Holiday hosting is basically a competitive sport. Maybe you want to outdo your legendary app spread from last year. Or maybe you want to prove to your friends that your New Year’s Eve party was the best one they could possibly choose to attend (they’re right!). Fact: 100 percent of party guests come for the finger foods, so don’t disappoint. These recipes are easy to execute and truly impressive, no forks necessary.
1. Spicy Pineapple Prosciutto Tarts
You already know that ham and pineapple make an amazing pair, so gussy up this classic combo in an Insta-worthy snacketizer.
2. Carrot Pigs In A Blanket
The “blanket” of this beloved appetizer is absolutely the best part, so make the filling a little healthier and veggie-friendly with a roasted carrot.
3. Coconut Shrimp
Set a few crispy shrimp aside for yourself, because they’ll be gone in approximately five seconds.
4. Vegan Arancini
Plant-based cheese and cold risotto are the secret ingredients in these crowd-pleasing oven-fried bites.
5. Italian Bruschetta Bar
Bruschetta can get soggy sitting out at a party, so let guests assemble each bite themselves with a beautiful board that’s so easy to lay out stylishly.
6. Pork Dumplings
The better the dumplings, the better the party. Store-bought wonton wrappers make the process easier.
7. Waffle-Iron Quesadillas
Quesadillas can be pressed and sliced on demand with this quick waffle-maker hack. (Bonus: They look super cute.)
8. Meatballs in Sour Cherry Sauce
It’s a proven fact: Every cocktail party needs a good meatball on a toothpick.
9. Eggplant Parm Bites
Smaller pieces mean a higher eggplant-to-breading ratio. Plus, all the sauce you want to dip in on the side.
10. Crispy Baked Cauliflower Wings
Eating chicken wings at a party can be awkward—where the heck do you put the bones? Enter cauliflower wings. You’re welcome.
11. Cheater’s Sicilian-Style Pizza with Jalapeños and Honey
This sheet-pan pizza can be easily cut into small slices to serve a crowd, so one batch goes a long way.
12. Beef Empanadas
Store-bought pie dough encases seasoned beef in these easy empanadas, which keep well in the freezer for months.
13. Baked Gorgonzola Bites
Be prepared to share the recipe for these gooey, cheesy rolls, because everyone’s going to be asking for it.
14. Bacon-Wrapped Cheese Straws
These flaky, crisp homemade crackers are conversation-pausing swirls of goodness.
15. Katsu Bites with Chipotle-Gochujang Sauce
These panko-coated chicken breast bites are delightfully crunchy...and even better dipped into the homemade fusion hot sauce.