Out of fresh ideas for your next hot party? Do you want to excite your guests’ taste buds with scrumptious appetizers before they devour the main course? If yes, then bless the Internet because you’ve come to the right place.
The truth is that no matter how out-of-this-world your party theme or decoration is, if your food isn’t good, then all the guests will only talk about how they should have gone to Taco Bell instead of your party. Don’t worry; we’ve got just the right recipes for you. With these irresistible appetizer ideas, the food will be the most memorable thing about your get-together!
Fresh Fruit Charcuterie Board
There’s no need to make cheese or protein the star of your appetizer show. Go with a colorful fruit charcuterie board instead!
- Thinly sliced navel oranges
- Fresh blackberries
- Fresh blueberries
- Halved strawberries
- Medium mango (halved and scored)
- Dried figs
- Seedless grapes
- Thinly sliced kiwifruit
- Dried banana chips
- Sliced seedless watermelon
- ½ cup honey
- Brie and mascarpone cheese
This recipe is pretty straightforward. Take a large cutting board or a beautiful platter and arrange all your sliced and diced fruits. Place the cheese and almonds in small bowls to complement the rest of the elements and present with a small jar of honey.
Delicious Air Fryer Brats
If you’re looking for a delicious appetizer for your party, you can consider this recipe for bratwurst in air fryer. All you need are some juicy brats and an air fryer, and voila!
- Some olive oil
- Uncooked bratwurst
Preheat your air fryer and set the thermostat to 350 degrees. You can also let your air fryer run for a good five minutes if it doesn’t have the preheat option. Now spray the air fryer basket with oil because if you don’t, the brats will stick to the bottom, and they won’t end up with that outer crispy skin. Now, put the unwrapped brats in the air fryer and ensure they aren’t stacked over one another.
Let the brats cook for about 13-15 minutes and flip them halfway through the cooking time. When they’re done, remove them from the fryer and present them with sautéed peppers and onions. You can also serve them with pickles, mustard, or even potato salad.
Crispy Quinoa Arancini
Nothing can go wrong with a staple Sicilian appetizer that’s both delicious and healthy. Instead of using rice, this recipe incorporates quinoa for more crunch and less carbs.
To make this mouthwatering appetizer, you’ll need:
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- One tablespoon olive oil
- Nine ounces of ready-to-serve quinoa
- ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- Six cubes of mozzarella cheese cut with approximately ¾ inch thickness
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- One cup of seasoned breadcrumbs
- Two large eggs
- Two tablespoons minced and dried basil
Add one egg, parmesan cheese, seasonings, bread crumbs, oil, and basil to the prepared quinoa. Stir the mixture and divide it into six portions. Now take a cheese cube, wrap it with the quinoa mixture, and shape it into a ball. Repeat the process with the remaining portion and dip the quinoa balls one by one in a bowl of beaten egg.
After coating the balls with egg, roll them in bread crumbs. You can either deep fry them or bake them for 15-20 minutes in the oven at 425 degrees until they turn golden brown. Serve them with pasta sauce or your favorite dipping.
Juicy Lemon Pepper Wings
Chicken wings are a staple appetizer, but to make them stand out at your next party, you need to add a bit of a zesty twist that’s both sweet and savory.
- Chicken wings
- Olive oil
- Lemon pepper
- Baking powder
- Hot sauce
Start this finger-licking recipe by spraying a baking rack with olive oil. Next, pat the chicken wings dry and place them on the rack. Now coat the wings with baking powder, lemon zest, and lemon pepper, and let them sit for at least 30 minutes. After that, pop the wings in the oven and cook for 45 minutes at 450 degrees.
While your chicken cooks, start working on the hot honey sauce by melting butter in a saucepan and adding honey and hot sauce. Cook the sauce over medium-low heat for five minutes and add freshly squeezed lemon juice and black pepper as a final touch. Finally, mix the wings and sauce in a large bowl and ensure they are coated well. Serve this tangy dish with your favorite mustard dip or sides.
Baked Jalapeno Poppers
To add a little spiciness to your party’s appetizer platter, you must try these baked jalapeno popper pinwheels. They offer a burst of flavor and are the perfect bite-sized treat.
- Finely chopped jalapenos
- Cumin powder
- Chili powder
- Shredded cheese
- Cream cheese
- Chopped bacon
Start by chopping the bacon into small pieces (preferably ¼-inch slices) and cook them over medium heat until they become crispy brown. Remove the fat by draining the bacon on paper towels and put aside. After that, start dicing jalapenos into small cubes after removing the membrane and the seeds. Now take a bowl and add cream cheese, cumin, and chili powder. Take a tortilla and spread the cream cheese mixture nicely and sprinkle shredded cheese, bacon, and jalapenos over it.
Before you roll up the tortillas, preheat the oven to 400 degrees and prepare a baking sheet. Now place the tightly rolled tortillas seam down on the paper and brush them with a mixture of oil, chili powder, and cumin. Bake the rolls for about 15 minutes or until the cheese melts. Pull them out, cut them into slices, and garnish with cilantro.
People are always going to judge you by the food you present to them. So, as a cardinal culinary rule, your appetizer should be so good that by the time your guests move on to the main course, they’re already blown away. Luckily, any one of the above delicious recipes can do the trick for you! Try them today to wow your guests and make your party extremely memorable.
I’m Eshé the lady behind the blog. That’s me cooking on the set of The Hairy Bikers. I LOVE food and I don’t mean I really like it. I mean my whole world revolves around it.