Throwing a party? Here are ideas for finger foods for a party that are fresh, easy to make, and 100% crowd pleasers.
First up in our finger foods: roll ups! These roll ups are our take on the classic party roll up, but they use hummus instead of cream cheese and stuffed with colorful veggies! These vegetarian and vegan veggie roll ups are both delicious and healthy, and a crowd pleasing, kid friendly recipe. Stuffed with hummus, brocolli, cauliflower and carrots, they’re seriously easy to make. (And now we’re hungry!)
Next in our finger food ideas: cucumber dill sandwiches! They’re a bit of a retro throwback, if you use those party cocktail rye bread loaves you can find at the grocery. How perfect are these for entertaining? Spread with cream cheese and topped with cucumber and a sprig of dill, these little toasts are seriously addicting.
One of our favorite finger food ideas for parties, this dark chocolate hummus is always a crowd pleaser. Your guests will be pleasantly surprised at this sweet take on hummus (“Wait, chocolate hummus?”). This creamy, fudgy dip is perfect with strawberries, green apple slices, or pretzels.
Here’s a finger food that’s famous in our circles: loaded sweet potato rounds! We created these rounds as a healthy version of a loaded toast for entertaining. Instead of bread, the base is a sweet potato roasted with cumin and chili powder, topped with a sprinkle of cheese. Then it’s loaded with sour cream, hot sauce, and green onion into a perfectly flavorful bite. It’s not wonder these are often the first to disappear from the table!
Caramelized onion dip is the centerpiece of this epic happy hour platter, filled with veggies, chips, olives, and cheese! You’ll find people congregate around this dip because it’s just that good: loaded with red wine-simmered caramelized onions and sour cream. It’s perfect for dipping finger food: potato chips are our personal fave.
Ever tried whipped ricotta? Whipping ricotta cheese with a little olive oil and S&P makes for a creamy spread that tastes downright decadent! Spread it on toast and top with whatever you like, for easily customizable finger food. Tomato and basil would be fitting pair; or try the agrodolce topping in this recipe, a stunning Italian sweet and sour sauce.
This finger food tastes and looks much fancier than it is! Roasting almonds with honey, cayenne and sesame seeds adds a shiny glaze and complex flavor to regular old almonds! It’s the perfect sweet and salty treat, and it takes no time to put together.
Here’s one of our favorite finger food ideas: an easy bruschetta! This one is spread with goat cheese, and topped with mushrooms that are so intensely flavorful, you’ll be hooked right away! The mushrooms are sauteed with some fresh herbs, and then spritzed with lemon juice. Served atop a crunchy toast with creamy, tangy goat cheese, the contrasts of flavors and textures is out of this world.
When you think of your favorite finger food, is it crispy and salty? Ours is, and these crispy roasted chickpeas are a serious go-to in our house! Here the chickpeas are roasted at high heat with olive oil and a few spices: they’re roasted just enough so that they’ll stay crispy in the cupboard for days. Each bite is crunchy and salty, spiced with cumin and black pepper. Don’t know where to find us? Oh yeah: look by the crispy chickpeas.
Here’s a way to eat finger food that’s full of bright, colorful and refreshing veggies: in spring rolls! These fresh spring rolls are filled with three types of herbs: mint, cilantro and basil, then sprinkled with crunchy peanuts for some texture. Served with a hoisin peanut sauce, they’re filled with herbacious flavor in every bite. Of all our finger food ideas, these are a little more labor intensive with the rolling: but once you’ve tried a few you’ll get the hang of it! (Serving tip: Cover the rolls,, placed on a platter in a single layer, with a damp paper towel and plastic wrap. They’ll last for about 2 hours in a cool place. Do not refrigerate!)
Looking for more finger food ideas?
Outside of these finger food ideas, here are a few more we love:
- Skillet Mexican Cheese Dip Recipe
- Maki Sushi Recipe
- Paprika Goat Cheese Spread
- Blackberry, Ricotta & Onion Savory Tart
- Very Verde Cilantro Dip
- Healthy Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip
- Quick Vegetarian Appetizers
Hummus and Veggie Roll Ups
The perfect finger food, these vegetarian and vegan veggie roll ups are both delicious and healthy. They double as a healthy snack, too!
Caramelized Onion Dip
Ready for happy hour? This platter is for you, loaded with veggies and a creamy red wine caramelized onion dip. It’s perfect for entertaining of all kinds!
Dark Chocolate Hummus Recipe
As dip for fruit and pretzels, this dark chocolate hummus is a surprising hit at parties and showers. It’s perfect for entertaining!
Cucumber Dill Sandwiches
These classic cucumber dill sandwiches are perfect for parties and picnics, featuring a dill cream cheese spread on crunchy crostini.
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.