These recipes are the perfect heavy finger food appetizers for casual evening gatherings.

When I’m a guest at a gathering that starts early in the evening, I like it when heavy or hearty appetizers are served.

Light appetizers are generally not enough to fill me up, especially when I’m a hungry guest.

And as a host I like to make a variety of finger food appetizers for guests to choose from especially when the get-together is in the early evening.

So, in this collection of recipes, I included appetizers that are more on the heavy side.

And these recipes include Mexican food, Asian inspired food, comfort food, pizza and garlic bread.

Let’s check these recipes out.

Below each of the following images, there’s a link to the respective recipe.

Shrimp Appetizers:

Tempura Shrimp with Mustard Sauce

Starting off with “Tempura Shrimp with Honey Mustard Sauce”…

Tempura Shrimp with Mustard Sauce

…a quick and easy honey mustard dipping sauce (included in the Tempura Shrimp recipe) tastes wonderful with this shrimp.

Tempura Shrimp with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce.

Fresh Spring Rolls with Shrimp on board

Next, beautiful “Fresh Spring Rolls with Shrimp”.

Fresh Spring Rolls with Shrimp on plate

These fresh spring rolls are so pretty when served cut in half so that the colorful ingredients can be seen.

Homemade Peanut Sauce in Bowls

These fresh spring rolls need a dipping sauce, and this “Easy Peanut Sauce” is just the thing.

Fresh Spring Rolls with Shrimp

Cutting Corn Tortillas on Plate

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.

Seasoned Shrimp Cooking in Pan

The shrimp are cooked in butter and spices.

Yogurt on Guacamole Tostadas

Also included in this recipe is a quick and easy guacamole topping.

Mini Shrimp Tostadas on plate

These mini shrimp tostadas are an eye catcher and taste amazing.

Mini Shrimp Tostadas with Homemade Guacamole

Meatless Appetizers with Cheese:

Cream Cheese Garlic Bread on foil

Warm “Cream Cheese Garlic Bread” cut into smaller size pieces (not too small of course) is an irresistible appetizer.

Cream Cheese Garlic Bread on plate

This is a heartier finger food appetizer which is perfect when only appetizers are served at a gathering.

Cream Cheese Garlic Bread on plate

Cream Cheese Garlic Bread

Rolling Pin on Bread Slices

This comfort food favorite “Grilled Cheese Roll Ups” is the perfect shape for finger food.

Rolled Bread with Cheese Inside on board

It’s made with simple ingredients that taste so good together, American cheese, wheat sandwich bread and butter.

Grilled Cheese Roll Ups in Pan

These grilled cheese roll ups taste wonderful served by themselves or…

Grilled Cheese Roll Ups in Soup

…serve them with a warm “dipping sauce” (good old fashioned tomato soup from a can).

Grilled Cheese Roll Ups

Wonton Cheese Bites on plate

This unique cheese wonton appetizer or “Wonton Cheese Bites” are made with a variety of 4 cheese fillings.

Brie Wonton Cheese Bites on plate

…brie, brown sugar and walnuts…

Brie Wonton Cheese Bites on plate

…brie and chives (or the green part of a green onion)

Cheddar Wonton Cheese Bites on plate

…sharp cheddar cheese and slices of fresh jalapenos…

String Cheese Wonton Cheese Bites

…string cheese and slices of fresh jalapenos.

Wonton Cheese Bites with Sauce

And also includes 3 quick and easy dipping sauces.

Wonton Cheese Bites with 4 Varieties


Crispy Tortilla Chips with Seasoning

…another recipe with brie. “Brie and Olive Tapenade Nachos“.

Homemade crispy corn tortilla chips are topped with chili powder and salt…

Cubed Brie Cheese on Tortilla Chips on pan

…put in a small serving skillet and topped with chunks of brie

Olive Tapenade on Tortilla Chips

…and baked in an oven just long enough to melt the cheese and topped with olive tapenade.

Brie and Olive Tapenade Nachos

The salty and tangy tapenade with the melted brie and crispy homemade tortilla chips tastes heavenly.

Brie and Olive Tapenade Nachos

Brie Cheese and Olive Tapenade Nachos

Cheese and Jalapeno on Tortilla

Jalapeno and Cheese Taquitos”….

…corn tortillas are filled with a stick of cheese and slices of fresh jalapeno.

Cheese and Jalapeno Taquitos on plate

Jalapeno Cheese Taquitos on plate

…they taste like a combination of crispy nachos and a jalapeno popper.

Top with a quick and easy homemade,

Pico de Gallo in bowl

Pico de Gallo and…

Homemade Guacamole in Bowl


Cheese and Jalapeno Taquitos on fork

Jalapeno and Cheese Taquitos

Appetizers with Meat:

Red Salsa on Scrambled Eggs

Here’s a hearty finger food that falls in the category of a breakfast-for-dinner recipe, “Crispy Breakfast Quesadillas“.

Flour Tortilla on Quesadilla in Pan

It’s filled to the brim with a mix of cheese, scrambled eggs and breakfast sage sausage.

Breakfast Quesadilla on Plate

Cheesy and flavorful breakfast-for-dinner goodness.

Breakfast Quesadillas on Plate

Crispy Breakfast Quesadilla

Sauce on Roll for Pizza

These “Mini Kaiser Roll Pizzas” are made with a simple homemade sauce.

Mini Kaiser Roll Pizzas on Pan

The firmness of a kaiser roll stands up nicely to the pizza ingredients…

Mini Pizza on Plate

…and the crispy roll is perfect with each bite.

Mini Kaiser Roll Pizzas

Ketchup in Ground Turkey in pan

These homemade Sloppy Joe Sliders are…

Sloppy Joes in Skillet

…made with ground turkey.

Ground Turkey Sliders on plate

Ground Turkey Sloppy Joe Sliders

Frying Chipotle Chicken Nuggets in pan

A fried chicken slider “Chipotle Chicken Nugget and Honey Dijon Sliders“.

Honey Dijon Sauce on Chicken Slider

Served in soft slider buns or Hawaiian rolls and topped with a quick and easy honey Dijon sauce.

Chipotle Fried Chicken Sliders on plate

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.

Chipotle Fried Chicken Sliders on plate

Chipotle Chicken Nugget and Honey Dijon Sliders

Thank you so much for stopping by CCC!

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