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The Best Trader Joe's Appetizers to Serve at a Party by Eden Godsoe

by Eden Godsoe, posted to Food & Drink

As our friends know, my husband and I host a lot of parties at our house. We are always in search of appetizers that are easy to prepare and don't break the bank. Here are some of our favorites from Trader Joe's.

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Vegetable Bird’s Nests

Take just 10 minutes in the oven. Yummy on their own or served with soy sauce.

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Roasted Gorgonzola Crackers

Roasted Gorgonzola Crackers

These are full of flavor. Definitely a great choice if you want to skip out on the cheeses or you can pair with mild cheese.

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Parmesan Pastry Pups

My husband loves pigs in a blanket and these are like a grown up version of pigs in a blanket.

Penny: These are always a hit in our house.

sasha: I love these!

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Lemongrass Chicken Stix


Must try these at our next party. Recommended by SkinnyScoop maven Sarah R who knows her food.

Krista: The are DELICIOUS! I'm sure you'll agree - I'm yet to find someone who doesn't! :)

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Party Size Mini Meatballs

I bring these to potluck parties and they always go fast. They are super easy to make. Just buy the frozen pack and some toothpicks or add one one of TJ's sauces to spice it up a bit.

laura: I love these. They have both regular and turkey. Both are easy to make and delicious.

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Caprese Skewers

These aren't exactly TJ's appetizers but you can buy all the ingredients there - Grape Tomatoes, Ciliegine Mozzarella, Balsamic Vinaigrette & Organic Basil. Use some toothpicks and voila!

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Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Trader Joe’s Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip is a perfect blend of...more

Suggested by Larissa

Perfect tasty treat to serve with tortilla chips or sourdough bread, it's easy to heat up in the microwave and is also a hit with the kids.

Penny: This is so yummy but careful or you will gobble down the whole serving.

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Gruyere, Caramelized Onions & Ham Flatbread

Maitre Pierre Taste d' Alsace - french style flat bread with ham,...more

Suggested by Larissa

These are to die for!! Pop a few in the oven, cut them up into squares, serve them on a cutting board et voilà, the perfect party hors d'œuvre.

Fawnda Camarillo: I have some of this in my freezer right now. It is nom.

Wona: This flatbread is scrumptious and always flies off the platter at dinner parties.

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Trader Joe's Guacamole

Suggested by Krista

Absolutely delicious and borderline healthy - I'm a quacamole fiend & this tops the list! SFGATE even called it the best of the bunch!

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Goat Cheese & Bruschetta

Suggested by Wona Miniati

Almost as easy as ready-made. Serve goat cheese, fresh bruschetta, and water crackers on a platter, and let guests assemble themselves. Delicious combination!

Gabrielle Cullen: I use this sauce for my homemade pizza!!! It's nice and light and perfect

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Chicken Gyoza Potstickers

These are simple to make - you can even do them in the microwave. Add some soy sauce on the side and you have a very yummy appetizer.

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Thai Vegetable Gyoza

I love the chicken dumplings but it's nice to have a vegetarian option like these Thai Vegetable Gyozas. Same easy prep and very tasty.

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Spicy Spinach Pizza

Flatbread "pizza" - sans cheese, with spinach.

Suggested by Krista

Excellent with mixed greens and tomatoes on top, or rolled into a wrap! At only 140 calories and 2g fat, it's as healthy as pizza gets!

Eden Godsoe: I love these. Turned onto them by someone in the SkinnyScoop office and now we all eat them. The only downside is that they don't hold their crispness that well so not sure how they would do at a party.

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Tarte d'Champignon

My husband has an irrational fear of mushrooms so I wouldn't serve this unless he was gone. But this "mushroom pizza" is delish and great to cut up and serve at parties.

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Trader Joe's Mini Tacos

Chicken or Beef mini tacos

Suggested by Krista

A little taste of Mexico goes a long way with these mini tacos. They're always been a hit, and they're great with other small plates. Add in some sangria and you've got a fiesta on your hands!

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Stuffed Mushroom Caps and Artichoke Dip

It's fun to entertain but it's not fun to stress about it. Delicious...more

Suggested by Larissa

One of my go to appies: mushrooms + Boursin Garlic & Fine Herbs Cheese frozen spinach + bread crumbs

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Chicken Parmesan Lollipops

Suggested by Dominique

A mini meal for kids that don't like to sit still during holiday gatherings.

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Trader Joe's Yogurt Dip

Trader Joe's Cilantro & Chive Yogurt Dip

Suggested by Krista

A healthier alternative to sour-cream based dips, this is an excellent appetizer with fresh veggie sticks and finger sandwiches. Casual snacking at it's finest!

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Crab & Langostino Rangoon

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Suggested by Larissa

This new addition to TJs frozen aisle sounds delish - an easy hors d'oeuvre that will surely impress.

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Pastry Bites with Feta Cheese & Caramelized Onions

Suggested by Lija McBride

These are easy and delicious!

Penny: I love these!

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Spizzico di Pizza Mini Pizzas

They are pizzas and they are bite size. Need I say more?

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Brie en croute

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Suggested by Kimy

I love baked brie. The puff pastry adds that little something extra. I like to add honey to my baked brie. This item is only available during the holidays so stock up!

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Arancini Bites

Rice balls filled with Fontina cheese. Sounds good to me.

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Suggested by Liz O'Donnell

Tastes great & literally no work - it even comes in the aluminum tray so there's nothing to wash up!

Eden Godsoe: Thanks for the suggestion. I think I've had these at another person's party but need to add to my party app list.

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These come in chicken or vegetable

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Simply Enjoy Apple Blossoms

Recommended by party ace JJ, these bring a sweet element to my mostly savory appetizers list.

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Dark Chocolate Roasted Pistachio Toffee

Add some sweet to your appetizers with these delicious treats. They are a perfect mix of sweet, nutty and salty.

Fawnda Camarillo: oh i love that stuff

Penny: Some of my favorite sweets.

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Cooking with All Things Trader Joe's

"Fans of Trader Joe's have been waiting a long time for a book like...more

Get great ideas on how to turn Trader Joe's items into amazing appetizers with this great book from Wona Miniati and Deana Gunn.

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 What an AWESOME list! Great idea!