85 Tasty Treats That Will Be A Hit At Any Party

Whether it's the holidays such as the festive season or Thanksgiving, a special birthday, or a celebration of a new life about to begin, there're so many reasons to throw a party. Perhaps you're planning a day-time brunch or a wild night-time ho-down at home for a special anniversary. Before you send out the invites and decorate, you'll probably need some inspiration about what to serve. From a family-style buffet to a gourmet array of cocktail canapes, here are 85 tasty treats that'll be a hit at any party. What you're looking for are delicious flavors, moreish textures, and stunning-looking designs. Creating the right menu can give your get-together some get-up-and-go and get everyone in the right mood. Make sure what you serve is in tune with the occasion and event style. There're plenty of recipes here, so have fun choosing your party list of food hits.

1. 3-Ingredient Jalapeño Poppers

Make cooking for a party a hit in the kitchen with tasty recipes like this one that's ridiculously easy to make. Not only do these spicy poppers only have three ingredients, but they're also flavorsome with a salty and creamy filling. And they're a popular snack for low-carb seekers too, as there's no breadcrumb coating on them either. Wear gloves when you're prepping the jalapeños so that you don't end up crying at the party because you've got chili in your eye. Serve with a cooling dip, like ranch, sour cream, or tzatziki. 

Recipe: 3-Ingredient Jalapeño Poppers

2. Air Fryer Sweet Potato Chips

Goodbye fattening deep-fried potato chips, and hello healthier air fryer sweet potato chips. These golden discs are so ridiculously moreish and promise the perfect crunch if you get the thickness just right. The best way to cut the chips is with a mandoline, being careful of your fingers! Too fat and they won't cook evenly and crisp up, but too thin and your chips won't be robust enough. Cook in batches so you can cook a layer at a time and serve as is or with onion dip or hummus. 

Recipe: Air Fryer Sweet Potato Chips

3. Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites

Not all carbs are the same, and what makes these soft pretzel bites so mouthwateringly good is the crunch on the outside, and the soft doughy texture inside. The fact that they're bitesize only means partygoers are going to be tempted to keep popping them in their mouth one delicious bite after the other. Size is important for these chewy snacks, so make sure you roll your dough into a rope that's a ½-inch thick and then cut along it at inch intervals. They're great served with cheese sauce or mustard.

Recipe: Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites

4. Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets

Hooray on behalf of party guests who always miss out on chicken nuggets because they're coated in breadcrumbs. Your only issue with these goodies is making enough because everyone's going to love them. While this recipe uses gluten-free bread, you can use gluten-free cornflakes instead. A good tip to make crumbs fresh from a slice of bread is to toast first before blitzing in the food processor, or blender, or pummeling with a pestle and mortar. Add cayenne and black pepper to spice up your crumb coating and serve with dips.

Recipe: Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets

5. 30 Minute Mozzarella Sticks

Nothing encourages indulging in some tasty party treats like a plate full of melting mozzarella sticks. They're not exactly sophisticated fare, but who cares? The gooey cheese and breadcrumb coating are an irresistible combo. Yes, you can buy these sticks in a store, but yes, making them yourself is much better because they're simple and quick to make. There are two golden rules with this recipe: Firstly, double coat them so that the cheese doesn't leak out, and secondly, freeze them for a few hours before frying so they cook just right. 

Recipe: 30 Minute Mozzarella Sticks

6. Easy Kimbap

Colorful Korean soul food is a tempting tasty treat for any party, whatever the occasion. While these rolls do look like sushi, there's no raw fish used with these. Dried seaweed and rice are wrapped around pretty much any filling you like. Make some meaty, veggie, and fishy ones so you have a big variety plateful. You can even put cheese inside if you like. What's best about kimbap is that you can be creative, and the recipe is flexible too. Carrots, spinach, and pickled radish make the Spam look so bright and colorful.

Recipe: Easy Kimbap

7. Tempura

Nobody likes heavy, greasy, or soggy batter at a party. Tempura is light and crispy, and you can fry whatever ingredients you like, from meat to fish or vegetables. Flexible recipes are a hit if you're hosting a bash, and these amazing Japanese snacks are divine for guests. If you're prepping shrimp tempura, make small cuts at each end of the seafood so that it won't curl up too much when it's fried. Keep the batter in an ice bath to stay cool. Serve tempura with grated daikon radish and sliced scallions in a homemade dipping sauce.

Recipe: Tempura

8. Copycat Chuy's Creamy Jalapeño Dip

This creamy, slightly piquant dip is more than a dip, and if you really want to showcase its flavors then serve it with more than just chips. It's a great dip for jicama, and it pairs perfectly with classic Mexican food too. Thin it out and use it as a dressing if you prefer over meat or some carbs like rice or roast potatoes. If you don't have any buttermilk, then you can leave it out and enjoy a thicker dip. Sprinkle cilantro on to finish.

Recipe: Copycat Chuy's Creamy Jalapeño Dip

9. Crab Rangoon

Nothing says tasty to a hungry party guest than the idea of a snack with crab in it. These little fried parcels are so good, you wouldn't believe that they're made from imitation crab meat which means that they're a heck of a lot more budget-friendly. You can always create a more intense seafood flavor by adding more of this ingredient, and of course, if you want to splurge then you can use real crab meat. Watch your wonton wrappers don't burn and sprinkle your crispy triangles with chopped green onions for a color pop.

Recipe: Crab Rangoon

10. Traditional Coleslaw

It's great to try treats that are different, but the reason this side dish is such a classic party dish is that it's so popular. The combination of crunchy carrot and cabbage with a creamy dressing is everything. Served as a side to some grilled goodies or traditional American fare, it's a no-contest winner. The apple cider vinegar adds a nice tang to the mayo as well. The best way to mix up this salad is with a pair of tongs and make sure you chill for 20 minutes so the cabbage can properly marinate.

