Throwing a party? Here are ideas for finger foods for a party that are fresh, easy to make, and 100% crowd pleasers.
Want to throw a party but not sure where to start? These finger food ideas for parties are perfect for entertaining! Here, Alex and I have put together a list of recipes that always go over well when we’re cooking for friends and family. Our best feedback is gathered when we use these recipes in action. And these finger food ideas have all been favorites with the crowd!
Most of the ideas below have some element of being healthy, thought not all do! Our philosophy on healthy is making recipes with whole foods, focusing on vegetables and healthy fats. But there are a few below that are less on the healthy and more on the crowd pleaser (hello, cheese dip!).
One of the best finger food ideas there is? A good pinwheels recipe! And these tortilla roll ups are perfect. They’re full of Italian-style flavors: mozzarella, sundried tomatoes, spinach, and a blend of spices. They look totally stunning on a platter. And better yet: we’ve figured out all the tricks to making a beautiful roll up. Here’s how to make the most perfect pinwheels for your appetizer trays!
Here’s a fantastic easy finger food idea: crostini! Crostini means “little toasts” in Italian, and these toasts are perfect for parties! Load these crispy breads with toppings, or serve with dips, spreads or cheese. There are so many ways you can top a crostini: and this one takes only 10 minutes to bake and uses no oil.
This spinach artichoke dip takes this classic to a new level! The tangy, creamy dip is such a crowd pleaser that it might interfere with the conversation when you serve it (sorry!). When we serve it, everyone parks themselves around the bowl! This version is baked in the oven and served warm. It's made with Greek yogurt and less mayo and cheese than the typical dip, giving it a healthy-ish spin. Serve with pita chips, crostini, or crackers to make it a finger food.
This peanut butter dip is just 4 ingredients and somehow tastes like frosting. Greek yogurt, peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla combine into the best dip for sliced green apples. Or dip any fruit you like--or pretzels, if you like the sweet and salty thing. (Don't want peanut butter? Try our Cinnamon Fruit Dip instead.)
Taquitos / flautas are a finger food that's always a hit at parties! This baked version is an easy spin on that tasty Mexican rolled tortilla treat, and everyone loves them. Roll corn or flour tortillas around a filling of refried beans, cheese, and salsa, then bake until crispy. Serve with your favorite salsa, guacamole, or sour cream for dipping!
The perfect finger food for a party? Stuffed dates! They're incredibly easy to make, and the flavor of this simple pairing is outrageous. Pair the sweet caramel chewiness of Medjool dates with tangy, fluffy goat cheese, and the sweet-savory combo is out of this world. For plant based, use any nut butter (like our homemade nut butter!).
We’re always in need of easy finger food ideas…so here's one that's beyond easy. Baked Brie! There could not be an easier appetizer recipe, folks. But often, we forget about these simple entertaining tricks. So here’s what you need to know about making a melty, delicious pile of brie. The great part? The toppings are versatile depending on your preferences, and you can make a beautiful platter with little effort. Here’s what to do!
Next 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. (Another spin: Mexican Pinwheel Recipe.)
It’s a home run every time! When we serve it, a chorus of “Wow’s” fill the room. (Really. Not hyperbole!) What makes it so great? It’s classic and has the perfect balanced flavor: perfectly savory, creamy, and tangy. Serve it up with tortilla chips and your guests — and you — won’t be able to stop eating this tasty finger food.
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!
This Mexican cheese dip recipe is especially for entertaining. It’s perfect for parties: tailgating, a game day gathering, or a party table full of easy finger food recipes for a crowd. It’s a play on white chili, using white beans, mild green chiles, corn, and a gooey mess of Mexican cheeses (sans the typical chicken so it’s vegetarian!).
What’s better for parties than a good spinach dip? This one is so easy to make: it’s the kind that’s served cold, perfect for dipping pita chips or serving in a bread bowl. The recipe is a little healthier than most, relying on Greek yogurt for much of the creaminess. And because it’s not baked, it’s quick to put together: just 10 minutes! Literally the perfect finger food for easy entertaining.
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.
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 feta? Whipping ricotta cheese with a little olive oil, salt and pepper makes for a creamy spread that tastes downright decadent! Dip pita bread, or spread on crostini for easily customizable finger food. Tomato and basil would be fitting topping, or go sweet with cherries and honey.
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.
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.
Cook the spinach: Place the spinach leaves in a skillet with 1/4 cup water. Heat over medium heat for a few minutes until the spinach completely wilts down, about 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the spinach to a bowl. Add cold water to instantly cool it, then squeeze out as much water as possible. Finely chop the spinach. (If using frozen spinach, defrost it, squeeze out the liquid and finely chop it.)
Chop the filling ingredients: Chop the sundried tomatoes or bell peppers.
Make the filling: To a medium bowl, add the spinach, sundried tomatoes, cream cheese or goat cheese, basil, oregano, garlic powder, and salt. Mix it until it comes together into a smooth filling (we found it’s easiest to use clean hands to help break up clumps). Taste and add a pinch of salt if desired.
Roll the pinwheels: Place a tortilla on a cutting board, and spread it with 1/3 cup of the filling. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons of the shredded mozzarella cheese. Roll up the tortilla very tightly, making sure to keep the roll very tight at the beginning (to avoid a hole in the middle!). Repeat for all tortillas. Refrigerate in a sealed container for at least 2 hours to allow the filling to set. Slice off the ends of the rolls and discard, then slice into 3/4-inch slices to make pinwheels. They last up to 3 days refrigerated, but they taste best day of because the tortillas become softer over time.
*The 10-inch size is best for getting the best look to your pinwheels. We recommend getting this size if at all possible!
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.