Meat and Poultry Appetizer Recipes

Poppers. Skewers. Cocktail meatballs. Pigs in blankets. Anything wrapped in bacon. Find hundreds of recipes for hearty, meaty appetizers.

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Manhattan Meatballs

Rating: 4.5 stars 84
Sweet and sour meatballs that will be a hit at any party.
By Lois Nimal

Outrageous Warm Chicken Nacho Dip

Rating: 4.5 stars 837
This is my jazzed up version of classic queso dip taken to a heartier level, perfect for football games, tailgating or for taking along to pot lucks in a slow cooker! This is a serious crowd-pleaser that is served hot as a dip, spooned over crisp tortilla chips nacho-style, or rolled up in a warm flour tortilla! The heat can be turned up or down with the addition of jalapenos to taste.

Mini Ham And Cheese Rolls

Rating: 4.5 stars 449
These are fantastic for both a super bowl party or a luncheon tea. They are addictive, so be sure to make an extra batch.

Sausage-Stuffed Cherry Pepper Poppers

Rating: 4.5 stars 37
These things are the best beer food ever. They're almost too easy to make.

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By Christine Clark

Chicken Satay with Homemade Peanut Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 82
This simply marinated chicken tastes just delicious, especially when paired with this spicy peanut sauce for dipping or basting. Fish sauce STINKS, do not let this stop you, the end result is a beautiful flavor!

Bavarian Style Meatballs

Rating: 4.5 stars 149
These are very good, and very easy; the meatballs are made in cooked in a slow cooker. I sometimes like to add a can of chunk pineapple when I make them, and then I substitute pineapple juice for the water.

Asian Lettuce Wraps

Rating: 4.5 stars 2794
Tangy marinated beef is wrapped in refreshing lettuce leaves in this quick and easy Asian lettuce wrap recipe.

Water Chestnut Wraparounds

Rating: 4.5 stars 77
Another item for the Christmas open house or buffet table.

Beef Egg Rolls

Rating: 4.5 stars 189
Crispy fried egg rolls stuffed with ground beef, cabbage, and delicious seasonings. A personal creation of mine that goes well with any Chinese dish. The sherry makes it better.

Sassy Chicken Enchilada Dip

Rating: 4.5 stars 170
My sister-in-law made this for a holiday, and it was a quick solution for me to use at a party the following night. It is a quick and easy appetizer, and different than the rest of the dips we are used to! Definitely classified as a keeper! Serve with tortilla chips.

Easy Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Rating: 4.5 stars 54
We have these at most of our neighborhood gatherings. Everyone always asks for them.

Inspiration and Ideas

Bacon-Wrapped Smokies
Rating: Unrated 1879
"Awesome. I've been making these for years and they are always gobbled up." – Happy7217
Chef John's Sausage Rolls
Rating: Unrated 23
"If time is tight, [you can use] prepared sausage—but by making your own, you get to season it any way you want. You also know exactly what you're eating." – Chef John
Easy Chicken Flautas
Rating: 4.5 stars 50

Rolled tacos; these are the best. I learned how to make them and my husband loved them.