Recipe: Traditional Coleslaw

11. Crunchy Mini Shrimp Egg Rolls

Asian snacks pack a powerful flavor punch, and these bitesize egg rolls definitely deliver on taste. The crispy, deep-fried wrappers are filled with shrimp, bok choy, noodles, shitake mushrooms, and mung bean sprouts, as well as carrots and cabbage. They're so yummy, especially with a soy-based sauce added. This is made with mirin, but you can use sake or dry white wine instead. Make sure you drain the liquid from your mix before adding it to the rolls and make them just before frying to they don't fall apart.

Recipe: Crunchy Mini Shrimp Egg Rolls

12. Authentic Mexican Tamales

The tastiest recipes are those that create authentic dishes, so if you're looking for a Mexican wave of appreciation then these tamales are the way to go. Yes, they take time to make, but they're so worth it. Remember the recipe too, as you're going to be asked for it by everyone. Make sure the meaty filling is tender enough to be shredded and squeeze out your corn husks once they've been soaked. When you come to steam your tamale treats, stack them upright in the steamer basket and cool slightly before serving.

Recipe: Authentic Mexican Tamales

13. Authentic Nashville Hot Chicken

Get the party started with these hot chicken wings and your event will be on fire. This recipe uses wings, but you can make boneless goujons instead or use drumsticks or chicken thighs instead. What gives these classic Nashville-style treats a kick is adding hot sauce to the egg wash for the coating. You've also got a spicy melted butter to put over the crispy wings once they're cooked. And to really get the flavors of cayenne, brown sugar, and paprika soaking into the wings, use a brush to coat them.

Recipe: Authentic Nashville Hot Chicken

14. Easy Shrimp Tacos

If you serve these mouthwatering shrimp tacos, your party is definitely going to be remembered. You don't have to wonder if everybody will love them because they're a hands-down hit. The creamy chimichurri sauce is dairy-free but add avocado in if you want it creamier. And you can swap up cilantro for basil for those who hate the flavor of this herb. Charring your tortillas on the stove adds appeal too, and once you serve with red onion and red pepper flakes eat within an hour or two.

Recipe: Easy Shrimp Tacos

15. Unique Guacamole

When everyone asks you why your guac tastes so terrifically good, tell them it's because it's unique. The smokey notes come from oregano and roasted limes, with broiled tomatoes adding some sweetness. Give your dip a kick by adding a jalapeño, and if you want a bigger heat hit then add the seeds too. Use ripe avocados by checking that the brown nub where the stem has been trimmed comes off easily. Leave out the cilantro if you're not a fan and use a potato masher if you don't have a pestle and mortar.

Recipe: Unique Guacamole

16. Hearty Stuffed Mushrooms

Before you pour chips into a bowl, consider what a treat these stuffed mushrooms would be at your party. Whether you're having a down-to-earth shindig or a more sophisticated celebration, these cheesy portobello mushrooms are magic. Make room for your filling by gently removing the gills and taking out the stalk which you can chop up and add to the filling. The soft cheese is fabulously moist and spreadable, while the Parmesan adds some tang. Don't forget to sprinkle some of the Italian hard cheese over before baking to create a golden topping.

Recipe: Hearty Stuffed Mushrooms

17. Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

Honey and garlic are tremendous together and tell a tasty tale of Asian-inspired cuisine. These chicken wings bring out the salty and sweet elements extremely well. If you like some spice, then use hot honey or just add a pinch of cayenne to your regular seasonings. Wings are the ultimate crowd-pleaser. If you feel as if you've got enough dips on the table, then this recipe also appeals because the sauce is cooked on the cooked wings, so you don't need anything extra. Although, they're messy so you may need napkins!

Recipe: Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

18. Easy Fried Calamari

Soft squid rings surrounded with fried batter, calamari conjures up memories of seaside vacations, beachside snacks, and meals out with friends and families. It's a snack that feels like a celebration, and it's got the taste, texture, and bitesize appeal to please all at any party. Use buttermilk to tenderize the squid and get rid of any fishy odors. And stick to rings rather than tentacles when catering to a group. Dredge in flour and fry in batches for greater ease. Serve lemon squeezed over the top and a basil and marinara dip. 

Recipe: Easy Fried Calamari

19. Fresh Mango Salsa

It's grand to sit down to a meal and discover complex flavors, but at a party, you want flavors that excite the taste buds immediately. What better than a citrusy, spicy, and sweet mango salsa? This recipe refreshes a classic tomato-heavy dish by putting this tropical Asian fruit center stage. There's a real knack to cutting a mango. Halve it, missing the stone, and cut a crisscross design into the fruit, so that when you push against the skin the pieces come away real easy. Serve with salty tortilla chips, adding extra flavor.

Recipe: Fresh Mango Salsa

20. Roasted Corn Salsa

This recipe isn't hating on tomatoes, the classic salsa ingredient, as it still makes an appearance in this recipe. However, it's roasted corn that blasts this dish into another realm as a really good party snack. The olive oil drizzled on the kernels as they roast creates a depth of flavor and browns them. Don't worry if you don't feel like shucking cobs and cutting corn off them, as you can use frozen corn for this recipe, which makes it easier if you're making a big batch. Serve as a dip or topping.

Recipe: Roasted Corn Salsa

21. Greek Meatballs

Get to the Greek flavorings for this recipe and elevate a simple meatball to an epic, Grecian-inspired taste sensation. So, what's different? There's a lot packed into these little balls, with dried oregano and fresh mint added into a mix of not just beef but also lamb. You've also got parsley, red onion, and garlic. Mixing and shaping the meatballs is easier to do with your hands, so wear gloves if you don't want to get messy, and feel free to change the size of them too. They're delicious served with pita bread and salad.

