The Best Party Bites of 2016, Ranked

Created February 15, 2017
Our top 10 appetizers for parties, potlucks and more are proof that 2016 was a very, very good year. MORE+ LESS-

#10: Jalapeño Popper Dip with Panko

We’re kicking off this countdown with the dip that just won’t quit. It’s everything you love about jalapeño poppers, plus everything you love about dip, and it’s ready to eat in half an hour. Truly, it can do no wrong. 

#9: Shrimp Cakes with Avocado Crema

These easy mini shrimp cakes are perfect for entertaining, yet different from the typical shrimp cocktail or skewers. They're topped with a fresh and creamy avocado crema that completes this perfect three-bite appetizer. 

#8: Raspberry-Habañero Baked Brie

Nothing gets a party started quite like a plate full of gooey, melty cheese. Baked brie is amazing all on its own, but adding the sweet and spicy combo of raspberries and habañero peppers unlocks a whole new level of deliciousness. It’s so good, you’ll only be able to stop eating it after it’s gone. 


#7: Goat Cheese-Stuffed Sweet Pepper Poppers

Copy: Surprise! These might look like just another version of spicy jalapeño poppers (there’s nothing wrong with that) but one bite of this unexpected app and you’ll agree that roasted mini sweet peppers are the perfect vehicle for rich and creamy goat cheese. 

#6: Peach Sriracha Chicken Wings

Copy: Sweet and sassy, just like us. We never met a chicken wing we didn’t like, but when we tried these, we straight up fell in love. The peach and Sriracha flavors are just different enough from the usual Buffalo sauce, but would still be right at home at any game day party. 

#5: Mini Spicy Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli

We noticed that Tablespoon readers kept searching for crab cake recipes on our site, and we’re never NOT going to give you what you want. These guys look and taste fancy, but are super easy to cook thanks to their mini size. Plus, you can find the ingredients at any grocery store, so there’s nothing standing in the way of you and this awesome app. 


#4: Strawberry Daiquiri Jello Shots

These are hands down the prettiest, classiest jello shots you’ll ever see. Bonus: the strawberry “cups” are edible, so you can just pop ‘em in one easy-to-eat bite. 

#3: Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies

This addictively easy three-ingredient appetizer is proof that good taste (and bacon) never goes out of style. There’s a reason these have been a party staple since before man walked on the moon. (That reason is bacon.) 

#2: Skillet Pizza Dip

Two favorite foods—pizza and spinach dip—join forces for a party dip that literally has something for everyone. Your guests will be scraping every last bit of cheesy goodness out of the pan! 

#1: Cheesy Wonton Quesadillas

It wasn’t easy to pick a favorite, but if you try just one recipe on this list, try these Cheesy Wonton Quesadillas. They’re cheesy, they’re mini, they’re crunchy, they’re melty, they’re the perfect size and shape for dipping—they’re the total app package. Pro tip: Layer them with even more cheese for the best nachos of your life.