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35 party food recipes

Published: April 25, 2022 at 1:20 pm
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Put together a crowd-pleasing spread with our top party food recipes, from platters piled high with tasty bites, fabulous fried chicken and delicious dips

Looking for the best party food ideas and simple sharing platters with seasonal flavours? Whether you're craving chunky potato wedges and dips, sophisticated sausage rolls or ultra-indulgent fries loaded with toppings, these recipes are bound to please a crowd.

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Finish off your party menu with our best quick and easy party canapés and easy cocktails that you can mix up in a flash. Make your evening go with a bang and indulge in our favourite party bites, or check out our guide on how to create a festival in your garden.


Easy party food recipes

Classic nachos

Load up tortilla chips with beef, beans, cheese and chilli and let your hungry guests dive in. A few pickled jalapeños add a little heat, which you can balance out with dollops of cooling soured cream.

A tray of nachos topped with minced beef, chilli and cheese next to a pot of soured cream

BBQ chilli chicken wings

These juicy chicken wings are spiced with paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper and fresh oregano. The finger-licking flavours are bound to a hit. Crisp up in the oven or on the BBQ if you're enjoying the sun and serve with a light yogurt sauce to feed a hungry group.

Chilli Chicken Wings Recipe with Yogurt

Brioche ice cream sandwiches

Whip up these stuffed brioche ice cream sandwiches for a party and watch them disappear in seconds.

Brioche ice cream sandwiches

Cheese straws

A batch of these easy cheese straws will go down a treat at your next get-together or alfresco party spread.

Golden baked cheese straws on a black plate with a black linen cloth and a glass of white wine

Vietnamese-style chicken summer rolls

Fresh, vibrant and ready in 25 minutes, we've given crunchy Vietnamese summer rolls a twist for a healthy entertaining idea. Serve with a rich hoisin or spicy chilli dipping sauce.

Vietnamese Summer Rolls Recipe with Chicken

Tear and share sausage roll

Perk up your party buffet with our epic sausage roll and camembert wheel. No one could resist flaky pastry and melty cheese all in one delicious package. Serve with a spoonful of cranberry sauce to cut through the rich cheese.

Puff Pastry Sausage Rolls Recipe with Cheese

Classic potato wedges

These easy wedges really hit the spot as a filling snack to share with friends – take them to the next level by serving with dips such as soured cream and salsa.

Golden potato wedges on a white platter with pots of soured cream and salsa

Beetroot and halloumi sliders with chilli jam

These mini veggie burgers are made from chickpeas, beetroot and halloumi. They work great as party snacks, starters or even a main course, simply adjust the portion size each time!

Veggie Burger Sliders | Halloumi Burger with Beetroot

California rolls

Make a healthy sushi snack with our easy step-by-step guide to California rolls. Perfect for entertaining friends and family and they look quite impressive too.

California rolls

Vegan buffalo cauliflower wings

Check out our easy vegan buffalo wings with cauliflower and creamy blue cheese dip. These crispy baked wings make a great veggie alternative to chicken wings.

Cauliflower Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dip

Churro waffle fingers with dipping sauce

This recipe sees waffles coated in cinnamon butter and served with chocolate sauce for dipping – think eggs and soldiers-style. Satisfy your guests' sweet cravings with this indulgent dish.


Veggie-loaded fries

These are also known as allotment-loaded fries, so use up any gluts of veg you have. Simply swap ingredients to whatever you need using up with this genius fridge-raiding recipe.

Veggie-loaded fries

Maple-glazed sausage blinis

Kick off a sophisticated party with these easy canapés, turning cocktail sausages into impressive bitesize party food.

Cocktail Sausage Canapés with Maple-Glaze

Ham croquetas

Bite-sized balls of deliciousness. These little Spanish tapas bites make excellent nibbles. Filled with manchego and ham, this simple-to-follow recipe makes them an easy treat.

Ham croquetas

Mozzarella sticks with spicy dipping sauce

Try our gooey mozzarella sticks with a punchy dipping sauce. Blocks of mozzarella stand up better to deep-frying and will still give you that cheesy, stringy ooze. These are best cooked from frozen, so they are a perfect nibble to squirrel away for when you have friends round.

Mozzarella Dippers Recipe with Spicy Dipping Sauce

Baked onion bhajis

Serve up a bowlful of these beautifully spiced bhajis with a cool cucumber raita dip or a sweet mango chutney. They're not just for curry night, they also make delicious finger food for parties.