Recipe: Greek Meatballs

22. Spicy Grilled Shrimp

If your party involves a cookout, then you might want to grill these spicy shrimp fresh. As soon as they're cooked, call guests so they can grab them nice and hot. Shrimp are always going to be a big hit, but this recipe powers-up the taste with an awesome chili garlic sauce with some Worcestershire sauce and lemon adding some extra flavor intensity. For a party, put some toothpicks by the shrimp so guests can spear a shrimp and eat it in one, and so that they don't get their hands messy either. 

Recipe: Spicy Grilled Shrimp

23. Dill Onion Dip

Your oven is full of tasty treats for a party, but you need another dish. A dill onion dip needs no introduction as it's a tried and tested winning combination. It's easy and quick to make, and it pairs brilliantly with everything from chips to veggies. You can even serve it as a dressing or over-grilled meats. While the sour cream and mayo create that dreamy, creamy texture, make sure that the fresh dill stalks are removed as they're too tough. Once you've chopped the dill, all you need to do is stir! 

Recipe: Dill Onion Dip

24. Mini Crawfish Pies

Take the top pastry layer off mini pies and you have half the carbs and some pretty party tarts. Add in crawfish filling, and you're upping the taste of these treats to being wow big style. While the recipe calls for crawfish tails, you can use crab, shrimp, or lobster. You could even use a luxurious mix of seafood if you want to really impress. If you don't have a rolling pin to hand to turn your pastry into pie cases, then a great tip is to use a clean wine bottle instead.

Recipe: Mini Crawfish Pies

25. 3-Ingredient Scotch Eggs

Scotch eggs may be a classic British snack, but they can also be too heavy and fat-laden for a party with so many other foods on the table. The treat that partygoers are going to love with this recipe is that they're meat-free, and they're a lot lighter as the eggs are coated in a falafel mix. And it adds a Middle Eastern twist, and pairs well with hummus or tahini. Plunge your hard-boiled eggs into iced water so they cool down quickly and look pretty with no green circles around the yolks. 

Recipe: 3-Ingredient Scotch Eggs

26. Hot Maryland Crab Dip

Some like it hot, so make this Maryland crab dip as spicy as you like. The recipe works just fine if you want to add hot sauce. Don't be tempted to swap the crab meat for imitation crab meat though, as the texture and taste won't create what is a star dish. Make with care, using a rubber-tipped spatula to fold in the seafood so it doesn't break up and ruin your dip. Each mouthful should be an experience. Garnish with chopped green onion and serve with celery sticks and crackers.

Recipe: Hot Maryland Crab Dip

27. Corned Beef Egg Rolls

There's nothing quite like a tasty twist on a recipe to make it shine, and if that means combining different cuisines then even better for a party. Asian egg rolls are rolled into a classic American treat with a corned beef filling. The crispiness of the spring rolls is spectacular with the salty meat in the middle. Keep these crunchy rolls party-food-friendly by making sure they're sealed properly. A good tip is to wet the end of your roll so it sticks down. Try serving with onion dip or cheese sauce.

Recipe: Corned Beef Egg Rolls

28. Copycat Wingstop Lemon Pepper Wings

Citrus and spice make all things nice, especially chicken wings that remind you of one of your favorite restaurants. Deep-fried deliciousness is always going to be a hit, but you can also bake these treats. Customize how much lemon zest and pepper you add, to get just the right balance. If you want to go large, use chicken thighs and drumsticks instead of wings, just adjust the cooking time accordingly. Try adding some herbs into the yummy, melted butter, such as parsley and cilantro, or some chopped green onions.

Recipe: Copycat Wingstop Lemon Pepper Wings

29. Easy Arizona Cheese Crisp

This Arizona-Mexican style pizza crisp is like an open quesadilla, except it's also light and crunchy, and simple to make too. All you need are some flour tortillas, grated cheese, butter, and diced green chilis from a can. Keep an eye on these while they're in the oven as you want the cheese to melt and not burn! You also want your tortilla crisp, but not too crispy. Make these no-sauce treats if the party goes on late and you need to quickly rustle up some more snacks. Slice to share. 

Recipe: Easy Arizona Cheese Crisp

30. Homemade Baked Onion Rings

Not all onion rings are great, especially if the batter is greasy and soggy, or the crumb slides off from the onion. They can be a hit or miss. These rings are baked with a crumb crisp, with turmeric added to create a gorgeous golden brown coloring. The onion is dipped in batter too, which is made with heavy cream, while they're not too oily as they're not deep fried. This recipe calls for rapeseed oil, but you can use a vegetable oil spray instead. Serve with whatever dips you like. 

Recipe: Homemade Baked Onion Rings

31. Creamy Ranch Potato Salad

Potato salad is a classic party dish for a reason, it complements so many different foods, from grilled meats to cornbread. Made with sour cream and mayonnaise, it's a creamy treat and this recipe elevates the taste everyone loves with some chopped-up bits of crunchy bacon, chopped green onions, and some ranch dressing mix as well. You can leave out the bacon if you want to appeal to a wider crowd that includes vegetarians and add in kidney beans instead. Chill this retro dish before serving what'll inevitably be a crowd-pleaser.

