30 Potluck Appetizers & Finger Foods (Recipe Ideas)

Potluck Appetizers & Finger Foods (Recipe Ideas)

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Whether you are hosting a potluck party, arranging a family gathering, or planning a picnic with friends, appetizers are what you shouldn’t miss making for the party. This is because such gatherings are an ideal occasion to proudly present your cooking and baking skills to the level of perfection.

From bite-sized finger foods to flavorful starters, the appetizers can make your party a dream party by offering a variety that caters to diverse tastes. So, whether you want to make vegetable spring rolls, spinach dip with tortilla chips, or chorizo stuffed mushrooms, potluck appetizers, and finger foods can set the stage for an ideal dining experience filled with sharing, laughter, and cooking and baking adventure.

So, here are the world’s most popular appetizers we’ve gathered from the world’s top cuisines and suitable for any gathering.

Italian Caprese Skewers

Caprese Skewers

One of the best Italian appetizers and snacks you can have for any potluck party. The recipe will appeal to every guest as it is filled with the flavors of Italian cuisine in every bite.

To make this recipe, the halved cherry tomatoes and mozzarella balls are alternately put on the skewers. Then these skewers are brushed with olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper and then grilled until the tomatoes are soft and the cheese gets a light brown color.

These skewers are sure to impress your loved ones while delivering all nutritional values. The dish is simple to serve making it a perfect choice for potluck gatherings.

Spanakopita Bites

Spanakopita Bites

Greek Spanakopita Bites are triangle shaped appetizers made with small phyllo dough and filled with spinach and feta.

To make filling for these bites, sauté spinach, onions, and garlic, and mix with crumbled feta. Now place this filling in small triangles of phyllo dough which is then folded and brushed with butter. Now bake them until golden brown.

These phyllo pastries are a perfect finger food appetizer for any potluck event like Super Bowl parties, holiday gatherings, or summer barbecues due to the crispy phyllo texture and savory flavor.

Samosa Pinwheels

Samosa Pinwheels

Indian Samosa Pinwheels are the perfect twist on the classic Indian samosa. For this recipe, thin layers of the tortilla are spread with fillings of potatoes, onions, and Indian spices, and then rolled up to resemble pinwheels. Bake these pinwheels until they turn crispy and golden brown.

When out of the oven, you’ll love serving these bite-sized appetizers of Indian Cuisine for any potluck casual gathering like Diwali celebrations.

Mini Quiche Lorraine

French Mini Quiche Lorraine

If you are looking for a flavor of French Cuisine to your party, consider adding French Mini Quiche Lorraine. This is an excellent finger food appetizer with ingredients like eggs, cream, and gruyere cheese which are poured into a mini pie crust.

If you like you can layer the pie crust with thin slices of bacon before baking these mini quiche lorraines. In a bite-size, this appetizer comes with all the classic flavors of quiche Lorraine which you can serve at a potluck brunch, shower, or afternoon tea party.

Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

Fresh Spring Rolls

A refreshing Thai appetizer for every gathering. These rolls are rice paper wraps with fillings of fresh veggies, especially carrot, cucumber, and lettuce. You are free to add meat of your choice for an extra protein content to your diet. However, for a traditional touch, I recommend keeping the recipe completely vegan.

For an extra level of flavor profile, serve these rolls with peanut sauce that includes peanut butter, rice vinegar, and sriracha. It will be a perfect dipping companion. Since these are light and vegan appetizers, they are best served immediately for summer potlucks or backyard BBQ potlucks. You’ll love this appetizer for any of the Thai dinner meal.

Lebanese Falafel with Tahini Dip

Lebanese Falafel

Lebanese Falafel is the most popular appetizer that you can serve with my favorite Tahini Dip. The falafel is a purely Middle Eastern dish with its unique flavor profile.

These falafel fritters are made from crumbs of dried chickpeas, peeled fava beans, and fresh herbs, whatever you like, but not limited to mint, cilantro and parsley. All these ingredients are mixed in a food processor with jalapeno, garlic sesame, and onion and then light fried. The whole process of preparation takes less than 10 minutes making it a perfect last minute potluck meal.

