Best Appetizer Recipes...Ever

Whether you're hosting cocktail hour, celebrating with friends, or watching the big game, you'll need an appetizer (or two). Make a classic dip, like buffalo chicken or queso, or take it up a notch with a bite-sized brie app or bacon-wrapped dates. Whatever party you're attending, there's an appetizer that's sure to impress.

Staff Picks

14 Air Fryer Appetizers to Make ASAP

Start your next gathering out the right way with our amazing air fryer appetizers.

18 Make-Ahead Easter Appetizers

Keep your holiday meal preparations simple with these crowd-pleasing bites. 

20 Bacon Appetizers for Your Next Party

Fact: Everything's better with bacon—and that includes your next appetizer spread.

30 Vibrant and Easy Spring Appetizers

Once spring rolls around, all we want to do is gather up and make an occasion to eat outside.

40+ Cinco de Mayo Appetizers to Get the Party Started

Get your party started on the right foot with one (or two, or three) of our favorite Cinco de Mayo appetizers.

All-Purpose Entertaining Crackers

Why buy something that you can make easily and more deliciously at home? Make these all-purpose crackers as they are, or top with Asiago cheese, sea salt and black pepper, Italian herbs, or sesame seed oil after rolling the dough and before cutting it into desired shapes. Note that if you choose to make larger, 2" crackers, the yield is around 60 crackers, which serves 30 people.
By Deb Wise

Pigs in an Everything Blanket with Cream Cheese Dip

Rating: 5 stars 1
Two finger food favorites collide as pigs in a blanket get an everything bagel makeover. Rather than the traditional canned biscuit or croissant dough, the "blanket" of this playful appetizer is made with fresh pizza dough that is first boiled, brushed with egg wash, and rolled in an "everything" seasoning blend (poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dried minced onion, dried minced garlic, and coarse salt) before being baked. Using a yeasted dough and this double cooking method is what gives these tailgate-ready bites their bagel personality. Serve them up with a tangy cream cheese dip for a party-perfect snack platter. 
By Darcy Lenz

Loaded Totchos

Rating: 3 stars 1
This sensational spud riff on nachos is an hommage to party food lovers everywhere. Loaded with toppings and drizzled with a hot cheese dip, these totchos are ready to rock and roll right onto your plate.
By Robby Melvin

French Onion Cheese Ball

Rating: 4 stars 1
Rather than serving French Onion soup topped with bread to a crowd, serve a more easily-shared, portable version with all of the same flavor. A  French Onion Cheese Ball with toasted baguette slices makes the perfect game-watching appetizer and it much less likely to spill during the celebration of a big play. 
By Amanda Wiliams

Crab Rangoon Dip

Game day just got a lot tastier with this creamy crab dip.
By Jasmine Smith

Easy Chili-Bean Dip

Get your dip on with this super easy, 7-ingredient Tex-Mex dip. Just combine your ingredients and heat them together on the stove.

Favorite Holiday Appetizers

10 Best Store-Bought Appetizers for Holiday Entertaining in a Pinch
Stock for freezer with these delicious bites for easy, fast, and festive snacking.
45 Easy Christmas Appetizers
We've rounded up everything from festive finger foods to unbeatable dips so you can satisfy—and impress—everyone at your next holiday gathering. 
Everything Cream Cheese Jalapeño Poppers

We all know that the addictiveness of the savory everything spice blend is amplified when paired with smooth cream cheese. Each popper is bursting with flavor and a variety of optional toppings keeps each bite interesting (and makes for a gorgeous platter). It seems you've found your new go-to party appetizer. Make sure that the jalapenos are par-cooked  before adding the cream cheese filling to ensure that the cream cheese doesn't burn.