The mark of a good party appetizer is the ease with which you can eat it one-handed as you mingle. After all, your other hand is like to be occupied with a delicious holiday cocktail and, as an accomplished party guest, you will always be on the move, circulating from person to person, group to group. Which is why we love mini muffin tin apps. Everything you make in them is perfectly bite-sized and made for portability. Here are some delicious options for your next holiday party.
1. Chili-Stuffed Mini Meatloaf
All the comfort food goodness of meatloaf in one zingy bite! Real Food By Dad shared this recipe, which can be perfect for game day or a cocktail party.
2. Mini Meatball Lasagna Cups
Love lasagna, but hate the hassle of making the large pasta dish? Whip up these Bellissimo Bites by Dear Crissy. You won’t believe the secret ingredient that cuts this recipe prep and cook time to less than an hour!
3. Tater Tots With Cheese And Bacon
Shredded potatoes, bacon, cheese and spices come together to make a mini bite that promises to pack a yummy punch. This recipe, shared by Well Plated By Erin, takes the taste of a loaded baked potato and shrinks it down into a tiny tater tot!
4. Mini Shepard’s Pot Pie
Shepard’s Pie on a cold night is a winning combination. Now you can have multiple pies with little to no guilt with this mini version, courtesy of I Wash, You Dry. It might be hard to choose what part of the pie is your favorite. The pie crust or the browned mashed potatoes on top?
5. Mini Deep Dish Pizzas
What do you get when you combine tortilla wraps, pizza sauce, shredded cheese, your favorite toppings and a mini muffin tin? Mini Deep Dish Pizzas, of course! This so-simple recipe by Dashing Dish is perfect for the whole family to put together and customize to individual tastes.
6. 5-Ingredient Caprese Phyllo Cups
Phyllo dough brings so much flavor and style to a recipe. It also cuts prep time down because you don’t have to make your own pastry. Gimme Some Oven’s 5-Ingredient Caprese Phyllo Cups mimics a classic tomato basil bruschetta.
7. Mini Corn Dog Nuggets
Grab the kids and get ready to make a favorite for all ages! These mini corn dog nuggets by Iowa Girl Eats has all the sweet flavor of cornbread wrapped around all-beef hot dogs in one perfect bite!
8. Spicy Little Muffin Tin Chicken Tostadas
Have a Mexican food party night planned? Try these mini chicken tostadas from Recipe Tin Eats! The filling can be made ahead of time and added to the baked tostadas shortly before your guests arrive.
9. Mini Chicken Pot Pie Quiche Bites
This combination may sound out of the ordinary, but Port and Fin insist that this blend of chicken pot pie and quiche is a winner. According to the author, they’re “light, fluffy and bursting with chicken, beans, corn, peppers, spices, and cheese.”
10. Baked Spinach Artichoke Won-Ton Cups
Spinach dip lovers in the family will love this bite-sized appetizer that brings a crispy won-ton and the creamy deliciousness of spinach artichoke dip together! This recipe takes only 20 minutes to whip up. Your appetizer may be made last-minute, but they’ll taste like you spent hours on them, thanks to this recipe from Peas and Crayons.
11. Mini Muffin Garlic Knots
These mini garlic knots could be the perfect starter for an Italian feast or the main dish for an ordinary game night. The fresh garlic make this “work smarter not harder” recipe from Spiced stand out!
12. Bacon Double Cheeseburger Bites
This recipe sounds better with every word. Just about everyone loves a bacon cheeseburger! The author at The Slow Roasted Italian who shared this recipe recommends setting up condiments on the side so everyone can make their “burger” special.
13. Cheddar Herb Bread with Goat Cheese ‘Frosting’
These little beauties from Eat Drink Pretty are like savory cupcakes. They look like dessert, but these mouthfuls of bread, herbs and cheese may just convert you from a sweet bite lover to someone who craves something a little more satisfying.
14. Sloppy Joe Cups
A non-messy sloppy joe? Sounds impossible, right? Well, Pillsbury has managed to put together a recipe that has all the flavor of the classic family favorite but takes away the sloppiness.