My Best Party Appetizer Recipes

Elegant and delicious Swedish Cocktail Meatballs is the ultimate holiday appetizer! ~

Every party needs a great appetizer ~ so here are my favorite recipes for feeding crowds, impressing guests, and leaving you with enough time and energy to be a scintillating host!

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Baked Feta Cheese with Olives & Lemon ~

A perennial favorite on the blog, this delicious appetizer requirers minimal effort and always impresses. The flavors are rich and intense, and it goes great with a freshly sliced baguette. Assemble the whole thing the day before and bake off just before guests arrive.

overhead shot of baked feta cheese with olives, lemon, and rosemary

Easy, Low Sugar Wine Jelly ~

Turn a bottle of wine into an amazing sweet and savory appetizer with this easy wine jelly recipe. Just add some store-bought crackers and goat cheese or brie and you’re good to go, the jelly will steal the show. If you aren’t into the alcohol, try my new Mulled Cranberry Jelly, it’s equally amazing, without the booze.

Crackers with wine jelly

7 Layer Smoked Salmon Dip ~

This appetizer is totally decadent and the flavors are out of this world! I love it served with thin rye crisps and crunchy endive leaves, but it would go equally well with crackers or sliced bread. I make it the day before.

smoked salmon dip topped with chives

Savory Herbed Shortbread ~

These crispy, crumbly little herb shortbread crackers are really fun to make, and look super pretty and impressive. They’re rich enough that you don’t even need to serve cheese with them, just provide a nice wine.

Savory herb shortbread crackers on a cooling rack

Jewel Box Labneh Balls ~

Labneh (a creamy, strained yogurt cheese) is really easy to make at home, and is the perfect vehicle for all sorts of flavors. Roll them in herbs, spices, nuts, whatever you like, and let guests choose their favorites to spread onto fresh bread or crackers. These mini cheese balls are super festive.

Jewel Box labneh Balls in a silver bowl with spreading knife

Rosemary and Olive No Knead Focaccia ~

I love making focaccia, and this recipe only requires one rise so it doesn’t take all day. Thinly sliced lemons are an unexpected and flavorful topping that go brilliantly with briney olives and fragrant rosemary. This bread really needs no accompaniment, but would be amazing as part of a grazing table or cheese board.

rosemary olive and lemon no knead focaccia bread on a baking sheet

Swedish Cocktail Meatballs ~

There are few things more delicious than a Swedish meatball, and they make a great hearty appetizer when made cocktail-meatball-style. Serve them on their own, or with a delicious lingonberry or cranberry sauce.

Make Swedish Meatballs in a large pot and set out with toothpicks so everyone can help themselves ~ this is one popular holiday appetizer! ~

The Ultimate Cheese Board ~

Of course I had to an include a great cheese board here ~ it’s probably the epitome of a great party appetizer for me! They’ve got looks, endless variety, and are so much fun to put together. I always include one of my homemade jams or jellies (on the board below is my Rosé Wine Hot Pepper Jelly.) 

Cheeseboard with fruit and nuts.

Smokey Spinach Artichoke Dip ~

Spinach artichoke dip is such a comforting and cozy dish. It’s a great way to start off any evening and nobody EVER complains!

Skillet of smoked spinach artichoke dip.

Fried Olives ~

These fried olives are one of my favorite things I’ve made here on the blog, hands down. They’re downright irresistible, and so easy to make. These warm juicy olives are always a great conversation starter.

Fried Olives appetizer

Homemade Boursin Cheese ~

If you love the flavor of Boursin cheese, you’ve got to try making your own! It’s a cinch,  saves a lot of money, and is soooo delicious. Best of all, you’re in charge, so you can customize it however you want. Make it extra garlicky, extra herby, whatever you want! 

This Homemade Boursin Cheese Recipe is easy, and spot-on delicious --- make some today and save bigtime! |

Wild Mushroom and Hazelnut Baked Brie ~

A decadent baked brie is always going to be on my list of favorite appetizers. Again, it falls in the category of very little effort for a big payoff. Who wouldn’t love a dish of hot, melty cheese covered in buttery, sauteed mushrooms and nutty hazelnuts?

wild mushroom and hazelnut baked brie

Rainbow Crudites with Fire Feta ~

I love anything “rainbow, ” so I had to include by vibrant and healthy rainbow crudités. It’s perfectly festive for any occasion, and the delicious spicy feta dip will have even your vegetable-averse guests going in for another bite.

Rainbow Crudité with Fire Feta Dip

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    December 22, 2019 at 9:09 am

    I love your recipes. I go back time and again to your feta with lemons and olives. So easy, delicious and always a favorite of guests. I also love your boursin and your supranational cheese plates. Your website is my go to for menu planning.

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      December 22, 2019 at 10:11 am

      Love to hear that Linda, thanks so much 🙂

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