I’m a big fan of party food. We host parties a lot (like more than any other people I know). We usually grill, so Pete is in charge of that, and I’m in charge of appetizers, sides, and desserts. I like one bite appetizers, honestly, because people can just grab one and pop it into your mouth while you’re on the go or talking. You don’t need to sit and pull out a knife and fork.
It keeps the flow of the party going a lot better than if everyone had to stop what they’re doing, grab a plate, find a seat, and then eat.
It’s like a cocktail hour at a wedding. You can just pop some food in your mouth and mingle.
If you agree, and you’ve been getting tired of making the same appetizer, this one bite appetizer list is for you.
125+ One-Bite Appetizers
The list of appetizers is split into three sections. The first is appetizers with meat, then appetizers with seafood, and finally vegetarian appetizers.
One Bite Meat Appetizers
One Bite Seafood Appetizers
One Bite Vegetarian Appetizers
What are one bite appetizers called?
One bite appetizers are, officially, called “amuse-bouche”. They can also be referred to as “amuse-gueule” although that’s less common. Amuse-bouche refers to single bite appetizers or hors d’œuvre.
Different types of appetizers:
We use the term appetizers as a generality, but actually there are nine different types of appetizers: apertif cocktails, canapes, chips and dip, finger foods, fruits and vegetables, hors d’oeuvres, petite salad, relishes/crudites, and anything (smaller).
Here’s the breakdown of what each is, in case you want to impress people at a party. (No pun intended. I meant impress with your knowledge, but you could impress with your food choices as well.)
Apertif cocktails are before dinner drinks that stimulate the appetite.
Examples of Apertif Cocktails:
Canapes are small bits of food served on a piece of bread, toast, cracker, or pastry.
Examples of canapes:
Chips & Dip
Chips & Dip are, simply, any paring of dips and potato chips, crackers, or vegetables to dip into them.
Examples of Chips & Dip:
Finger foods are appetizers that you eat sans utensils, but may be more than just a single bite.
Examples of Finger Foods:
Fruits & Vegetables
Any mix of fruits and vegetables or fruits or vegetables.
Examples of Fruits & Vegetables:
Hors d’oeuvres are one bite appetizers classified as either “passed” or “stationary” (served at a table).
Example of passed hors d’oeuvres
Example of stationary hors d’oeuvres
Petite salads are small servings of salad, served before a full meal.
I don’t have examples of this to show you because the examples would basically just be regular salads, just smaller portions.
Crudites are vegetables, either sliced or whole, either pickled or dipped in a vinaigrette, often served with a dip.
Anything (smaller) is a catch all for any appetizer that’s tiny and can be eaten with fingers and little mess.
Which of these one bite appetizers do you want to make? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.