From the classic elegance of deviled eggs to the indulgent sweetness of dulce de leche Cheesecake bars, we’ve curated a selection of delightful and diverse party foods that start with the letter “N” to enhance your next celebration.
1. Deviled Eggs
Hard-boiled eggs halved and filled with a creamy, seasoned yolk mixture. The yolk is typically blended with mayonnaise, mustard, and various spices to create a flavorful filling. Garnished with paprika, chives, or dill, deviled eggs offer a classic and savory bite-sized appetizer, perfect for gatherings.
2. Dragon Fruit Salsa
Dragon fruit salsa is a vibrant medley of diced dragon fruit, tomatoes, red onions, cilantro, and lime juice. The dragon fruit’s sweet and mildly tangy flavor complements the freshness of the vegetables. This colorful and tropical salsa not only adds a visually appealing element to the party spread but also introduces a unique and exotic taste.
3. Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars
Dulce de leche cheesecake bars consist of a buttery and crumbly crust topped with a velvety cheesecake layer. The crowning glory is a generous drizzle of sweet dulce de leche, creating a decadent treat. These bars offer a perfect balance of creamy, rich cheesecake and caramel sweetness, making them an irresistible dessert option.
4. Devil’s Food Cake Pops
Devil’s food cake pops are bite-sized portions of moist and chocolaty devil’s food cake, shaped into pops on sticks and coated in a layer of chocolate. These handheld delights offer a convenient and mess-free way to enjoy the indulgence of devil’s food cake, making them a playful and delicious treat for parties.
5. Dandelion Green Salad
Dandelion green salad features fresh dandelion greens tossed with cherry tomatoes, goat cheese, and a light vinaigrette. The bitter notes of the dandelion greens are balanced by the sweetness of the tomatoes and the creamy tang of goat cheese. This nutrient-rich and refreshing salad provide a unique and health-conscious option for partygoers.
6. Dijon-Dill Potato Salad
Dijon-dill potato salad is a flavorful twist on the classic side dish. Boiled potatoes, typically red or Yukon gold, are cut into bite-sized pieces and tossed with a dressing that combines Dijon mustard, fresh dill, mayonnaise, and a touch of vinegar. The Dijon mustard adds a zesty kick, while the dill contributes a fresh and herbaceous aroma. The creamy dressing coats the potatoes evenly, creating a harmonious blend of textures and flavors. This potato salad is often garnished with additional dill for a burst of freshness and visual appeal. The result is a tangy, savory, and refreshing side dish that complements a variety of main courses and makes for a delightful addition to picnics, barbecues, or any social gathering.
7. Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwiches
Doughnut ice cream sandwiches are a whimsical dessert that features a scoop of ice cream sandwiched between two glazed doughnuts. The combination of the soft, pillowy doughnuts with the cold, creamy ice cream creates a delightful contrast in textures and temperatures. These sweet and playful treats are sure to bring joy to any party or celebration.
8. Doritos-Crusted Chicken Tenders
A creative take on classic chicken tenders, featuring a crispy coating made from crushed Doritos chips. The chicken tenders are typically dipped in a seasoned batter and then coated with crushed Doritos before being baked or fried to perfection. This unconventional twist adds a bold and flavorful crunch to the familiar chicken tender, making them a crowd-pleasing snack for any function.
9. Double-Decker Sandwiches
Satisfying sandwiches that feature multiple layers of ingredients, usually with two or more types of fillings stacked between slices of bread. The double-decker style allows for a variety of flavors and textures in each bite, making these sandwiches a hearty and customizable option for parties and casual get-togethers.
10. Dutch Apple Pie Bites
Miniature versions of classic Dutch apple pie, featuring a buttery crust, spiced apple filling, and a crumbly streusel topping. These bite-sized pie bites capture the comforting flavors of traditional Dutch apple pie in a convenient and shareable form, making them a sweet and satisfying addition to any shindig.
11. Duck Confit Sliders
Duck confit sliders feature tender and flavorful duck leg meat that has been slow-cooked in its own fat until it reaches a succulent and tender consistency. The shredded duck is often paired with complementary flavors, such as a tangy fruit compote or a savory onion jam. Served on mini buns or sliders, these bites offer a sophisticated and rich alternative to traditional sliders, adding an elegant touch to party spreads.
12. Deviled Shrimp
Deviled shrimp are prawns marinated in a flavorful blend of spices, including mustard, paprika, cayenne pepper, and lemon juice. This marinade infuses the shrimp with a zesty and slightly spicy kick. The shrimp are usually served cold, allowing the flavors to meld, creating a refreshing and appetizing party starter.
13. Danish Pastries
Light and flaky pastries with layers of buttery dough, typically featuring sweet fruit or custard fillings. These pastries, originating from Denmark, come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Topped with icing or powdered sugar, Danish pastries offer a delectable and elegant option for those with a sweet tooth at gatherings.
