Party Snacks & Appetisers For Entertaining

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We all know that half the fun of events and gatherings are the snacks, right? As staunch snack table hoverers, you’ll usually find us where the chips, dips and canapés are – it’s safe to say that we know a thing or two about appetisers. Here’s a list of our favourite party snacks and appetiser recipes to help you curate the snack table of your dreams.

Dips

Whether you’re serving nachos or bread, everything tastes better with a dip!

Baba Ganoush with Sesame Levash

Guests will love this Levantine staple. The smoky aubergine and cumin flavours make it incredibly moreish. Savour with easy-to-make sesame lavash.

Recipe for Baba Ganoush with Sesame Levash

Tartiflette Savoyarde

This dish hails from the Savoie region of France. Caramelised onions, pork rashers, Camembert and potatoes are baked in the oven to create a bubbling hot, cheesy situation. Serve with gherkins and a glass of Grand Vin for peak enjoyment.

Recipe for Tartiflette Savoyarde

Muhammara Dip with Sesame Lavash Crackers

This delicious dip is made from a blend of roasted red peppers and walnuts. Perfect scooped up with crunchy lavash crackers.

Recipe for Muhammara Dip

Healthy Homemade Hummus

A real crowd-pleaser! This recipe is also easily customisable.

Recipe for Healthy Homemade Hummus

Tomato & Black Bean with Corn Chips

No fiesta would be complete without salsa, it’s the quintessential dip. Yum!

Recipe for Tomato & Black Bean Salsa

Guacamole & Cauliflower Hummus

This roasted cauliflower hummus, with the addition of guacamole, is perfect for spreading on pita or as a dip with vegetables.

Recipe for Guacamole & Cauliflower Hummus

Chunky Olive & Feta Dip

Make sure you have a good loaf of bread to scoop up this delicious dip.

Recipe for Chunky Olive & Feta Dip

Whipped Feta & Cream Cheese with Green Olive Salsa Verde

Say hello to your new fave party dish. This cream cheese combo is delish smothered on toasted baguette and topped with a zesty green olive salsa.

Recipe for Whipped Feta & Cream Cheese with Green Olive Salsa Verde

Roasted Garlic & Artichoke Hummus

A tasty spin on regular hummus that’s packed with flavour and texture.

Recipe for Roasted Garlic & Artichoke Hummus

Lemon Labneh with Roasted Tomatoes, Pine Nuts & Toasted Pita

It couldn’t be easier to make your own labneh. A recipe that’s delicious and perfect for feeding a peckish crowd!

Recipe for Lemon Labneh with Roasted Tomatoes

Mediterranean Feta & Olive Oil Dip

All the best of Med! Serve with fresh bread or crackers.

Recipe for Mediterranean Feta & Olive Oil Dip

Artichoke & Feta Crème

This utterly delicious crème is perfect smeared on a crisp, freshly baked flatbread.

Recipe for Artichoke & Feta Crème


Tasty Nibbles

More substantial than a dip, but just enough to get your guests excited for the main course.

Braaied Veggie Pizza

A delicious blanco pizza topped with braaied courgettes and aubergine, and crowned with creamy burrata and pickled artichoke – a sensational starter.

Recipe for Braaied Veggie Pizza

Flatbread with JOYA Apples, Goat’s Cheese & Parma Ham

Serve up this flatbread with fresh slices of JOYA®️ apples, Parma ham, goat’s cheese and a drizzle of honey. Yum!

Recipe for Flatbread with JOYA Apples, Goat’s Cheese & Parma Ham

Biltong, Caramelised Onion & Blue Cheese Tartlets

These tasty tartlets celebrate all your favourite cheeseboard flaves.

Recipe for Biltong, Caramelised Onion & Blue Cheese Tartlets

Homemade Leek & Pork Sausage Rolls

Herby pork mince pastries infused with fragrant sage and butter-fried leeks. The hot English mustard dip really brings all the flavours home – yum!

Recipe for Homemade Leek & Pork Sausage Rolls

Pork Samoosas with Homemade Peach Chutney

Tuck into these pockets of flavour as you chat away with your guests.

Recipe for Pork Samoosas with Homemade Peach Chutney

Crunchy Mozzarella & Ham Pap Bombs with Perinaise

Arancini, but make it South African. We don’t know what we’d do without pap and perinaise.

Recipe for Crunchy Mozzarella & Ham Pap Bombs with Perinaise

Cherry Chutney with Oven Roasted Camembert

The ultimate dish for entertaining. The Camembert and fruity chutney combo is divine!

Recipe for Cherry Chutney with Oven Roasted Camembert

Pork & Mushroom Vol au Vents

Elevate get-togethers with these French savoury treats.

Recipe for Pork & Mushroom Vol au Vents

Green Eggs & Ham: Devilled Avocado Eggs with Crispy Parma Ham

Your guests will love this retro-inspired appetiser. The creamy avocado filling and crispy Parma ham combo is to-die-for!

Recipe for Green Devilled Eggs & Ham Devilled Avocado Eggs with Crispy Parma Ham

Mexican Tuna Ceviche with Guacamole, Salsa & Nachos

Nachos are party snacks central. This Mexican Tuna Ceviche version is incredibly moreish.

Recipe for Mexican Tuna Ceviche with Guacamole, Salsa & Nachos

Harumaki

These Japanese springrolls are filled with tender pork, veg and bean sprouts. Dip into the gingery honey-Soy sauce for the ultimate bite.

Recipe for Harumaki

Pork Meatballs with Bocconcini & Spicy Arrabbiata Sauce

A meaty delight that will make your taste buds swoon.

Recipe for Pork Meatballs with Bocconcini & Spicy Arrabbiata Sauce

Beef Carpaccio Canapés with Horseradish Cream

Take your house party to restaurant-worthy heights with these stunning canapés.

