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The 42 best finger food ideas for your next party

Make the party food the highlight of your next gathering.
Little chicken and leek pies

We’ve rounded up our best finger food ideas, including dolmades, blini, mini tarts, bruschetta, quiches and croquettes – everything you need for your next party food menu.

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Salmon quichettes

Salmon quichettes

If you’re looking for a simple and tasty finger food to that will please a crowd, look no further than these salmon quichettes. They are delicious hot or cold and a also make a perfect after school snack.

Dolmades
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Dolmades

Greek dolmades are rich in flavour with pine nuts, sultanas, onions and rice wrapped in vine leaves and drizzled with lemon juice and olive oil.

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Ham and cheese croquettes

Ham and cheese croquettes

The classic combination of oozy ham and cheese centre with a crunchy breadcrumb coating and served with a home-made tomato sauce.

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Pork and noodle spring rolls

Pork and noodle spring rolls

These crispy spring rolls full of tender shredded pork, noodles and vegetables make an ideal snack or starter. A great way to use up leftover pork.

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fried green olives

Fried harissa-stuffed green olives

They’ll be a hit at your next party! Especially the lemon and fennel seed aioli.

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Frickles with sriracha mayonnaise

Frickles with sriracha mayonnaise

Watch out! This is a seriously addictive snack.

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Artichoke asparagus fritters with olive relish

Artichoke asparagus fritters with olive relish

These golden artichoke and asparagus fritters are perfect served hot with a fresh tangy olive relish. A brilliant finger food or starter.

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Buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese sauce

Buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese sauce

These finger lickin’ good hot and spicy chicken wings go perfectly with a creamy blue cheese sauce.

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Chile con queso

Chile con queso

Translating literally to ‘chilli and cheese’ this dip combines cream cheese, jalepenos and capsicum for a super tasty starter to serve with corn chips

trout blini on a platter

Blini with hot smoked salmon and crème fraîche

Entertaining is simple with these quick spelt blini topped with hot-smoked salmon and crème fraîche. Or try one of our other blini toppings.

Little chicken and leek pies

Little chicken and leek pies

Little chicken and leek pies

Creamy chicken and crunchy celery make for a moreish filling in these bite-sized pies that are ideal for a big party. They disappear pretty fast, though, so make sure you set aside a few for later.

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Zucchini koftas recipe with harissa yoghurt

Zucchini koftas recipe with harissa yoghurt

These flavourful vegetarian kofta are made with potatoes, grated zucchini, green onions, garlic, chilli, lemon and salt for a delicious starter.

Bruschetta

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Bruschetta

Classic tomato bruschetta

The beauty lies in the simple ingredients. Crusty toasted bread with fresh tomatoes. A popular addition to any antipasto plate, or perfect on its own.

pork dumplings

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Crispy fried pork dumplings

Crispy fried pork dumplings

For something so small, dumplings sure pack in a lot of flavour!

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Spiced paneer and eggplant pakora

Spiced paneer and eggplant pakora

spicy yogurt chicken drumettes with raita

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Spicy yoghurt chicken drumettes with raita

Spicy yoghurt chicken drumettes with raita

Finger bowls at the ready for these fragrant chicken drumettes served with a fresh raita for a tasty snack or weeknight meal.

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Five-ingredient tomato fritters

Five-ingredient tomato fritters

Five ingredients, forty minutes and a couple of pantry staples is all you need to create a tasty tomato snack.

salt and pepper squid

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Salt and pepper squid

Salt and pepper squid

A slightly elevated version of the fish and chip staple, with za’atar for spice, and combined brown rice flour and breadcrumbs for satisfying crunch.

CORN BLINI WITH AVOCADO CREAM AND CRAB

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Corn blini with avocado cream and crab

Corn blini with avocado cream and crab

Marinated baby bocconcini with prosciutto

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Marinated baby bocconcini with prosciutto

Marinated baby bocconcini with prosciutto

If you’re looking for a simple, tasty and appealing platter for a party then marinated baby bocconcini with prosciutto is your friend. Salty meat wrapped around mild, sweet cheese and spiked with basil. Perfect.