Recipe: Creamy Ranch Potato Salad

32. Copycat Logans Roadhouse Fried Mushrooms

Turn button mushrooms into a divinely tasty treat. You don't need any culinary wizardry, just a pan full of canola oil, flour, and buttermilk. To get a good crisp on these fried mushrooms, double coat them in flour, and tap them after each dredge so there aren't any floury clumps stuck on when frying. If you want some inspiration for dips to serve with these magical morsels, try tomatoey marinara, spicy and creamy Sriracha mayo, or classic garlic mayo. Spicy mustard and thousand island dressing also enhance the flavor. 

Recipe: Copycat Logans Roadhouse Fried Mushrooms

33. Copycat Melting Pot Cheddar Cheese Fondue

If your guests don't love melted cheese, they're not worthy of this party food indulgence anyway. This recipe is easy, which adds to its allure. Keep the heat low so the cheese doesn't separate, and leave out the beer if you want, but not the Worcestershire sauce as this adds some real umami. Serve the cheesy fondue dip with bread, tortilla chips, apple slices, or whatever veggies you like. Everyone's going to be diving straight into this pot of molten cheesiness. Just make sure nobody double dips!  

Recipe: Copycat Melting Pot Cheddar Cheese Fondue

34. Best Bang Bang Shrimp

This shrimp dish is going to go bang bang at any party because it's literally the bomb. Instead of coating with cornstarch, create extra crispiness by using panko breadcrumbs. You can also add more Sriracha sauce or Thai sweet chili sauce into the mayonnaise, depending on what level of fieriness and sweetness you want to dip your deep-fried shrimp into. Not a fan of mayonnaise? Try creamy plain yogurt or crème fraîche instead. Use chopsticks to move the shrimp around while they're cooking, so they come out beautifully brown.

Recipe: Best Bang Bang Shrimp

35. Blue Cheese Potato Salad

For all the blue cheese lovers of the world, or at least your party, this flavorful twist on a classic potato salad celebrates its gloriously cheesy, salty taste. For those unsure about blue cheese, this dish will hands-down woo and win them over. There's no subtle taste here, and that's what makes this such perfect party food. It doesn't hold back on promising a bold flavor and holds its own among a table full of other tasty treats. It pairs well with flavorsome fare such as grilled meats and veggie offerings.

Recipe: Blue Cheese Potato Salad

36. Homemade Refrigerator Pickles

No party table is complete without some pickles. If you didn't know it already, there's been something of a trend on these sweet, sour, and spicy treats that go with just about everything. Dang, they're downright delicious all on their own straight out of the jar. Use vinegar with 5% acidity for this version, and if you want to cut down on sugar then leave it out or replace it with stevia or some other low-cal sweetener. Add extra red pepper flakes for more heat. Don't forget to make these the day before.

Recipe: Homemade Refrigerator Pickles

37. Baked Salmon Sushi

Do y'all think you can only serve raw sushi? If you're making this beautiful-looking Japanese snack for a buffet table or to serve as cocktail canapes then cooked salmon works really well. It's understandable if you lack the know-how to work with raw fish. If you can't find sushi rice, then swap it up for risotto-style Arborio rice. A great tip is to put a couple of grains of rice on the nori when you seal the roll so it'll stick better once moistened. Serve with spicy mayo, soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger.

Recipe: Baked Salmon Sushi

38. Sweet Chili Sauce

Sweet chili sauce is so sweetly versatile. It's great with spring rolls, shrimp rolls, and chicken wings, and you can even mix it with some cream cheese for a creamier spicy dip. Yes, you can serve store-bought but when all you need is garlic, sugar, rice wine vinegar, and red chili flakes, why would you? You can make it to the consistency you want as you control how much of the cornstarch slurry you add as you heat your ingredients. You can also keep this sauce fresh for a month in the fridge.

Recipe: Sweet Chili Sauce

39. Savory Fried Pork And Cabbage Gyoza

Get your party guests to join in the culinary fun by folding these Asian dumplings. Make sure you know what you're doing first though. Don't add too much filling and use your finger to wet the edges of the gyoza wrapper. Fold in half and close one corner, then starting at one side, fold that in and pinch it. Continue all along until you have a ruffled top and flat bottom. They're wonderful when fried and steamed, then served with Chinese black vinegar or a ponzu sauce.

Recipe: Savory Fried Pork And Cabbage Gyoza

40. Quick Jalapeño Cheese Bread

Were you tantalized with the words 'cheese' and 'bread', with 'jalapeño' just making you fall to your knees? So you should be, and before you sigh at the thought of kneading and proofing a loaf, you'll be beside yourself with joy to learn that you don't have to. Take out the seeds and ribs of the fresh chilis for a milder kick or use a canned variety if you want to dial down the heat. Make sure the cheese and chilis are well-mixed, so they don't sink in the mix. 

Recipe: Quick Jalapeño Cheese Bread

41. Homemade Carrot Bacon

What's great about party food is that it's a perfect opportunity to serve up some treats that your guests might never have tried before. And this carrot bacon is definitely different. It'll also please any meat-free foodies too. Liquid smoke, maple syrup, and smoked paprika are just some of the flavors in the marinade that give these rashers a smoky taste. Pick out some sturdy carrots for this recipe so you can get thick slices. Keep an eye on them in the oven as they crisp up real-fast in a matter of minutes. 

Recipe: Homemade Carrot Bacon

42. Easy Air Fryer Sticky Wings

If you think a party just isn't a celebration without some crispy chicken wings, then you'd be just about right. These air fryer ones crisp up perfectly before you toss them in Mae Ploy Sweet Chilli Sauce. If you're prepping the wings, take your time and use a sharp knife. Remove the tips and freeze them to make a stock another time. You can replace the sauce with Sriracha if this is easier to obtain, and amp up the heat with red pepper flakes, cayenne, or ghost pepper powder.

