A collection of easy appetizer recipes and menus

Do you have a favorite soul food appetizer? Or, do you ever wonder what appetizer foods and appetizer recipes that are appropriate for soul food parties? If so, you‘re come to the right place. I have compiled a list of popular recipes including soul food spaghetti, that are used most often for soul food parties. These familiar icons are requested most often when I operated my soul food catering business.

Next time you have a party, try a few of these appetizer recipes. They rate high among partygoers and I promise, if you love soul food, you’re love these easy appetizer recipes.

Hot Wings – An old time favorite – No matter what the reason hot wings just seem to fit just about any occasion. Rates high among appetizer foods.

Southern Fried Chicken Wings – A soul food appetizer favorite. Southern Fried Chicken Wings continue to be the talk of the party.

BBQ Beef Meat Balls – I used this one quite often on my catering menu. People love eating them probably because they are not just delicious they’re beef. The bbq sauce just give them a outstanding flavor. A great appetizer food.

Mini Smoked Sausages – These sausages are also a crowd pleaser. Make sure you have enough on hand–they go fast.

Soul Food Spaghetti – This dish is a real party favorite. It’s often served with hot or fried wings and helps stretch your menu. Another great appetizer food.

Assorted Cocktail Sandwiches – When you add these sandwiches to a soul food menu, you add variety for your guests. Instead of ham, turkey, or cheese, you could also fill with tuna, chicken, egg, or pimento salad. However, you make them, they’re still delicious.

Stuffed Mushrooms – A true crowd pleaser. Your guest will love these mushrooms. They also offer variety, texture, and a wonderful addition to any soul food appetizer menu. A wonderful appetizer food.

Country Deviled Eggs – Another catering menu favorite. For a more dressed up feel, add shredded cheddar cheese on top. My, my, what a treat.

Spicy Cheese Spread – This is an old party recipe I used to make – and it works wonders. Your guests will love this recipe. This is a good recipe to sample with different seasonings. Use your imagination and have fun.

Fresh Fruit Platter – No matter what type of food you’re used to serving, fresh fruit go with any menu in any culture. Don’t miss the opportunity to serve your guest what everyone love.

Shrimp dip/Spread – If your guests are shrimp lovers, they are going to love this recipe. It is sooooooo good until you just may want to double the recipe.

Favorite Dill Dip – Another healthy treat for your guests and a great addition to any menu. Great with raw veggies.

Easy Appetizer Recipes

Below are easy appetizer recipes. Try a few when hosting your next party.

Easy Appetizer Recipes

Southern Fried Chicken- Easy Appetizer Recipes
10 to 12 chicken Wings
1 cup all-purpose flour
Seasoned salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon red ground pepper, optional
1 teaspoon paprika
1 quart vegetable oil for frying
Season chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder, red ground pepper, and paprika. Roll in flour. Knock off excess flour. Add 1/2 to 3/4 inch oil to a large, heavy skillet. Heat to approximately 365 degrees. Place chicken wings in hot oil. Cover, and fry until each side is golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Hot Wings – Easy Appetizer Recipes
4 pounds chicken wings
Season salt and pepper to taste
4 cups vegetable oil
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
Heat oil in a deep-fat fryer or large heavy pot to 375 degrees. Cut off tips, and separate each wing at the joint. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Place half of the wings in the deep fryer. When the wings are golden brown and crisp, remove them and drain well. Salt wings to taste. Add remaining wings and repeat frying process.

Once wings have drained a few minutes place in a large mixing bowl. Melt butter or margarine in a small saucepan. Mix in hot sauce and vinegar. Pour melted sauce over the cooked wings, and mix to coat the wings with sauce. Serve hot.

BQ Beef Meat Balls – Easy Appetizer Recipes
15 to 20 (1 inch meat balls), cooked
Barbecue sauce
Garlic Salt
Heat meat ball in microwave until hot. Drain. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Coat with barbecue sauce and heat again. Serve on platter.

Mini Smoked Sausage – Easy Appetizer Recipes
8 to 10 Full-length smoked sausages, cooked
Barbecue sauce or cocktail sauce
Mustard greens for garnish
Heat sausage in microwave until hot. Cool slightly. Cut into 1 ½ to 2 inch pieces. Cover plate or platter with mustard greens. Arrange sausage nicely on top of greens. Serve with sauce on side.

Soul Food Spaghetti – Soul Food appetizers
1 pound ground beef or ground round
1 (6 to 8 ounce) package thin spaghetti
1 small onion, chopped
1 small green pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon basil
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 cup water
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons hot sauce (proceed with caution)
2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
Seasoned salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot, cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain and set aside. In a large skillet, brown onions and green peppers in vegetable oil until slightly done. Add ground beef and brown. Drain. Return ground beef mixture to skillet and add tomato paste, water, tomato sauce, ketchup, minced garlic, basil, and hot sauce. Cook over low heat until well blended. And mixture start to thicken.

