Chef John's Appetizers and Snacks

Appetizers and snacks provided by Chef John.

Staff Picks

Baked Chicken Parmesan Dip

Rating: 4.47 stars
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.

Celebrate with Chef John's Holiday Cheese Board

The holidays are the perfect time to prepare a cheese board.
By Carl Hanson

Baked Crab and Artichoke Dip

Rating: 4.32 stars
This baked crab and artichoke dip is made and served in a bread bowl that you can eat too!

Pine Cone Cheese Ball

Rating: 4.73 stars
Any cheese ball is a welcome addition to a holiday party spread, but when you bring one that looks like a pine cone, you're talking about a real showstopper.

Baked Spinach and Artichoke Toasts

We're taking this very popular, hot baked dip and making it even more user-friendly by spreading it on perfect toast ahead of time-which not only makes the experience more special and luxurious, but the individual portions allow you to enjoy that beautifully browned crust in every bite.

Bacon-Caramel Popcorn Balls

Have you ever been eating caramel popcorn and thought "This is good, but I wish it had pieces of bacon and I could play catch with it?" Well, then you'll love this easy-to-make, sweet, and savory treat. Wrap any leftover balls individually in plastic, and store in an airtight container.

Chef John's Cheesy Crackers

Rating: 4.64 stars
These crunchy, crispy crackers have a big, bold cheese flavor. They're vastly superior to anything you can get at the store. You can change up the cheeses and the spices. It's really a fun thing to play around with.

Chef John's Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Rating: 4.7 stars
I've always enjoyed hot spinach artichoke dip, but it always struck me as a little oily. I decided to try a mayo-less version, and then raised the stakes even higher by excluding the sour cream as well. To counter this, a bit more cheese was added, and the results were amazing. A rich, creamy, cheesy, not greasy dip.

Malaysian Flatbread (Roti Canai) with Curried Lentil Dip

With a crispy, crunchy exterior and a stretchy, chewy interior, these Malaysian flatbread (roti canai) are easier to make than they look. Served alongside a delicious curried lentil dip, this taste combination is ridiculously good!

Italian Rice Croquettes

Rating: 4.55 stars
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
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
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.

Inspiration and Ideas

Chef John's Best Party Dip Recipes
These top-rated dips are more fun than a barrel of guacamole.

Crispy (No-Fry) Potato Pancake Poppers

These might only be half as tall as Tater Tots®, but personally I think they're twice as good! With just a handful of ingredients and no messy stovetop frying, get ready to enjoy these crispy, caramelized potato pancake poppers. Pipe sour cream on top and sprinkle with chives to serve, or arrange on a platter and serve alongside an amazing dip, like a garlicky pesto aioli. They also make for truly fantastic breakfast potatoes to serve with bacon and eggs.