3 Super Easy Appetizer Recipes Anyone Can Make

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Easy Appetizer Recipes – 3 quick and easy appetizer recipes for a crowd, perfect for a holiday party. Simple savory finger food, including pinwheels and bacon wrapped deliciousness.

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The holidays mean loads of holiday parties and events with loads of finger foods, as well. It’s a great time to have an arsenal of easy appetizer recipes, like leftover ham and stuffing crescent rolls, you can turn to when you need something quick.

And how can you possibly go wrong when bacon is involved? Bacon and cheese.

These easy appetizers aren’t just easy. They’re really delicious too.

In fact, sometimes we make the pinwheels just because we want to, no party needed. Did I mention they’re great for game day too?

easy bacon appetizers, pinwheels, and cheese and crackers on a gray plate

If you’re looking for more easy appetizers, you’ll also enjoy bacon cheddar bbq ranch dip and chicken dip pinwheels. I’m definitely adding these appetizers to my list of favorite Christmas recipes.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE EASY APPETIZER RECIPES?

If you’d rather skip all of my cooking tips, important cooking info for these recipes, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the delicious appetizer recipes – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

TIPS FOR MAKING EASY APPETIZERS

When it comes to party foods and finger foods, you want to keep it as simple as possible but still make sure it tastes good. Keep it simple with as few ingredients as possible, and hopefully ingredients you already have on hand.

apples and cheese with cheese and crackers stacked on small wooden cutting board

Great options for easy appetizers include…

  • Pinwheels
  • Bacon wrapped anything
  • Cheese and crackers

… And the list goes on.

1. HAM AND DILL PINWHEELS

This first idea is adapted from a sampling my husband enjoyed while shopping at our local grocery store.

ham and dill pickle pinwheels on gray plate

Ham and dill cream cheese pinwheels are so yummy, I challenge you to try and stop at just one. They’re bite-sized, making them perfect for a party platter.

There are really only a few simple steps to this easy appetizer, and they are so good!

making pinwheels with cream cheese, ham, and dill pickles in a tortilla

  • Spread cream cheese onto a medium sized flour tortilla.
  • Then place dill pickles and ham on the cream cheese, and wrap up the tortilla.
  • Slice it into pinwheels and enjoy this delicious flavor combo.

ham and dill pickle cream cheese pinwheels with chopped green onions on a small wooden cutting board

2. CHEESE AND CRACKERS (WITH APPLES)

The next appetizer is something Dan came up with, and it’s so simple. It’s also the perfect mix of sweet and salty.

apples and cheese with cream cheese on Ritz crackers, easy appetizers stacked on a wooden cutting board

Just a couple of steps…

  • Slice both the apples and cheese.
  • Put a slice of cheddar cheese, a thin apple slice, and about a teaspoon of cream cheese between 2 Ritz crackers, forming a crispy sweet and salty sandwich.

making apples and cheese crackers with cream cheese on wooden cutting board

Yum! (Don’t knock it ’til you try it.)

stacked apples and cheese crackers on small wooden cutting board, easy appetizer recipe

3. BACON WRAPPED APPLES AND CHEESE

Bacon just makes everything better, doesn’t it? You’ll need warm bacon for this, ready to wrap without breaking.

bacon wrapped apples and cheese, easy appetizers

  • Layer about a teaspoon of cream cheese, a slice of cheddar cheese, and an apple slice onto the end of a piece of bacon.
  • Then wrap it tightly in the bacon.

making bacon appetizers with cream cheese, apples, and cheese

Again, it’s the perfect mix of sweet and salty, along with a bit of smoky savory goodness from the bacon.

Bacon wrapped apples and cheese appetizers on a white plate

LOOKING FOR MORE EASY APPETIZER RECIPES?

Maple sausage stuffed pastry bites are so easy to make because really all you have to do is cook the sausage and prep the puff pastry cups. I also love making these leftover turkey stuffing crescent roll appetizers, especially after a holiday when I have plenty of leftovers.

