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Fabulous Father’s Day appetizers

2013 June 13
by Emily Hill

If it were up to me, dinner most nights would be an assortment of appetizers. I love finger foods and I love variety. Of course I don’t love a lot of prep work and rarely plan ahead, so appetizers as dinner never happens…unless it’s a family party (like the one we’re having this Father’s Day) and I fill up on hot artichoke dip with a side of chips and cowboy salsa before the chicken is off the grill.

My sister has requested this caprese bites with tangerine fig balsamic for Father’s Day dinner and I’m happy to oblige.

Caprese bites on French baguette slices with tangerine fig balsamic

Speaking of appetizers, Father’s Day is a great time to whip up a batch of hearty finger foods. Here is a roundup of appetizers Nathan would—or already does—love.

Father's Day appetizers

avocado egg rolls with chipotle dipping sauce

Avocado Egg Rolls with Chipotle Ranch Dipping Sauce from Taste and Tell

Copy Cat Chili's Salsa

Copy Cat Chili’s Dipping Sauce from Chef in Training

Fried Pickles

Fried Pickles from The Vanilla Tulip

Individual Seven Layer Dips

Individual Seven Layer Dips from The Girl Who Ate Everything

mini mac and cheese bites

Mini Mac and Cheese Pies from The Curvy Carrot

Buffalo Chicken Waffle Bites

Buffalo Chicken Waffle Bites from Real Mom Kitchen

Cowboy salsa (aka cowboy caviar)

Cowboy Salsa from yours truly

Fajita Steak Dip

Fajita Steak Dip from Sweet Basil

Chicken Tostada Bites

Chicken Tostada Bites from Apple a Day

Queso Fundido with Chorizo

Queso Fundido with Chorizo from I Wash You Dry

Jalapeno Popper Dip

Jalapeno Popper Dip from Closet Cooking

Asian Meatballs

Asian Meatballs from Gimme Some Oven

Stuffed Jalapenos

Stuffed Jalapenos with Gorgonzola and Bacon from Foodie Crush

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12 Responses Post a comment
  1. June 13, 2013

    Wow, definitely a post dedicated to dads! I love man food. Thanks for including my queso! :)


    Emily Hill Reply:

    Me too! I seriously love hearty appetizers. They’re my fave. :)
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  2. June 13, 2013

    I am so with you on having an assortment of bites instead of one big meal. Maybe we need to put that philosophy into action in real life soon? Happy dad’s day!
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    I’d love that! Just a smorgasbord of appetizers and lots of napkins. ;)
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  3. June 13, 2013

    For New Years every year, my family gets together and has a big appetizer party. I’m thinking this is a great idea for Father’s Day, too. Great call!! And thanks for the link – you are the best!
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    We totally need to do that for New Year’s Eve this year. That would be perfect!
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  4. June 14, 2013

    yeah, I pretty much pinned this selfishly so that I could work my way through each one. Seriously, so delicous!
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    Seriously. Let me know what you make and what I need to sample. :)
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  5. Kevin permalink
    June 16, 2013

    Ok, I’ll start with the Caprese Bites, the Mini Mac and Cheese Bites and of course the Cowboy Salsa. Give us about 10 minutes and then we’ll order the entrées.



    Emily Hill Reply:

    Perfect. I’m on it.
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  6. June 17, 2013

    Yum! I’m always on the lookout for good vegetarian appetizers.
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    Vegetarian? What’s that? ;)
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