Got 30 seconds or so? Then you can create some super fast appetizers that are party-ready and can feed a crowd.

When You Need Last-Minute Snacks Or Apps

These recipes are ideal for parties, game day, and last-minute gatherings. But these recipes are barely recipes at all. Rather, they’re a collection of super simple snack and appetizer ideas that can be assembled or thrown together at the last minute.

If you’re anything like me, the hours before a party are hectic. You don’t need a menu filled with complex, time-consuming appetizers.

You need fast.

So here they are. Super fast appetizer recipes that take less than a minute to make.

Quite obviously, besides being super quick, these are very easy to make. If you’re making an appetizer in less than a minute, you need some easy recipes!

Top 9 Super Fast Appetizer Recipes

1: Crab Salad and Avocado On Crackers

Buy a pint of crab or seafood salad at the grocery store deli. Place a couple of tablespoons on a cracker and top with a slice of avocado.

2: Tomato, Mozzarella, and Olive Spears

Place a grape tomato, fresh mozzarella, and olive on a toothpick and serve.

30-second appetizer: Simple cheese, tomato, and olive skewers

3: Cream Cheese With Pepper Jelly

Top a block of room temperature cream cheese with pepper jelly. Serve with crackers or pretzels.

30-second appetizers: Cream cheese with pepper jelly.

4: Cucumber Slices With Hummus

Cut an English cucumber into 1/2-inch coins. Top each coin with a dollop of hummus.

Alternatively, top English cucumber slices with cream cheese and smoked salmon.

English cucumber topped with cream cheese and salmon.

5: Goat Cheese Logs

Purchase a goat cheese log. Top with dried cranberries, walnuts, and a drizzle of honey. Serve with crackers.

30-second appetizers: Goat cheese logs

6: Bread And Olive Oil

Slice a loaf of crusty baguette bread. Serve with either of these combinations:

  • Olive oil topped with a spice blend
  • Olive oil topped with balsamic vinegar

Get 17+ more uses for gourmet olive oil and balsamic vinegars.

7: Caprese Bites

On a toothpick or small wooden skewer, place one small fresh mozzarella ball (bocconcini), one grape tomato, and one fresh basil leaf. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

8: Simple Charcuterie Board

A simple charcuterie plate takes just a few minutes to assemble. To keep costs low, include the following:

  • One cured meat
  • One cheese
  • Almonds
  • Olives
  • Crackers and/or crostini

9: Frozen Grapes And Chocolate

Freeze grapes for 2 hours (or more) and serve on a charcuterie platter with some good quality chocolate.

Frozen chocolate and grapes, the perfect cheap summer dessert

More Fast, Last-Minute Appetizers

If you have a bit more time, here are some additional quick and easy appetizer recipe ideas for your next holiday party, Super Bowl party or other gathering. This includes some fun finger foods, delicious dips, cheese balls, and more.

Sautéed grape and goat cheese dip

Pecan, blue cheese, and grape bites

Chips and homemade guacamole

French onion dip with potato chips

Easy pizza dip made with cream cheese

French fries with various dipping sauces

Shrimp cocktail (made with broiled shrimp)

10-minute mushroom toasts

Fresh fruit and Greek yogurt dips served with fresh fruit

Sautéed cherry and goat cheese toasts

Cranberry brie bites made with puff pastry

Fresh fruit skewers

Last-Minute Party? Here’s Your Game Plan.

Spontaneous parties are sometimes the more fun. But when you’re getting last-minute guests and wondering what to serve them, you need a game plan. Here it is:

  • Take a look at the recipe ideas, above. Consider choosing two of these ideas – bonus points if you have all the ingredients on hand for one of the recipes.
  • If time allows, make a quick trip to the grocery store or convenience store near you. Check out the deli section and cheese counter for some bite-sized finger foods or delicious dips. Grab some crackers and/or tortilla chips.
    • Perhaps the most simple party food idea is a block of cheese, slices of salami or summer sausage, crackers, and some olives. A super simple charcuterie board can be assembled in just a minute.
    • Another super simple combo is chips + salsa. Purchase a few different varieties of salsa including both mild and hot.
  • Check out the frozen foods section of the grocery store. Pick up some jalapeno poppers, mozzarella sticks, French fries, tater tots, buffalo wings, garlic bread, frozen pizza, etc.
  • Consider asking your guests to pick up something ready-made from the grocery store or some ready-to-eat small bites.
  • If all else fails, order pizza or delivery.

30-second appetizers - yes, really! Make these insanely fast apps for your next party!