I have a confession to make: I’m a pretty terrible cook. I’m not great with meat, my vegetables always come out crunchy, and I never know the right way to season anything. But what I do know is this: finger food for parties is the BEST.
I don’t know if it’s because they’re smaller, so you can just pop them into your mouth without having to worry about utensils, or if they’re more fun to eat because they’re bite-sized pieces of delicious goodness, but there are few things more satisfying than chomping down on a tiny piece of crispy potato that’s been sprinkled with salt and baked until it comes out golden brown.
I’ve spent many years perfecting my finger food for parties game—and by “perfecting” I mean eating an inordinate amount of snack foods. (Sorry, Mom!) But all that snacking has taught me a few things about how to make the best finger foods for parties. Here are some tips for making some seriously tasty treats!
Finger Food For Parties
Whoever said it’s improper to eat with your hands never chowed down on juicy Buffalo chicken wings. Sure, we love a filling and satisfying main dish as much as the next person, but these petite hors d’oeuvres are best eaten in one delicious bite. Whether you want to buy some time with your guests while your main meal is still in the oven or it’s game day and you’re letting the snacks steal the show, these foods will have you thinking about throwing out your forks and knives altogether.
From crispy tartines for a formal affair to pretzel bites with creamy beer cheese for a last-minute snack, there’s a dish for every type of gathering. Remember, it’s best to prevent hanger before it begins. So, for the next time you have people over, take your party to the next level with one of these finger food ideas. Careful, they’re so good that you might just fill up on appetizers!
Crispy Mushroom and Muenster Sliders
Does it still count as an appetizer if we eat a full burger size of these veggie sliders?
Chorizo Queso Potato Skins
Fondue + potato skins = a salty and savory hot cheese snack.
Steak Sandwich With Arugula
Keep these sandwiches open-face to turn ’em into handheld bites!
Tomato and Mozzarella Bites
These skewers are basically caprese salads on a stick, so you’re going to want seconds.
Butternut Squash and Feta Tartlets
You can use a mini muffin tin to create the bread shell of these veggie and feta tartlets.
Korean Pineapple Beef Lettuce Wraps
The fresh lettuce cups create a springy contrast to the sweet, caramelized beef.
Leftover zucchini from your homemade zoodles? Use them to make a low cal version of tater tots.
Smoky Maple Turkey Chili
Crispy tortillas give a great crunch to this sweet and smokey turkey chili.
These light and airy cheese cups packed with goodness might be the tastiest way to eat your veggies.
A little bit of cream cheese is all the dressing you need to make these crisp and fresh veggies into a sophisticated finger food.
Bite-Size Party Appetizers
Crispy Fried Calamri
You can’t go wrong with calamari!
Pull Apart Pigs In A Blanket
These pigs are ready to par-tayyyy.
Cauliflower has never been so flavorful.
Spinach Artichoke Zucchini Bites
Caution! They’re addictive.
Loaded Cheese Ball Bites
Our favorite word to hear in front of cheese is “loaded.”
Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts
These are absolutely irresistible
Pigs In A Blanket
Is it even a party without these?! NOPE.
SO much deliciousness all in one bite!
Air-Fryer Mozzarella Sticks
When *aren’t* mozz sticks THE move??
Shrimp Tostada Bites
Summer appetizer game strong