Recipe for Beef Carpaccio Canapés with Horseradish Cream

Corn Esquite Canapé with Grilled Prawns & Avo Crema

These canapés are deceptively simple to make, yet serve all the charm of a high-end appetiser. Your guests will love them.

Recipe for Corn Esquite Canapé with Grilled Prawns & Avo Crema

Festive Bruschetta

These fabulously festive canapés were made for entertaining friends and family. Toasted baguette topped with whipped blue cheese, succulent Wagyu sirloin slices and garlicky tomatoes – doesn’t that sound divine?

Recipe for Festive Bruschetta

Wagyu Mince Samoosas

Who doesn’t love a good samoosa? We’ve filled ours with Wagyu mince, infused with fragrant Cape Malay spices and served with a garlicky dipping sauce.

Recipe for Wagyu Mince Samoosas

Chilli Bacon Caramelised Nuts with Tabasco Bourbon Shooters

You can never go wrong with nuts. We’ve added a kick of heat to ours with a chilli caramel sauce. If you really want to shake the party up, serve them with Tabasco Bourbon Shooters.

Recipe for Smoky Chilli Bacon Caramelised Nuts with Tabasco Bourbon Shooters

Braaied Chicken Nachos with Spicy Salsa & Lime Sour Cream

These Braaied Chicken Nachos will keep hungry guests happy while they wait for mains.

Recipe for Braaied Chicken Nachos with Spicy Salsa & Lime Sour Cream

Korean Popcorn Chicken Bites with a Soju-inspired Cocktail

By far the tastiest chicken pops! This Korean-style snack is everything and more, and your friends will agree. Take it to the next level and serve it with a Soju-inspired Cocktail.

Recipe for Korean Popcorn Chicken Bites with a Soju-inspired Yoghurt Cocktail

Cheese Biscuits with Whipped Goat’s Cheese & Walnuts

Talk about a party-starter! The cheese and walnut combo is seriously delicious.

Recipe for Cheese Biscuits with Whipped Goat’s Cheese & Walnuts

Roasted Masala Spiced Nuts

Make sure to dot your entertainment spread with brimming bowls of these deliciously spiced nuts.

Recipe for Roasted Masala Spiced Nuts

Zucchini Fries with Guacamole & Chilli Oil

These crispy zucchini fingers are perfect for dipping into a creamy guacamole. Yum!

Recipe for Zucchini Fries with Guacamole & Chilli Oil

Savoury Biscuits with Avo & Herb Dip

These savoury bites are sensational, and perfect for serving as a party snack along with a herby dip.

Recipe for Savoury Biscuits with Avo & Herb Dip

Polenta Chips with a Spicy Chimichurri Dipping Sauce

Crisp polenta chips with a spicy dip – a great snack when entertaining, but also works well as a side dish.

Recipe for Polenta Chips with a Spicy Chimichurri Dipping Sauce

Tomato & Chorizo Pull Apart Bread

A delicious bread studded with tomatoes and chunks of chorizo. Grab a piece and dunk in your favourite olive oil.

Recipe for Tomato & Chorizo Pull Apart Bread

Confit Tomatoes with Whole Garlic & Thyme

This method of slow poaching tomatoes in oil makes them soft and sweet – serve as a tapas spread, close your eyes and be transported to the Med.

Recipe for Confit Tomatoes

Zaalouk with Fried Halloumi

Zaalouk is a Moroccan eggplant and tomato salad that is often served as a dip or as part of a spread of small plates/tapas.

Recipe for Zaalouk with Fried Halloumi

Charred Tomato and Lemon Cottage Cheese Toasts

These tartines (stacked toast) are easy to make and delicious.

Recipe for Charred Tomato and Lemon Cottage Cheese Toasts

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Crumbed cauliflower florets are smothered in BBQ sauce and served with spicy guac – yum!

Recipe for Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Easy Prawn Toast

Prawn toast is a classic dim sum dish and is delicious served as a starter when entertaining; our version uses baguette slices.

Recipe for Easy Prawn Toast

Lemon, Herb & Parmesan Popcorn

A great way to get everyone’s taste buds going.

Recipe for Lemon, Herb & Parmesan Popcorn

Baked Potato Chips with Avocado Mayo and Gremolata

The potatoes crisp up so well in the oven and are an absolute treat with the egg-free avocado mayo and zesty gremolata.

Recipe for Baked Potato Chips

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Vegan Dragon Carrot Crackers with Tomato Tartare

A snappy canapé that’s perfect for a party.

Recipe for Vegan Dragon Crackers

Beer Bread with Grilled Mozzarella & Herb Oil

An easy beer bread that requires very little effort to make. Delicious when used to mop up grilled cheese with chilli-flavoured avocado oil.

Recipe for Beer Bread with Grilled Mozzarella & Herb Oil

Beef Tataki with Crispy Garlic

Tataki is like the beefy cousin of sashimi; just lightly seared and served with tasty toppings.

Recipe for Beef Tataki with Crispy Garlic

Gibson Cocktail Oysters with Lime

Oysters get a classic makeover with a Gibson cocktail garnishing, complete with pickled onion and lime zest.

Recipe for Gibson Cocktail Oysters with Lime

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party snacks ideas

Gin Cured Angelfish on Bruschetta with Smashed Avo

We love the flavour that the addition of gin gives this ceviche. The tangy cured fish is the perfect summer appetiser, served atop crunchy bruschetta and creamy avo.

Recipe for Gin Cured Angelfish Bruschetta

Baked Camembert with Figs, Honey & Caramelised Spiced Nuts

This Camembert dish is the perfect dinner party starter; bake ’til gooey, top with roasted figs, crunchy nuts and hot honey drizzle.

Recipe for Baked Camembert

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