3-Ingredient Appetizers for (Mostly) Stress-Free Entertaining

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It’s hard to choose between the Instant Pot chicken wings and the bacon-wrapped potato wedges

Whether you’re having a small gathering, heading to a big bash, or just want something special for a movie night with the kids, we have a few easy appetizer recipes that’ll come in handy. From finger foods to veggie appetizers, keep reading to check out our favorite easy appetizer recipes that are all made using three ingredients or less. 

Proscuitto-Wrapped Pears with Balsalmic Glaze


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This is the definition of an easy appetizer recipe! If you want to get really fancy, consider throwing in a slice of cheese. 

Monkey Bread

This cheesy monkey bread from Brit + Co is literally as easy as 1, 2, 3… ingredients. Kids will love the soft bread and parents will love how easy it is to make. 

Caprese Skewers

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Quite possibly one of the easiest appetizers to whip up, simply grab fresh mozzarella balls, tomatoes, and pesto; skewer, drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette, and go! 

Tomato and Cheddar Palmiers

The Suburban Soapbox

These pretty palmiers from The Suburban Soapbox will definitely impress your guests. Buttery puff pastry and tart tomatoes meld perfectly with rich cheddar cheese—delish! 

Crock Pot Chili Cheese Dip

chili cheese dip is an easy appetizer
Julie’s Eats and Treats

Break out your slow cooker for this crowd-pleasing dip from Julie’s Eats and Treats. With just two ingredients, it’s definitely the simplest thing you’ll make all day. 

Related: 18 Finger Foods Easy Appetizers You Can Make in 30 Minutes or Less

Hummus Deviled Eggs

Living Well Kitchen

For a fun twist on deviled eggs, try this simple recipe from Living Well Kitchen. Instead of a complicated mayo-based filling, for this version, you’ll just need your favorite flavor of hummus. 

Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

Averie Cooks

This appetizer from Averie Cooks is kid-approved and super easy to make. You’ll get the crunchy, melty effect of mozzarella sticks but without the mess and hassle of deep frying. 

Instant Pot Wings

Instant Pot wings are an easy appetizer
Mom Advice

Everybody loves chicken wings, and Mom Advice has a foolproof method for making them in the Instant Pot. A quick pass under the broiler gives them a crispy finish. 

Pesto Yogurt Dip

Melanie Makes

This light and fresh dip from Melanie Makesis an ideal appetizer to serve before a heavy holiday meal. Pair it with plenty of fresh veggies, cheese, and crackers, and you’ll be ready to entertain a crowd. 

Best Breadsticks Ever

These breadsticks are an easy appetizer
Kiwi & Carrot

How fancy do these breadsticks from Kiwi & Carrot look?! Using a pre-made puff pastry makes them super easy to pull off, even if you’re not a master baker. 

Crock Pot Glazed Kielbasa Bites

Julie’s Eats and Treats

This genius recipe from Julie’s Eats and Treats is totally hands-off, thanks to the magical Crock Pot. It’s made with kielbasa, brown sugar, and one unexpected ingredient.

Bacon Wrapped Cherries with Thyme

We Are Not Martha

It might sound strange, but stay with us: these bacon-wrapped cherries from We Are Not Martha are delicious. The savory bacon makes a perfect contrast for tart, juicy cherries. 

Related: 13 Trader Joe’s Appetizers to Serve During the Holidays This Year

Quick Dinner Rolls

Life, Love and Good Food

Start your meal off with these yummy dinner rolls from Life, Love and Good Food. No rising required—just mix up the three ingredients, and bake the rolls in a muffin tin. 

Everything Parmesan Crisps

The Suburban Soapbox

This inventive take on a crispy cracker from The Suburban Soapbox is bound to be a hit with cheese lovers. Even better, they come together in less than 10 minutes, leaving you more time to obsess over the rest of the menu. 

Creamy Salsa Dip

Simply Stacie

For a crowd-pleasing appetizer, whip up a batch of this super easy dip from Simply Stacie. Paired with fresh veggies and tortilla chips, don’t be surprised if this one disappears fast. 

Classy Pigs in a Blanket

Culinary Hill

Make your party extra magical with an appetizer that only uses two (count ‘em, two!) ingredients. These pigs in a blanket are the definition of simple—and you can even add a touch of sesame seeds to up the wow factor. Get the recipe over at Culinary Hill.

Raspberry Cream Cheese Dip

Raspberry cream cheese dip is an easy appetizer recipe
Tastes of Lizzy T’s

We love this salty-sweet dip recipe from Tastes of Lizzy T’s, and since it’s made with just two ingredients (cream cheese and jam) you can have it ready in two minutes flat. Serve it up with buttery Ritz crackers and get dipping.

Blue Cheese Bites

blue cheese bites are an easy appetizer recipe
A Wicked Wisk

Serving something warm to take the chill off is also the perfect way to welcome guests. This easy appetizer recipe from A Wicked Wisk combines a couple of our favorite things—flaky biscuits and flavorful blue cheese—to make a melty, bubbly appetizer perfect for a crowd. Drooling yet? 

Related: Did Somebody Say Bacon? 7 Bacon Appetizers to Make Today

Honey-Roasted Pecans

Trial and Eater

If you’re worried about dinner timing or want something festive (and deceptively simple) on your snack tray, make a batch of these honey-roasted pecans from Trial and Eater for guests to graze on throughout the day. The recipe couldn’t be easier, but it’s way more delicious than the store-bought kind. 

Bacon-Wrapped Potato Wedges

bacon-wrapped potato wedges are an easy appetizer recipe
A Calculated Whisk

Potato wedges just got even tastier, thanks to this recipe from A Calculated Whisk. How? Why, wrap them in bacon, of course! Now you’ve got an appetizer fit for a hungry crowd of grown-ups and kiddos alike. 

Baked Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups

baked ham and cheese roll up is an easy appetizer recipe
Pumpkin ‘n Spice

For an appetizer that’s a bit more filling, try these yummy roll-ups from Pumpkin ‘n Spice. It’s easy to customize them with your favorite meats, cheeses, and seasonings. As a bonus, you can keep this recipe in rotation for school lunches. 

 

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