You can also catch me guest posting over at Around My Family Table, where I shared this super easy recipe for cranberry cream cheese appetizers. And I definitely want to try this recipe from The Salty Side Dish for Pinwheel Sandwiches with Cream Cheese. Yum!

easy appetizer recipes, including pinwheels, bacon wrapped apples and cheese, and crackers and cheese with apples

KITCHEN TOOLS YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE THESE YUMMY APPETIZERS

Ninja Food Chopper Express or Cutting Board and Chef’s Knife

Apple Corer, Slicer, and Peeler

Serving Platter

EASY APPETIZER RECIPES

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Ham and Dill Pinwheels

Quick and easy appetizers for a crowd, perfect for a holiday party. Simple savory finger food, including these ham and dill cream cheese pinwheels.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Appetizer, Snack
Keyword appetizer recipes, appetizers, cream cheese pinwheels, easy appetizer recipes, easy appetizers, pinwheels
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 60 kcal
Author Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Spread the cream cheese onto the flour tortilla.

  2. Add 2 long, thinly sliced dill pickles.

  3. Add 2 pieces of thinly sliced ham.

  4. Roll the tortilla up, making sure to wrap it tightly.

  5. Slice the tortilla wrap into 1-inch slices, or pinwheels.

  6. Place the pinwheels on a serving platter and serve.

Recipe Notes

*You can use leftover ham or deli ham.

You can also add a sprinkling of green onions if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Ham and Dill Pinwheels
Amount Per Serving
Calories 60 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 215mg9%
Potassium 44mg1%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cheese and Crackers with Apples

Quick and easy appetizer recipes for a crowd, perfect for a holiday party. Simple savory finger food, including these sweet and salty cheese and crackers with apples.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Appetizer, Snack
Keyword appetizer recipes, apples and cheese, cheese and crackers, cheese crackers, Christmas appetizers, easy appetizer recipes, easy appetizers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 158 kcal
Author Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

  • 12 Ritz crackers
  • 6 slices cheddar cheese *
  • 1 whole apple washed, peeled, and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese

Instructions

  1. Slice both the apples and cheese.

  2. Layer a slice of cheddar cheese, a thin slice of apple, and about a teaspoon of cream cheese between 2 Ritz crackers, forming a crispy sweet and salty sandwich.

  3. Repeat the steps above with the rest of the Ritz crackers.

  4. Place the cheese and crackers on a serving platter and serve.

Recipe Notes

*Or you can use Monterey Jack, Colby Jack, smoked cheddar, smoked Gouda, etc. Pick the cheese you love and go with it.

Nutrition Facts
Cheese and Crackers with Apples
Amount Per Serving
Calories 158 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 242mg11%
Potassium 41mg1%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 345IU7%
Calcium 216mg22%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Bacon Wrapped Apples and Cheese

Quick and easy appetizer recipes for a crowd, perfect for a holiday party. Simple savory finger food, including these irresistible bacon wrapped apples and cheese.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Appetizer, Snack
Keyword appetizer recipes, appetizers, apples and cheese, bacon appetizers, bacon wrapped, easy appetizer recipes, easy appetizers
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 221 kcal
Author Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon fully cooked
  • 6 slices cheddar cheese *
  • 1 whole apple sliced thinly
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese

Instructions

  1. Layer about a teaspoon of cream cheese, a slice of cheddar cheese, and an apple slice onto the end of a piece of bacon.

  2. Then wrap it tightly in the bacon.
  3. Place the bacon wrapped apples and cheese on a serving platter and serve.

Recipe Notes

*Or you can use Monterey Jack, Colby Jack, smoked cheddar, smoked Gouda, etc. Pick the cheese you love and go with it.

Nutrition Facts
Bacon Wrapped Apples and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 221 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 335mg15%
Potassium 77mg2%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 345IU7%
Calcium 207mg21%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
easy appetizer recipes anyone can make
3 super easy appetizer recipes, including pinwheels, apples and cheese crackers, and bacon wrapped apples and cheese

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