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Appetizers and Party Food Recipes

This collection of personal and family recipes for appetizers, hors d'oeuvres, dips, spreads and other party foods includes many of my favorites. Every now and then, I plan a dinner using a variety of finger foods in place of a regular meal because I like them so much. Placing the recipes in categories on this page for ease of browsing was a challenge, mainly because some can be used interchangeably. For example, all of the hors d'oeuvres are wonderful on a party buffet, but some can also be used as a first course appetizer. Additionally, some of the appetizers can be served as main dishes, as indicated on the individual recipes. I hope you find what you are looking for....and enjoy!


Appetizers and First Courses

Hors d'oeuvres

Spreads and Toppings

Toasts and Chips
(for spreads, dips or munching)

Shared Appetizers and Party Foods from Contributors

Baked Oysters Recipe Photo
Baked Oysters with
Breadcrumbs and Garlic

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Appetizers and First Courses

Mixed Antipasti Salad

Spinach Salad with Bacon, Mushrooms and Blue Cheese Dressing

Baby Spinach Salad with Oranges and Honey-Mustard Vinaigrette

Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Orange Vinaigrette

Asparagus and Pineapple Salad

Stuffed Mushrooms with Parmesan Breadcrumbs

Baked Mushrooms with Goat Cheese Stuffing

Pork Pot Stickers
Quiche Lorraine (French Cheese and Bacon Tart)

French Onion Soup

Purée of Asparagus Soup

Winter Squash Cream Soup

Creamy Mushroom Soup

Soup with Greens and Pasta


Baked Oysters with Breadcrumbs and Garlic

Oysters with Apple Cider Vinegar

Sautéed Sea Scallops
Baked Sea Scallops with Herbed Breadcrumbs

Pan-Seared Sea Scallops on Baby Lettuce Greens with Tarragon Vinaigrette

Broiled Shrimp with Garlic Butter

Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce

Crab Cakes with Optional Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Steamed Clams with Browned Butter

Mussels Marinara

Creamy Seafood Chowder

Hors d'oeuvres

Anchovy Puffs

Crab Puffs

Sausage and Cheese Puffs

Mini Cheddar and Bacon Quiches

Cocktail Sausage Wraps

Fruit-Glazed Cocktail Sausages

Assorted Cheese and Crackers
Mushroom and Goat Cheese Tarts in Mini Phyllo Cups

Baked Mushrooms with Crab Stuffing

Baked Mini Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

Roasted Shrimp with Lemon and Parsley

Deli Meat Roll-Ups with Cream Cheese and Horseradish Filling
Parmesan-Rosemary Cheese Twists

Cheddar Cheese-Pecan Wafers

Deviled Eggs with Pimentos and Parsley

Deviled Eggs with Olives

Candied Pecans

Southern Boiled Peanuts

Spreads and Toppings

(Toppings listed that were originally used in pizza recipes can be made as is and then cut into finger-size pizza bites. If preferred, they can be placed on bruschetta instead of pizza crust and broiled just until the cheese melts. Alternately, they can be placed in a serving bowl at room temperature with the toast served on the side so each guest can top their own. Some of the other spreads are equally good in Party or Tea Sandwiches, as indicated in the recipes.)
Caponata (Italian Eggplant Dip or Spread)

Roasted Peppers with Bruschetta

Cheese Pizza with Grilled Vegetables

Spinach, Mushroom and Cheese Pizza

Caramelized Onion and Sun-Dried Tomato Pizza
Marinated Roasted Red Peppers

Homemade Cheese Ball

Chicken Liver Spread

Chicken Salad Spread

Cream Cheese and Olive Spread

Corned Beef Spread
Tuna Spread

Cucumber and Shrimp Spread

Ham Salad Spread

Egg Salad Spread

Cheddar Cheese-Olive Spread

Pimento Cheese Spread


Cucumber-Garlic Yogurt Dip (Greek Tzatziki)

Sour Cream Vegetable Dip with Dijon, Capers and Chives

Tangy Yogurt Dip

Spinach-Yogurt Dip

Red Pepper and Onion Sour Cream Sauce with Lemon and Dill
Toasted Onion Dip

Light and Creamy Horseradish Dip

Roasted Red Pepper Dip with Capers and Dill

Creamy Blue Cheese Dip

Seasoned Sour Cream Dip

Guacamole (Avocado Dip)

Homemade Tomato Salsa
Black Bean and Corn Salad or Salsa

Mexican-Style Cheese Dip

Hot Crab Dip or Spread

Mom's Crab Dip

Jalapeno Cheese Dip

Hot Artichoke Dip

Soy-Ginger Dipping Sauce

Toasts and Chips

Toasted Pita Triangles

Toasted Garlic Pita Bread

Crostini and Bruschetta (Italian Toasts)
Homemade Baked Potato Chips

Homemade Tortilla Chips

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Shared Appetizer and Party Food Recipes

Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce

Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce Photo

Mushroom and Goat Cheese Tarts in Mini Phyllo Cups

Mushroom and Goat Cheese Tarts Photo

Black Bean and Corn Salad or Salsa

Black Bean and Corn Salsa Photo