40 Appetizers for a Crowd That Are Easy and Unexpected
Whether you’re hosting an all-out dinner party or just gathering friends for cocktails, you’re going to need something to nosh on—preferably with your fingers. But beyond the usual crudités and dip (yawn), what’s a hostess to serve? Easy: any one of these 40 appetizers for a crowd, all of which are easy to make and even easier to eat.
30. Baked Mac-and-Cheese Bites
Some appetizers just make sense. Serve them hot or at room temperature—either way, they’ll be gone by the end of the night.
31. Crispy Baked Cauliflower ‘Wings’
We love a sneaky vegetable snack, especially when it’s doused in hot sauce and paired with a dipping sauce. (We’re partial to ranch.)
32. Sweet Potato Crostini
Swap the usual toasted bread for thinly sliced roasted sweet potatoes, then go wild with the toppings. Might we suggest smoked salmon and cream cheese?
33. Bacon, Fig and Ricotta Tartines
They’re irresistibly sweet and salty, not to mention a breeze to whip up. (We suggest making extra.)
34. Crudités with Romesco Sauce
This platter is so pretty, we might have a crush on it. Our advice? If you use store-bought roasted peppers for the sauce, you’ll cut the assembly time down to almost nothing.
35. Vegan Arancini
The only thing tastier than cheesy, creamy risotto is cheesy, creamy risotto that’s been fried into these rice balls. Even the non-vegans in the roomwill devour them.
36. Italian Deli Pinwheel Sandwiches
Pick and choose your favorite Italian cold cuts—we like prosciutto and Genoa salami, but the choice is yours. Whatever you do, don’t forget the pepperoncini.
37. Chicken Parmesan Bites
They’re fancy, homemade chicken nuggets. Need we say more?
38. Maple-Candied Bacon
Bacon as an appetizer? Yes—especially when it’s this sticky, salty-sweet candied version. You’re going to want extra napkins.
39. Mini Skillet Pizzas with Mushrooms and Roasted Tomatoes
Two things everyone loves: pizza and mini food. Voilà, the most fool-proof appetizer ever. Use store-bough pizza dough and your guests will be none the wiser.
40. Serena Wolf’s Boss Bean Dip
You’re 20 minutes and two steps from chip-dip heaven.