Baked onion bhajis

Lamb sausage rolls

Looking for a quirky snack to hand out at your next dinner party? Try these meaty, spring lamb sausage rolls with mint and lemon. Just make sure you buy all-butter pastry if you want them to really wow.

Lamb Sausage Rolls Recipe

Spinach and potato tortilla bites

If you're planning a party, why not serve these easy Spanish-inspired canapés? Each bite-sized tortilla is packed with spinach, egg, potato and onion and they make a great vegetarian option.


Spanakopita spring rolls

Turn the classic Greek savoury pie into a fun, vegetarian canapé, lightly spiced with nutmeg and lifted with yogurt dip.


Halloumi fries

Recreate these golden-brown beauties at home with our step-by-step recipe and achieve deep-fried cheesy magic. Serve with cooling yogurt and sweet and sharp pomegranate molasses. They'll disappear in a heartbeat.

Halloumi Fries Recipe

Black bean and squash quesadillas with smoky chipotle salsa

These speedy veggie quesadillas complete with smoky salsa are perfect for munching with friends. Serve warm from the pan, they'll be crisp on the outside and gooey and cheesy on the inside.


Onion flowers

Try this impressive-looking riff on classic onion rings. Crispy on the outside and sweet and soft within, these are great nibbles to serve as part of a meal or as finger food with a dip.


Tajín cauliflower bites

Tajín is a classic Mexican seasoning made from lime, chilli and salt. It works so well on these moreish cauli bites with the cooling soured cream. Switch up your tortilla chips and dips and try this mouthwatering veggie alternative.

A silver tray topped with orange roasted cauliflower with a pot of white sauce in the corner

Blue cheese dip

This punchy homemade dip is crying out for some potato wedges or chicken wings for dipping. A great one for nibbles when you have friends over. Check out our favourite easy dip recipes to pair with your crisps and chips.

blue cheese dip

Grilled padron peppers and chorizo skewers with honey drizzle

These sticky grilled padron peppers and chorizo skewers with honey drizzle make the perfect starter or finger food to serve with drinks over the summer months. What's more, they're super quick and easy to make.

Chorizo and padron pepper skewers

Deep-fried goat's cheese with pink peppercorn honey

These savoury cheese balls are a super easy snack to whip up when you have friends and family coming over. Crunchy on the outside and creamy in the middle, finished with a hint of zesty orange blossom honey.

Deep Fried Goat's Cheese Balls Recipe

Pizza rolls

These tear-and-share pizza rolls are easy and fun to make for friends. They only use four ingredients and take just over half an hour to make, ideal for sharing.

Tear-and-Share Pizza Rolls Recipe

Broad bean, pecorino and olive bruschetta

Top squares of toasted focaccia with baby broad beans, mint leaves and Taggiasche olives for a fresh springtime bite, finished with grated pecorino.

Small bruschetta squares on a wooden board

Summer deli board

Put together our pick of the very best colourful charcuterie and veggies and serve with melted brie for an easy last-minute entertaining idea.

Charcuterie Board Recipe

Party pakoras

These Indian-Mexican flavoured pakoras will go down a treat – the mellow paneer contrasts against tangy jalapeños and a sweet tamarind dipping sauce.

Best Pakoras Recipe

Harissa lime prawn cocktail

A classic party starter gets an update thanks to rose harissa paste. With only 15 minutes prep time, this is the perfect dinner party starter.

Harissa lime prawn cocktail

Vegan sausage rolls

Packed with mushrooms, miso and thyme, vegans don't need to miss out with our plant-based sausage rolls.

Vegan Sausage Rolls on a Baking Tray with BBQ Sauce for Dipping

Banoffee cheesecake

This banoffee cheesecake tastes like an old-school pud but is an impressive dinner party dessert. Plus, it takes less than 30 minutes of hands-on time to make.

Cheesecake drizzled in caramel and topped with sliced banana on a grey stone background with two slices cut out,

Banana fritters

Use up yellow-skinned bananas (not green) and make these battered, deep-fried bananas with a dusting of icing sugar.

Plate of banana fritters on a white background with a blue napkin and mini sieve of icing sugar

Coconut mousse pots

Serve these refreshing mousse pots at your next summer dinner party – the juicy mango really complements the creamy texture.

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A grey plate holding three glasses filled with white mousse and topped with mango and granola, on a dark blue background

Turkish delight

Gently perfumed with floral rose water, these squares of turkish delight make a beautiful edible gift or sweet party nibble.

A black plate topped with cubes of pink Turkish delight dusted with icing sugar

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