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Party Appetizer Recipes

Updated on December 22, 2014
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Appetizer Tips

So you've decided to have an appetizer party. It can be either stressful or fun depending on how you prepare. To help you with all of the little bumbs that come with entertaining I have complied a list of tips that have helped me. Hope they are helpful for you.

  • Make sure you have some help, you cannot do it all alone. Well, maybe you can, but you won't enjoy it.
  • When the appetizers are the main even,t it is safe to estimate that most guests will eat 6 to 7 appetizers per hour. Some will eat more, some will eat less.
  • If you are including sweet appetizers on the menu, you will find that people at a party that is only serving appetizers will eat approximately 3 to 5 per hour.
  • As far as beverages, if the beverage (punch, soda, juice) is non-alcholic each person generally will drink about 1 per hour.
  • For coffee or hot tea you guest will usually drink 1 to 2 cups, unless you have a die-hard coffee drinker in your group.
  • Make sure you offer a variety of beverages. Set up a beverage table in an area separated from the appetizer tables.
  • Offer cold appetizers as well as hot.
  • Make sure you have included appetizers for the dieter and the vegetarian.
  • Prepare as much as possible before your guest's arrive, you will then be able to enjoy their company.
  • Make sure you offer a variety, at least 7 to 8 different appetizers.
  • Prepare dips and marinades one to two days ahead of time.
  • Preslice and chop your ingredients and store in plastic bags. This way, the day of your party, all you have to do is combined and cook or serve.
  • Decorate and set out all of the non-perishable items the day before.
  • Make sure there is enough room for an easy traffic flow. Move or remove any excess unneeded furniture.
  • Try to place appetizers in 2 to 3 different locations, it helps control the flow of traffic and you will not have the traffic jam at the main table.
  • Consider labeling your appetizers with a place card. It is sometimes hard to tell what an appetizer is and people typically don't like to ask.
  • Place the utensils, plates, napkins, etc on a table near the door they use to come into the room.
  • Make sure you arrange a few groupings of two to three chairs. Some of your guests may not be able to stand long, and some may just like to sit.
  • Serve your appetizers in interesting containers such as hollowed out green and red pepper, pineapple, watermelon, bread, or pumpkin.
  • Garnish you trays and line your bowls with kale, cabbage leaves, lettuce leaves, olives, and parsley.
  • Serve cold foods such as fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, shrimp, and cubed cheese in a ring of ice.
  • Keep fresh trays made up in the kitchen so you can quickly replace empty trays.
  • Provide a convenient place for your guest to throw away used napkins, toothpick and other items.
  • Circulate, chat and enjoy.

Fresh vegetables and dip are a wonderful, easy item to add to your appetizer table.
Fresh vegetables and dip are a wonderful, easy item to add to your appetizer table. | Source
Cheesy stuffing balls
Cheesy stuffing balls | Source

Cheesy Stuffing Balls


5 eggs

1 cup shredded four cheese blend

1/2 cup cottage cheese

1/2 cup onion, chopped

1 tsp basil

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp sage

1/2 tsp garlic powder

2 cups herb flavored stuffing mix

1 cup chopped nuts

8 oz can garlic, basil and onion tomato sauce

1 cup water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Blend eggs, cottage cheese, shredded cheese, onion, basil, salt, sage and garlic powder together; fold in stuffing mix and nuts.

Mix well.

Shape into 24 balls.

Arrange on an ungreased 13" x 9" baking pan and set aside.

Whisk tomato sauce and water together and pour over stuffing balls. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Zucchini Squares
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Zucchini Squares


3 cups zucchini, peeled and grated

1 cup biscuit baking mix

1/2 cup onion, chopped

1/2 tsp seasoned salt

1/8 tsp red pepper

2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 tsp oregano

1/4 tsp thyme

1/2 cup oil

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

3 eggs, beaten

3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all ingredients and mix well.

Spread in greased 13" x 9" baking dish and sprinkle with 3 tbsp Parmesan cheese.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Coo and cut into squares to serve. 

Makes 36.

Pepperoni Pizza Squares
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Pepperoni Pizza Squares


1 can refrigerated pizza crust

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

4 plum tomaotoes, thinly sliced

2/3 cups mayonnaise

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 tsp dried basil

1 clove garlic, finely minced

several thin slices pepperoni, chopped


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Unroll pizza crust and press into a small cooie sheet.

