14 Potluck Appetizers to Get Things Started Right

14 Potluck Appetizers

Time to get the party started! And thankfully, no matter the occasion, the best way to kick off a shindig or get-together is with the right appetizer! These 14 Small Plates are snackable, scrumptious, appetite-whetting appetizers that will get people chatting... mostly about how good the food tastes!

1. Crushed Deviled Eggs

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We know you've got this! Make Crushed Deviled Eggs for your next gathering and let your relatives know you have truly made it! Famous for centuries, this rare breed has kicked creamy deviled eggs up a notch with some higher powers that be — bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, and crushed potato chips! Mic drop! Don't let your potluck be humdrum and basic, share the rising star you lovingly call Crushed Deviled Eggs, and let everyone know a new egg is in town. We know that you're crushin' it!

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2. Beloved Potluck Dip

Beloved Potluck Dip

Everyone's happy to see this dip make an appearance at the party; that is, after all, how it got its name! Beloved Potluck Dip is a refreshing vegetarian dip ready and loaded with nutty, lime-infused quinoa and a hearty, creamy, spicy black bean purée. There's also plenty of bright veggies and a tangy avocado to really display a dazzling array of flavors! Beloved Potluck Dip is ready to amaze right from the start, and win even more hearts and taste buds!

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3. Potluck Little Smokies

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These little guys are a party favorite for a reason! For the host, Potluck Little Smokies are extremely simple to throw together. You literally combine all the sweet and tangy sauce ingredients, smother the meaty little smokies in it, and dump it all in your slow cooker to bring the flavor alive. That's it! Then, your guests get to reap the delicious snacking benefits of your little bit of labor, and you already know they'll be a hit! Whether it's the holidays, a birthday party, game day, or a random weeknight shebang, everyone wins with Potluck Little Smokies!

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4. Potluck Hawaiian Meatballs

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The tart and tropical flavors of pineapple bring out the natural sweetness and savoriness of meatballs, helping these Potluck Hawaiian Meatballs to pack quite a punch. With plenty of tang and smokiness from the barbecue sauce, these Potluck Hawaiian Meatballs will send your taste buds to sunny beaches! For some bonus fun, pair them with a few sliced Hawaiian rolls for a festive and fantastic sandwich.

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5. Boozy Grilled Oysters

Boozy Grilled Oysters

When you think of oysters on the half shell, you imagine them chilled, served on a bed of ice with some cocktail sauce alongside. That's all well and tasty, but it's not the only way to serve these juicy, salty treats. Boozy Grilled Oysters top each oyster with a heaping helping of fragrant, sparkling, herbaceous compound butter and grill them until they are bubbly and melty. These savory shots of flavor are sure to get the party feeling fun and free! You'll be reaching for more Boozy Grilled Oysters throughout the rest of the celebration, so make sure you make enough!

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6. Yummy Cocktail Meatballs

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Can any party that does not feature a plate of Yummy Cocktail Meatballs as an appetizer really be called a party? Likewise, can Yummy Cocktail Meatballs appear and not immediately start a party? We don't know for sure, but your tastebuds will be throwing a party once you serve these up! The meatballs are tender, juicy, and savory, and the sauce is sweet and packed with tang and umami flavors. It's impossible to have just one of these meatballs, so you may want to consider making a double batch just in case!

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7. Bacon Cheese Balls

Bacon Cheese Balls

Bacon Cheese Balls, the truffle of the appetizer world! Mixing tangy cream cheese, sharp cheddar, and a little zesty ranch, these spheres of savory goodness would already be magical. But that's before each one is rolled in a crunchy, succulent coating of bacon and pecans, making them both easier to eat with your fingers and far more delightful for your tastebuds. Bacon Cheese Balls strike a contrast between low effort and high-class, as everyone you serve them to will be instantly impressed and begging for more.

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8. Easy Shrimp Cocktail

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You can bring cocktail hour from the ballroom to your home kitchen. Easy Shrimp Cocktail is an upscale appetizer you can enjoy anytime… quite literally, since it only takes 5 minutes to make it. The natural sweetness of the shrimp becomes irresistible with just a dip in that scarlet cocktail sauce… especially because the cocktail sauce is also homemade! You can serve your Easy Shrimp Cocktail to your dinner guests or keep it to yourself when you want to treat yourself to a black-tie appetizer!

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9. Whipped Goat Cheese Spread

Whipped Goat Cheese Spread

Just dipping into this Whipped Goat Cheese Spread is a special occasion! It's creamy, tangy, rich, and vibrant, with notes of lemon and dill for a refreshing, herbaceous flavor! By being whipped, Whipped Goat Cheese Spread is also delightfully light, perfect for piling on top of crackers, veggies, or basically anything you have on hand! With crispy sage leaves on top, this dip becomes more than a snack... it becomes a party-starter!

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10. Cheddar Cheese Puffs

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Light, airy, and oh so cheesy! Cheddar Cheese Puffs are a fantastic addition to any meal and your guests are going to thank you for it! Baked up fresh with sharp cheddar cheese, these little fluff balls of cheesy magic will become your new found love for making a beloved, shared meal even more special! Cheddar Cheese Puffs will always feel like the 5-star dining experience has come to your dining room table. Table for 2 (at least), please... and pass the puffs!

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11. Party Cheese Bread

Party Cheese Bread

Every party deserves a centerpiece that will "wow" your guests! Well, this centerpiece has nothing to do with flowers, but it sure does deliver the cheese! The bumping smells from Party Cheese Bread will be beckoning to your partygoers from the minute they step in the door. The fluffy and tender boss of a sourdough loaf combined with the pull of the spicy, melty cheeses will be all the temptation they can handle! It sounds to us like Party Cheese Bread will be the life of any party, that's for sure! Get out the disco ball and start dancing the night away with this hunk-of-burnin'-cheesy love! It's just so good, you might not know what hit you!

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12. Easy Cheese Ball

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Never worry about what to serve your party guests ever again! Easy Cheese Ball is creamy, tangy, seasoned beautifully, and of course cheesy! With a layer of crunchy pecans over top, the Easy Cheese Ball is a delectable appetizer when served with crackers, vegetables, or toast. This can be made ahead of time so you don’t need to worry about bringing something to the next gathering!

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13. Bacon-Ranch Roll Ups

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Roll up! Roll up! Come and see the snack everyone is raving about... in between bites, of course! Bacon-Ranch Roll Ups are filled with zesty, creamy savory goodness, plus cream cheese, ranch seasoning, shredded chicken and, of course, succulent bacon all making prime appearances. Rolled up into pinwheels and eager to please and impress, Bacon-Ranch Roll Ups get the good times rolling!

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14. Splendid Spinach Artichoke Dip

Splendid Spinach Artichoke Dip

Oh, this looks like a party is definitely brewing. Splendid! This calls for an appetizer everyone can agree on. Splendid Spinach Artichoke Dip has the distinct artichoke tang and the rich garlic aroma of the classic dip, with the welcomed addition of crispy bacon to ramp up that delectable succulence. Grab plenty of chips or veggies, or whatever you have on hand, because this Splendid Spinach Artichoke Dip is best enjoyed hot and bubbly!

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