Recipe: Easy Air Fryer Sticky Wings

43. Authentic Pasties

Traditionally British fare, homemade pasties with buttery pastry encasing a meat and potato filling are timeless. Easy to eat at parties, the flavors are cherished classics. This recipe uses skirt steak but sirloin also works, while you're best using a potato that's good for baking like a russet. You need to feel what's right when making the dough with this recipe, so add the water slowly until you can turn it into a ball of dough. Don't forget to make slits to let the steam vent and use any extra pastry to add decorative touches. 

Recipe: Authentic Pasties

44. Easy Shrimp Rolls

Being able to see the vibrantly colorful fillings through the translucent rice paper of these rolls is what makes them a visual feast. The fact that in every bite you're tasting succulent shrimp is another big tick. Another point that makes these Vietnamese-style rolls so impressive is that they embrace the flavors of Asian cuisine so delicately. They're a real treat and work wonders at elevating the food at any party. Making foods your guests probably wouldn't make on the average weeknight makes them feel special and the peanut sauce is beyond.

Recipe: Easy Shrimp Rolls

45. Baked Cajun Sweet Potato Fries

The mild sweetness of sweet potatoes is truly expressed when they're cooked, but you don't need to deep fry them to get that lovely, caramelized flavor. This recipe bakes them instead, but what takes them to the hit parade of tasty party treats is the Cajun seasoning which adds fiery flair to these fabulous fries. Cutting them into thin wedges means you've got sweet potato that's wonderfully soft inside, while the spice and high temperature crisp them up on the outside. Not peeling them only adds extra taste too.

Recipe: Baked Cajun Sweet Potato Fries

46. 15-Minute BBQ Chicken Pizza

It's easy to throw a store-bought pizza into the oven, but you can make a homemade version in 15 minutes, including cooking time. What makes it so quick is using a pre-cooked pizza crust — just make sure it's thin enough to bake in under 10 minutes. You can chop up or shred rotisserie chicken or use any cooked chicken. Meanwhile, the easiest way to add barbecue sauce is with a pastry brush. Make a batch of these for your party with different flavors such as pepperoni and tomatoes or pulled pork.

Recipe: 15-Minute BBQ Chicken Pizza

47. Pork Loaded French Fries

Since most partygoers love nachos-style toppings, and also fries, then this combo of both is inspired. Served in a big dish, it's a hearty, carb-loaded dig-in dish, which makes it ideal for soaking up all those party cocktails. Slow-cooked barbecue pork shredded and cooked on fries with cheese will make your guest want to raise the roof. Cook your meat in advance, so that it's a quick dish to pop in the oven. You can also use frozen fries. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle on jalapeños. 

Recipe: Pork Loaded French Fries

48. 15-Minute Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos

Let the good times roll with these fluted taquitos made with rotisserie chicken, refried beans, salsa, and lots of gooey cheese. Instead of making these the traditional way and deep frying, you can cook these in the air fryer for a healthier treat. Corn tortillas work best and warming them first makes rolling easier. Secure them with wooden toothpicks, then they don't fall apart while cooking. Serve with salsa and sour cream, and Mexican guac. Hot sauce, chopped cilantro, and jalapeños are also a trio of terrific toppings.

Recipe: 15-Minute Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos

49. Giant Burrito

Supersize with a giant burrito that's super fun and terrifically tasty. This is a great communal dish to serve at a relaxed shindig or laid-back party. It also looks so good on a help-yourself buffet or in the center of the table. The trick to getting this to stay in one piece is to stick the tortillas together with melted cheese. Because you're going big, it's important to mix the separate rice and bean layers. While this version is meat-free, you can change it up and make a steak and potato or leftover chicken wrap.

Recipe: Giant Burrito

50. Spicy Sausage And Ricotta Pasta

If you add special ingredients, then a pasta bake becomes a dish worthy of a special occasion. It's worth seeking out the spicy 'nduja sausage used to make this ricotta cheese pasta, so factor in a trip to an Italian deli or to Wholefoods for this ingredient. You'll be glad you made the effort. This recipe is made with rigatoni, but you can use another shape, as long as it's short pasta. Make sure it's close to al dente and mix it well with the other ingredients before baking.

Recipe: Spicy Sausage And Ricotta Pasta

51. Crock Pot Bison Chili

If you love spending time creating fancy canapes, then knock yourself out. However, if you want a hearty dish that everyone will love, that's tasty, and easy to make in a Crock Pot, then this chili is the bomb. What makes it stand out is the deep flavor of the ground bison in place of the traditional ground beef. Serve in bread bowls, and save on the washing-up, with sour cream and shredded Cheddar cheese. Bowls of diced onion, salsa, guac, and hot sauce mean guests can add their chosen toppings.

Recipe: Crock Pot Bison Chili

52. 3-Bean Vegetarian Chili

If you're feeding a crowd, especially for a wintery get-together, this chili dish warms everyone up. And since there's no meat, any plant-based guests aren't left out in the cold either. It's also super-quick to make too, so there's no need for it to bubble away for hours on the stove. Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, and chopped cilantro on top, or dairy-free versions for a vegan dish. A hunk of cornbread to dip in is also a tasty addition. Chives, chopped green onions, and dairy-free cornbread croutons complement the chili flavors. 

Recipe: 3-Bean Vegetarian Chili

53. Vegan Chicago-Style Hot Dog

If you're chillin' with your homies, you're gonna want some dogs to chow down on too. Before you reach for those ubiquitous package of hot dogs, show some plant-based lovin' with these vegan dogs. If you're not sure how to make Chicago-style hot dogs, then put away the ketchup to start with. What gives these Windy City winners taste is the yellow mustard, spears of dill peppers, and sweet relish. Sport peppers, Roma tomatoes, and white onion are also stuffed in the buns. Sprinkle with celery salt and take a big bite. 