Add ground beef mixture to cooked spaghetti mixing well. Add salt, pepper and parsley. Mix well. Add more water if needed. Sprinkle grated cheese over spaghetti. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Yield: 10-12 servings. Serve hot.

Mini Cocktail Sandwiches
1 dozen mini dinner rolls
1 pound smoked ham, shaved
1 pound smoked turkey, shaved
Sandwich spread
Fresh parsley
Slice dinner rolls (be careful not to slice all the way through). Spread sandwich spread on bottom part of roll. Top spread with ham or turkey. Make 12 mini sandwiches. Serve on platter with fresh parsley inserted (stem down) periodically throughout. TIP: Also try tuna, chicken, egg, or pimento salad in place of ham or turkey. Delicious!!

Stuffed Mushrooms – Easy Appetizer Recipes
10 large fresh mushrooms
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ to 1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon olive oil
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Wash mushrooms, remove stems, hollow out and brush inside and out with olive oil.

In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine cheeses reserving 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese for later. Add garlic powder. Mix well. Stuff the cheese mixture into the mushroom caps. Arrange the caps on a cookie sheet.

Sprinkle mushrooms with the reserved Parmesan cheese. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling and brownish color.

Spicy Cheese Spread
1 (8 ounce) cheddar cheese spread, soften
3 ounces of cream cheese, soften
Mix cheeses together
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon hot sauce – (more if you dare)
Black pepper
Garlic powder
Mix cheeses together until soft. Add remaining ingredients. Serve with crackers.

Country Deviled Eggs – Easy Appetizer Recipe
12 eggs
1 to 1 ½ teaspoons mayonnaise
½ teaspoon yellow prepared mustard
2 teaspoons pickled relish
Salt an pepper to taste
Shredded cheddar cheese
Place eggs in saucepan and cover with water. Bring to boil. Cover, remove from heat, and let eggs sit in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water and cool. Peel and cut in half lengthwise. Remove yolks and combine with mustard, salad dressing, pickled relish, salt and pepper. Mix together until smooth. Refill each egg half with the yolk mixture and sprinkle with cheese and paprika.

Fresh Fruit Salad
Grapes, seedless
Strawberries, cut and capped
Wash and keep grapes whole. Wash and peel remaining fruit. Cut in quarter pieces and arrange on platter. Serve cold.

Shrimp Dip/Spread
1 16 ounce container sour cream
1 small can cocktail shrimp (devain them)
½ teaspoon garlic salt
Mash shrimp with fork. Gradually mix into sour cream. Add garlic salt – flavor to taste. (Don’t put too much garlic salt, it will spoil the taste.)

Favorite Dill Dip – Easy Appetizer Recipes
1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise or miracle whip
1 tablespoon onion flakes
1 tablespoon parley flakes
1 tablespoon dill weed (crushed)
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
Mix well and chill. Excellent with raw veggies.

Once you try these recipes, you’ll want to use them over and over again.

Suggested Soul Food Appetizer Menus

#1. Hot Wings
Soul food Spaghetti
Assorted Cocktail Sandwiches
Country Deviled Eggs
Spicy Cheese Spread w crackers
Fresh Fruit Platter

#2. Southern Fried Chicken Wings
Mini Smoked Sausage with BBQ sauce
Old-fashioned Party Spaghetti
Stuffed Mushrooms
Spicy Cheese Spread with crackers
Fresh Fruit Platter

#3. Hot Wings
BBQ Beef Meat Balls
Assorted Cocktail Sandwiches
Shrimp Dip/Spread
Country Deviled Eggs
Fresh Fruit Platter

#4. Southern Fried Chicken Wings
Mini Smoked Sausage with BBQ sauce
Assorted Cocktail Sandwiches
Shrimp Spread
Stuffed Mushrooms
Fresh Fruit Platter
Dill Dip with raw veggies

Whether you use the preplanned menus above or create your own, make sure you offer at least two to three meatsfrom the easy appetizer recipes–then incorporate other items. You could also add old-fashioned cole slaw and southern potato salad to your menu.

For example, with Suggested Menu #1, you may want to substitute the Assorted Cocktail Sandwiches for Old-fashioned Cole Slaw, OR

With Suggested Menu #3, you may want to substitute the Assorted Cocktail Sandwiches for Southern Potato Salad. Or, depending on your guests, you just may want to add a salad and keep the Assorted Cocktail Sandwiches on the menu.

Even though these are traditional appetizer foods, these salads are great fillers and offers additional options for your menu. Many cooks also add old-time favorites like collard greens and macaroni & cheese to their soul-food-appetizer menu. It’s basically up to you.

Host a soul-food-party real soon and treat your friends to their favorite appetizer foods. They’re thank you for it.