Meat and Poultry Appetizer Recipes

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Staff Picks

Manhattan Meatballs

Rating: 4.49 stars
60
Sweet and sour meatballs that will be a hit at any party.

Water Chestnut Wraparounds

Rating: 4.68 stars
54
Another item for the Christmas open house or buffet table.

Mini Ham And Cheese Rolls

Rating: 4.69 stars
350
These are fantastic for both a super bowl party or a luncheon tea. They are addictive, so be sure to make an extra batch.

Bavarian Style Meatballs

Rating: 4.42 stars
122
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.

Sausage-Stuffed Cherry Pepper Poppers

Rating: 4.57 stars
27
These things are the best beer food ever. They're almost too easy to make.

Chicken Satay with Homemade Peanut Sauce

Rating: 4.57 stars
68
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!

Beef Egg Rolls

Rating: 4.61 stars
145
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: 4.52 stars
138
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.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Rating: 4.71 stars
3628
This tangy, creamy dip tastes just like Buffalo chicken wings. It's best served hot with crackers and celery sticks. Everyone loves the results!

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Rating: 4.68 stars
326
Better than the typical poppers.

Baked Ham and Cheese Party Sandwiches

Rating: 4.81 stars
589
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: 4.44 stars
21
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.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Bacon-Wrapped Smokies

"Awesome. I've been making these for years and they are always gobbled up." – Happy7217

Chef John's Sausage Rolls

"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

Homemade Beef Jerky

Rating: 4.64 stars
159

Thanks to a new wave of modern day cave-people, eating healthy, high-protein snacks is all the rage, and while you can find many artisan brands out there, making your own is fun, easy, and using this method, relatively quick. Have your butcher slice the beef for you.