Recipe: Vegan Chicago-Style Hot Dog

54. Beef And Refried Bean Enchiladas

Taco seasoning gives the beef that spicy seasoned flavor for these moreish enchiladas. Here's a dish that no Mexican food lover is ever going to not get excited to eat. A meaty filling with soft tortilla and red enchilada sauce topped with melted cheese is so good, and what's just as great is they're easy to make too. Blend your beans to give this home-style dish a smoother texture. They're ideal for a casual party rather than a fancy schmancy formal affair. Serve with sour cream, cilantro, and guacamole. 

Recipe: Beef And Refried Bean Enchiladas

55. Air Fryer Country-Style Ribs

Crispy, caramelized ribs cooked with barbecue sauce are what country-style gatherings are all about. Once you've got the great company sorted, it's a true treat to get stuck into a dish that your guests don't have to stand on ceremony for. For the seasoning, you can use Grill Mates Honey Hickory, or you can make your own with ground mustard and sweet or smoked paprika, plus some garlic and onion powders. For an herby touch, swap out the ground mustard for ground sage. Serve with some BBQ sauce on the side.

Recipe: Air Fryer Country-Style Ribs

56. Easy Steak Nachos

Upgrade nachos from a movie-theatre snack to a culinary celebration to share with party peeps. Succulent seasoned steak leads the way along with refried beans, cheese, and veggies. While this is simple to make, take time to add your layers properly so that everyone gets a bite that's poppin' with all the different flavors. Flat nacho chips are easier to use for this purpose. Use pulled pork or chicken instead if you prefer and work the spices to create some Mexican-style heat and let the meat rest so those wonderful flavors are absorbed.

Recipe: Easy Steak Nachos

57. Ina Garten's Mac And Cheese

Give traditional comfort food an Italian twist and you've elevated it to a delicious party classic. This dish takes the Barefoot Contessa's version and adds an Italian twist with some roasted garlic, fresh basil garnish, and grated mozzarella. Mamma mia! The other cheesiness comes from Gruyère and extra-sharp Cheddar. Cut the end off the garlic and roast this end up in an aluminum parcel. There's also a surprise extra layer between the bake and the breadcrumbs, some fresh tomatoes which need to be sliced nice and thin.

Recipe: Ina Garten's Mac And Cheese

58. Louisiana Seafood Gumbo

Y'all want to embrace some old-time southern hospitality? Then get your gumbo on with some Cajun-style home cooking. Crawfish and andouille sausage create a bold dish, and if you've never made this before, make sure you take time with your roux so it's cooked through and the color of peanut butter. Yes, siree, this is how the magic starts. The classic trio of ingredients is onion, green bell pepper, and celery for this Louisiana belle. Add shrimp, but you can use other types of fish instead of red snapper. Serve on some rice.

Recipe: Louisiana Seafood Gumbo

59. Easy Baked Ziti

Big flavors without the fuss are superb supper dishes for a soirée, and this meatless version of baked ziti is a bold and brilliant choice. What makes it so desirable is that it ditches the usual beef or Italian sausage and celebrates the simplicity of pasta, sauce, and a lot of cheese. When you've got a medley of Parmesan, ricotta, and mozzarella is there anything else to think or care about? Actually, there is. Because there are so few ingredients, use a quality marinara sauce because it can make or break this dish.

Recipe: Easy Baked Ziti

60. Domino's Cheeseburger Pizza Copycat

For a chilled-out hang-out, do you want pizza or cheeseburgers? What about takeout or home-cooked? What about baking a Domino's-inspired cheeseburger pizza? It'll make sense, and everyone will love you for your effort. Cut down on prep time by using ready-made dough and enjoy creating that burger taste with a sauce made from ketchup, mustard, and pickle juice. Make sure you break up large pieces when you're frying the ground beef for the topping. Do you want cheese on that burger pizza? This one's got American, Cheddar, and provolone.

Recipe: Domino's Cheeseburger Pizza Copycat

61. Glazed Pineapple Ham

It's the holidays and you want to serve up an all-time retro classic: the glazed pineapple ham. Use uncut or spiral ham for this recipe. The latter is easier for serving slices at a party, but trickier perhaps when it comes to keeping the pineapples in place so you might have to use toothpicks. Enjoy this charming dish straight out of the oven, so you get the full taste of that pineapple juice and brown sugar coating. For a sweeter taste, add more juice in place of the stock or some extra sugar.

Recipe: Glazed Pineapple Ham

62. Lasagna Roll-Ups

Lasagna is a firm favorite, but it can be sloppy to serve, and eat, at a party. Once a few servings have gone, the dish may look disheveled. Keeping all the same flavors but creating individual lasagna rolls is absolute genius. It not only makes serving to guests easier, but you can also create different flavors. You could add spinach to one bite, and use different ingredients, such as bell pepper and tomatoes to stuff the others. What's great is that you can cook these individual rolls in one tray, nestled next to each other.

Recipe: Lasagna Roll-Ups

63. Easy Okonomiyaki

There's something so enjoyable about serving okonomiyaki, or Japanese pancakes. You don't use flour, and use panko and cabbage which you need to make sure is shredded really thin. To get a good shape for your sizzling mix, use the back of your spoon to press down. The consistency is quite loose, so make sure when you flip these that you're gentle and if any bits break away just add them back into the patty. Add cayenne pepper if you like spice and to enhance umami throw in some dashi powder, bonito flakes, or seaweed.

