Are you tired of serving the same old appetizers when you throw a party? Sometimes it seems that every gathering features the same type of boring party appetizers. Sure, they might taste great, but wouldn’t be fun to get a little creative?
If you’re looking for unique appetizer recipes for your next shindig, look no further. In this post, we will give you six different recipes for appetizers that will wow your guests — and their taste buds.
Honey Buffalo Meatballs
Everyone loves buffalo chicken. Everyone also loves meatballs. So why not serve honey buffalo meatballs? This spin on an American favorite is sure to delight your guests. The great part about this particular party appetizer is that it is easy to make.
When you’re making this appetizer, be sure to keep the taste of your guests in mind. Some people don’t prefer spicy food. You might consider making a mild batch, and a hotter batch. For this appetizer, you will need:
- 2 lbs lean ground beef
- 2 eggs
- 22 crushed saltine crackers
- ⅓ cup minced onion (dry)
- ⅓ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder, onion powder, and salt
- ½ teaspoon chili powder, smoked paprika, and ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
For the honey buffalo sauce, you will need:
- ¼ cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup apricot preserves
- 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
- 1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch
- ¼ cup brown sugar
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with foil. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl, then add the remaining ingredients. Stir the mixture until it is combined. Roll the ground beef to the desired size and place them on a prepared baking sheet. Bake the meatballs until they are lightly browned.
While the meatballs are baking, pour the honey buffalo sauce ingredients into a bowl and stir. You can add as much of the Frank’s Red Hot Sauce as you want. The more you add, the spicier the dish will be. Place the baked meatballs on the bottom of your slow cooker and pour in some of the honey buffalo sauce. Add the remaining meatballs and add more sauce.
Cook the meatballs for one hour, then stir the mixture. Cook them for another hour and then add sauce as desired. This recipe should make roughly 70 meatballs.
Bloomin’ Onion Bites
Bloomin’ onion bites are the perfect finger food to serve as an appetizer, especially when combined with the sauce. Here’s a word of warning: it won’t do much for your breath, so make sure you have some mints handy!
Onion bites are a great alternative for those who do not eat meat. Your vegetarian guests will thank you! For this party appetizer, you will need:
- 20 pearl onions
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- Kosher salt
- Ground black pepper
- Vegetable oil
For the dipping sauce, you will need:
- ⅔ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 teaspoon horseradish
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
Now, it’s time to get started. First, you will cut the tops of your pearl onions. Then, cut from the top down—but do not cut all the way through the onion. You will do this three times and create six sections on the onion. Then, separate them with your fingers.
Mix your beaten eggs with water in a bowl. In a different bowl, mix the garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, and flour. Apply the salt and pepper as desired.
Dip the onions in the egg mixture, then dip it in the flour mixture. Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet. Fry the onions until they are golden brown, then put them on a plate. Make sure you line the dish with a paper towel to soak up the oil.
For the dipping sauce, you will place the mayonnaise, ketchup, horseradish, paprika, garlic powder, and oregano in a bowl. Whisk the mixture until it is well combined. Season it with salt, and you’re ready to go!
Date, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Ball
This recipe is a new spin on an old classic. Everyone loves the giant cheese ball when they’re sampling appetizers, right? The date, walnut, and blue cheese ball is a unique version of this favorite party appetizer. If you’re going to use this recipe, make sure you prepare it two days before the event. You can serve it with crackers, bread, vegetables, or all three.
For this appetizer, you will need:
- 1 cup crumbled blue cheese
- 1 tablespoon nonfat buttermilk
- 5 ounces fat-free cream cheese
- 3 ounce ⅓ less fat cream cheese
- 3 tablespoons minced pitted Medjool dates (softened)
- 1 tablespoon minced shallots
- ½ teaspoon grated lemon rind
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ cup minced flat-leaf parsley
- 2 ½ tablespoon finely chopped walnuts
First, place the blue cheese, buttermilk, fat-free cream cheese, ⅓ less fat-free cream cheese in a bowl. Using a mixer, beat the mixture at medium speed until it is smooth. Then, add the shallots, lemon rind, dates, salt, and pepper. Beat until the mixture is well blended.
