Easy Hors d’Oeuvres Recipes and Ideas

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Easy, quick, and full of flavor these hors d’oeuvres recipes and ideas will take your party to next level. Big on flavor and presentation these bite-sized recipes are perfect for entertaining.

If you are in search of the perfect appetizers to impress your guests at your next gathering, then you’ve come to the right place! I’ve got you covered with this ultimate guide to delicious hors d’oeuvres recipes. From classic favorites with a unique twist to creative and unique options, this guide offers something for everyone. But don’t worry if you’re short on time, I’ve also included quick and easy recipes for the busy host. Plus, we’ll give you serving tips and presentation ideas to make your spread look as good as it tastes.

pictures of four Easy Hors D'oeuvres on plates.

I love hors d’oeuvres so much that I can make a meal of them. (And I have, on more than one occasion.) That may be why you will find a wide and growing array of appetizer recipes here at Inspired by Charm.

These are some of my favorite recipes and I know you’re going to love them too!

Why Hors d’Oeuvres?

You might be wondering, What are hors d’oeuvres? Well, it’s just a fancy French term (pronounced or – durvs) used to describe a small dish (typically bite sized) before a meal. They are often passed around on trays and served with cocktails. Hors d’oeuvres can be hot or cold and can range from simple to complex. They can be made with a variety of ingredients.

In this post, I’ve collected a variety of these hors d’oeuvres ideas. All of them are simple to make and sure to delight your guests. The most difficult part will be deciding which of these savory snacks to serve at your next event. I also have a fabulous list of cold appetizer recipes and party-ready fingers foods you’re going to need too.

Why You will Love These Recipes

  • Not only are these hors d’oeuvres delicious, but they are also easy to make and perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a fancy dinner party or a casual get-together, these recipes are sure to impress your guests.
  • They are also versatile, so you can customize them to your liking and dietary needs.
  • Plus, I’ve included serving tips and presentation ideas to help you create a beautiful spread that your guests will love.

Types of Hors d’Oeuvres

When it comes to tantalizing the taste buds and delighting guests, hors d’oeuvres reign supreme. These bite-sized culinary creations offer a medley of flavors, textures, and presentation styles that elevate any gathering. While hors d’oeuvres can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, there are four different types:

  1. Served Cold: For a refreshing and elegant touch, the world of cold hors d’oeuvres beckons. Delight in an assortment of pates, oysters, cheeses, and crudités, each offering a unique palate-pleasing experience.
  2. Served Hot: Here, sausages, smoked fish, or meat take center stage, tantalizing your senses with their aromatic profiles.
  3. Finger Foods: These dainty delights offer a perfect balance of convenience and flavor. Picture empanadas, delicate wontons, classic tea sandwiches, etc.
  4. Canapés: When it comes to elegance and precision, canapés take center stage. These exquisite hors d’oeuvres are a true work of art. A canapé is typical composed of four essential elements including, base, spread, primary ingredients, and a garnish.

Here are my top picks for some tasty hors d’oeuvres that your guests are going to love!

Served Cold

When hosting a get-together, serving cold hors d’oeuvres is a fabulous way to prepare for the party ahead of time. Plus, they are a refreshing start to the meal and can even double as a palate cleanser. Here are some great recipes to try out:

plate of Sun-Dried Tomato Roll-Ups

Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Roll-ups

Pretty, flavorful, and easy are three things I want in easy hors d’ oeuvres ideas, and this recipe checks off each of those boxes. To make these pinwheels, simply spread a mixture of cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and garlic on a flour tortilla. Add some fresh basil leaves, and then tightly roll up the tortilla.

After being refrigerated for an hour or so, it’s ready to be sliced and plated.

Antipasto kabobs - skewer filled with cheese, meat, olives, tomatoes, and fresh basil drizzled with a pesto sauce.

Antipasto Skewers

You’ll love these antipasto skewers. In this attention-grabbing presentation, traditional antipasto ingredients such as cured meats, cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, olives, cherry tomatoes, and artichoke hearts are served on skewers and drizzled with pesto. For an unexpected and fun touch, I also included a few cooked tortellini.

My goal was to start a lively conversation about the actual meaning of antipasto.

Plate of crostinis topped with brie, fig, prosciutto, and arugula lettuce.

