By Carl Hanson
May 30, 2014

Make these quick-and-easy appetizer recipes in advance, and you'll never be short on snacks when opportunity (to party) knocks. And if your unexpected guests don't show? That's cool. These 5-star bites make sensational TV binge-watching snacks, too. Just add a glass of wine on the side.

"A spicy appetizer of jalapeno peppers stuffed with beans, chicken and cheese," says TTAYLOR239. "Topped with sour cream, this appetizer is unbelievably good!"

Stuffed Jalapenos I
Stuffed Jalapenos I | Photo by bd.weld

"Simple and delicious," says Caroline. "To go along with it, I found Easy Pizza Sauce III. It's great to go with these delicious Pizza Moons!"

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

"While not 'authentic,' these crispy crab and cream cheese wontons are one of the most addictive, delicious, and crowd-pleasing appetizers ever created," says Chef John. "That is, if the filling has enough crab in it. I'm using a 1-to-1 ratio of crab to cream cheese."

Crab Rangoon
Chef John's Crab Rangoon | Photo by Chef John

"I find this technique much easier than the stovetop pan method," says Chef John. "You'll get beautiful, perfectly frosted nuts that are roasted evenly, with no bitter burned spots."

Sweet Salty Spicy Party Nuts
Sweet, Salty, Spicy Party Nuts | Photo by Sherri

"Store-bought marinated artichokes are too expensive," says KnifeForkandaSpoon. "I created this recipe with simple ingredients that are already found in the kitchen. Enjoy immediately or chill the marinated artichokes for at least an hour before serving."

Easy Marinated Artichokes
Easy Marinated Artichokes | Photo by Christina

Make, freeze, and thaw in the fridge. "These aren't done with graham wafers but with vanilla wafer cookies," says Ginny. "They're fast, easy, and excellent! Any flavor fruit filling will do."

Mini Cheesecakes
Mini Cheesecakes | Photo by samcatmeow

Another recipe to freeze and thaw in the fridge. "The requests for this family recipe never stop, so here it is for everybody to enjoy," says Ann. "These cheese balls freeze well for months and make wonderful holiday gifts."

Herman Reunion Cheese Ball
Herman Reunion Cheese Ball | Photo by MrsFisher0729
| Credit: MrsFisher0729

"This wonderful picked egg recipe is quick and easy," says Cheryl. "Perfect for a nice gift, or just to have on hand for entertaining. Plan ahead though, they need to be refrigerated for at least 3 days before they're ready for eating."

Emily's Pickled Eggs
Emily's Pickled Eggs | Photo by LilSnoo

"Wonderful and so easy," says KELMOM. "I make it for all my holiday get togethers, and it's always the first thing to run out." It's great with buttery round crackers.

Martha's Hot Almond Spread
Martha's Hot Almond Spread | Photo by Tiffany Beane Miller

"They take barely any time to prepare and go great with spinach artichoke dip," says Tarryn. "Add Italian seasoning, herbs, or Parmesan cheese for a twist!"

Perfect Pita Chips
Perfect Pita Chips | Photo by LYNNINMA

Keep a can of artichokes in the pantry so you can chop them up and mix them with mayo and grated Parmesan cheese to create this incredibly easy dip. Serve with sliced baguettes or pita chips.

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