Using a spoon, place the mixture on a sheet of plastic wrap. Form it into a ball with a rubber spatula. Wrap the ball in plastic wrap and allow it to chill overnight. Next, place the parsley and walnuts in a dish. Roll your cheese ball in the mixture. At this point, it is ready to serve. Or, you can put it back into the refrigerator until the day of your event.
Polenta Squares with Gorgonzola and Pine Nuts
Polenta squares with gorgonzola and pine nuts are another great treat that your guests probably haven’t tried. If you’re looking for a unique party appetizer, this recipe is for you.
For this appetizer, you will need:
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup quick-cooking polenta
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Cooking spray
- ¼ cup boiling water
- 3 tablespoon currants
- ⅓ cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
- 3 tablespoon toasted pine nuts
- 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
- ⅔ cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
First, boil four cups of water in a medium saucepan. Add the polenta and salt and stir with a whisk. Decrease the heat to the lowest setting and cook the mixture for four minutes. The mixture should be thick. Then, pour in the butter and continue to stir.
Put the polenta on a 9-inch square baking pan. Make sure you coat it with cooking spray first. Place plastic wrap onto the polenta and allow it to chill for 1 hour. The polenta should be firm. Cut it into 30 separate squares.
Put ¼ cup of boiling water and currants in a bowl. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then drain the water. Mix the cheese, pine nuts, currants, and orange rind in another bowl. In a saucepan, heat up the vinegar using medium-low heat. It should be reduced to 2 tablespoons.
Coat your skillet with cooking spray and heat it over medium-high heat. Place half of the polenta squares into the pan and cook it for six minutes on both sides. The polenta should be golden brown. Take the polenta squares out of the pan and make sure they stay warm.
Repeat the process for the rest of the polenta squares. Top the squares with the cheese mixture and drizzle ¼ teaspoons of balsamic vinegar. Garnish the dish with parsley.
Vegetable Samosas with Mint Chutney
This Indian-style dish is sure to impress your guests. If you have guests who like Indian food, this dish is sure to delight them. It’s another yummy vegetarian alternative.
For the chutney, you will need:
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1 cup cilantro leaves
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 teaspoon finely-chopped jalapeno peppers
- 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
- ½ teaspoon minced peeled ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
For the samosas, you will need:
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ cup finely chopped onion
- ⅔ cup shredded carrot
- ⅔ cup frozen green peas
- 2 teaspoons mustard seeds
- 1 ½ teaspoons garam masala
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup mashed potatoes
- 8 14×9 inch sheets of frozen phyllo dough
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. First, you will prepare the chutney. Combine all of the chutney ingredients in a food processor. Process the mixture for one minute. The mixture should be smooth. Place the mixture into a bowl and refrigerate it.
Next, you will make the samosas. Heat 1 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a nonstick skillet. Place the onion in the pan. Cook it for two minutes and stir it occasionally. Add the carrot and cook for two more minutes while stirring occasionally. Then, add the peas, mustard seeds, salt and garam masala and cook the mixture for two more minutes. Finally, add the potatoes and stir it into the mixture.
Cut each sheet of phyllo dough lengthwise into three strips. Coat them with cooking spray. Make sure that you cover the remainder so that it does not dry out. Using a spoon, add one tablespoon of the potato mixture onto one end of each strip.
Fold one of the corners of the dough over the mixture. It should form a triangle. Place the triangles on a baking sheet and brush them with the oil. Bake the samosas for 23 minutes.
Party Appetizers Aren’t Difficult
Preparing unique appetizers is not difficult. If you use these recipes, you will make it look easy! They give you an opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and create dishes that your guests have never experienced.