Hearty Appetizers will fill your next party table with easy appetizers with simple ingredients! There are 24 recipes to choose from to curate a menu that everyone loves!
Hearty appetizers are great to use for a party idea when you want to feed your friends and family the main course without having a sit-down dinner.
These easy party appetizers are great for a new year party, the return of football, or hosting a cocktail party with a lot of food!
First, as you are searching for easy appetizer recipes I’ll share my favorite ones I’ve made here on Sweetpea.
Shrimp Cocktail – poached shrimp create the perfect appetizer when paired with a shrimp cocktail dipping sauce! It’s got fresh lemon juice, horseradish, chili sauce, and Worcestershire sauce.
Maui Onion Dip – caramelizing onions make this dip extraordinarily easy! Mixing into sour cream for an incredible dip served with fresh vegetables or ruffly potato chips.
If you’re hosting a super bowl party or a cocktail party with heavy hors d’oeuvres, and you want a little bit of everything on your menu, choose 2-3 options per category.
So, choose 3 hearty dinner appetizers from the classic list or hot appetizer list. Then choose 2-3 cold options. You can always serve a fresh fruit tray with cheese bites and dip so you have plenty of options for your guests!
Now, let’s chat about all the hearty appetizers you can make!
Classic Finger Foods Recipes:
Pigs in a Blanket – Take these easy golden pigs in a blanket up a notch with the best garlicky seasoning on top, just add dip!
Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers have a rich cream cheese filling and a crispy breadcrumb topping! They’re ready in just 12 minutes in the air fryer and make the ultimate game-day snack or party appetizer! Jalapeño Popper recipes are always a winner for a classic appetizer!
Sausage Balls are savory, cheesy, and dippable, perfect as an appetizer or as part of a game-day spread! Make them with store-bought or homemade Bisquick mix.
This creamy cheese Instant Pot Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip is an easy, minimal prep, crowd-pleasing savory dip. Just the thing to serve with chips, veggie sticks, and bread during game day, potluck, dinner parties, and more.
Crispy potato skins are a great appetizer recipe! Loading the potatoes with cheddar cheese, bacon, sour cream, and green onions. This is a great appetizer for your next party, happy hour, or game day gathering.
Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp is mouthwatering restaurant-style coconut shrimp made quick and easy for a delicious entrée or appetizer. This healthy gluten-free shrimp recipe does not require deep frying but it still has that crispy, flavorful crunch you expect!
This Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe is everyone’s favorite game day or party appetizer! Juicy chicken, creamy ranch dressing, cream cheese, hot sauce, and loads of cheese, make this an easy and delicious dip! Baking until golden and bubbly to serve at your next party! Such a classic cheese dip!
Hot Hearty Appetizers
You might need a chafing dish set to host your party. I love these aluminum foil ones!
Baked Fiesta Dip recipe features layers of refried beans, tomatoes, sour cream, and cheddar baked together for flavorful, cheesy tastiness. Topped with olives and scallions for a festive look, this is a perfect hearty appetizer for your next party — make that, your next fiesta! This cheesy dip pairs well with tortilla chips!
Pimento Cheese Crab Dip – Beloved southern staple, pimento cheese meets Maryland-style crab dip in this hot and cheesy appetizer! Slather this irresistible dip on crackers, pretzels, or warm toasted baguette. Cheddar cheese and crab create the perfect combination of two iconic recipes!
Pepperoni Pizza Dip – the easy, CHEESY appetizer dip that’s guaranting a hit on any occasion, especially game days. Your family and friends will love this pepperoni-packed pizza dip, and you’ll love how simple it is to make. Serve it with crusty bread, and it will quickly become one of your favorite things!
Goat Cheese Croquettes – These crispy goat cheese croquettes are an appetizer that everyone will love! Creamy goat cheese mixed with thyme, breaded with Panko, and fried until crispy and golden. Then drizzled with honey, and sprinkled with finely chopped walnuts and almonds.
Best Crispy Air Fryer Buffalo Wings – These are hands down the best crispy air fryer Buffalo wings! Same authentic flavor without the oil and deep-frying.
Bacon-Wrapped Smokies – Wrap little smokies in bacon and toss into the air fryer with a tangy sauce. Crispy on the outside, even kids love these.
This Cream Cheese Sausage Dip – an easy appetizer made with 8 ingredients, in one skillet in 20 minutes. Serve it with chips, crackers, or veggies.
Garlic Zucchini Fries – Golden, crunchy, garlic Parmesan zucchini fries are crispy on the outside and perfect for dipping. Try them with ranch, blue cheese or marinara sauce! parmesan cheese and olive oil coat each zucchini slice to create a healthy appetizer everyone will love!
This cold serving tray is so great when you have appetizers you need to chill for hours!
Shrimp Deviled Eggs are a decadent but easy twist on a classic. Using mayo, mustard, Old Bay seasoning, and shrimp, transform hard-boiled eggs into a finger food perfect for brunch, Easter or Mother’s Day.
7 Layer Dip is an easy appetizer that features layers of simple Tex-Mex ingredients that are inexpensive & filling. It’s quick to make, feeds a crowd, and is always the first thing to disappear at get-togethers.
Hearty BLT dip is uses bacon, lettuce, and tomato to create a super creamy dip that’s ready in 30 minutes!
Pineapple Cheese Ball – This pineapple cheeseball recipe is an old family favorite that everyone LOVES. It’s the perfect appetizer for a family gathering, holiday get-together, football parties … any time you have people over! It’s the PERFECT party pleaser! You’ll never buy a cheeseball again after making this simple recipe.
Antipasto Skewers – These Antipasto Skewers are the easiest appetizer ever! Thread meat, cheese, tomatoes, and a few delicious extras onto a wooden skewer for simple but impressive party food. Packing full of Italian flavors, and an incredible mixture of textures, these are perfect for putting together at the last minute.
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