Have you ever been to a party and got stuck with a large, messy appetizer?
You know the ones: You’re trying to finish a sentence but can’t quite stuff all the food in your mouth, there are globs of food dripping on the floor and your favorite sweater, and you have to rush to the bathroom in the middle of a conversation to make sure there’s no giant smear of food stuck to your face!
These and many other reasons are why one-bite appetizers are the answer for any party.
They put party guests and hosts at ease. Guests can pop food in their mouths and still converse, and hosts won’t have to clean up messy drippings off the floor. It’s a party win-win situation!
If you’re playing host this time around, I want to share some of my favorite one-bite appetizer recipes with you. Trust me, your guests will devour these tasty bites, so make sure you save a few for yourself!
You’ll love our other easy appetizer recipes, including 9 appetizers you can make in your slow cooker, these tasty blue cheese, bacon & buffalo chicken poppers, and 12 irresistible bacon-wrapped appetizers!
1. Stuffed Peppadew Peppers
Preparing for a party shouldn’t make headaches happen. But so often, we find ourselves pulling out the stops, putting recipes on the menu that take hours (or days!) to make.
Forget all that! With this easy idea, all you have to do is hit the olive bar at the grocery store, grab some pretty peppadew peppers, and stuff them with a chive-kissed cream cheese. Making gorgeous gourmet apps has never been so easy!
Yield: About 12 bites
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes
• 12 peppadew or sweet peppers
• 2/3 cup whipped cream cheese or goat cheese, softened
• 2 Tablespoons honey
• 2 Tablespoons chives or green onions, finely diced
• Pinch salt and pepper
• Optional: 2 Tablespoons bacon bits
1. Rinse peppers under water. Gently dry with a clean paper towel and place on serving platter.
2. In a mixing bowl, stir together cream cheese, honey, chives, salt, pepper, and bacon bits if you’re including them. Place mixture into a plastic bag, snip a small portion from the corner of the bag, and pipe mixture into peppers.
3. Serve and enjoy a quick bite before your guests arrive!
Rev your taste buds and pull out the party platter! This one-bite watermelon appetizer is so simple — and so scrumptious! Fresh, sweet watermelon, salty queso fresco, spicy jalapeño, and a honey-lime drizzle make this one easy one-bite appetizer you’ll crave.
3. Buffalo Chicken Cheese Balls
Skip the messy buffalo wings and make these handy buffalo chicken cheese balls instead. You’ll get classic buffalo wing taste without sticky, dripping fingers.
4. Jalapeño Bites
Jalapeño bites are tasty, convenient little bites that are baked in the oven to crispy perfection. Gooey cream cheese offsets the heat from the jalapeño, so you won’t be able to stop at just one!
5. Twice-Baked Broccoli Cheese Potato Bites
Source: Betty Crocker
These twice-baked broccoli and cheese potato bites are incredibly tasty and satisfying. Each of these little bites is stuffed with a delicious combo of broccoli, cheese, tomatoes, and potatoes.
6. Easy Asian Meatballs
Source: Gimme Some Oven
These easy, quick meatballs are bursting with yummy Asian flavors. Party guests will love these saucy little meatballs!
7. Brie Puff Pastry
Source: Well Plated
Make the classic brie puff pastry and cracker appetizer into a convenient, portable nibble. This cranberry baked brie puff pastry recipe has done just that. No need to stand around the cracker table with this travel-easy appetizer!
8. Brussels Sprout & Prosciutto Bites
Even the Brussels sprout-averse will find themselves scarfing down every last one of these delicious bites. Salty prosciutto pairs perfectly with roasted Brussels sprouts for this amazing appetizer.
9. Crab & Bacon-Stuffed Mushrooms
Source: Life Tastes Like Food
It’s hard to resist these crab- and bacon-stuffed mushrooms. These filling one-bite appetizers have a taste everyone will love.
10. Crock Pot Spicy BBQ Kielbasa
Source: Tammilee Tips
This Crock Pot spicy barbecue kielbasa recipe only takes minutes to make and feeds a crowd. Spear with toothpicks and watch them disappear!