No forks or spoons required for these easy-to-pick-up party foods.
Mini Peppermint and Chocolate Chip CheesecakesInstead of making one big cheesecake for a dessert buffet, make individual cheesecakes in mini-muffin pans. Serving them in their paper liners make them even easier to pick up and eat.
Goat Cheese Poppers with HoneyIn addition to being a delicious appetizer, Goat Cheese Poppers with Honey are great as croutons on salads or as "meat" balls for vegetarian pasta dishes
Cheese DreamsThese little gems will be the first appetizer to disappear. Make them the day before and refrigerate, or freeze up to 3 weeks. If frozen, pop in the oven straight from the freezer; increase the bake time by 10 minutes.
Creamed Spinach Phyllo CupsTurn a beloved side dish into a cute and savory appetizer. Frozen phyllo shells speed prep time, as does bagged baby spinach (rather than frozen). Toasting the phyllo cups keeps them crisp longer after being filled.
Skewered Persimmon and Herb BitesThe combination of persimmons with Southeast Asian herbs and dunk sauce comes as a surprise in these quick appetizers, and it's totally addictive.
Stuffed CeleryFor an easy side dish, serve guests Stuffed Celery. This stuffing is also great as a dip.
Mini QuichesFive ingredients and 5 minutes of baking gets you these mini quiches, tasty pastry cups filled with egg and cheese and topped with bacon.
Caramelized Onion-Apple BitesThese savory hors d'oeuvres can be assembled in advance—ideal for relaxed entertaining.
Egg and Anchovy CrostiniEnjoy eggs with soft yolk, nestled into lemon-scented toasts and topped with marinated white anchovies for a fresh, clean appetizer.
Pepper Jelly-Goat Cheese CakesThese delightful goat cheese cakes topped with pepper jelly are a great make ahead appetizer and are served chilled so no warming is necessary.
Mushroom and Goat Cheese CupsThe filling can be made and refrigerated up to a day in advance, then brought to room temperature before filling the cups. Phyllo shells come conveniently prebaked, so they're ready to fill once thawed.
Sweet and Spicy Nut MixThis sweet and spicy mix is a must for holiday entertaining. Make a batch at the beginning of month and serve all season long.
Pimiento Cheese SquaresThe South’s classic spread made into savory bites of Pimiento Cheese Squares makes the perfect appetizer for parties— a taste of home the crowd will love.
Smoked Trout, Arugula, and Granny Smith StacksCrisp apples make a delicious and nutritious base this quick and easy appetizer.
Herbed Onion Parmesan ToastsAn all-Chardonnay blanc de blancs has an herbal quality that loves the green onions and dill in this appetizer, a brioche layer that echoes the toast itself, and a bright acidity that cuts through the rich mayo and cheese.
Melted Manchego Tortas with Romesco and ChorizoSpanish flatbreads, or tortas, are a tapas staple and ready in just 25 minutes.
Chicken Sausage Puffs with Creamy Mustard Dipping SauceShortcut items, such as fully cooked chicken sausage and coarse-grained mustard make these Chicken Sausage Puffs an easy go-to recipe around the holidays.
Mini Corn Cakes with Smoked Salmon and Dill Crème FraîcheMake these in the morning, and top with salmon and crème fraîche just before your guests arrive. Tight on time? Use store-bought blini instead.
Cumin-Roasted CashewsThis simple appetizer of Cumin-Roasted Cashews is full of flavor and will subdue an appetite until the feast is complete.
Brie with Jeweled Fruit CompoteThis lovely appetizer is about as quick and easy as it gets--as tasty, too. You don't even need to let the cheese come to room temperature first; the warm fruit that goes on top will soften it up.
Peach-and-Blue Cheese BitesCut refrigerated pie crust dough into rounds and bake in mini-muffin cups for these bite-size tartlet shells. The 3-ingredient filling is simply cheese, fruit spread, and almonds, or you can use a number of other flavor combinations.
Pecan-Raisin Mini-TartsPecan pie is always a welcome treat during the holidays but is sometimes a bit messy to serve. With these little pecan tarts, there's no need for a fork since you can simply pick one up and pop it in your mouth. The raisins in the filling add a bit of extra sweetness.
Seared Beef Tenderloin Mini Sandwiches with Mustard-Horseradish SauceMini open-faced sandwiches are ideal for a light supper or appetizer buffet and a great way to stretch the number of servings you get from a pricey cut of meat.