Brie, Fig, and Prosciutto Crostini

My mouth waters just thinking about a toasted slice of baguette layered with brie, fig jam, prosciutto, and arugula. Inspired by a charcuterie, this simple-to-make appetizer idea is perfect for a large gathering, cocktail party, or an intimate dinner. I love easy finger foods like this!

I also have a few other crostinis that you will love:

italian sub sandwich hors d'oeuvres

Italian Sub Pinwheel Sandwiches

This easy hors d’oeuvres idea is a mashup of a traditional Italian sub and a pinwheel. You can quickly put together a couple of platters of Italian Sub Pinwheel Sandwiches for a shower, game-day celebration, or night-in with friends. All you need are flour tortillas, cream cheese, your favorite Italian seasonings, and sub fixings – pepperoni, salami, Provolone, tomatoes, mixed greens, and so on.

plate of jarcuteries


Looking for an appetizer that SHINES when it comes to flavor and presentation? Then you need a jarcuterie. These single-serving charcuteries assembled in a small jar are perfect for potlucks, celebrations, or even just a movie/game night with friends. 

deviled eggs on a plate

Deviled Eggs with Bacon

Want to take deviled eggs to the next level? I’m showing you how to make The Best Deviled Eggs with Bacon. This classic hors d’oeuvre recipe received a flavorful upgrade with the help of crispy bacon. What’s not to love?

Mini Pumpkin Cheese Balls on platter.

Mini Pumpkin Cheeseballs

These Mini Pumpkin Cheese Balls served with crackers and chips just might be the perfect appetizer for all of your fall and Halloween gatherings. Not only are they adorable, but they are quite delicious too!

Turkey Bacon Cranberry Roll-Ups on plate.

Turkey Bacon Cranberry Roll-Ups

If you’re looking for a simple but flavorful appetizer that’s easy to make, you need to try these Turkey Bacon Cranberry Roll-Ups. They make the perfect tasty treat for any occasion.

Prosciutto Melon Bites on white plate.

Prosciutto and Melon Bites

An Italian favorite, these Prosciutto and Melon Bites are an easy and delicious appetizer recipe perfect for summer entertaining or afternoon snack. This is a classic combination of salty and sweet that will never go out of style. In addition, a drizzle of balsamic glaze takes this prosciutto-wrapped cantaloupe to whole new level. 

wedge salad skewers on a platter.

Wedge Salad Skewers

Looking for a show-stopping and unique appetizer? Look no further than these Wedge Salad Skewers. These savory and visually stunning skewers are easy to prepare with iceberg lettuce, bacon, grape tomatoes, and blue cheese dressing. They are certain to impress your guests. 

Served Warm

From baked to fried, these savory bites will leave your guests craving for more. And the best part? They’re easy to make, so you can impress your friends and family without spending hours in the kitchen. Ready to get cooking? Check out our hot hors d’oeuvres recipes below:

Roasted Parmesan Garlic Shrimp Recipe

Roasted Parmesan Garlic Shrimp

This Roasted Parmesan Garlic Shrimp is a major upgrade from classic shrimp cocktail. The recipe is made by tossing shrimp with olive oil, spices, Parmesan, and fresh garlic and then baking to perfection. Before setting sprinkled them with fresh lemon juice and serve cocktail sauce for dipping.

Jalapeños filled with cream cheese and wrapped with crisp bacon as easy hors d'oeuvres

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Peppers

Folks describe this hors d’oeuvre as a “party in your mouth,” and it only requires four ingredients: thick-sliced bacon, jalapeños, cream cheese, and Craisins. I suggest preparing plenty before your guests arrive because these peppers will disappear quickly. (This will also minimize time spent cooking during the festivities.)

water chestnuts wrapped in cranberry and bacon as easy hors d'oeuvres

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

My take on this tried-and-true recipe uses whole water chestnuts and thick-cut bacon. But what really sets this easy hors d’oeuvres recipe apart from the usual version is the sauce made from mayonnaise, brown sugar, chili sauce, and cranberries. I especially love the tartness and crunch from the cranberries.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Wonton Cups

Chicken Bacon Ranch Wonton Cups

Chicken, bacon, and ranch create one of my favorite flavor combos! Consequently, I put the three together and packed them into adorable wonton cups to make these tasty Chicken Bacon Ranch Wonton Cups. They are a delicious yet simple appetizer recipe you’ll love for entertaining. 

crisp wonton wrappers filled with artichoke dip

Artichoke Wonton Wrappers

At my request, my mom often serves this classic appetizer at our family’s Christmas Eve get-together. Baked in a mini muffin pan, this simple-but-fancy-looking savory snack features a warm and creamy artichoke mixture inside a crunchy wonton. What more could you want?

