5 Passed Hors-d'Oeuvres Ideas for Your Next Dinner Party

Here are 5 passed hors-d'oeuvres to kick off your next easy-peasy dinner party.

There is nothing better than gathering your friends and family for a dinner party—and nothing worse than washing dozens and dozens of plates, bowls, and utensils after those loved ones leave. But a passed hors-d'oeuvres dinner party allows your guests to try a plethora of small plates without ever needing plates—and at the end of the night, the only dishes to wash are the trays on which you've served each treat.

Hors d'oeuvres ideas (photo: Westend61/Getty Images)

1. Deviled Egg Toast

A twist on traditional deviled eggs, this deviled egg toast could be the toast—excuse the pun—of your dinner party, offering up a salty, spicy, tangy flavor in a single bite. But you can spice up this classic snack more with a side of hot sauce or even truffles.

2. Cauliflower Fritters

Cauliflower is (still) having a moment. Embrace it by offering these bite-sized tapas treats—made with caviar and a healthful yogurt sauce—at your next dinner party.

3. Three-Cheese Mini Macs

As this recipe points out, anything big made small is ultra-fun for any party—and especially for one with passed hors-d'oeuvres only. No one will expect to indulge in macaroni-and-cheese, but these three-cheese mini macs are the perfect passed food.

4. Goat Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms with Bread Crumbs

Stuffed mushrooms are a beloved hors-d'oeuvres—and for good reason. They're creamy, mouth-watering, and these goat cheese-stuffed mushrooms with bread crumbs are even (sort of) healthy. By using goat cheese, you're choosing a cheese that is lower in cholesterol, calories, and fat, helping any health-conscious guests.

5. Lobster Sliders

Lobster of any kind is a decadent addition to a dinner party. These lobster sliders are easy to make in just two steps—and easy to eat while your guests are standing.

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