These fritters provide an excellent level of flavor when combined with a dip of Tahini sauce. I am sure this recipe can be your favorite appetizer in your regular meal plan or a family gathering as it is packed with flavor and high in protein and fiber to complement your daily diet plan.

Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms

Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms

These are not just mushrooms, these are the best stuffed mushrooms from Spanish Cuisine that you can serve at Mesón del Champiñon. This stuffed mushroom appetizer makes an ideal Spanish tapa that is perfect as a snack or an appetizer, thanks to the spicy and creamy touch.

I am sure that even before the first bite, the recipe will have your tastebuds crave for more. Quick and easy to make, these mushrooms can be prepared in under 45 minutes, even for a whole crowd.

Traditionally the filling inside the the mushroom cups includes chorizo and garlic breadcrumbs. The secret of these Champiñones al ajillo con chorizo lies in their filling and rendering the fat out of chorizo. This way, the fat will infuse its flavor into the frying onions and breadcrumbs for a taste explosion. Then these are baked for a few minutes and viola. You have your favorite tapa

Spinach and Feta Borek

Spinach and Feta Borek

Spinach and Feta Cheese Borek (also known as Boerek) is a popular appetizer from Turkish cuisine. Making this recipe involves less than 30 minutes and is the perfect office lunch meal or you can make it if you are looking for a vegetarian dinner recipe.

Requiring only a few ingredients, the Börek is made from filo dough (also called yufka) layered with veggies or meat with cheese. In short, it’s a Pie with a Turkish version in which thin layers of phyllo are layered and each layer is filled with fillings of your choice which includes, but is not limited to meat, vegetables, and cheese.

However, if you want a traditional touch, try adding feta and spinach in alternate layers. This recipe pairs well with a side of Greek yogurt, fresh German Potato salad, or Dill potato salad for a complete meal.

Other Finger Foods You’ll Love

  • Vietnamese Banh Mi Sliders
  • Italian Arancini
  • Mexican Mini Tacos with Guacamole
  • Greek Feta and Olive Phyllo Triangles
  • French Gougères
  • Chinese Scallion Pancakes
  • Spanish Patatas Bravas with Aioli
  • Brazilian Pao de Queijo
Potluck Appetizers & Finger Foods (Recipe Ideas)

30 Potluck Appetizers & Finger Foods (Recipe Ideas)

Adalynn Ward
Whether you are hosting a potluck party, arranging a family gathering, or planning a picnic with friends, appetizers are what you shouldn’t miss making for the party. This is because such gatherings are an ideal occasion to proudly present your cooking and baking skills to the level of perfection.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer
Servings 8 servings


  • Italian Caprese Skewers
  • Mini Chicken Quesadillas
  • Spanakopita Bites
  • Samosa Pinwheels
  • Teriyaki Chicken Skewers
  • French Mini Quiche Lorraine
  • Fresh Spring Rolls
  • Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
  • Chinese BBQ Buns Char Siu Bao
  • Lebanese Falafel
  • Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Kimbap
  • Coxinha Brazilian Chicken Croquettes
  • Spinach and Feta Borek
  • Jamaican Jerk Chicken Skewers
  • Vietnamese Banh Mi Sliders
  • Moroccan Lamb Meatballs with Yogurt Sauce
  • Russian Blini with Smoked Salmon
  • Thai Coconut Shrimp Skewers
  • Italian Arancini
  • Mexican Mini Tacos with Guacamole
  • Greek Feta and Olive Phyllo Triangles
  • Indian Tandoori Chicken Skewers
  • French Gougères
  • Chinese Scallion Pancakes
  • Lebanese Kibbeh Balls
  • Spanish Patatas Bravas with Aioli
  • Korean Fried Chicken Wings
  • Brazilian Pao de Queijo
  • Thai Fish Cakes with Sweet Chili Sauce

How to Make?

  • Select any of your favorite finger food recipe.
  • Gather all the required ingredients.
  • Start making the recipe and follow the instructions.
  • I hope you've made the recipe you love.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 150kcal
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