10 of Our Best Finger Food Recipes

When there are more guests than can comfortably fit at the dinner table, finger food is your best option. Whether you're hosting a casual get-together or an elegant party, your guests will love mingling over these elegant hors d'oeuvre, bite-sized snacks and delicate sweet treats.

crab filo parcels

Gingered Crab Filo Parcels

These Asian-style, triangular parcels of crisp, light filo pastry enclose a ginger-flavoured filling of crab, water chestnuts and corn. They look and taste wonderful, and are really easy to make. Prepare them ahead for a party, then bake just before serving with a sweet chilli dipping sauce. Click here for recipe

Caramelised onion tartlets

Caramelised Onion Tartlets

Croustades make a great alternative to pastry for savoury tartlets – they are made from thin slices of bread pushed into bun tins, brushed with melted butter and baked to crisp. These are filled with a mixture of onions and sun-dried tomatoes. Click here for recipe

Tomato and prosciutto bruschetta

Tomato and Prosciutto Bruschetta

Capture the flavour of the Mediterranean with these bite-sized toasts topped with pesto, thinly sliced prosciutto and tomatoes – a combination popular all along the Mediterranean coasts of France and Italy. This recipe is an excellent way to make the most of leftover baguettes. Click here for recipe

Sesame prawn and crab toasts

Sesame Prawn and Crab Toasts

These crispy toasts are a perfect savoury snack to hand around with drinks. Traditionally the toasts are deep-fried in oil, but in this healthy version they are baked in a hot oven until crisp and golden. Click here for recipe

Chickpea and rice balls

Chickpea and Rice Balls

These tasty chickpea-based balls, flavoured with garlic, chilli and lots of fresh coriander, make a delicious starter. They're also great for vegetarian and gluten-intolerant guests. Click here for recipe



The thick bread base, enriched with olive oil, is topped with a flavoursome tomato and onion mixture, then decorated with a lattice of anchovies and olives. Serve warm or cool, cut into bite-sized squares for canapés. Click here for recipe

Baked sweet potato fries

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Baked fries are the way to go when you're cutting back on fat. These baked sweet potato sticks are so full of flavour, you'll never know the difference. Click here for recipe

Baked sweet potato fries


Cupcakes are easy to prepare and very much in vogue. The icing not only adds flavour and makes them look pretty, it also keeps them fresh. You can even decorate your cupcakes specially for the occasion. Click here for recipe

French Macaroons

French Macaroons

Create the classic French macaroon with this basic version of the original Parisian recipe. To create different flavoured macaroons, simply add different food flavourings and colourings. Click here for recipe

Orange pecan biscuits

Orange Pecan Biscuits

For a no-fuss option, try these 'slice-and-bake' biscuits – the roll of dough can be prepared in advance and kept in the fridge. Whenever biscuits are wanted, simply slice the roll into rounds, top with pecans and bake. Click here for recipe


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