Cheese Appetizer Recipes

Baked brie, cheese balls, hot cheese dips--we’ve got hundreds of cheesy recipes everyone will enjoy.

Staff Picks

Romano Cheese Crisp

Rating: Unrated
French bread topped with a delicious cheese spread makes for great finger food.

Feta Cheese Foldovers

Rating: Unrated
Golden puffed pastries are filled with a feta cheese mixture. These can be made ahead, and popped into the oven after your guests arrive.

Caprese on a Stick

Rating: Unrated
This is a great, easy finger appetizer. I came up with it because I love Caprese but it was difficult to serve at large parties. Putting the same ingredients on a toothpick yielded great results.

Chicken Wing Dip

Rating: Unrated
This tastes just like hot chicken wings, but without the mess. It is very addicting, and is perfect for football and tailgating season. Serve with tortilla chips. I take this whenever I have to bring a dish and am always asked for the recipe.

Halloumi Cheese Fingers

Rating: Unrated
Fry or grill this Cypriot-style cheese and serve with a Greek salad and crusty bread for a complete meal.

Tuscan Cream Cheese Spread

Rating: Unrated
A delicious appetizer that can be served at a fancy cocktail party or at poker night. Serve with crackers or toasted French bread slices.

Brie Cheese Appetizer

Rating: Unrated
A light, fluffy puff pastry is filled with melted Brie cheese and hot fruit preserves. If you do not want a sweet wheel, you may substitute herbed cheese spread for the preserves. Baking times are the same for the substitution.

Asiago Toasted Cheese Puffs

Rating: Unrated
A rich and tasty appetizer. People will request the recipe EVERY time you make it!

Stuffed Jalapenos III

Rating: Unrated
These are fabulous and easy. I am asked to make them over and over again. The combo of cream cheese and bacon is wonderful!

Curry Cheese Ball

Rating: Unrated
This is a very easy and deliciously different cheese ball; your guests will love it! The curry and cream cheese are rich and tasty. This is best served on a hearty wheat cracker.

Baked Ham and Cheese Party Sandwiches

Rating: Unrated
These small, delicious sandwiches are perfect for any party. They are so good that even the pickiest of eaters will eat these.

Chef John's Hot Sloppy Joe Dip

Rating: Unrated
For me this checks all the boxes for a hot party dip. It's relatively cheap and easy to make, but maybe more importantly, it's great hot, warm, or room temp. And it's also incredibly versatile.

Inspiration and Ideas

Best-Ever Party Appetizer

Goat cheese is marinated in herbed olive oil in this easy and elegant spread. Serve it with sliced French bread.

"Code Red" Cheese Spread

See how Chef John makes his "dangerously spicy" cheese spread.