10 alternative appetizers that are not dips!

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Time change means season change, and with that comes pool parties, outdoor gatherings, and BBQs.

While we adore dips (here is our favorite dip recipe for a crowd), everyone should have a gaggle of finger foods and simple appetizer recipes ready to be made at a moment’s notice.

Here are ten alternative appetizer ideas to make your next party stress-free and delicious.

party appetizers that are not dips.

Easy Party Appetizer Recipe Ideas

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Mini Tacos

Mini tacos are a delicious and easy appetizer made with small taco shells, ground beef, and cheese. They’re perfect for parties and can be customized with additional toppings like salsa, sour cream, and jalapeños.

Baked Brie

Baked brie is a delicious appetizer with brie cheese, honey, and nuts. It’s perfect for spreading on crackers, toast, or baguette slices.

You can usually grab a ready-to-cook baked brie appetizer at stores like Fresh Market or, if you want to go homemade, try mini cranberry brie bites, baked brie with honey, blueberry brie, or baked garlic brie.

brie cranberry bites.

Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a classic appetizer. They’re perfect for parties and can be customized with additional ingredients like bacon, chives, or pickles.

The traditional method combines hard-boiled eggs with mayonnaise, mustard, and spices.

You can also use Greek yogurt or sour cream instead of mayonnaise for a lighter version. You can also add additional ingredients like bacon, chives, pickles, jalapeños, or herbs for extra flavor.

Here are two delicious choices:

Pigs in a Blanket

Pigs in a blanket are a classic appetizer with small hot dogs wrapped in puff pastry. They’re perfect for parties and can be served with ketchup, mustard, or pretzel cheese dip.

Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms are a delicious and easy appetizer made with mushrooms, cheese, and herbs.

They’re perfect for parties and can be customized with additional ingredients like bacon, spinach, or garlic.

Skewers and Finger Foods

A finger food is a type of food that can be easily eaten with the fingers. Finger foods are usually small and bite-sized and can be eaten without utensils.

Overall anything on a skewer is an excellent choice because its a grab and go situation!

Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

Bacon wrapped asparagus is a delicious and easy appetizer made with asparagus and bacon. It’s perfect for parties and can be served with ranch or honey mustard dip.

Snack Mixes

A snack mix is a type of food that is made up of a variety of different snack foods. It can include a mix of different types of cereals, pretzels, nuts, crackers, and other snacks. It can also include ingredients like dried fruits, candy, or chocolate.

bowl of caramel snack mix .

Fried Appetizers

From onion rings to egg rolls, fried reigns supreme when it comes to satisfying even the pickiest party guest.

tiktok taco bell wontons ready to be dipped into sauce.

Air Fried Appetizers

We love the Air fryer for a quick snack. Whether a party for 2 or 20, there are many amazing appetizers (That are not dips) that make whipping up something a little easier.

air fried green beans dipping in ranch dressing.

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