Recipe: Easy Okonomiyaki

64. Mississippi Pot Roast

A real culinary treat is a classic home-cooked dinner. Pot roast appeals to all, bringing everyone together regardless of their differences. This is probably why it's a guaranteed hit with any group, with guests rubbing their hands together and saying, "Aah," before they've even tasted this supper dish. You can cook it in the oven, but the advantage of using a slow cooker is you can set it and leave it as you prep other dishes. Don't be tempted to miss out on the pepperoncini peppers, as they add depth without too much heat.

Recipe: Mississippi Pot Roast

65. Jerk Chicken

Lip-smacking fare that's full of juicy, spicy flavors is a hit anywhere in the world, and Caribbean jerk chicken has long won over fans from the far corners of the globe. It's that crave-worthy combination of spices and lime. In Jamaica, Scotch bonnet peppers are a key flavor that's used in the marinade. Don't fear if you can't find them though, use Scotch bonnet sauce instead, or habanero or serrano peppers. Since you're baking this in the oven rather than on an open fire, the liquid smoke should add that all-important smoky grill note.

Recipe: Jerk Chicken

66. Chef Jernard Wells' New Soul Kitchen Lobster Mac & Cheese

Talk about elevating a comfort-food classic. While it's commonplace to add seafood to mac and cheese in the South, adding lobster tails takes this dish to a whole other level. It's a talking point, a tasting extravaganza, and a total party hit. It's luxurious, decadent, and downright delicious. Cook the pasta in a water and milk mix to make the pasta silkier. Pass this family recipe from the "New Soul Kitchen" chef and cookbook author Jernard Wells to your guests and wow them too.

Recipe: Chef Jernard Wells' New Soul Kitchen Lobster Mac & Cheese

67. Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

Hold up! Red velvet, that's a cheesecake, and a brownie too? Now that is a treat. A top tip is to leave your cream cheese out of the fridge so it's soft enough to work with. To create the frosted-tasting topping add a layer of cream cheese on top of the brownie batter. A simple technique to get attractive swirls on top is to use a knife and run it lightly through the extra batter added to the cream. Make sure they're cooled before you cut them into classic brownie squares.

Recipe: Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

68. Best Carrot Sheet Cake

Forget making individual cupcakes or a time-consuming layered cake. For a party vibe, a tray-baked sheet cake is the way to go. You can still be on point with complex flavors if you make a carrot cake. Make sure your dry ingredients are well-mixed and there aren't any clumps and don't over-egg beating the batter as your cake will dry out. Once you've got all your ingredients together for the frosting get that whipped up so it's wonderfully fluffy. Decorate carrot cake with pieces of carrot that look like individual mini carrots.

Recipe: Best Carrot Sheet Cake

69. Easy Chocolate Marshmallow Crispy Bars

Party treats are about taste, and not about crafting dessert recipes that home cooks are going to struggle with. Most people love chocolate and marshmallows, and these sweet bars are so darned easy to make. You don't even need an oven, just a microwave, so if you're having a family-style party during the holiday season then you can always ask little ones to help out in the kitchen with an enjoyable pre-party activity. You can customize these however you like and add candy bits in for sweet tooths.

Recipe: Easy Chocolate Marshmallow Crispy Bars

70. Mini Chocolate-Covered Cheesecake Bites

Slicing a whole cake at an event can be messy and interrupt the social flow. Individual bites of chocolatey cheesecake are easy to make if you use cream cheese and eggs at room temperature. When you're lining your baking tray with parchment paper let it extend on two sides so you can easily hold these to remove the cheesecake. Crush your graham crackers in a Ziploc bag with a rolling pin if you don't have a food processor. Use toothpicks to remove the chocolate-covered squares from your fork after dipping. 

Recipe: Mini Chocolate-Covered Cheesecake Bites

71. Easy Lemon Mousse

While a luxuriously rich chocolatey dessert may suit a well-to-do dinner party a lemon mousse adds some zest after plenty of savory treats. It's also easy and isn't going to cost as much for the ingredients either. Depending on how many guests you've invited, the only task really is to make sure there's enough fridge space for these citrus zingers to set. All you need is lemon curd, which you'll find in stores alongside pots of jelly, and heavy cream for that thick mousse texture, plus lemon zest. Decorate once they're set.

Recipe: Easy Lemon Mousse

72. Best Banoffee Cupcakes

These cupcakes are soft and light, with a sweet and salty caramel flavor. This has to be the best way to use up overripe bananas and turning this classic pie dish into individual, party-friendly desserts is a stroke of genius. Add each egg to the batter one at a time to prevent curdling. Fold the flour in rather than stirring so that the air isn't lost and you get fluffier cakes. Use the bag end of a piping nozzle to make the holes for the filling and add extra sugar to firm up runny frosting.

Recipe: Best Banoffee Cupcakes

73. Texas Style Peach Cobbler

With its fruity filling and cakey crust bottom, this peach cobbler will never go out of fashion, no matter what the occasion and whomever your guests are. Make sure your peaches are lovely and round and soft to the touch, so you know they're ripe. To pit a peach, cut from the top to the bottom, and then twist each half so they come apart. Use your knife tip to dislodge the pip. It's the aroma that bowls everyone over but cool it a little before serving with vanilla ice cream.

Recipe: Texas Style Peach Cobbler

74. Easy Lemon Lush

You've got pots bubbling away on the stove, bites in the air fryer, and baking trays in the oven. What you need is this citrus surprise dessert that doesn't need any baking whatsoever. What's also great is it's sweet yet tart and creamy yet crunchy. On top of the biscuit base, you've got three layers: There's a lemony cream cheese and then an instant lemon pudding mix, followed by some Cool Whip. Don't forget to add lemon zest on top so the snow-white surface looks party-ready and pretty to serve.