Modern Cheese BallsEliminate the need for cute party spreaders or knives when you offer bite-size cheese balls that guests can either pick up with their fingers or with wooden picks.
Brownie Bourbon BallsA packaged brownie mix is the shortcut ingredient in this fudgy favorite. You might need to make an extra batch as your guests will have a hard time stopping with one.
Classic Shrimp Cocktail with Red and Green SaucesThe tails of fresh shrimp beckon you to pick them up with your fingers and dip them into a savory sauce. If you need a few shortcuts, buy steamed shrimp at the seafood counter and use bottled green salsa and horseradish sauce instead of making your own.
Savory Parmesan BitesStart with refrigerated crescent roll dough to make these cheesy little roll-ups. You can freeze the unbaked roll-ups for up to one month, and then bake just before serving.
Endive Stuffed with Goat Cheese and WalnutsEndive leaves make a perfect container for the crumbled cheese, orange sections, and walnuts in this appetizer that's basically a hand-held salad.
Goat Cheese Tarts with Lemon-Fig CompoteMini phyllo shells are definitely a "go-to ingredient" when you need to serve a sweet treat that doesn't require a fork or spoon.
Onion Frittata BitesInstead of cooking a frittata in a skillet, bake the egg mixture in a baking dish and then cut into rectangular pieces. You can serve them either warm or at room temperature.
Barbecue Pizza BitesPizza wedges are perfect when you need a hearty party appetizer. Because of the sturdy Boboli crusts and a small amount of sauce, you can hold these pizzas bites in one hand and not make a mess.
Panko-crusted Crab Cake Bites with Roasted Pepper-Chive AioliThe panko crumbs make these bite-sized crab cakes crispy and easy to pick up. In fact, they might be way too easy to pick up and pop in your mouth. If you're expecting a crowd, you'd better make extras because these will be gone fast.
Ham-and-Cheese SkewersThese 4-ingredient appetizer skewers are the perfect pick-up party food and an elegant addition to an appetizer menu.
Pigskins in a BlanketOffer a slightly more sophisticated version of pigs-in-a-blanket for your next football party. You only need 3 ingredients: chicken sausage, frozen puff pastry, and whole-grain mustard.
Yummy Sausage CupsThese phyllo cups filled with maple-flavored sausage, cheese, and sour cream are perfect for a brunch buffet or a holiday open house. Easy to grab and go, these little cups are sure to be a hit.
Greek Olive CupsFill mini phyllo cups with a mixture of olives, pecans, pine nuts, and cheese for a savory holiday appetizer offering. These cups can be made ahead and frozen, so they’re ideal for holiday entertaining.
Double Peanut Butter Candy Bites With GranolaMake a little magic with peanut butter cookie dough, mini peanut butter cup candies, and granola. When you offer these 3-ingredient sweet treats at your next dessert party they’re sure to disappear quickly.
Tomato-Feta BitesStart with frozen puff pastry to make these 6-ingredient Mediterranean-style appetizers featuring the savory goodness of tomatoes, kalamata olives, and feta cheese.
Crunchy Pecan Pie BitesCram all the amazing flavor of pecan pie into these bite-sized treats that are perfect for parties and gift-giving alike.
Sausage BallsThis 3-ingredient recipe is the perfect finger food for Christmas morning when children are too excited to sit down for breakfast, but it’s also a great choice for breakfast and brunch any time of the year.
Bourbon BallsThese bourbon-flavored cookies offer up a powerful punch while packaged in a small bite. These sweet, no-bake treats are a favored gift and a perfect nibble for parties.
Goat Cheese-and-Olive Mini TartsUse frozen mini phyllo pastry shells, goat cheese and storebought olive tapenade to make these quick and easy 5-ingredient appetizers.
Mini Bacon QuichesThese mini crustless quiches are filled with potato, bacon, Parmesan cheese and sour cream and baked in mini muffin pans. You can serve them either warm or at room temperature.
Mini Sausage TartsYou’ll only need 5 ingredients to make these tasty little sausage tarts for your next holiday party. The recipe makes 5 dozen, so it’s a perfect recipe to make if you’re having a crowd.
Chocolate BruschettaTurn your bruschetta into a sweet treat for a change. Salt enhances the chocolate flavor. For best results, use good-quality chocolate and coarse sea salt.