Haloumi and asparagus bites

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Haloumi and asparagus bites

Haloumi and asparagus bites

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Roasted garlicky pumpkin and sage pies

These garlicky pumpkin and sage pies with a delicious spiced pastry crust make a fab starter or light lunch. If you fancy bite-sized pies to serve as finger food, you could make these in a couple of mini-muffin trays.

arancini with tomato and balsamic sauce

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Arancini with tomato and balsamic sauce

Arancini with tomato and balsamic sauce

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Pork balls with soy and lime dipping sauce

Pork balls with soy and lime dipping sauce

Exciting Asian-style nibbles, these pork balls with a soy and lime dipping sauce are perfect for cocktail parties.

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Prosciutto wrapped haloumi

Prosciutto wrapped haloumi

Prosciutto and haloumi are a match made in nibble-platter heaven – or use this recipe to take this pumpkin, spinach and haloumi salad to the next level.

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Spinach and feta pinwheels

Spinach and feta pinwheels

Four simple ingredients and 15 minutes in the oven – that’s all it takes to create this bite-sized cheesy nibbles. For when you need something savoury at teatime.

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Sweet pastry knots

Sweet pastry knots

These sweet pastries make great nibbles for morning or afternoon tea. They are best made and served on the day.

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Pear, blue cheese and walnut bites

Pear, blue cheese and walnut bites

What a perfect nibble for dinner guests and cocktail parties. These pear and blue cheese canapes look as good as they taste.

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Mini cream cheese tarts

Mini cream cheese tarts

A golden, flaky crust surrounds the divine cream cheese filling in these sweet mini tarts. Topped with fresh strawberries and passionfruit, they are perfect for a quick dessert or light finger food when entertaining guests.

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Calamari with lemon mayonnaise

Calamari with lemon mayonnaise

A classic finger food loved by adults and children alike – serve these light and crispy calamari pieces with a creamy lemon mayonnaise at your next dinner party.

Bread crisps with confit tomatoes
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Bread crisps with confit tomatoes

Bread crisps with confit tomatoes

Looking for a new snack or canape? These slow-roasted tomatoes on bread crisps with ricotta and olive paste will impress your guests at your next party.

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Field mushroom bruschetta

Field mushroom bruschetta

These big, meaty mushrooms topped with fetta make a delicious and protein-packed meal. Serve as a starter for a dinner party, finger food … or treat yourself to a quick nutritious lunch.

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Chilli con carne cups

Chilli con carne cups

These flavoursome Mexican bean and mince cups are brilliant served as finger food or starter. Topped with creamy avocado and sour cream, they are packed full of flavour to wow your guests.

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Salmon blini with egg

Salmon blini with egg

Traditionally, blinis are small Russian pancakes. Salmon and cream cheese make up the filling for this contemporary version. Served as finger food at your next party it is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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Chicken and mango rice paper rolls

Chicken and mango rice paper rolls

Enjoy these light, refreshing chicken and mango rice paper rolls on a warm summer’s afternoon. A Vietnamese classic, the rolls are wonderful served as finger food with a zesty chilli lime dipping sauce.

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Tomato and rocket tarts

Tomato and rocket tarts

These pretty little tomato and rocket tarts are a great vegetarian option for a platter of finger food. Rocket can be replaced with baby spinach. Add some baby basil leaves just before serving, if you like.

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Lamb boreks

Lamb boreks

A traditional Turkish pastry dish, these gorgeous scrolls are served stuffed with tender lamb, juicy sultanas and creamy goat’s cheese to create a delicious starter, finger food or lunch.

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Eggplant and haloumi skewers with roasted tomato sauce

Eggplant and haloumi skewers with roasted tomato sauce

These eggplant and haloumi skewers with roasted tomato sauce are the perfect easy finger food to serve at your next gathering. This kind of cheese is just begs to be fried and served warm.

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Beef and stilton pies

Beef and stilton pies

Any beef cut suitable for stewing can be used for the pie filling: gravy beef, skirt, blade or chuck steak. These cute little beef and stilton pies make excellent finger food.

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Feta and spinach stuffed potato balls

Feta and spinach stuffed potato balls

These tasty Greek style feta and spinach stuffed potato balls make a delicious starter, finger food or light snack.

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Individual spanakopita

Individual spanakopita

Both the adults and kids will love these crispy Greek pies.

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Fish scrolls with capsicum salsa

Fish scrolls with capsicum salsa

These delicious fish scrolls are beautiful topped with a zesty capsicum salsa – healthy, fresh and super tasty! They make the perfect finger food for dinner parties.

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