Fourth of July is the perfect holiday for large platters of finger foods and appetizers. Rather than having to worry about creating a few big dishes for a sit-down meal, you can make a bunch of platters for people to pick at throughout the day. With so many options, everyone will be sure to find something they love. Plus, who doesn’t love dips, chips, and fried dough? They are always a crowd favorite and people often fill up on them before the meal even starts. From vegan pigs in a blanket to loaded potato bites, this list of platters has everything you need for an awesome Fourth of July get-together!
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1. Beer Cheese with Pretzels
Source: Beer Cheese with Pretzels
2. Easy Garlic Chive Twice-Baked Potatoes
3. Bean Salsa with Homemade Tortilla Chips
A super-simple bean, corn, tomato and cilantro-filled salsa with a fresh and tasty flavor. It’s a healthy and filling dish made in less than 10 minutes and full of fresh-flavor! Your guests will love this Bean Salsa with Homemade Tortilla Chips by Natalie Martin MS, RD and Lexie Staten MS, RD!
4. Baked Chèvre Cheese Dip
Source: Baked Chèvre Cheese Dip
Chèvre is the French term for goat or goat cheese. While this recipe for Baked Chèvre Cheese Dip by Zsu Dever contains no goat cheese, it is not your ordinary dip; it’s funky and creamy and unique, just like goat cheese is, thanks to fermented tofu. Serve it warm with potatoes, crackers, or vegetables for dipping.
5. Crispy Protein Chickpea Nuggets
Source: Crispy Protein Chickpea Nuggets
You could mix shredded veggies into this recipe, but these Crispy Protein Chickpea Nuggets by Melanie Sorrentino are for lazy people who just need to start dipping nuggets into something delicious. If you have a bag of chickpea flour and have no idea what to do with it then this is the recipe for you!
6. Deviled Tomatoes
Source: Deviled Tomatoes
These Deviled Tomatoes by Helyn Dunn are a perfect alternative to deviled eggs. The tomatoes are stuffed with a nutrition-packed variation of hummus. It tastes so much like the filling of a deviled egg, you will be surprised! They are a breeze to make and look beautiful on any holiday table or any time! These deviled tomatoes are so fun to make––you have to try them!
7. Thai Peanut Cauliflower Wings
Source: Thai Peanut Cauliflower Wings
If you love fresh modern vegan eats or all things Thai, you’re going to love these vegan oven-baked Thai Peanut Cauliflower Wings by Gabrielle St. Claire! There are so many perks to this recipe – quick and easy batter, crisp on the outside, they don’t get soggy, the sauce features staple ingredients, notes of sweet, notes of heat, it’s perfect for any season, great for entertaining, can easily be made in bulk, can easily be made gluten-free, have aesthetic appeal with the toppings, and are such an affordable dish!
8. Spinach and Artichoke Rolls
Source: Spinach and Artichoke Rolls
Spinach and artichoke dip just got an upgrade! Add some easy homemade pizza dough to the classic, cheesy dip, and you have spinach and artichoke rolls featuring Legrand vegan cream cheese! This Spinach and Artichoke Rolls recipe by Alexandra/Eian Kelly is perfectly paired with a marinara sauce for dipping… or even more Legrand cream cheese!
9. Buffalo Bean Won Ton Cups
Source: Buffalo Bean Won Ton Cups
When you are craving one of these buffalo bean won ton cups, nothing else will do. They have the perfect amount of crunch and spice, but for a kid-friendly version try tossing some of the beans in BBQ sauce or ketchup instead of the Buffalo sauce. Try serving them as a dinner party appetizer too! They are sure to impress all of your guests. These Buffalo Bean Won Ton Cups by Wendy Irene are crowdpleasers!
10. Everything Bagel Pigs In A Blanket
What’s fab about these Everything Bagel Pigs In A Blanket by Gabrielle St. Claire?! Everything! They are quick, easy, fairly affordable, involve minimal ingredients, you can switch up the sauce, you can find store-bought pastry dough everywhere, they pack more flavor with the seasoning, the sauce pairs perfectly, the dough is light and crispy versus crescent rolls, etc, they are good for every season, can easily be made in bulk, great for entertaining, and perfect for game day eats!! Want to minimize the ready-made products?! You can make carrot dogs instead!!
11. Beer-Battered Artichoke Hearts
Source: Beer-Battered Artichoke Hearts
Can you believe Jennifer Rose Rossano‘s Beer-Battered Artichoke Hearts are made with only three ingredients … and that you probably already have all of them in your pantry right now? If so, what are you waiting for?! They’re decadent, delicious, and taken to the next level with a creamy dipping sauce (also just three ingredients!).
12. Arancini: Fried Risotto Balls
Source: Arancini: Fried Risotto Balls
More famously known as arancini, these fried risotto balls are a magical food that everyone needs to make at least once in their life! They are quite time consuming, but it’s well worth the effort. Kristen Genton‘s Arancini: Fried Risotto Balls are a must-try!
13. Loaded Potato Bites
Source: Loaded Potato Bites
14. Vegan Swedish Meatballs + Apricot Dipping Sauce
Vegan Swedish meatballs? You read that right. These little guys are so tasty and healthy! Traditionally, Swedish meatballs are made from ground beef and pork, fried and then served in a heavy, sour cream gravy with a beef-stock base. They’re usually enjoyed with Lingonberry jelly. This vegan alternative is made with soy curls and shiitake mushrooms to achieve a tender and light texture. They are seasoned perfectly and taste amazing with the homemade apricot dipping sauce. They’d also be delicious with other sauces (like a mushroom gravy!) Serve these Vegan Swedish Meatballs + Apricot Dipping Sauce by Helyn Dunn as a holiday appetizer or with a side of veggies and potatoes for dinner. They are SO good. However you want to serve them, you will love these little guys. Great flavor and lots of nutrients!
15. Caramelized Onion Cheese Dip With Shiitake Bacon
Looking for an appetizer that’ll blow everyone away? Sweet and savory caramelized onions and smoky Shiitake bacon top this amazing, gooey vegan cheese dip. Serve with crispy toast to add crunch factor and you’ve got everything you need for the perfect party snack. This Caramelized Onion Cheese Dip With Shiitake Bacon by Gabrielle St. Claire would also be a great option for backyard barbecues and game day parties. Though you might have a hard time getting people to leave the snack table.
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