Appetizers are always the best party foods as they aren’t that filling and you don’t have to coordinate a giant sit down meal. They also lend themselves to people stopping by and leaving at different times. Finger foods always make good choices as people can usually stand or walk around when eating. Besides you can have a continual variety of finger foods for a party to serve throughout. I always start with some basic chips and dip set out for the first guests to arrive. Then I move on to cold appetizers followed by hot ones once more people show up. You don’t want to serve hot appetizers too soon because they will get cold quickly if not many people are there to eat them.
We often have date nights once a week and create elaborate appetizer platters to go with Rick Steves Monday Night Travel. However, here I focused on easy things for entertaining that don’t require too much time or effort. I have also included some sponsored links for festive serving ware.
Finger Foods: Caprese
- Mozzarella cheese cut into thick 1”x2” slices
- Cherry, grape, or roma tomatoes
- Fresh basil leaves
- Balsamic vinaigrette
- Place cheese slices on a serving platter.
- Then wash basil leaves, dry and top each cheese slice with a piece of basil.
- Also wash and dry tomatoes. If you are using grape or cherry tomatoes, then cut them in half. If you are using roma tomatoes, then slice them crosswise into thin slices.
- Place both halves of tomatoes on top of basil, skin side up, or place one slice of roma tomato on basil.
- Drizzle with Balsamic vinaigrette. Serve.
Tip: Fresh home grown basil and tomatoes really add flavor to this simple appetizer.
Party Finger Foods: Buffalo Chicken Dip
- 2 cans chicken
- 1/4-1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup either Frank’s Hot Sauce or Frank’s Wings Sauce
- tortilla chips or crackers
Mix ingredients together breaking up chicken. For more of a spread you can add a bit of cream cheese. Also, you can add additional mayo or sour cream for smoother consistency. We made this during the holidays last winter so we bought these festive red and green chips.
- 1 box of Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets
- 10 oz. fresh spinach (use less if using frozen)
- 1/2 cup feta cheese
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- Cook onions in a tablespoon of butter or oil until they are clear. Then add spinach and cook until wilted adding a few tablespoons of water if necessary.
- After that, let cool for a few minutes and mix with the feta cheese.
- Once mixed, spread to within 3/4 inch of the edge of the puff pastry sheet. Then roll up into a log.
- After that cut 1/4 inch slices and place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake following package directions.
Nachos: Messy Finger Foods for a Party
- jalepeno seeded and chopped
- shredded pepper jack cheese
- 8 oz. pulled pork
- 8 oz black beans rinsed and drained
- tortilla chips
- fresh salsa of choice
- Tostitos Nacho Cheese sauce
Layer chips, cheese, beans, pork, and jalepenos on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Then bake at 400F in the oven between 5-10 minutes depending on if you just want the cheese melted or if you want the chips browned. When ready transfer to a platter with a bowl of salsa and bowl of cheese sauce. We used cauliflower chips for a healthier version. We also made a tasty watermelon, mango, tomato salsa from ingredients we already had in our refrigerator. If you want, you can heat the cheese sauce prior to serving.
BBQ Chicken Salad on Whole Grain Crackers
These simple finger foods for a party can be made with things you most likely have on hand already. We used leftover BBQ chicken thighs, and cut up the meat, but canned chicken works just as well.
- 10 oz. cut up BBQ chicken or 1 12.5 oz. can of chicken, drained
- 1/4-1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp. of your favorite BBQ sauce
- whole grain crackers such as Triscuits
- 2 chopped green onions
Make sure chicken in finely chopped. Then mix in mayonnaise and BBQ sauce, adjusting amounts to taste. When ready to serve, spread on crackers and garnish with chopped onion. The chicken salad can be refrigerated until ready to use.
The Original Finger Foods for a Party: Deviled Eggs
I almost never have any leftovers when I make these finger foods for a party. I have been to many gatherings where the hosts make fancy deviled eggs with pickles, olives, etc. However, I find simpler is better when it comes to these appetizers. I also usually hard boil an extra egg or two in case I break one too badly.
- 7 hard boiled eggs, peeled
- 1/4-1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp. yellow mustard
With a sharp knife, slice eggs in half lengthwise. Then scoop out the yolk carefully with a small spoon and place in a bowl. Place the whites on a plate and set aside. After that mash egg yolks with a fork while mixing in mustard and as much mayonnaise as needed to get the consistency you like. When you are ready to serve, spoon yolk mixture evenly into space in egg white. Sprinkle with paprika.
I usually make this ahead of time an store the mixture in the refrigerator until ready to use. The whites can easily be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated as well. Then fill the eggs when ready to serve. If you fill them and then refrigerate, plastic wrap tends to stick to the filling. However, I have included some sponsored links below for deviled egg trays, one of which has its own lid.
Tuna Bites: Simple Finger Foods for a Party
Again, this is another simple finger food for a party. It also makes a great appetizer for unexpected guests since these are ingredients you are likely to already have.
- 2 cans solid white albacore tuna drained
- 1/4-1/2 cup mayonnaise, depends whether you like it dry or more creamy
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- pickles, green onions, or olives to garnish
- whole grain crackers
Begin by breaking up the tuna with a fork, and add enough mayo to get the consistency you like. Add in the onion powder. Then spread on crackers. Top with either slices of dill pickle, green olive slices, or chopped green onion. Or get creative and make up your own garnishes.
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