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4 Easy Party Appetizers You Need to Try

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Tasty Appetizers


How Do You Feed a Large Group for a Party?

I have a large family that shows up for the holidays and other family events. I also enjoy hosting parties for friends throughout the year. My plan of action for food is to make a variety of appetizers, so everyone has something they like to eat. I'll share four of my favorite dishes below!

  1. Bacon Crisps
  2. Blue Cheese Dressing for Veggie Trays
  3. Spinach Balls
  4. Hanky-Panky

Bacon Crisp


1. Bacon Crisps


  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 sleeve buttery rectangular crackers
  • 1 pound sliced bacon, cut in half


  1. Preheat the oven to 250°F.
  2. Place one teaspoon of Parmesan cheese on each cracker. Wrap it tightly with a strip of bacon.
  3. Place the wrapped crackers on a baking sheet and put the baking sheets on the top rack.
  4. Bake for 2 hours or until the bacon is done. Do not turn them.
  5. Remove them from the oven. Drain them on paper towels.
  6. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Cook's Note: You can also bake it at 350°F for 40 minutes if you're in a hurry.

Vegetable Tray


2. Blue Cheese Dressing for Veggie Trays

Vegetable trays are always a popular addition to a food table. I go to the market and pick out the freshest vegetables, such as celery, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, radishes, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, and red or yellow peppers if they are available.

Here's how I prepare them:

  1. The day before the event, I wash the vegetables and cut them as necessary.
  2. I put them in a good plastic bag, getting all the air out, so they always look fresh.
  3. I put together my own blue cheese dressing that is a family favorite. It is so simple that it only takes about five minutes to make. I always make this a day ahead of time, as I think it tastes better after it is well chilled.


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 (8 oz.) container sour cream
  • 1 (4 oz.) crumbled blue cheese
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  1. Stir all the ingredients together.
  2. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Cook's Note: You can lighten the recipe by using reduced-fat mayonnaise and reduced-fat sour cream. We eat light most of the year, but not on Christmas or any major holiday

Spinach Balls


3. Spinach Balls


  • 2 (10 oz) packages chopped spinach, drained
  • 2 cups herb stuffing mix
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 6 tbsp margarine, melted
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic salt


  1. Combine all of the ingredients and refrigerate for one hour.
  2. Take a small spoonful and roll them into small balls.
  3. Bake at 300°F for 30 minutes. This makes 60 spinach balls.

Hanky Panky

simple snacks

simple snacks


4. Hanky-Panky


  • 1 lb hamburger meat
  • 1 lb mild sausage
  • 1 lb Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1/3 small onion, chopped
  • 3 loaves Pepperidge Farm party rye bread


  1. Cook the sausage, mashing to make it crumbly. Drain the excess fat.
  2. Do the same with the hamburger meat.
  3. Combine the sausage, hamburger, and cheese over low heat to melt the cheese.
  4. Add the spices.
  5. Let the mixture thicken. Spread it on rye bread.
  6. Place them on a cookie sheet and cover it with foil. Freeze the whole thing for a few hours. Then, place each one in plastic bags until they're ready to bake.
  7. Bake in a 400°F oven for 10–15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the bread is crunchy.

It's Time to Start the Party!

We have many other crowd-pleasing appetizers that we like to serve our guests. We always have fresh vegetables on hand, as there are a few people who monitor their diet and cholesterol more closely. The recipes are not low in calories, but moderation is the key.

I love to put all my appetizers on attractive trays and decorate the table with an attractive tablecloth, candles, and fresh flowers. I get great pleasure when everyone arrives and tells me how great everything looks.

The copyright, renewed in 2018, for this article is owned by Pamela Oglesby. Permission to republish this article in print or online must be granted by the author in writing.

© 2010 Pamela Oglesby


Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 29, 2019:

Hi Peggy, Everybody seems to like these recipes. I may try adding thyme next time also. Thanks for commenting, Peggy.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2019:

These all sound great! My spinach ball recipe is almost identical except that I add 1/2 teaspoon thyme to mine. I'll be making them later today! Thanks for your tried and true recipes.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on December 12, 2018:

Hi Alyssa, I hope you will be able to try them as they are good. Thanks for your coments.

Alyssa from Ohio on December 11, 2018:

Great ideas! These all look so delicious!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 16, 2018:

RTalloni, I made each one of these when we had my mother's 90th birthday, but had used some of these for holidays in the past also. It seems like the older I get the faster time goes. Thanks for the comments.

RTalloni on August 16, 2018:

This is good inspiration for planning upcoming holiday get-to-gathers. :) It's hard to believe that this year's are around the corner!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 28, 2011:

Raydfernandez, I hope you enjoy the appetizers. Thank you for your comments.

