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Looking for some last-minute party snack ideas? Look no further than this list of craveable, dippable and oh-so-good recipes that all come together in 30 minutes or less. Make one, or make them all — we know this party is going to be a hit.
This Goodtaste original recipe is one of our party go-to’s. Soft Hawaiian buns are arranged in a large baking dish and then topped with a creamy mustard sauce, sliced ham and cheese. You can assemble these sliders in advance and then pop them in the oven when your guests arrive. You can even double or triple the recipe, depending on the size of your crowd! Thanks to a few easy no-prep ingredients, these sliders can be on the table in 30 minutes.
This recipe from Food & Wine Magazine tastes like your favorite ranch or spinach dip, but oh so much better. Barely cooked chopped kale adds texture to the tangy buttermilk and labneh dip. Can’t find labneh? Full-fat Greek yogurt will work nicely here, too. Did we mention it all comes together in under 15 minutes? This is a party (and host) pleaser.
Marinated cheese is such an easy, but impressive-looking, party dish. In this version from Bon Appetit Magazine, smashed green olives are cooked gently in olive oil with garlic, lemon zest and chile flakes. The infused oil is poured over crumbled feta for an elegant snack. The most important ingredient? Plenty of crusty bread for people to mop up that flavorful oil. Double or triple this recipe for larger groups.
We all love Tex-Mex, so how about Greek-Mex? This cheesy mash-up from Damn Delicious takes the flavors of Greece – feta, dill, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and olives – and packs them into a gooey quesadilla filling. Instead of salsa or hot sauce, serve them with a quick yogurt tzatziki. If you want to make these quesadillas before your guests arrive, preheat your oven to a low temperature. Then, set a cooling rack in a rimmed baking sheet and place it in the oven. As you cook up your quesadillas, place them on the baking sheet to stay warm. The cooling rack allows air to circulate, so the tortillas stay crispy. Cut into small wedges and arrange on a platter with tzatziki sauce.
Guacamole purists might be tempted to skip right over this recipe, but we strongly recommend you give this guacamole from The New York Times a try. Blanched spring peas are mashed lightly and folded into an otherwise traditional dip. The texture and sweetness of the peas contrast so nicely with the creamy avocado and the tart lime juice. Plus, the peas make the guacamole a vibrant green that keeps its color while sitting on a snack table for a few hours (if it even lasts that long).
Skewers are a party snack classic for a reason: they’re easy to make, don’t require any plates or cutlery and always a crowd-pleaser! We’ll be making this antipasti version from Tidy Mom for our next get together. The skewers only require a few ingredients and there’s no chopping necessary! It’s an Italian antipasti platter all in a few neat bites.