Brown Sugar Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp on a plate

Brown Sugar Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

If you’re looking for a delicious holiday appetizer, you’re in luck because I’m sharing the recipe for these delicious Brown Sugar Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp. With a garnish of fresh chives these will quickly become your new favorite way to enjoy shrimp.

Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Peppadew Peppers on a plate with toothpicks.

Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Peppadew Peppers

These Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Peppadew Peppers are a delicious bite-sized appetizer that’s ideal for the holidays. The bacon on these is crispy perfection!

Roasted Tomato and Burrata Crostini on a white platter with basil leaves.

Roasted Tomato And Burrata Crostini

Tomatoes that have been slow roasted in the oven top crispy bread and creamy burrata to create a delicious appetizer that’s big on summertime flavor. You’re going to love these Tomato and Burrata Crostini. These would be delicious made with goat cheese too!

Flatbread topped with hummus, olives, tomatoes, green onions, and cheese

Mediterranean Flatbread

Looking for a simple, yet elevated snack or meal? This Mediterranean flatbread is just the thing! It’s incredibly easy to put together with just a few ingredients. Instead of using tomato sauce, lots of cheese, and pepperoni, the base gets topped with hummus, olives, tomatoes, onions, and some freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Those are definitely some of my favorite things. and they add wonderful flavor to this recipe.

Finger Foods

Finger foods are the epitome of convenience and flavor fusion. Imagine bite-sized empanadas with golden, flaky crusts, delicate wontons with tantalizing textures, and stuffed mushrooms bursting with flavor. These petite treasures are perfect for mingling and savoring simultaneously.

Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Tomato Soup Shooter served on plate.

Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Tomato Soup

These mini grilled cheese sandwiches served in a small glass of tomato soup just might be the most epic hors d’oeuvres idea.

Mushrooms stuffed with blue cheese and walnuts

Walnut and Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

These bite-sized portobellos are rich and substantial, making them an ideal nibble for fall and winter. The stuffing is a combination of bread crumbs, sour cream, herbs, blue cheese, and walnuts. I like to feature them on a grazing station or as an amuse-bouche.

black forest ham pinwheels on a platter.

Black Forest Ham Pinwheels

These Black Forest Ham Pinwheels will quickly become your new go-to appetizer recipe. Freshly sliced ham is layered with seasoned cream cheese, dill, dried cherries, green onions, swiss cheese, and just a drizzle of honey to create a flavor combination that’s nearly impossible to resist. 


Canapés, the epitome of elegance, are meticulously crafted bite-sized wonders. Comprising four essential components – a base, spread, primary ingredient, and garniture – they offer harmonious flavors and captivating aesthetics. Canapés leave an enduring impression, both in taste and presentation.

mini pimento cheese balls with a cracker in them on a white platter.

Mini Pimento Cheese Balls

Adorable, easy, and oh-so-tasty – introducing Mini Pimento Cheese Balls! Elevate your snack game with these bite-sized delights that are perfect for any gathering! 

skewered avocado-Pesto BLT Bites

Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites

Creating beautiful, delicious appetizers is among my favorite things to do in the kitchen. In this hors d’oeuvres recipe, I’ve accented bacon, baby arugula, and cherry tomatoes with an avocado-pesto sauce. I promise the look and flavor of these bites will wow you!

Cranberry Brie Bites on a platter with rosemary.

Cranberry Brie Bites

Made with rich and creamy brie, homemade cranberry sauce, and mini phyllo shells, these Cranberry Brie Bites are an easy, unique, and flavorful appetizer perfect for the holiday season. 

Essential Hors d’Oeuvres Tips

Following my recipes is pretty simple, but I still wanted to share some essential tips! Follow them, and your party is sure to be a hit.

