There are a lot of moving factors involved in making any kind of celebration happen. When you consider the fact that you have to make sure that your visitors’ drinks are never empty, replenish the party dips, interact with the audience, and create the ideal music, you will find that you have very little time to breathe! And that doesn’t even take into account the work that goes into preparation, such as purchasing materials and setting the table, on top of cleaning up. Taking all of this into consideration, why not consider making things a little less stressful for yourself by preparing some simple appetizers to serve at the next event you attend?
Even though the term “hors d’oeuvres” may sound sophisticated, the finger appetizers, cheesy dips, and starters that are included on this list are simple. The puff pastry radish tarts, spinach artichoke cups, and cranberry brie bites are all delicious options to consider if you are looking for something simple to prepare but have an elegant appearance. Not only have we included dishes that do not even require you to turn on the stove, but we have also included recipes such as a large charcuterie platter and spicy potato chips made by Ree Drummond.
Even The Pioneer Woman acknowledges, “I’ve always had a bunch of easy appetizer recipes in my arsenal,” and you should do the same thing! There is a plethora of dishes that can be produced in an air fryer, such as crispy egg rolls, as well as one-pot recipes, such as Ree’s cocktail meatballs, that reduce the amount of cleanup and increase the flavor. You can be sure that your guests will be impressed with anything you choose to serve at your next cocktail hour, dinner party, or themed event, and you won’t have to worry about the additional stress.
1. Dip for Jalapeno Poppers
Ree considers her jalapeño poppers to be a favored simple appetizer that adds a spicy kick to gatherings. Why not simplify the process and enhance the flavor by preparing this dip rendition of the peppery, cheesy classic? Toss it with toasted bread or crackers as you would any other dip.
2. Cheese Pull-Apart Bread
We consider any appetizer consisting of cheese and bread to be an instant success. This simple recipe is ideal for sharing with a group because, before baking, it is diagonally divided in an aesthetically pleasing (and practical) fashion, resulting in bite-sized portions of the pesto-filled cheese.
3. Wings of chicken air-fried
Many of us have come to associate simple recipes with air fryer recipes in this age of convenience. The air fryer enables one to prepare chicken wings that are crisp without the inconvenience and time investment associated with oven-baking and frying.
4. The Charcuterie Council
As an appetizer option, the charcuterie board is ideal for visitors who prefer to graze. Furthermore, no appliances are necessary for its execution. Incorporate an assortment of delectable cured meats, hard and soft cheeses, olives, nuts, crackers, preserved fruits, and additional condiments into the dish.
5. Pigs bundled in a blanket
The pigs in a blanket demonstrate that good things (crisp dough triangles with buttery fillings) come in tiny packages (mini hot dogs). In no time, an entire tray of this traditional finger cuisine will be consumed by the guests. But that’s okay because another quantity can be prepared in an instant with only four ingredients.
6. Simple Baked Brie
Baked brie is one of those dishes that demonstrate that a refined and delectable dish can be prepared with minimal effort and ingredients. Simply make a crisscross pattern on the cheese wheel’s top, garnish it with desired herbs and seasonings, and place it in the oven. A wheel of baked brie that is both warm and molten, suitable for presentation on a charcuterie board or consumption alongside bread, pears, or crackers.
7. Dip in Caramelized Onions
It will be effortless to refuse the pre-packaged onion sauce found in the chip aisle once you realize how straightforward it is to prepare it at home. Conventionally, a dehydrated onion soup mix is utilized to prepare French onion dip. However, this velvety dip derives its luscious flavor from caramelized onions.
8. Radish Tarts Puffy Pastry Upside Down
This brilliant radish tartlet creation is incredibly effortless due to this TikTok technique. Applying a small rectangle of puff pastry over a portion of the filling of your choosing—in this instance, radishes and cheese—straight to the sheet pan, crimping the edges, and baking until golden brown constitutes the hand pie shortcut. By pre-baking the puff pastry, any potential sogginess caused by the filling can be avoided, thereby guaranteeing an airtight and caramelized pastry.
9. Black bean and corn salsa
This simple salsa is composed of black beans, crispy, golden corn, tomato, red onion, jalapeno, and garlic. It combines splendidly with crunchy tortilla chips. Although the recipe specifies seasonal components, it is possible to prepare it throughout the year by substituting frozen or canned maize and canned, chopped tomatoes for those called for. This would also eliminate the necessity of cooking the dish entirely.
10. Rolls of pepperoni pizza
Pizza with pepperoni as an appetizer? We wholeheartedly agree! Pepperoni, mozzarella, and marinara sauce are distributed across a large, flattened pizza dough rectangle. After rolling the entire dough into a long, stuffed cylinder, it is divided into bite-sized pizza pinwheels that are delectable.
