Making appetizers for a crowd does not have to be difficult. There are so many easy party recipes you can put together with little effort.
Whether you're looking for easy cold appetizers or fancier hot appetizers for your swanky soirée, you'll find lots of amazing, easy party recipes ideas here. Also check out this list of Italian appetizer recipes and this list of delicious homemade cream cheese dip recipes for more ideas.
Preparing a bunch of easy appetizers for a crowd is a great way to serve food at a party without having to worry about place settings and all that comes hosting a sit-down meal.
I always have a large tray of charcuterie board as well as a vegetable and dip platter. People can start munching on those the minute they arrive.
The more substantial appetizers can come out in waves, and you'll always have those guests who insist on bringing something. Let them!
Serve these popular appetizers on pretty platters along with cocktails, mocktails, or wine. Choose from these easy holiday cocktails or these martini cocktails. This skinny Vodka Margarita recipe and this French Martini are a couple of my favorites!
And if you're a fan of cream cheese (so many good ideas!) you have to try a few from this list of easy cream cheese appetizers.
Feeding a large crowd will be a piece of cake! And speaking of cake, be sure to have something sweet at the end of the evening. Check out these Italian dessert recipes for ideas.
Authentic Maryland Crab Dip Recipe
Oven Baked French Dip Sliders
Festive Sweet Potato Bites
Simple Charcuterie Board with Easy Directions!
Delicious Hot Shrimp Dip
Best Bruschetta Recipe
Delicious white bean dip recipe makes the perfect appetizer!
Stuffed Mushrooms with Cream Cheese
Cream Cheese and Pepper Jelly Appetizer
Easy Baba Ghanoush Recipe
Delicious Tomato Tarts!
Red Pepper Dip ~ Muhammara
Bruschetta with Fresh Mozzarella
Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Dipping Sauce
Mini Sausage Calzones
Easy, Elegant Italian Meatball Bread Braid
Roasted Pepper Cheese Bites
Fig and Blue Cheese Bites
Amazing Roast Beef and Garlic Toast Points Appetizer!
Pear, Fig & Cheese Tart
Delicious Bacon Straws Appetizer
Margarita Style Pork Spare Ribs
Homemade Cranberry Salsa
Vegan Hummus Recipe
Authentic Mexican Salsa Recipe with Fresh Tomatoes
Seven Layer Dip Cups
Baked Jalapeno Poppers
Dynamite Shrimp Tempura (w/ Sriracha Aioli)
Christmas Cheese Ball Recipe
Hot Onion Spinach Dip
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Nanchos Recipe - Indian Inspired Nachos For Your Next Party
French Dip Sliders
Easy BLT Dip
Brie and Potato Tarts
If your party is schedule around dinner time and you are only serving appetizers, you should plan on 6-8 servings per person.
You can make all these ahead of time. If the dish needs to be warm, just pop it in the oven for 15 minutes (longer if it's cold) before serving. If the dish is served on bread, crackers, or lettuce, wait until you're ready to serve to put the appetizers together. If taking to a gathering, store the cracker or bread in a separate container so nothing gets soggy.
In my opinion, the best appetizers for a crowd would be a charcuterie tray with a lot of different meats, cheeses, spreads, and a big basket of sliced toasted bread. This will be the star of any gathering. Add a few of the above recipes and you'll be set.
As I said, serving appetizers for a crowd doesn't have to be difficult. I hope you have some new favorites from this list of appetizers for a crowd. Let me know which one is your favorite!
Enjoy your gathering and remember the rules of a great party; always have food, and drink responsibly.
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This post first appeared on Food, Fun & Faraway Places on December 29, 2015.