21 Finger Foods So Good You'll Add Them to Your Dinner Plans
Whether you're hosting a dinner party or making dinner on a busy weeknight, finger food dinners are a fun way to play around with different flavors. Some of these finger foods can stand alone, while others might be best served with an array of other mini foods. Kids and adults alike will enjoy these pick-up dinner foods, no silverware necessary (so cleanup is a breeze). And don't all of us eat with our eyes first anyways? Ahead are 21 finger food dinner recipes that will make mealtime fun.
Mini Philly Cheesesteaks
"Miniaturized sandwiches don't usually float my boat, or submarine, as they're almost always not as good as the full-sized versions, but these mini Philly cheesesteaks really captured everything I love about the classic," says Chef John.
Cauliflower Pizza Bites
These pizza bites are gluten-free! Recipe creator A Day In the Kitchen says, "Just like its big relative, cauliflower crust pizza, but better! Easy and fun to eat, it's sure to be a crowd pleaser!"
Tots without the tater. "Clever way to use cauliflower. Extremely pleased with how they came out," says reviewer MichelleO. "Rolled 'tots' in seasoned bread crumbs prior to baking. Adding to our regular rotation."
Easy Hand-Held Chicken Pot Pies
This recipe calls for canned chicken, but some reviewers suggest trying rotisserie instead. "Excellent recipe to make with the kids," says reviewer Sundance. "Used chicken thighs and added some finely minced garlic. The family loved it and the kids requested it to be added to our regular weeknight meal menus."
Pesto Puff Pastry Pinwheel
This savory puff pastry pinwheel will have everyone reaching for a bite. Recipe creator Magda says, "With three main ingredients you can make this gorgeous giant puff pastry pinwheel in no time. Pesto and ricotta fill layers of puff pastry that are cut and twisted into a pinwheel which begs to be pulled apart!"
Red Potato Bites
These red potato bites can easily be prepared ahead of time and then topped with cheese and broiled before dinner according to recipe creator MADDIECAT. Reviewer BUCKYS says, "I made these for the Super Bowl and they were absolutely wonderful!"
Parmesan Panko Chicken Poppers
"Once you try this recipe you will never be able to go back to eating frozen prepared nuggets again," says reviewer Soup Loving Nicole.
Best Bacon Appetizer
Sweet and savory flavors come together to make an incredible appetizer or side dish in minutes using cream cheese, brown sugar, and bacon. "The platter was empty within 10 minutes of the party starting," says reviewer clem.
"Crispy, crunchy, veggie-packed, deliciously stylish zucchini tots and cutlets," says recipe creator deliciouslystylish. "Because kids eat with their eyes first too!"
Best Chicken Patties
Chicken nuggets can get old sometimes. Recipe creator nt_bella says, "Change up your dinner routine with these crispy chicken fritters, a great alternative to chicken nuggets. Kids will love these, and leftovers are great in sandwiches. Serve with chips and a salad."
Chef John's Sausage Rolls
Chef John's method for cutting up sausage rolls before baking them gives a crispier result that requires no silverware. Reviewer Jonathan McKay says, "We've made it several times now and its becoming a favorite middle of the week dinner with some fries (and a beer of course)."
Healthy Mozzarella Sticks
String cheese is pressed in a bread crumb mixture and baked for an easy and healthier alternative to traditional mozzarella sticks. "Made them as an after school snack and they were gone before I could take a picture," says reviewer The Wild Jackii.
Catherine S says, "This is a great recipe! I used short bamboo skewers, and added pepperoni and mozzarella cheese to these, plus a little truffle oil! Easy to make, look good, and very tasty!"
Grandma Dot's Stuffing Balls
Spinach Rolls with Puff Pastry
Puff pastry makes this an easy dinner that comes together in under an hour. Recipe creator cassandra describes this as, "A vegetarian version of mini sausage rolls but made with a spinach and feta filling. I used frozen spinach because it was a better buy than fresh at the time but the equivalent amount of fresh spinach, chopped and wilted, would do the job."
Spicy Turkey and Cranberry Pinwheels
While the red and green colors of this festive pinwheel make for a festive holiday appetizer, you can serve this for dinner year-round. Reviewer Steven C says, "We've made this twice for parties and it has been a hit."
Buffalo Chicken Taquitos
"This was excellent and super simple," says reviewer Soup Loving Nicole. "The tortillas were perfectly browned and the cheese perfectly melted."
Spicy Crab Spring Rolls
"This is a cross between a spicy sushi crab roll and a spring roll. Quick and easy to make with fresh ingredients," says recipe creator Christy Blaker. "Also good with shrimp instead of crab. Serve with ponzu or sweet chile sauce for dipping."
Steak and Cheese Egg Rolls
Shaved steak, cheese, and bell peppers make for a filling egg roll that can act as a dinner main.
Lauren's Pesto Polenta Bites
"Golden polenta slices are topped with homemade pesto, prosciutto, and roasted red peppers in this yummy appetizer," says recipe creator Lauren Caldaronello. Class things up with this stunning appetizer.
Make a change from the typical chicken nugget meal. Recipe creator kate says, "Anyone who is skeptical about tofu will change their mind when they eat these tofu nuggets!"