Sprinkle with 1 cup shredded mozzorella cheese

Arrange tomato slices over cheese.

Combine remaining mozarella cheese, mayonnaise, grated Parmesan cheese and basil and mix well.

Spread cheese mixture over tomato slices.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Cut into 16 rectangle shaped pieces.


Greek Dip
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Greek Dip


1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened

1 (8 oz) pkg feta cheese, crumbled

2 tbsp plain yogurt

1 tbsp chopped fresh mint leaves

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tomato, seeded and diced

1 small cucumber, diced

1 onion, chopped

1 small can black olives, chopped


Combine cream cheese, feta cheese, yogurt, mint leaves and garlic in a medium bowl.

Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until well blended.

Spread cheese mixture into a 9" piepan.

Cover and chill for 2 hours.

Top with tomato, cucumber, onion, and black olives just before serving.

Serve with crackers or pita bread wedges.

Corn Dip
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Corn Dip


2 pkgs cream cheese (8 oz), softened

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp ground cumin

1 tbsp seasoned salt

1 tsp red pepper

1 tsp black pepper

1 can whole kernel corn (8 oz), drained

1 cup walnuts, chopped

1 can chopped green chiles (4 1/2 oz), undrained

3 green onions, chopped


With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese at medium speed until smooth.

Gradually add lemon juice, beating well.

Add cumin, seasoned salt, red pepper, and black pepper, beating well.

Stir in corn, walnuts, green chiles and onions.

Cover and chill at least 1 hour.

Serve with tortilla chips or large corn chips.

Potato Skins
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Potato Skins


6 medium baking potatoes, bakes

3 tbsp oil

1 tbep grated Parmesan cheese

1 tysp seasoned salt

1/8 tsp blacked pepper

8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

2 cups shredded Mexican four cheese blend


1/2 cup sour cream

4 green, onions, sliced


Preheat oven to 475 degrees.

Cut potatoes in half lenghtwise, scoop out the pulp leaving a 1/4" shell.  Set pulp aside to be used at a later date.

Place shell on greased cookie sheet.

Combine oil, Parmesan cheese, seasoned salt, and pepper and brush on potato peels, front and back.

Bake for 8 minutes, turn over, bake for 8 minutes more.

Turn potato side up and sprinkle cheese and bacon evenly across potato skins.

Bake for 2 minutes unitl cheese is melted.

Set a bowl of sour cream and sliced green onion on the side for those who like to add it to the potato skins.


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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      gammie, you're quite welcome. I hope they do help.

    • gammie profile image


      7 years ago

      I am going to be a hostess to a party and your hub will be a big help to me. Thank you for sharing!

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Peggy, I hope ;you try the recipe. It is as good as it sounds.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Caterers probably know all of these rules of thumb. Thanks for the information and also your good sounding recipes. That greek dip sounds delicious! Have to bookmark this hub for future reference.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Sally, I would rather have too much that not enough. I know what you mean, I'm guilty of doing the same thing. Thanks one of the reasons I looked up to see if I could find out if there was a general rule of thumb as to how much a person would normally eat.

    • Sally's Trove profile image


      7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Thanks for the good info on how much a guest will eat and drink. I tend to cook much more than I need, and I need to quit that!

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      You're quite welcom Specialk. I hope you try them, I think you will like them.

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      Karen Metz 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Great recipes!!! Thanks!

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      cameciob, thanks for yur comment. I learned some of the tips ;the hard way. Good luck with your future appetizer parties.

    • cameciob profile image


      7 years ago

      Hi KoffeeKlatch, your article is a good lesson on partying with appetizers. I Would like to try the Zucchini squares. I'll bookmark your hub for futur references.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Sue, Thanks for looking at my recipes. I am sure you will like the ones you decide to try.

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      7 years ago

      Some recipes I have made before, I will be sure to try the others as well. They all look awesome and I am always happy to fine new recipes. Thank You, Sue

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      gsharadasheker, thanks. I hope you enjoy trying them.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks, Rhonda. I hope you never find one that doesn't agree with you. Let me know if you do. I have tried all of the recipes before they appear on hubpages.

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      7 years ago from Zaheerabad

      Yummyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy ! and so tasty.

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      Rhonda Musch 

      7 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      Hi you have become my favorite for recipes. Yummy all of your stuff is great. Tried most of your dishes, so far thumbs up. Great article.

      Sweet wishes Rhonda


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