This collection of easy appetizer recipes will help to make that daunting decision of what to serve as an appetizer for guests, so much more straightforward.

So, if Christmas, Thanksgiving or the holiday party is at your house, use these tips to create visually appealing, well-rounded complimentary appetizers that everyone will rave about!

Most of these recipes can be made ahead and plated right before guests arrive!

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Easy Appetizer Basics

Simple and quick appetizers are the best for when guests arrive unannounced or with little notice.

Whatever the choice, finger foods like appetizers are always a welcome addition before the main meal or for a party.

Table of Contents
  1. Easy Appetizer Basics
  2. Vegetable Appetizers
  3. Hand-Held Appetizers
  4. Dips and Spreads
  5. Easy Ham and Cheese Biscuits Recipe

Vegetable Appetizers

Vegetarian and low-carb lovers will appreciate these tasty appetizers!

marinated mushrooms in a white bowl with onion and parsley
Marinated Mushrooms
Marinated mushrooms make a delicious and easy appetizer or side!
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plated Oven Baked Zucchini Parmesan
Oven Baked Parmesan Zucchini
Baked parmesan zucchini is a delish side dish or appetizer made with simple and easy-to-find ingredients.
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roasted asparagus lined up on parchment paper
Oven Roasted Asparagus
Oven Roasted Asparagus, made from fresh asparagus, olive oil, garlic, and parmesan, is a simple and easy vegetable side dish.
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Cold Veggie Pizza slice on a plate with pizza in the back
Cold Veggie Pizza
Make this crescent roll veggie pizza for a quick and easy snack, appetizer or light lunch.
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bacon wrapped brussels sprouts in a tray
Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts
Brussel sprouts wrapped in bacon will make a delicious addition to an appetizer platter or meal time!
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Cajun Fries with ketchup
Cajun Fries
Make these Cajun seasoned frozen fries in the air fryer for a quick snack, side dish or appetizer.
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Hand-Held Appetizers

Whip up these easy but heartier appetizers for when the gang’s over for the big game or it’s family game night and it’s easier to trade dinner for apps!

Buffalo chicken sliders on a plate garnish with green onion
Buffalo Chicken Sliders
Buffalo Chicken Sliders made with rotisserie chicken, provolone cheese and buffalo sauce, are perfect for hosting an event, or to entertain a larger crowd.
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pizza roll up sliced on a plate
Easy Pizza Roll Ups
These easy pizza roll ups have all the delicious pizza flavors rolled up in a crispy flaky crust.
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plated Fish Stick Tacos
Fish Stick Tacos
Make these fish tacos with cooked from frozen fish sticks and creamy coleslaw for the best lunch, dinner or appetizer.
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Air Fryer Frozen Mozzarella Sticks on a plate
Air Fryer Frozen Mozzarella Sticks
Air Fryer Frozen Mozzarella Sticks are a crisp, cheesy snack perfect any time of day. No need to defrost, just air fry from frozen, and let the dipping begin!
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Air fryer chicken wings on a plate
Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings
Air frying frozen chicken wings to crispy and juicy perfection is so easy to do!
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Dips and Spreads

Offer hot and cold dips surrounded by a variety of small plates and bowls filled with crackers, tortilla chips, pretzel rods, chunks of bread, and of course, tons of raw veggies for guests to pick and choose from like celery, carrots, cucumbers, daikon radish slices, and cherry tomatoes.

Easy veggie dip in a white bowl with veggies on the side
Dill Veggie Dip
This Dill Dip is the perfect partner for veggies, cracker or even breadsticks. Try as a spread on your next sandwich or burger and enjoy all year round!
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Grilled corn guacamole in a white bowl with lime wedges
Grilled Corn Guacamole
This grilled corn recipe takes guacamole to the next level!
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easy salsa served in a white bowl
Homemade Salsa Recipe
This is the best salsa recipe! Made with fresh ingredients, it's super easy to prepare and ready in just 5 minutes.
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bowl of Onion Dip Recipe with a chip dipped in
Onion Dip
It only takes 3 ingredients to make this super easy onion dip, and it's delicious as a sauce or a spread too!
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cooked Easy Beef Queso Dip in the pan with chips
Easy Beef Queso Dip
Make this super cheesy and easy beef queso dip recipe in just minutes!
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Easy Ham and Cheese Biscuits

These ham and cheese biscuits make a tasty hand held appetizer sure to keep guests happy and reaching for seconds.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Author Holly


  • ½ pound sliced deli ham
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 2 tubes refrigerator biscuits such as Grands


  • Flatten each biscuit until it's slightly larger than the bottom of a coffee mug. Do this with fingers or use an actual straight-sided coffee mug to roll them out.
  • Place approximately 1 tablespoon of shredded cheese in the middle of the dough circle.
  • Top the cheese with about 1 tablespoon of ham, or approximately one slice folded up.
  • Carefully bring up the sides of the dough around the filling and pinch them together to create a ball, enclosing the filling inside.
  • Place the ball, seam side down, on a greased foil-lined baking sheet. Repeat with rest of biscuits and filling, place the balls together on the baking sheet with sides touching slightly.
  • Sprinkle lightly with cheese.
  • Bake at 350˚F for about 10-15 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown. Do not over bake.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 287mg | Potassium: 58mg | Vitamin A: 95IU | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine American

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  1. It took about 20 minutes to get them cooked all the way, but are really good!!!