Recipe: Easy Lemon Lush

75. Instant Pot Dulce De Leche

How is it possible to take one ingredient and turn it into a dessert that's incredibly creamy and delicious with a caramel taste? What's possibly surprising is that this ingredient is a can of condensed milk. Once you've removed the label and cooked it in water, whisk it in a bowl. If you're using a hand whisk, make it easier by moving the utensil from side to side rather than in a circular motion. Add toppings such as nuts and seeds that mellow out rather than increase the sweetness.

Recipe: Instant Pot Dulce De Leche

76. Oven-Baked S'mores

Bringing this campfire classic indoors for a celebration ignites the atmosphere of any party and delights all guests. It's also a great way for kids to be involved without the need for an open fire or going outside if it's a chilly night. What gives this version its signature standout taste is caramel sauce, but make sure to watch it closely so it doesn't burn. The cracker needs to be wider than the chocolate too, so it doesn't melt out the sides. Sprinkle on coarse sea salt before serving to lift that toffee flavor.

Recipe: Oven-Baked S'mores

77. Traditional Birthday Cake

If it's the holidays you don't need to serve cake. However, if there's one occasion when it's a must, that'd be a birthday. This sheet-style birthday cake is so simple and that's intentional, so you have more time to focus on the colorful frosting and decorations. There's a little technique used by professionals to make sure the batter doesn't stick to the greased baking tray: Just add a little rectangle of parchment paper on the bottom before the batter goes in. Color some frosting to write "Happy Birthday" and add plenty of sprinkles.

Recipe: Traditional Birthday Cake

78. Giant Peanut Butter Cup

If you're a fan of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups then this giant, home-baked version is a total treat. While this recipe uses semi-sweet chocolate, you can use alternatives such as dairy-free varieties. Likewise, you can use any type of nut butter if you don't want to make this with peanut butter, perhaps because of potential allergies. Grease your tart tin before adding the melted chocolate, and make sure it also sets up the sides. Stick a toothpick in and if it comes out clean your dessert is set. 

Recipe: Giant Peanut Butter Cup

79. Easy Peanut Butter And Jelly Cupcake

You might be able to serve peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at a party for kids. However, if you want to impress grown-ups, or sophisticated tots, glow up these flavors in cupcake style. The cakes are filled with jelly — raspberry, strawberry, grape, or whatever flavor you fancy. The peanut butter is added to the frosting, and the cake is akin to bread. Add the jelly with a piping bag, so you can push it into the baked sponge and frost in a ring design to add more jelly in the middle. 

Recipe: Peanut Butter And Jelly Cupcake

80. Simple Rainbow Cake

It doesn't matter what age someone is, there's an innocent joy about a rainbow-layered sponge cake. Serve this and see if anyone isn't smiling when you slice into it and reveal a kaleidoscope of amazing color. Food is not just about taste, and when it comes to a celebratory event, visuals are all that, and then some. You want the colors to look bright and bold, so make sure you add enough food coloring to the batter. Decorate vibrantly too, with plenty of sprinkles and candies to make your cake look truly magical.

Recipe: Simple Rainbow Cake

81. Lemon Meringue Pie

The reason lemon meringue pie is a traditional dessert that everyone adores is because of the different tastes and textures. Imagine that crunchy base, velvety citrus filling, and soft, cloud-like topping. Get your pastry just right by leaving it in the fridge for a short time so it can firm up before baking. If you don't have weights for blind baking, then line the pastry with parchment paper and pour in some dried beans to stop it from rising while it's in the oven. Temper the eggs by adding the cooled-down lemony liquid slowly.

Recipe: Lemon Meringue Pie

82. Easy Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

There's no sweeter sweetheart treat than a chocolate-covered strawberry when guests are mingling and having a good time. They look like fruity treasures, and they're deliciously uncomplicated to make. To make dipping easier, pick out larger strawberries and make sure they're totally dry, or this simple technique won't work out. Parchment paper is your paramour, as you want the fruit to set without sticking to any surfaces. You can also top them with sprinkles, nuts, or Oreo bits when the chocolate is wet. Or drizzle on white chocolate when the dipped strawberries have set.

Recipe: Easy Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

83. 5-Ingredient Key Lime Pie

With just five ingredients, this pie classic has been served during the holidays for decades. The reason? It's so simple, yet its citrusy taste and iconic green zest topping ensure it'll always be an impressive dessert. Make it even easier with a store-bought graham cracker pie crust and you won't even need an oven, although you do need to take care getting it home without breaking, so transport with care! Don't be tempted to get the whisk out either, as your Cool Whip won't be as luxuriously fluffy. 

Recipe: 5-Ingredient Key Lime Pie

84. Mini Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

After a veritable feast of savory treats, a big dessert might be too much. But it's nice to end on a sweet note. That's exactly what these little cheesecake-filled graham cracker crust rounds are. Slices of strawberry on the top mean every bite has a fruity taste and also makes them look iconic on a buffet table or passed around on a tray at a get-together. Use the back of a spoon to mold the base into the mini muffin liners. These are perfect at a baby shower, wedding, or brunch. 

Recipe: Mini Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

85. Classic Chocolate Fondue

One of life's pleasures is melted chocolate. A pot of chocolate fondue is a beautiful way to show love and it sure beats a messy chocolate fountain any day. To get that smooth texture, you'll need milk, dark chocolate, and whipping cream. Surround with ingredients to dip such as pears, bananas, and strawberries. Mini pretzels, marshmallows, cookies, and pecans are perfectly covered in chocolate and look great too. Don't add a candle or keep the chocolate on the heat as it's better if it doesn't get too hot. Enjoy a memorable party!

Recipe: Classic Chocolate Fondue