime juice, fresh coriander, and a smattering of chili, your taste buds are in for a treat. Pair with your favorite fish for a delicious dish.

Make sure you’ve got a sharp knife to hand for cutting the delicate fish.

22. Mini Vietnamese Crepes

Crepes are a no-brainer finger food, whether you want sweet or savory.

The fresh prawns and pickled carrot in this easy appetizer recipe transport you to the shores of Vietnam in a single bite.

Best served warm with a sweet chili dipping sauce and a wedge of lime to squeeze over the top.

23. Cheese Sticks

Spring rolls meet oozy melted cheese for the perfect appetizer for any party(or BBQ or gathering).

Simply wrap your choice of cheese, like goat cheese, cheddar, or cream cheese in a spring roll wrapping. Make sure you tuck the corners in to prevent leakage.

Use a deep fryer for the best golden results, or bake in the oven to cut back on the calories.

24. Cheese Fatayer

These boat-shaped cheese pies stem from Arabic-speaking countries and perk up any appetizer platter. With crisp golden pastry surrounding bubbling cheese, they’re a real indulgence.

I’d recommend using a salty cheese, like feta, if you can’t find akkawi or kashkaval for the traditional recipe.

Serve warm and watch these boats sail away with your party guests.

25. Asparagus Puff Pastry Cigars

Hosting friends for the big game? These vegetarian cigars filled with asparagus and cream cheese will dazzle your guests.

But they don’t need any fancy prep, especially if you use frozen puff pastry. Simply make them earlier in the day and pop them in the oven before the crowds arrive.

As far as finger food recipes go, this is a great one to stash away for when you want to impress.

26. Carrot and Halloumi Fritters

These moreish fritters with a fragrant coriander dip are one of my favorite finger foods. With a crunchy exterior and oh-so-tender interior, this recipe is a sure hit for any event.

Creamy halloumi, sweet carrots, and a dash of red pepper flakes combine together for optimal flavor. Dunk into the dip for a real taste explosion.

This recipe makes enough for twelve, so double up on ingredients if you want to make a big batch.

27. Mini Guacamole Boat

Football season is snack season in my eyes, and this is one of my favorite finger food ideas to quench that appetizer need.

Avocado mixed with cherry tomatoes, onion, and fresh lime makes a mouth-watering mix. Top with fresh herbs to taste.

The trick for chunky guacamole is to pick a firm avocado, not one that’s too ripe.

28. Gochujan Lettuce Wraps

Make the most of irresistible Korean Gochujan, a spicy chili paste, by whizzing it into a tangy sauce. Mix it with veggies and beef or chicken for meat-eaters, and tofu for plant-based finger food.

I love using this recipe to use up leftovers in my fridge. So long as you’ve got the crunch from fresh lettuce, you can’t go wrong.

29. Semolina Vegetable Bites

The aroma of this appetizer is enough to get my tummy rumbling! What more can you ask for than a delectable mix of fresh veggies, cheese, and a hint of spicy chili all wrapped up in a crisp crumb.

To take this recipe to another level, use some crusty white bread to make the breadcrumbs and serve with fine lemon zest.

30. Chinese Roast Chicken Buns

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get this recipe!

These lighter than air bao buns with Chinese chicken and a spicy hoisin sauce are a guaranteed hit at any cocktail party.

If you’ve got time, I seriously recommend the extra step of making the tea brine and then drying the chicken for an authentic Asian experience.

31. Mixed Vegetable Pakora

You can serve these bite-sized beauties as either easy finger food or a side dish. So ditch the store-bought pakoras and whip up a batch.

The blend of spices infuses with the veggies to sizzle your senses. And you can use whatever is left in your fridge for this versatile dish.

They’re best served fresh out the fryer with a dollop of mango chutney.

32. Shrimp Toast

Shrimp toast is one of the most underrated finger food ideas, so let’s change that!

With a flavorsome mix of fresh prawns, sesame seeds, fish sauce, and spices spread on toast, this is one of the most addictive finger food ideas. And it’s so simple to make!

Serve it fresh and warm, piling the little squares high for a display that looks as good as it tastes.

33. Cream Cheese Dip

What’s a party without a cracking dip? And I don’t mean a store-bought one. Not when this cream cheese dip is bursting with tantalizing tastes.

The secret is to be generous with your herbs, including fresh dill and parsley.

Serve with pita chips or graham crackers and some sun-dried tomatoes and fresh veggie sticks. It’s a healthier spin on party food without losing out on any of the flavor.

34. Detroit-style pizza

Is there anything better than chewy dough, a fresh sauce made with Roma tomatoes, and drippings of cheese? What a mind-blowing mix!

And what better way to serve it than with a deep pan pizza, oozing with toppings in every bite.

It’s best to prep this early in the morning or the day before to get the best results from your dough.

34 Easy Finger Food Recipes for Parties

Directions


  1. Choose which finger foods you want to make

  2. Get creative in the kitchen while making some tasty dishes

  3. Share the love and feast with friends!

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