25 Finger Food Recipes for Mess-Free Gatherings
Regardless of whether you want to throw a shindig with fancy holiday hors d'oeuvres or just serve some casual bite-sized munchies, finger foods are definitely where it's at. Who doesn't love the opportunity to sample lots of different tasty little nibbles? Plus, opting for finger foods rather than a sit-down dinner will make your life a whole lot easier (quicker setup, cleanup, and no utensils needed). At your next gathering, wow your guests with any of these 25 mess-free appetizers.
Puff Pastry Pizza Twists: Puff pastry is twisted with mozzarella, oregano, and pizza sauce for a classy riff on pizza. (via Tara's Multicultural Table)
Asian Meatballs: Savory meatballs made from shiitake, sweet potato, and beef will be a hit at parties. Serve them in lettuce wraps, on slider buns, or skewered on toothpicks with sauce for dipping. (via Nom Nom Paleo)
Asparagus Puff Pastry Cigars: It's always a good idea to have some delectable vegetarian options for your guests. Puff pastry "cigars" made from asparagus and cheese are just as crave-worthy as anything with meat, and they're fun to prep too. (via Trial and Eater)
Avocado Bruschetta With Balsamic Reduction: Avocado toast married bruschetta, and the union is dee-licious. Just look at that crusty bread and those colorful tomatoes cozying up to creamy avocado chunks. (via Damn Delicious)
Bacon-Wrapped Figs With Blue Cheese and Bourbon Caramel: Sweet, salty, gooey, crispy bacon-wrapped figs hit every taste bud imaginable. (via Host the Toast)
Caramelized Onion, Spinach, and Cheddar Pastries: No parties on the horizon? Buttery pastry encasing a savory mélange of cheddar, spinach, and caramelized onion is reason enough to invite people over. (via Half Baked Harvest)
Crab Hush Puppies: Cornmeal adds crunch to the exterior of these crab hush puppies. Each one is filled with luscious lump crab meat, just begging to be dunked in remoulade and washed down with an icy-cold beer. (via Spicy Southern Kitchen)
Homemade Pretzel Bites: Served with a robust mustard or indulgent cheese sauce, pretzels are one snack kids and adults both drool over. (via I Heart Naptime)
French Dip Sliders: These indulgent sliders with seasoned buns covered in sesame seeds and a little au jus have "crowd-pleaser" written all over them. (via Chelsea's Messy Apron)
Honey Thyme Sweet Cherry Grilled Brie: All it takes is just one smear of this grilled brie to fall in love with the cherry, fig, and thyme combo. (via Half Baked Harvest)
Jalapeño Popper Fried Wontons: For fancier occasions, turn your favorite spicy-cheesy appetizer into something more elegant thanks to wonton wrappers. (via The Little Kitchen)
Japanese Beef Tataki Rolls: Lightly seared beef is wrapped around fresh, crunchy veggies in this low-carb appetizer that's totally satisfying. (via Sprinkles and Sprouts)
Mini Grilled Cheese Appetizers: These cuties are not the same sandwiches you had for lunch in grade school. They still have that same buttery taste and incredible cheese pull, but the arugula, sun-dried tomatoes, and mushrooms make them all grown-up. (via The Girl on Bloor)
Paneer Finger Fry Recipe: Mozzarella sticks? Not at *your* party. Opt for crispy paneer fingers instead for a welcome change. (via Awesome Cuisine)
Miniature Cheeseburgers: If you're okay with a couple of hamburglars roaming your apartment, make these irresistible sliders. The cheese is mandatory, and if we were you, we'd add a little slice of bacon too. (via Pizzazzerie)
Thai Shrimp Salad Spoons: Vibrant Thai shrimp salad served in individual spoons counts as finger food, right? (via Sprinkles and Sprouts)
Potato Pave With Bacon and Parmesan: Crispy on the outside, creamy within, potato pave with bacon and Parmesan will make your party the most elegant event of the season. (via Tara's Multicultural Table)
Roast Beef Tortilla Roll-Ups: As the name implies, tortillas rolled with a filling of roast beef, cheese, and horseradish cream are an easy starter that can even be assembled ahead. (via Food Lovin' Family)
Smoked Salmon Bites: Any time there's a smoked salmon appetizer, it mysteriously disappears… into our bellies. (via Recipe Tin Eats)
Tempura Green Beans: Serve veggies fried to a crisp with garlic mayo on the side, and everyone will be excited. (via Leite's Culinaria)
Vegetable Potstickers: If you ever have a slow weekend without much on your agenda, hunker down and make a big batch of veggie potstickers. You can freeze them, and then whenever you have a party, all you have to do is fry, steam, or boil them up before serving. (via Damn Delicious)
Keto Shrimp Cocktail With Three Sauces: Shrimp cocktail is one of the easiest appetizers around, and people go totally wild for it. Serve it up with three keto sauces, and your guests will think they've died and gone to heaven. (via I Breathe I'm Hungry)
Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Wings: Just *try* not to down an entire tray of these charred, spicy, tender, and lightly sweet cauliflower wings in one sitting. (via Foodal)
BBQ Chicken Taquitos: Involve your kids in the meal prep for this one — they're going to love rolling the rotisserie-stuffed flour tortillas. There's no need to check the floor; the missing ones didn't roll off the table. (via Spicy Southern Kitchen)
Southwest Baked Eggrolls: Deep-frying ingredients before a party can get a little messy. If you want to do something less complicated, try these baked Southwestern-style egg rolls stuffed with taco filling and cheese. (via The Rustic Foodie)
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Additional reporting by Justina Huddleston
Yasmein James is a food writer living in New Jersey, but her heart’s on the other end of The Lincoln Tunnel. When she isn’t writing, you can find her eating her way to the most authentic ethnic restaurants in her travels. And writing all about it on her lifestyle blog, She’s Facing Freedom.