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23 best easy entertaining recipes

Cob loaf

Fresh ideas for simple finger food and canapés

When it comes to planning a party, make entertaining a breeze with these easy party food ideas. Sure, you could opt for frozen party pies and sausage rolls, but why not flex some of those cooking skills you learned last year, and whip up some impressive (but easy) finger food and canapés guests will love?

Here, we bring you our easiest recipes to serve at your next gathering.

Easy Cheesy Mushroom Arancini

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Easy cheesy mushroom arancini

Is it really a party without arancini balls? Try this cheesy recipe for one of Australia’s favourite canapés, or opt for this vegan arancini recipe made with cauliflower rice.

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Vegan Beetroot Dip

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Vegan beetroot dip

Try this easy vegan beetroot dip recipe to bring something bright and flavoursome to your grazing platter. Serve with in-season vegetable crudités, crackers or toasted baguette.

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Sausage Roll Scrolls

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Sausage roll scrolls

Give your classic sausage roll recipe a twist with these party-perfect sausage roll scrolls. Ready in three steps, it's an easy choice for fuss-free entertaining.

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mini cob loaf dips

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Healthier mini cob loaf dips

Who doesn’t love cob loaf? Give everyone their own mini cob dip with this quick (and healthier) version. Have a bit more time? Try these cheesy French onion individual cobs.

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Lasagne bites

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Lasagne bites

Transform lasagne into a bite-sized snack that’ll be a hit at your party. These bites stick to the basics — mince, basil and ricotta — so you can customise them with your favourite fillings.

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Air fryer chicken wings

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Air-fryer chicken wings with buffalo sauce

Irresistible buffalo chicken wings are made easy thanks to the air-fryer. Cook up your wings and toss them in mouth-watering buffalo sauce. You can also opt for a vegan version with this air-fryer buffalo cauliflower recipe.

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Easy Guacamole

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Easy guacamole

Make the best bowl of guacamole using only five fresh ingredients. Serve as a dip, or add it into a batch of easy tater tots nachos to really wow your guests.

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Crispy Fried Agnolotti

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Crispy fried agnolotti

Bite-size morsels don't get any better than these crispy fried agnolotti. Coated in panko breadcrumbs and served with a tomato pasta sauce, they’re the perfect party snack.

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Chicken Taquitos

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Chicken taquitos

This chicken recipe is great for entertaining. Spicy chicken, beans, guacamole, yoghurt and coriander are rolled up in mini flour tortillas to make tasty taquitos.

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Hearty Hummus

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Easy hummus

Hummus is a must-have on any grazing platter. Make this easy, creamy hummus recipe from scratch in 15 minutes. Only five ingredients required.

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Two Ingredient Flatbread

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Two-ingredient flatbread

Make this speedy flatbread recipe for your grazing platter. It’s excellent for dipping, spreading and topping with whichever cheeses, meats and dips you serve.

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Smoked Salmon and Horseradish Blinis

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Smoked salmon blinis

Smoked salmon blinis are quintessential to any canapé offering. Using premade blinis cuts down prep time, but if you want to make your own, try this blini recipe.

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Chicken Satay

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Chicken satay skewers

Chicken satay skewers are a finger food favourite. The four-ingredient satay sauce recipe is easy-as to make. The whole dish will be ready in just 10 minutes.

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Pizza dip

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Pizza dip

Turn pizza into a mouth-watering dip. This easy canapé recipe has you combine all the pizza flavours you love into a garlicky bread bowl. A sure crowd pleaser.

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Gluten-Free Air Fryer Chicken Schnitzel Bites

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Air-fryer chicken schnitzel bites

Fire up your air fryer to make this bite-sized chicken schnitzel recipe. It’s sure to be a hit. Serve them with a spicy mayonnaise. They’re a great option for any gluten-free guests, too.

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Bocconcini and Prosciutto Skewers

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Antipasto skewers

Prosciutto. Bocconcini. Semi-dried tomato. Basil. Repeat. These easy skewers are like an antipasto platter on a stick. Plus, they’ll add some colour to your snack spread.

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Rare Roast Beef Canapes