Make Them Ahead of Time

When you make these hours d’oeuvres ahead of schedule, you will free up your time before the party. It’s so much less stressful this way. In each recipe, I share tips on how to store your appetizers, so follow those tips and free up your time for other pre-party tasks.

Use Similar Ingredients

You’ll save yourself a lot of money if you buy ingredients in larger quantities. So, try to plan out your appetizers so that you can use some of the same ingredients in multiple recipes. For example, make more than one recipe with cream cheese so you can buy it in bulk.

Make Sure They Are Visually Appealing

As you put them together, take your time. Hors d’oeuvres should be enticing and beautiful. Relax and take a little extra care to make them look beautiful on the platter. I’ve put together a list with more presentation ideas below.

Presentation Ideas

When it comes to serving hors d’oeuvres, presentation is key. You want your guests to be wowed not just by the taste of your delicious treats, but also by how they look. Here are a few ideas to make sure your appetizers look as good as they taste:

  • Use small plates or platters: This will make your hors d’oeuvres look more abundant and visually appealing. You can also mix and match different styles and shapes to add interest to your presentation.
  • Add some height: Use cake stands or tiered platters to add an element of height to your display. This will create more visual interest and allow your guests to easily see and select the appetizers.
  • Play with color: Incorporate different colors into your presentation to make it more visually appealing. You can do this by using colorful fruits and veggies, edible flowers, or by garnishing your dishes with fresh herbs.
  • Don’t forget about labels: Especially if you have guests with dietary restrictions, it’s helpful to label your appetizers so everyone knows what they’re eating. You can use small signs, labels, or even chalkboard tags to do this.

Frequently Asked Questions

Before we get to the amazing list of recipes, I want to answer some questions people often have about hors d’oeuvres. If you don’t see your question in this list, please leave it in the comments.

Are hors d’oeuvres the same as appetizers?

Even though people tend to use these terms interchangeably, they are not the same thing. Hor d’oeuvres are not part of a meal, but appetizers often are. People will eat appetizers before their main course. However, hor d’oeuvres are served separately from the meal.

When do you serve hors d’oeuvres?

When you serve them depends on how many pieces you think you will serve each guest. They are typically served along with cocktails before dinner, and you don’t want your guests to fill up on them and not have room for dinner.

For lighter hors d’oeuvres, serve them about an hour before dinner. For heavier (more pieces per person), serve them about 1.5-2 hours before dinner.

How many different types of hors d’oeuvres should I serve?

This can vary depending on the size of your guest list and the occasion. As a general rule of thumb, it’s nice to offer at least 3-4 different types of appetizers. Make sure to offer a mix of vegetarian and meat options, as well as some cold and hot options.

Why is it important that hor d’oeuvres are in one or two bites?

They should be one or two-bite morsels because they are intended to stimulate the palate and appetite before the main meal. They are not intended to replace a meal.

How much food should I prepare per guest?

A good rule of thumb is to offer 4-6 appetizers per person if they will be eating a full meal later on, and 8-10 appetizers per person if the hors d’oeuvres are the main meal. However, it’s always better to have too much food than not enough, so don’t be afraid to go a little overboard.

collage of delicious and easy hors d'oeuvres ideas

Remember to have fun with presentation and put your own spin on these recipes to truly impress your guests. So start planning your next event, and let these delicious hors d’oeuvres be the talk of the town. Let me know in the comments below which one you plan to make!

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  2. I’m making the sun dried tomato and basil roll ups for a birthday cocktail party, but I’m going to make them with gluten free tortillas so the hostess can eat them. Also, instead of making the Italian roll ups, I’m going to make mini muffaletta sandwiches with just about those same ingredients you suggested. All you need in addition to your ingredients are small hard rolls and olive mix instead of the tortillas, cream cheese and Italian seasonings. You can also buy a regular size boule (a round French loaf), partially hollow it out and fill it with the ingredients, then cut it into wedges. Love the look of your recipes. I’m sure they’re all delicious.

  3. All these appetizers ideas are really nice. You really are a source of inspiration !
    Bravo and sorry for my bad English. I follow your blog since a while and really love what you create.

  4. I love your videos! First off you have a great voice! Second, I’m really loving following along with the kitchen reno and also the master Bedroom redo. My only complaint is……we need more of them😘😘😘