22 Easy Appetizer Recipes with 5 Ingredients (or Less!)

22 Easy Appetizer Recipes With 5 Ingredients (or Less!)

Don’t let the apps be an afterthought — these 5-ingredient options are fast, easy fan favorites.

Typically, if we’re having people over, I get so engrossed in the main meal that I completely forget about the apps until the very end. My go-to is a simple charcuterie board (meat, cheese, and pickles never do you wrong) or crudité platter (whatever veggies you have on hand, cut pretty, with a potentially store-bought dip of some sort) — and no one has ever complained. But with a handful of these easy appetizer recipes in your back pocket, it doesn’t have to be so … basic. And with just five ingredients (or less!), these are pretty easy to manage.

Set out one or more of these easy appetizers before people arrive, or pick one from each category to create a whole spread suited for cocktails, snacks, and chit-chat. 


Dips

Beyond salsa, guacamole, and hummus

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Yes, I am that person who will stand next to the spinach artichoke dip until it is completely gone. This creamy dip recipe is a crowd-pleaser for a reason.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Spinach and Artichoke Dip by Yummly

5 Layer Mediterranean Dip

(I count six ingredients, but shhhh! we don’t have to tell anyone). This recipe, from What’s Gaby Cooking, tastes like all your favorite Greek things, combined in one bite. Best served with baked pita chips.

5 Layer Mediterranean Dip

5 Layer Mediterranean Dip by What’s Gaby Cooking

Lemon-Chive Cheese Dip

Recipe Girl's lemon-chive dip features three different types of cheese: ricotta, cream cheese, and sour cream.

Lemon- Chive Cheese Dip

Lemon-Chive Cheese Dip by Recipe Girl


Individual Bites

One-bite wonders

Deviled Eggs

I cannot resist deviled eggs of almost any kind, even the ones with waaaay too much mayo. Skinnytaste keeps these classic finger foods simple with Hellman’s (light ... but you do you, I say), dijon, and paprika, but I say riff to your heart’s content.

Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs by Skinnytaste

Baked Crab Rangoon

Crab Rangoon is so fun and retro (and whoever thought to put cream cheese in a wonton wrapper was a genius). This version, from AllRecipes, leverages sensible, store-bought ingredients for the perfect one-bite canapé. 

PHILLY Baked Crab Rangoon

Baked Crab Rangoon by AllRecipes

Apple Endive Appetizer

This super easy app, from the Reluctant Entertainer, is just about shopping and chopping — and that’s it. The results are surprisingly chic on the platter, and who can resist the combination of apples and blue cheese?

Apple Endive Appetizer

Apple Endive Appetizer by Reluctant Entertainer

Prosciutto Wrapped Apple Bites

Another eye-pleasing bite that is dead-simple to make — think gluten-free apple and cheddar roll-ups. Fans sometimes opt to add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar or olive oil.

Prosciutto Wrapped Apple Bites

Prosciutto Wrapped Apple Bites by The Nutrition Adventure

Caprese Salad Skewers

Put down the crumbly bruschetta and try this dinner party classic — on a stick!

Caprese Salad Skewers

Caprese Salad Skewers by Oven Love

Crock Pot Glazed Party Meatballs

Sure, you could make your mini-meatballs from scratch. Or you could buy frozen, break out your slow cooker, and have these addictively sweet party meatballs hot and ready when people arrive.

Crock Pot Glazed Party Meatballs

Crock Pot Glazed Party Meatballs by The Country Cook

Four Ingredient Stuffed Mushrooms

There are lots of stuffed mushroom recipes out there, but this one keeps it easy with just breadcrumbs, olive oil, and parm. 

Four Ingredient Stuffed Mushrooms

Four Ingredient Stuffed Mushrooms by Vegging at the Shore


Cheese

Beyond the cheese ball

Pomegranate Pecan Party Appetizer

Cream cheese gets fancy and festive with a sprinkling of toasted nuts, rosemary, and pomegranate seeds (feel free to substitute dried cranberries if you can't find pomegranate seeds where you are).

Pomegranate Pecan Party Appetizer

Pomegranate Pecan Party Appetizer by Miss in the Kitchen

Baked Feta With Olives, Thyme & Honey

As Vanessa at The Cheerful Kitchen puts it: Fancy as all get out, but oh so easy to put together. Slice a baguette, brush with olive oil, and stick it under the broiler for a few minutes to make your own crostini to serve alongside.

Baked Feta With Olives, Thyme & Honey

Baked Feta With Olives, Thyme & Honey by The Cheerful Kitchen 

Honey Walnut Baked Brie

Baked brie is so easy and so decadent. Here, the honey makes it sweet and the nuts add texture.

Honey Walnut Baked Brie

Honey Walnut Baked Brie by Yummly


Bacon

Yes, bacon gets its own category. Fight me.

Holiday Bacon Appetizers

You can make this flavorful recipe from The Pioneer Woman with parmesan or brown sugar to take it in either a sweet or savory direction.

Holiday Bacon Appetizers

Holiday Bacon Appetizers by The Pioneer Woman

Chipotle Lime Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp 

From Simply Recipes, this classic appetizer recipe gets an added kick from the chipotle powder.

Chipotle Lime Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

Chipotle Lime Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp by Simply Recipes

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Peppers Stuffed With Cream Cheese

What can’t you wrap in bacon? These jalapeño poppers are sliced in half for a more elegant bite. Garnish with fresh cilantro for a dressed-up look.

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Peppers Stuffed With Cream Cheese

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Peppers Stuffed With Cream Cheese by Savory Tooth

Bacon-Wrapped Dates With Parmesan

I know these as "riders on horseback." Whatever you call them, bacon-wrapped dates are that perfect mix of savory and sweet.

Bacon-wrapped Dates With Parmesan

Bacon-Wrapped Dates With Parmesan by Tasting Table


Restaurant-Style

More familiar, more filling. 

Easy Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings

Buffalo chicken wings aren't just for game day! 

Easy Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings

Easy Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings by Yummly

Potato Skins 

Another winner from The Pioneer Woman: potato skins. Careful with how many you make of these — people might not be hungry for dinner! Use sweet potatoes for a colorful twist.

Potato Skins

Potato Skins by The Pioneer Woman

Ground Beef Sliders on Brioche 

Not serving a sit-down meal? For a cocktail party or a giant grazing table, these easy sliders from Martha Stewart make for a filling snack. Not a fan of onions? Use your favorite burger toppings instead (avocado and swiss, anyone?). 

Sliders

Ground Beef Sliders on Brioche by Martha Stewart


Extras

Imminently snackable companions

Roasted Chickpeas

The perfectly crunchy — and healthy — snack for your next party: roasted chickpeas.

Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted Chickpeas by Yummly

Caramelized Spiced Nuts

On a similar note, these simple sweet-and-savory nuts (with a secret ingredient: garam masala) fill out a charcuterie board just as well as they do on their own in a snack bowl. 

Caramelized Spiced Nuts

Caramelized Spiced Nuts by Mark Bittman

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