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Easy Finger Foods Recipes:
Perfect Party Appetizers

There are so many occasions when having some easy finger foods and appetizer recipes close at hand can come in pretty darned handy! From hosting a posh cocktail party to enjoying a romantic evening for two, finger foods can round out nearly any menu-- and are a great way to keep guests entertained until a.) the main dish arrives, or b.) the entertainment begins.

I particularly like serving finger foods at gatherings where people are up and moving a lot, like an open house, a nice cocktail party, or a tail gating event. By being portable, these edibles encourage socializing. There's nothing worse than having great food all around, but no place to sit and eat it. Finger foods take care of this lickity split (or lickity-your-fingers split!) (sorry, bad pun!) and are a lot of fun to eat, too.

Even though these easy finger food recipes are simple, they won't let you down flavor wise. They taste great! They also offer plenty of room for creative adaptation to whatever the heck you want-- or what you think your guests will like. Play with these ideas, provide a ton of variety, and once you hit on a winner, share it at your next party!

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Gooey and Irresistible Pizza Swirl Appetizers

Pizza easy finger food appetizer ideaThis is one of those easy finger foods that will disappear off your serving trays. Is it the most elegant party bite you'll ever provide a party guest? Nah. But when something is this good, people don't need elegance: they'll be like stampeding elephants to get at these!

Before posting this, I've got to confess that there are very few pizza recipes that satisfy me with enough cheese. So if you're like me, you may want to bump up the mozzarella to a cup or add 1/2 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese (which is what I generally do). Just make sure to seal the end of the roll so it doesn't ooze out during cooking.

Don't be afraid to adjust the ingredients to whatever type of pizza you enjoy either. For example, trade out the meat for fresh chopped tomatoes (drain them well so they're not watery), fresh basil, lots of black pepper, and gooey chunks of goat cheese: you now have a vegetarian goats cheese pizza rollup. Or fill with proscuitto and Italian salami and top with parmesan and mixed herbs for a tasty Italian roll-up. This is a great example of giving these easy finger foods some real flexibility.

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    Ingredients:
  • 10 oz. refrigerated pizza or bread dough
  • 1/4 lb. hard salami, sliced thin
  • 1/4 lb. pepperoni, sliced thin
  • 1/4 lb. provolone cheese, sliced
  • 1/2 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • A good-quality marinara sauce (optional)
Instructions: 1. Bring your oven up to 350 degrees F.

2. Spray a cookie tray lightly with vegetable oil.

3. Bring the dough to room temperature.

4. Lightly flour a rolling pin and roll the dough into a 10-inch by 14-inch rectangle.

5. Transfer this to the baking sheet.

6. Evenly layer all your ingredients, keeping over a ½ inch of space at the outer edges free of any filling.

7. Roll up the filled dough tightly.

8. Seal the ends and edges using a fork (as you might a pie)

9. Bake for 25 minutes.

10. Let the roll rest for 10 minutes before slicing to serve. When serving this fun, easy finger food, offer some marinara sauce, ranch dressing, or some garlic aioli as a dipping sauce. (or all three!)

Crisp and Tangy Greek Salad Bites

Easy Greek Cucumber Bites Recipe with Feta
Sitting on the hillside in Santorini, Greece you can smell the aroma of feta, oregano, and pita carried on the ocean winds. Okay, not really-- but you can smell it wafting from every restaurant along the seafront!

You don't have to travel that far, though, to impress your guests with some beautiful Greek flavors and textures. Crisp and fresh and salty-tangy from the feta cheese, this easy finger food idea is really perfect for a summer dinner party or beach themed party. What's better is you can make 'em ahead; Just whip this up on the morning before a gathering and give it time to chill. It'll be one less thing on your to-do list when your guests arrive.

This recipe makes enough bites to feed about 9 people. I bet you'll want to at least triple it!

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    Ingredients:
  • 1 c. feta cheese (crumbled)
  • 1/2 c. sour cream or Greek yogurt (full fat, please!)
  • 1/4 c. fresh, flat-leaf parsley, minced
  • 3 tbsp. oil packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 large, firm cucumber
  • 1/4 c. fresh basil, finely minced
  • 1-2 tbsp. fresh oregano, finely minced
  • 1/4 c. pitted kalamata olives, chopped
Instructions: 1. Drain and chop the sundried tomatoes.

2. Move the tomatoes into a mixing bowl, adding the feta, cream or yogurt, parsley, garlic and pepper.

3. Mix thoroughly then chill for at least 6 hours (a full day is best).

4. Trim the ends off the cucumber.

5. Decoratively make stripes along the cucumber rind using a carrot peeler, alternating green with white.

6. Slice the cucumber into quarter-inch rounds

7. Lay these on a serving platter with a dollop of cheese mix on each one.

8. Mix together the basil, oregano, and olives and sprinkle on top as a garnish.

Rich and Cheesy Mini Stuffed Potato Bites

Mini Potatoes with cheese and chives for easy finger foods
If a recipe has potatoes in it (or, heck, even looks like it has potatoes in it!) my daughter's either cooking or eating it. And whether you eat them crispy or creamy, they're always a crowd pleaser. Especially when they come like the easy finger food recipe you'll find here!

These mini potato bites are a simpler --and definitely healthier-- form of loaded potato skins, and represent another very flexible and easy finger food to make for just about any party. Instead of crispy-fried potatoes, these take small new potatoes and pack them with a creamy filling. So yummy, but a lot healthier than their fat-fried cousins-- and they can be eaten hot or cold. Try using different flavors of cream cheese, change out the bacon for cooked, finely chopped broccoli or use green onion instead of chives, for example.

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    Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 lb. small new red potatoes
  • 1/2 c. Flavored Cream Cheese (like Garlic and Herb)
  • 2 tbsp. sour cream
  • 2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp. crunchy bacon. crumbled
  • 2 tbsp. fresh chives, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. red bell pepper, minced
  • 2 tbsp. sour cream, to garnish
Instructions: 1. Put the potatoes in a stock pot or pan that has enough room to cover them completely with water.

2. Turn the stovetop to medium heat and bring the potatoes to a boil.

3. Check for tenderness after 15 minutes. Make your topping while they cook.

4. Mingle the cream cheese with the sour cream and parm. Chill until the potatoes are ready.

5. Drain the potatoes allowing them to cool a bit.

6. Half the potatoes and take a small slice off the bottom of each half so they sit flatly on your serving platter.

7. Use the small end of a melon baller to scoop out a small bit of cooked potato from the middle of each half.

8. Fill that spot with about a tsp. of cream cheese blend.

9. Garnish these yummy easy finger foods with bacon, sour cream and chives.


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