Chef John's Appetizers and Snacks

Appetizers and snacks provided by Chef John.

Staff Picks

Baked Chicken Parmesan Dip

Rating: 4.47 stars
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I love chicken Parmesan, and I love hot, baked dips, so it was only a matter of time before I did a hot chicken Parmesan dip. I would make this again even if it were hard to do, but luckily it's super easy. Unlike actual chicken Parmesan where that crispy breading gets soggy super fast, this goes over crunchy toast so the textural experience is probably even better. Serve hot, warm, or room temperature, with lots of crispy crostini.

Chef John's Sausage Rolls

Rating: 4.85 stars
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People often bake the sausage roll whole, then cut it up. But I've found that if you cut them into individual rounds first, the crispier results more than make up for the extra work. I like to eat mine dipped in a bit of mustard.

Crispy "Everything" Crackers

These flatbread crackers pair perfectly with countless dips and cheese plates.

Chef John's Queso Dip

Rating: 4.74 stars
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I used to make something very similar to this queso dip at the Mexican restaurant I worked at in college, where we called it 'chili con queso.' At first I thought it could be thicker, but later I realized the saucy texture was the key to its addictive irresistibility. Instead of too much cheese piled up on your chip, we just get a beautiful, silky coating, and as soon as you finish one, you can't wait to dip another, and another, and another, until there are no chips left.

Mini Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls

Rating: 4.82 stars
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A party snack breakthrough! Serve with extra hot sauce and celery.

Pad Thai Popcorn

Rating: 4.47 stars
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Crispy, crunchy, sweet, spicy, aromatic, and awesome! You know I'm a fan of the hyperbole, but it's with all sincerity that I say this may be the greatest caramel popcorn-related snack breakthrough since balls.

Buffalo Chicken Wings in a Jar

Rating: 4.86 stars
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This fun-sized take on the game day appetizer offers everything you love about Buffalo wings, minus the bones, messy frying, and any risk of your drunk friends dripping sauce all over the place. Instead of wings, we simply take chicken thighs, simmer them directly in butter 'n hot sauce, shred, and mix with celery. The blue cheese comes in the accompanying crostini: baguette slices toasted and spread with butter and blue cheese.

Chef John's Shrimp Toast

Rating: 4.43 stars
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While virtually unknown compared to most other popular fried party snacks, these shrimp toasts are easy to make and every bit as delicious, and addictive, as those Buffalo wings or jalapeño poppers.

Chef John's Chinese Scallion Pancakes

Rating: 4.69 stars
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These fun-to-make flatbreads are a common fixture on menus in China, and while they all feature the same few ingredients, they come in a variety of thicknesses. The thinner you make these, the crispier they'll be, but you won't get that nice, layered, oniony inside. On the other hand, if you make them too thick, they can be a little doughy inside, so I try to shoot for something in between.

Italian Rice Croquettes

Rating: 4.55 stars
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I'd like to thank Aunt Angela and Uncle Bill for sharing their recipe, and I hope you can give it a try soon. It would be a great addition to any party menu.

Chef John's Classic Guacamole

Rating: 4.83 stars
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There are few things as easy, healthy, and delicious as this ubiquitous dip. However, unless you're grinding your aromatic vegetation in a molcajete, or against a cutting board, you're really not tasting a classic guacamole. The flavors not only become more intense, but actually change in character. This is just what those bland, fatty, but delectable avocados need. That and a thoughtful seasoning of lime juice, and maybe some more salt.

Sweet, Salty, Spicy Party Nuts

Rating: 4.78 stars
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I find this technique much easier than the stovetop pan method. You'll get beautiful, perfectly frosted nuts that are roasted evenly, with no bitter burned spots.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Chef John's Best Chicken Wing Recipes

Simple, inexpensive, and easy to prepare, chicken wings are the perfect game-day nosh.

Baked Buffalo Chicken Dip

Rating: 4.75 stars
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You can't keep showing up at these Super Bowl parties with a bag of chips every year. So, if you're ready to go from snack scrub to appetizer all-star, then give this great baked dip a try.