Our All-Time Favorite Snack Recipes for Any Occasion

published Sep 2, 2023
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photo of a block of cream cheese topped with raspberry pepper jelly surrounded with Ritz crackers
Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe; Food Styling: Debbie Wee

It’s official: These appetizer and snack recipes are the best on the internet! (Find all our editors’ picks here.) The Kitchn 100 is presented in partnership with Target Good & Gather; it was created independently by our editorial team. 

Whether you’re hosting friends for game day or are in charge of the holiday meal, we’ve got a snack for every type of gathering. These super-fun bites are designed to look and taste impressive and yield enough to feed a crowd — and yes, we factored in that you’ll likely be short on time. 

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Korean Corn Cheese Dip

When you bake canned corn with lots of cheese, mayo, and a pinch of sugar, you get a warm, bubbling, and irresistible dip that’s ready in less than 30 minutes. Serve with crackers, chips, or crudités to scoop up every last kernel.

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Pesto and Goat Cheese Tarte Soleil

Once you’ve nailed its unique slice-and-twist technique, this French-inspired pastry can be filled with any spread you please. Our creamy, tangy version has a simple goat cheese pesto, but making it sweet with Nutella would be equally delicious.

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Grilled Chicken Wings

Similar to the crunchy coating on Korean fried chicken, these wings are tossed in cornstarch to help them crisp up on the grill. A coating of homemade Buffalo sauce, made with a savory splash of Worcestershire, ensures they’re a party favorite.

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Okonomiyaki Nachos

When you swap the classic Japanese pancake batter for a bed of salty tortilla chips, a game-changing platter of okonomiyaki nachos is born. Every inch of chip is packed with umami flavor, and a zigzag of tonkatsu sauce and Kewpie mayo gives them their signature flair.

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Raspberry Pepper Jelly Cream Cheese Dip

It doesn’t take much to create this instant hit: Simply top a block of softened cream cheese with store-bought raspberry pepper jelly. Yup, that’s it. Don’t forget the Ritz crackers for serving.

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Gimbap

Not only is this Korean finger food endlessly customizable, but the tightly rolled coins are also great for taking on the go. We’ve compiled suggestions for every time of day, from breakfast kimbap with sausage and eggs to a sandwich-inspired lunch with tuna salad and chips.

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