11. Crunch and Garlic Party Mix
Guests are almost certain to devour handfuls upon handfuls of this tangy, salty nibble mixture as the evening progresses. The highly enticing celebration assortment comprises squares of ranch-flavored cereal, nuts, popcorn, and pretzels.
12. Bites of Cranberry Brie Cheese
Although these cranberry brie morsels are commonly served at holiday parties, their fruity, tart, and salty flavor makes them a year-round delight. These delectable treats are essentially foolproof, as they are formed using a miniature muffin pan and consist of only four essential components: pistachios, cranberry sauce, flaky puff pastry, and brie.
13. Cheese and Ham Sliders
Although they originated at a tailgate, these ham and cheese sliders made in large quantities are an exquisite appetizer for any event. Moreover, they are incredibly simple to prepare, as the rolls are pre-attached, allowing you to bake and assemble all twelve sliders simultaneously. Additionally, the flavor profile of the conventional ham and cheese is enhanced with a piquant infusion provided by pickled jalapeños.
14. Quercus Dip
One of our favored simple appetizers is dips, the preparation of which frequently only requires a single pot and a few ingredients to produce the ideal complement to chips. For the most reliable queso sauce, we suggest placing the necessary components in a slow cooker. Then, garnish it and observe as your guests consume the delectably silky queso in an instant!
15. Stuffed Crispy Brie Mushrooms
Delicious stuffed mushrooms do not require complexity to be prepared. By avoiding the laborious process of scooping the interiors of the mushrooms, this recipe produces an exquisite morsel that is both earthy and cheesy, certain to captivate your guests. Bake until the mushrooms are stuffed with a small portion of brie and topped with a panko bread crumb mixture; the cheese should soften and the mushrooms should be golden on top.
16. Fryer-Dried Pickles in the Air
The compilation would be unfinished without a sufficient number of air fryer recipes, given the ingenious apparatus that significantly streamlines the culinary process. Using an air fryer to prepare these fried cucumbers also contributes to the dish’s improved nutritional value. Although the traditional deep-frying method of preparing this Southern comfort dish is omitted, the result is just as crisp and crunchy.
17. Grilled skewers of shrimp
This straightforward shrimp starter is suitable for both seafood novices and experts, as it only requires a lemon-garlic marinade with six ingredients. During the winter, these succulent, shrimp-flavored skewers can also be prepared on an indoor cast-iron skillet or grill.
18. Air-Fried Rolls of Eggs
The very first morsel of a crispy, fried egg roll is unlike anything else. Present your guests with an unforgettable experience—one that is devoid of surplus oil—by utilizing these air fryer egg rolls at your upcoming social gathering. The preparation of the succulent pork filling is simplified even further by the use of pre-cut matchstick carrots and store-bought coleslaw blend.
19. Pretzel Dip
This recipe for sausage queso requires only three simple ingredients: sausage, cream cheese, and salsa. On second thought, it could and does become simpler, as the sausage dip boils in a cast iron skillet for a mere 10 minutes before being removed and served directly from the skillet.
20. Enhanced Potato Chips with Seasoning
Elevate ordinary potato chips to a gustatory and piquant gastronomic experience. Baking store-bought chips and then coating the heated chips in a mixture of garlic salt, paprika, black pepper, and cayenne constitutes this straightforward hack. These upscale chips serve as the ideal vehicle for the delectable and straightforward sauces included in this compilation.
21. Medicinal Focaccia
Unlike most homemade bread recipes, this herb focaccia does not require kneading to achieve its light texture crusty exterior, and airy interior. Sage, thyme, chopped fresh rosemary, and parsley are incorporated directly into the dough before it is allowed to rise for 12 hours in the refrigerator. Oil and vinegar should be added for maximum carb-loaded enjoyment.
22. Soup with roasted butternut squash
This butternut squash soup, which is velvety smooth, is the perfect appetizer for a more intimate dinner party. Additionally, did we mention that only five ingredients are required to prepare it? Even simpler is the use of pre-cut butternut squash, which eliminates the most laborious step of the recipe (slicing and scrubbing the squash).
23. Cups of Spinach Artichoke
This recipe presents the popular dip in a novel and appealing manner. A spinach artichoke mixture is stuffed into crisp wonton cups to create bite-sized delights that are both simple to prepare and serve.
24. Meatballs with Cognac
By combining Ree’s chili-sriracha-apricot sauce with this traditional celebration appetizer, it is rendered both sweet and spicy. Everything is prepared simultaneously in the slow cooker; therefore, only setting it and forgetting it is required.
25. Dip for Crudités with Herbs
If it is not possible to use your kitchen appliances, present your visitors with this platter of freshly cut crudités accompanied by a herby, creamy dip that does not necessitate any cooking. The sour cream and mayonnaise-based condiment derives its invigorating taste from aromatic herbs such as chives, parsley, and tarragon, which harmoniously complement the crisp vegetables.