Traditional Appetizers for Your Next Party

These days, almost anybody is able to discover culinary art ability within. The internet provides us with countless how-to recipes – gone are the days of following written out directions on tattered yellowed cards with oil stains. Pinterest, YouTube cooking channels, and a daily dose of “recipe of the day” cell phone applications now take charge.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are more wild and unique than ever before. But, the new-fangled fads of today have interrupted classic dishes. You don’t have to get too crazy, different, or unusual to impress party guests. Give your grandmother or mother a phone call for what is tried and true.

These simple, old school recipes are made with staple foods that are most likely already stocked in your pantry and refrigerator. Save time by skipping an extra run to the grocery store for random, odd food items. Think contemporary and traditional.

Let’s revisit the past and dig up “back to the basics.” Below is an assortment of wonderful, timeless appetizers for any type of occasion that will fill and delight everyone in the crowd.

With each appetizer is a short list of major ingredients included in each recipe, for availability and ease on the cook’s behalf. Note: this does not include fundamental elements such as salt, pepper, sugar, butter or other necessary seasonings & spices. These should always be stored in every single kitchen! Without further ado…

Yeast Rolls

What is first delivered to guests upon receiving service at a restaurant? Fresh bread is universally loved.

  • Flour
  • Yeast
  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Honey

Spinach & Vidalia Dip

This dip compliments every vegetable out there.

  • Spinach
  • Sweet Onion
  • Sour Cream
  • Chives

Party-Perfect Meatballs

Take a stab at this fan favorite finger food.

  • Ground Beef
  • Mild Italian Sausage
  • Ricotta Cheese
  • Panko Breadcrumbs
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Tomato Paste
  • Beef Broth

Shrimp Cocktail

Succulent shrimp, the fancy of the few.

  • Large cooked shrimp
  • Dipping sauce recipe ideas included

Herbed Deviled Eggs

How do you want your eggs? The best way, which is hard boiled, of course.

  • Eggs
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sherry Vinegar
  • Chives
  • Thyme
  • Parsley

Oven Fries

Look inside to festively dress up a bunch of plain fries.

  • Extra Crispy French-Fried Potatoes
  • A variety of flavors include: Salt-n-Pepper, Italian, Barbeque, Jerk & Southwest.
  • Served with tasty dipping sauces

Brown Sugar Fruit Dip

A delicious center piece offering a pretty presentation of colorful fruits, cheeses and crostini.

  • Brown Sugar
  • Cream Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Whipped Topping
  • Coffee Liqueur

Spicy-Sweet Pecans

Small bite, big taste.

  • Pecans halves
  • Sugar, spice, & everything nice.

Mini Crab Cakes

Famously made on dock in Chesapeake Bay and broadly enjoyed beyond the shore.

  • Fresh Lump Crabmeat
  • Whole Grain White Bread
  • Mayonnaise
  • Green Onion
  • Old Bay
  • Worcestershire

Black Bean & Corn Salsa

For a very colorful fiesta, just add tortilla chips.

  • Black Beans
  • Sweet Yellow Corn
  • Bell Peppers
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Onion
  • Jalapeno

Loaded Sweet Potato Skins

A sweeter alternative to a traditional, savory loaded baked white potato.

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Sour Cream
  • Buttermilk
  • Bacon


An ethnic dish first developed by the Aztecs which has made a huge comeback.

  • Avocado
  • Jalapeno Chile
  • Onion
  • Tomato
  • Lime Juice

Sweet Onion Dip

Spend a little extra time whipping up a homemade onion dip instead of buying a widely distributed brand at the grocery store.

  • Cream Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Vidalia Onion
  • White Wine Vinegar