The humble potato can transform into a delicious party food with just a wave of the wand.
The modest potato is one of the hardest working food items in our pantry. Not quite as showy and colorful as other root vegetables, such as carrots and beets, the vitamin-rich potato is, nevertheless, extremely versatile and can singlehandedly feed a hungry family—with the help of an added ingredient or two, of course. Bake it and add a touch of butter for a hearty and satisfying baked potato. Boil it and add milk for a soothing potato soup. The ways with sweet potatoes are endless, as well, from desserts to side dishes. Potatoes aren’t just for mashing, however. This budget-friendly item can turn into an elegant party potato appetizer that will have guests thinking you spent all day in the kitchen. Whether you are hosting a family holiday feast or a rowdy tailgate party, there is a potato appetizer recipe to suit your needs. So wrap it in bacon, dunk it in a dip, or fry it like a pancake. Hearty potato appetizers are so tasty that your guests may just forget the main course and linger at the appetizer table all night.
Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes with Queso Blanco Dip
The party would not be complete without something wrapped in bacon, right? Keep the queso blanco warm in a fondue pot or a small, 1-qt. slow cooker. These appetizers are hearty, so this is an ideal potato appetizer recipe for large crowds, such as tailgate events.
Sweet Potato Crostini with Goat Cheese and Grape Salsa
Frozen sweet potato waffle fries are so good, we had to come up with different ways to use them. In this party potato recipe, they serve as a crostini, topped with tangy goat cheese and a sweet and spicy grape and pepper salsa.
Fingerling Potatoes with Avocado and Smoked Salmon
Fingerling potatoes may be small, but they pack a lot of punch when it comes to taste and versatility. This quick and easy party potato dish comes together in under an hour.
Rosemary Salt-and-Vinegar Chips
Recipe: Rosemary Salt-and-Vinegar Chips
Say goodbye to store bought, mouth-puckering bagged varieties of vinegar chips. A homemade brine gives these chips a more delicate vinegar tang, and the added flavor from the rosemary salt will make these chips an essential appetizer for every party.
Recipe: Deviled Potatoes
Two Southern classics, deviled eggs and potato salad, join forces to create these two-bite wonders. The potato pulp is scooped out, filled with flavor from sour cream, capers, and other ingredients, and stuffed back in the shell. This appetizer is an ideal recipe to take to an event. Make them a day before your get-together, and chill until you head out. When you arrive, they'll be the right serving temperature.
Salt-and-Pepper Oven Fries
Recipe: Salt-and-Pepper Oven Fries
Take this simple appetizer idea to the next level by using different seasoning blends, such as Italian, BBQ, or Cajun. The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled depending on the size of your crowd. Serve Salt-and-Pepper Oven Fries in votive holders for an updated look.
Scalloped Sweet Potato Stacks
Recipe: Scalloped Sweet Potato Stacks
Here is an elegant and unique way to turn sweet potatoes into a party appetizer. An everyday muffin pan is used to create these pretty party potatoes. Feel free to substitute the mozzarella cheese with Gruyère. This recipe makes a hearty appetizer or side dish.
Sweet Potato Squares With Lemon-Garlic Mayonnaise
Roasted sweet potato cubes and sliced smoked sausage combine to create a savory and satisfying appetizer. The natural sweetness of the potato, along with the juicy flavor of the spicy smoked sausage, pairs well with the tangy lemon and garlic mayonnaise dip. Prepare the mayonnaise in advance and store in the refrigerator.
Loaded Baked Potato Dip
Recipe: Loaded Baked Potato Dip
The favorite loaded baked potato is reinvented as an incredibly rich and flavorful dip. Served with waffle fries, this will soon become your family’s favorite party potato food. The recipe makes a lot and can be stored in the fridge for up to 7 days.
Sweet Potato Latkes
We added a Southern flair to the traditional latke by using sweet potatoes as well as russet. Panko adds extra crunch to the latkes. Whether you serve this as a Hanukkah dish or a party potato appetizer, you will enjoy the addition of the Thyme-Scented Applesauce.
Recipe: Potato-Crusted Pizza
Adults will love this party potato recipe as an appetizer for a tailgate event, and kids will love it as a main course before heading outdoors. We used Ore-Ida Crispy Crowns frozen seasoned shredded potatoes to create a tasty crust.
Sweet Potato Chips
Recipe: Sweet Potato Chips
The secret to crisp sweet potato chips is to fry them in small batches, in peanut oil, at a low temperature. This makes 6 servings when served as a side but will be plenty for 10 appetizer servings. Sprinkle with salt while hot, or use your favorite herbs and spice blends.
Mini Latkes With Salmon-Olive Relish
Whether serving these as a party appetizer or side dish for Hanukkah, the key to the best latkes is patting the potato-and-onion mixture very dry on paper towels before adding eggs and matzo meal. Get everything ready, including the salt for sprinkling on the cooked latkes, before you grate the potatoes and onion.
Sweet Potato Tartlets
Recipe: Sweet Potato Tartlets
These pretty tarts are the perfect treat for guests as they wait on the main course. You can make them up to a day ahead, and store, covered, in the fridge.
Sweet Potato Biscuits
Recipe: Sweet Potato Biscuits
If there is anything better than a warm, buttery biscuit, it is one made with the South’s favorite root vegetable, the sweet potato. Serve these from-scratch biscuits with country ham and pepper jelly as an appetizer or brunch item.
Crispy Sweet Potato-Green Onion Cakes
These savory little numbers, served with a dollop of sour cream and a squeeze of lime, make a tasty, crunchy party potato appetizer. They are equally delicious as a side dish to accompany roasted or grilled meats or fish.
Potato Blini with Sour Cream and Caviar
These elegant party potatoes are perfect for a holiday party or brunch. For a different twist, nix the caviar and add cheese, jalapenos and bacon to the sour cream.