Crockpot Appetizer Recipes:
Snacks for the Crock Pot or Slow Cooker

Your best bet is probably to turn to crockpot appetizer recipes if you're the one chosen to host the family this year for the holidays, or a family reunion... or just for any old party. Why? Because using the crock pot is probably the easiest way ever invented to make party appetizers!

The crock pot not only holds tons of food for long periods of time, will keep it warm and bacteria free at low temperatures, but it can actually cook slow cooker appetizers for you! What's not to love? Not to mention you'll have just one pan to clean up.

So, how to use this fabulous appliance that doesn't heat up your kitchen and gives you more time to spend with your guests? The key, of course, is to create crock pot appetizers that with plenty of liquid so they simmer in all that lovely cooking juices, soaking up flavor. This makes for a crockpot appetizer recipe that's hard to resist for even the most hardcore family food critic.

Making Crockpot Meatball Appetizers

Meatballs are among the most classic of crockpot appetizer recipes. They're great because you can make them so many ways - in barbecue sauce, sweet n' sour, Swedish style... or you could use different types of meat and have something like spicy chicken meatballs with bourbon sauce, or hearty turkey meatballs with rich gravy.

Hint: when you're in a hurry buy frozen meatballs and add them to your favorite store-bought sauce. Yes, that's cheating a bit - but its great when pressed for time.

All you have to do to put this easy crockpot appetizer recipe together is pick your favorite recipe for meatballs, your favorite sauce, and combine the two on low heat in your crockpot. Easy peasy.

Spinach Artichoke Appetizer Dip Recipe for the Crockpot

Spinach Dip for the CrockpotIf the usual meatballs aren't your thing, how about something completely different? I don't know anybody who doesn't like a spinach artichoke dip, like this one served with pita chips or toasted baguettes.

This easy spinach dip recipe has just a few simple ingredients, comes together in no time, and tastes like a lot more work than it really is.

Serves about 10-12 people.

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1 c. salad dressing or mayo (you can use low fat)
1 c. Parmesan cheese freshly grated
1 - 14 oz. can artichoke hearts (drained & coarsely chopped)
1 - 10 oz. packaged frozen chopped spinach (drained thoroughly)
1/2 c. chopped sweet bell pepper
1/4 c. shredded cheese (mozzarella is nice)
Assorted crackers, baguettes, or pita chips


There's a long party ahead so treat your slow cooker with some cooking spray to keep it from sticking. You'll need minimally a 2 quart cooker for this dish. Mix all your ingredients gently together then transfer them into the slow cooker. It will take about one hour on low heat for the blend to melt and mix nicely. Once done, it stands up for about three hours of staying heated (if it lasts that long!).

Marinated Mushrooms in the Crockpot for a Party

Mushroom appetizer cooked in the crockpotIf you looking for crockpot appetizer recipes that are just a bit different, how about marinated mushrooms? Warm marinated mushrooms are a great alternative to the cold antipasto version, and if you offer a little bit of bread on the side for dipping into the brothÂ… you have a sure fire slow cooker appetizer winner.

This recipe is full of flavor, and is one that your party guests will keep coming back to again and again.

Or try this! A great twist on this crockpot appetizer recipe is to make the mushrooms teriyaki style. To create a simple teriyaki sauce, begin with 1 c. soy sauce and 1 cup water. Add 1/2 cup melted butter, a pinch of ginger, and one cup brown sugar. Pour this over 8 ounces of bite size mushrooms. These can cook for 8 hours without being worse for wear.

Serves about 6.

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1-1/2 c. stock (your choice)
1-1/2 lbs fresh, tiny mushrooms, stems removed
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
1 c. red or white wine (match to your stock)
2 tsp. dried thyme
2 tsp. kosher salt
3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp fresh minced garlic
1 tsp. ground black pepper
3 tbsp. dried parsley
1/4 tsp. minced onion (dry)


Mix all the components except for the mushrooms together in a bowl, then transfer into the slow cooker. Turn the temperature to low. Add the mushrooms. It takes about four hours for the mushrooms to cook completely (however, if people like their mushrooms raw, they can enjoy them at any time in the warm sauce!).

As always, play with the recipe. Adjust it to your tastes. For example, adding a pepper to the pot or a little liquid smoke adds not only another layer of flavor, it adds a whole unique touch that is your very own. Be creative!

Crock Pot Chicken Appetizer: Chicken Wings

One last great appetizer recipe to make in the crockpot is chicken wings. Chicken wings are always a favorite, and they're super easy to make and serve. These wings may be a bit messy to eat, but are so tasty that it is worth the dirty fork.

Plus, these little wings are tender and juicy, and a heck of a lot healthier than the deep fried --and, yes, also delicious-- kind you usually eat. The skin doesn't get crispy when you cook chicken wings in the crock pot, but the wonderful texture and flavor make up for it.

Makes 25 wings.

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25 chicken wings
12 ounces chili or chicken wing sauce
1/4 c. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 c. black strap molasses
2 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. medium salsa
Hot sauce to taste
Salt and pepper to taste


Cut the chicken wings in half, trimming off the tips. You'll need a 5-qt. crock pot for these. Put them into the pot. Next, mix all the remaining ingredients. Pour the sauce into the pot and stir until the chicken is evenly coated. Turn the slow cooker on low for 8 hours and the wings will be fall off the bone tender.

This is one of those crockpot appetizer recipes that's easy to double-- make 50 wings if your crock pot is big enough!

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