12 Easy Finger Food Appetizers for Casual Gatherings
These easy-to-make finger food recipes are the perfect heavy appetizers for casual evening gatherings when only appetizers are served.
Sometimes it’s nice to host or attend gatherings where just heavy or hearty appetizers are served rather than a dinner.
As a host it’s nice to make a variety of appetizers for guests to choose from especially if part of the appetizers can be made ahead of time. Also as a host, it’s especially nice if the appetizers are finger foods because they don’t necessarily require utensils, skewers or even toothpicks to serve.
As a guest I personally like to be able to choose from a number of options when appetizers are available. And of course when I find my favorite one, I keep going back for more.
Heavy appetizer options are especially nice for gatherings that are in the early evening when dinner isn’t served.
Here are 12 easy finger food heavy appetizers for casual gatherings that are made with shrimp, made with cheese (meatless), or made with meat.
Let’s check them out starting with…
Starting off with “Tempura Shrimp with Honey Mustard Sauce”.
These fresh shrimp taste wonderful with the light and crispy tempura batter and they’re so pretty and appetizing that they’re sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Leaving the tails on not only looks appealing but also makes these shrimp a great finger food so the guests have something to grab on to.
And a quick and easy honey mustard dipping sauce (included in the Tempura Shrimp recipe) tastes wonderful with this shrimp. Recipe and step-by-step instructions here: Tempura Shrimp with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce.
Next, beautiful “Fresh Spring Rolls with Shrimp”. Fresh spring rolls are easier than you may think to make.
They’re so pretty when served cut in half so that the colorful ingredients can be seen.
These fresh spring rolls need a dipping sauce and this “Easy Peanut Sauce” is just the thing. The spring rolls and peanut sauce taste so good together. Recipe and step-by-step instructions here: Fresh Spring Rolls with Shrimp
Next, let’s check out “Shrimp and Guacamole Mini Tostadas”. The crispy tortilla base for the tostadas is made from corn tortillas and cut into rounds with a cookie cutter. Homemade crispy corn tortillas taste especially delicious and are sturdy enough to stand up to the toppings.
The shrimp are cooked in butter and spices.
Also included in this recipe is a quick and easy guacamole topping.
These mini shrimp tostadas are an eye catcher and taste amazing. Recipe and step-by-step instructions here: Mini Shrimp Tostadas
Meatless Appetizers with Cheese:
Warm “Cream Cheese Garlic Bread” cut into smaller size pieces (not too small of course) is an irresistible appetizer.
This is a heartier finger food appetizer which is perfect when only appetizers are served at a gathering.
Recipe and step-by-step instructions here: Cream Cheese Garlic Bread
This comfort food favorite “Grilled Cheese Roll Ups” is the perfect shape for finger food.
It’s made with simple ingredients that taste so good together, American cheese, wheat sandwich bread and butter.
These taste wonderful served by themselves or…
…serve them with a warm “sauce” that is another comfort food only it’s from a can, tomato soup! Recipe and step-by-step instructions here: Grilled Cheese Roll Ups
This unique appetizer “Wonton Cheese Bites” is made with a variety of 4 cheesy fillings.
…brie, brown sugar and walnuts…
…brie and chives (or the green part of a green onion)…
…sharp cheddar cheese and slices of fresh jalapenos…
…string cheese and slices of fresh jalapenos.
These yummies taste delightful when dipped in a sauce (this recipe also includes 3 quick and easy dipping sauces). Recipe and step-by-step instructions here: Wonton Cheese Bites
…another recipe with brie. yum. “Brie and Olive Tapenade Nachos“. Homemade crispy corn tortilla chips are topped with chili powder and salt…
…then put in a small serving skillet and topped with chunks of brie…
…then baked in an oven just long enough to melt the cheese and topped with olive tapenade.
The salty and tangy tapenade with the melted brie and crispy homemade tortilla chips tastes heavenly.
Recipe and step-by-step instructions here: Brie Cheese and Olive Tapenade Nachos
Next, more cheesy goodness…
…with “Jalapeno and Cheese Taquitos”. Corn tortillas are filled with a stick of cheese and slices of fresh jalapeno,
then rolled and lightly fried to crispy perfection.
…they taste like a combination of crispy nachos and a jalapeno popper. so good. Top with a quick and easy homemade,
Pico de Gallo and…
Recipe and step-by-step instructions here: Jalapeno and Cheese Taquitos
Appetizers with Meat:
Here’s a hearty finger food that falls in the category of a breakfast-for-dinner recipe, “Crispy Breakfast Quesadillas“.
It’s filled to the brim with a mix of cheese, scrambled eggs and a breakfast sage sausage that tastes incredible along with the other ingredients.
Cheesy and flavorful breakfast-for-dinner goodness.
Recipe and step-by-step instructions here: Crispy Breakfast Quesadilla
On to a traditional favorite…
…pizza. These “Mini Kaiser Roll Pizzas” are made with a simple homemade sauce that amps up the flavor in each and every bite of these pizzas.
The firmness of a kaiser roll stands up nicely to the pizza ingredients…
…and the crispiness of the roll tastes so good with the generous portions of sauce and toppings. Recipe and step-by-step instructions here: Mini Kaiser Roll Pizzas
Next, a popular comfort food…
…sloppy joes. These homemade Sloppy Joe Sliders are made with ground turkey…
…and cooked down to a mouthwatering thick consistency then…
…served in soft slider buns or Hawaiian rolls. Recipe and step-by-step instructions here: Ground Turkey Sloppy Joe Sliders
a fried chicken slider “Chipotle Chicken Nugget and Honey Dijon Sliders” made with boneless skinless chicken breasts topped with spicy seasonings and a light coating of flour, lightly fried…
…and served in soft slider buns or Hawaiian rolls and topped with a quick and easy honey Dijon sauce.
Top with chives and these yummies are ready to eat. They taste sooo good with the combination of spiciness in the chicken and sweet in the Dijon sauce.
Recipe and step-by-step instructions here: Chipotle Chicken Nugget and Honey Dijon Sliders
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