Raydfernandez on August 27, 2011:

Yummy post... I will try this recipe ... just hope it will turned out like one of another great job from Pamela 99... really enjoyed it

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 12, 2011:

asseenontv, I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for your comment.

asseenontv from US on February 12, 2011:

Thanks for the great appetizer recipes. I am also looking for something different to serve when we have people over.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 21, 2010:

Peggy, I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for your comments.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 21, 2010:

Always on the lookout for new recipes to try for appetizers. Thanks for sharing these good sounding ones with us.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 18, 2010:

Carolina, Thanks for your comment, cute as usual.

BPOP, Thanks for your comments.

breakfastpop on June 18, 2010:

I am always looking for great appetizers. Actually, I prefer eating like this which is why I like to sit at a bar. Thanks for the recipes.

carolina muscle from Charlotte, North Carolina on June 18, 2010:

Ive never seen that hanky panky before, but the name is a good start!! LOL

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 18, 2010:

Habee, I hope your enjoy them. Thank you for your comment.

Holle Abee from Georgia on June 17, 2010:

I love learning new party recipes! Thanks! Thumbs up!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 17, 2010:

Hello, I hope you like them. Thanks for your comment.

Eovery, You're so funny. Thanks for the comments.

Tom, I would love a good taco dip recipe. Thanks for your comment.

Prasetio, Maybe you will learn to cook some new things. Thanks for your comments.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on June 17, 2010:

You made me hungry, Pamela. Do you have some more for me? Thank you very much. As usual I rate this Up.

Tom Whitworth from Moundsville, WV on June 17, 2010:


All your appetizers look great. My daughter makes a great taco dip I'll send you the recipe once I get it from her.

eovery from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa on June 17, 2010:

I'll take some hanky panky... Now, I didn't mean that kind!!!.

Keep on hubbing!

Hello, hello, from London, UK on June 17, 2010:

Thank you for your yammy hub but I will try the spinach balls.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 17, 2010:

fres40, These recipes are put here for anyone who wants them. Enjoy. Thank you for your comment.

Money Glitch, Thank you so much for your comments.

Sandy, I guess that says it all. Thank you.

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on June 17, 2010:

The photo is good enough to eat.

Money Glitch from Texas on June 17, 2010:

Hhhhmmm, never had bacon crisp appetizers before, but sounds really yummie. And the Hanky-Panky just sounds wrong. Hehehe! Would definitely eat a lot of veggies after having such wonderful treats. :) I'm bookmarking and rating up!

sheila b. on June 17, 2010:

I like the sound of your spinach balls, and as I was imagining making them for a party, I realized how very inexpensive they are.

fres40 on June 17, 2010:

awesome! i love to cook eat all that. plz dont be mad i use some of these recipes for a future party because after all what is a party with food?!?!? lol have a blessed day

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 17, 2010:

Darlene, Thank your so much for your comments.

Darlene Sabella from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ... on June 17, 2010:

Very nice, love this hub my background is catering so I can see the need for appetizers, thanks for sharing this with us thumbs up and very useful

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 17, 2010:

K9keystrokes, Thank you for the compliment and also your comments.

India Arnold from Northern, California on June 17, 2010:

That bacon snack looks outstanding! If it has pork, I must eat it. Really good hub Pamela99. Again, very enjoyable hub.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 17, 2010:

katiem, I appreciate the compliment. Thanks for the comments.

Katie McMurray from Ohio on June 17, 2010:

What great details on appetizers with party flair. I enjoyed reading your work and look forward to hearing more from you on food. Thanks and Peace :)

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 17, 2010:

Hanna, I hope you enjoy them. Thank you for your comment.

HealthyHanna from Utah on June 17, 2010:

I like the spinach ball idea too. I'll be trying that one.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 17, 2010:

Cari, I am glad you found a recipe to try. Thanks for your comments.

Cari Jean from Bismarck, ND on June 17, 2010:

The spinach balls sound delicious as does the blue cheese dressing recipe. Unfortunately, we don't eat a lot of blue cheese since my husband is allergic to penicillin but I still might give your recipe a try - it seems so easy.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 17, 2010:

Apricot, I love the vegetable tray as I really like almost all vegetables. I love the way it looks also. Thanks you for your comments.

DianmondRN, You're just going to have to hang tough. Thanks for your comments.

Bob Diamond RPh from Charlotte, NC USA on June 17, 2010:

OK, Pamela. You can quit anytime now. You are destroying my willpower; or is it won't power?

Bengali Bratisha from Italy on June 17, 2010:

Wow! What a lot of recipes in one hub- and all so easy to follow! That vegetable tray looks stunning and being veggie I'm going to plump for that one (although I bet mine won't look anything like the pic!) Very informative hub!

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