14. Dirty Rice Balls
Savory rice balls inspired by dirty rice, a Cajun dish. These balls are crafted with seasoned rice, ground meat (commonly pork or beef), and a mix of vegetables. Coated with breadcrumbs and deep-fried to a golden brown, dirty rice balls offer a flavorful and portable option for those seeking a hearty bite at gatherings.
15. Deep-Dish Pizza Bites
Miniature versions of deep-dish pizza, featuring a thick crust, savory tomato sauce, gooey cheese, and various toppings. These bite-sized pizza treats are perfect for parties, offering a compact and flavorful option that captures the essence of traditional deep-dish pizza in a convenient form.
16. Deviled Crab
A seafood appetizer prepared by combining crab meat with a seasoned mixture of breadcrumbs, spices, and sometimes mayonnaise or mustard. The mixture is typically baked or broiled until golden and served in individual portions. Deviled crab offers a flavorful and elegant option for those looking to incorporate seafood into their party spread.
17. Deviled Ham Sandwiches
Miniature sandwiches showcasing deviled ham, a seasoned and spiced ham spread. The ham is often mixed with mayonnaise, mustard, and other flavor-enhancing ingredients. Placed on small bread slices or slider buns, these bite-sized treats offer a savory and tangy profile, providing a convenient and delicious option for social gatherings.
18. Doughnut Holes
Miniature, bite-sized versions of traditional doughnuts, typically round and without a hole in the center. These small delights are deep-fried and coated in sugar, creating a sweet and airy treat that’s perfect for snacking at gatherings.
Circular fried or baked pastries made from sweetened dough, often ring-shaped and glazed or covered in powdered sugar. Donuts come in various flavors, including classic glazed, chocolate-covered, or filled with creams and fruit preserves. Their delightful sweetness makes them a popular treat for all types of gatherings.
20. Deli Sandwiches
A classic party fare, deli sandwiches feature an assortment of deli meats, cheeses, and condiments layered between slices of bread or in a roll. Varieties may include turkey, ham, roast beef, or vegetarian options, complemented by lettuce, tomatoes, and various spreads. These handheld delights offer a customizable and crowd-pleasing option for gatherings.
21. Double Chocolate Brownies
Rich and indulgent chocolate brownies that go beyond the traditional by incorporating both cocoa powder and melted chocolate into the batter. This results in an exceptionally fudgy and moist texture. Often adorned with chocolate chips or chunks, these double chocolate brownies provide a decadent sweet treat for those with a chocolate craving at parties.
22. Dill Pickle Wraps
A simple and tasty appetizer consisting of dill pickles wrapped in thin slices of deli meat, usually ham or turkey, and then smeared with cream cheese. These wraps offer a delightful combination of tangy, salty, and creamy flavors, providing a refreshing and convenient finger food option for parties.
23. Dark Chocolate Truffles
Decadent and velvety chocolate truffles made with high-quality dark chocolate. These rich, bite-sized delights are typically infused with various flavors like coffee, orange, or mint, and rolled in cocoa powder, nuts, or coconut. Dark chocolate truffles provide an indulgent treat that satisfies sweet cravings at parties.
24. Deli Wraps
Wraps featuring a variety of deli meats, cheeses, and fresh vegetables rolled inside a tortilla or flatbread. These handheld delights offer a customizable and portable option for gatherings, with fillings such as turkey, ham, roast beef, lettuce, tomatoes, and condiments like mayo or mustard.
25. Dill Potato Salad
A twist on classic potato salad, this version incorporates fresh dill for a burst of herbaceous flavor. The salad typically features tender, boiled potatoes mixed with a creamy dressing made from mayonnaise or sour cream, complemented by diced celery, red onion, and hard-boiled eggs. The dill infusion adds a refreshing and aromatic element to this party-friendly side dish.
26. Double-Cheese Nachos
Elevating the classic nacho experience, double-cheese nachos feature layers of tortilla chips generously topped with two types of melted cheeses—commonly cheddar and Monterey Jack. Additional toppings such as jalapeños, diced tomatoes, sour cream, and guacamole enhance the flavor profile, creating a crowd-pleasing and indulgent snack for gatherings.
27. Date and Walnut Tart
A delectable dessert featuring a flaky tart crust filled with a luscious mixture of dates and chopped walnuts. The filling is often sweetened with honey or brown sugar, creating a harmonious blend of sweetness and nuttiness. Served in individual tartlets or a larger tart, this dessert provides a sophisticated and delightful conclusion to any celebration.
28. Danish Hot Dogs
A Danish street food favorite, these hot dogs are typically served in a long, soft roll with various condiments and toppings. Common additions include crispy fried onions, pickles, remoulade sauce, and mustard. Danish hot dogs offer a unique and satisfying flavor profile that caters to diverse tastes at gatherings.
29. Dim Sum (Assorted Dumplings)
Dim sum encompasses a variety of bite-sized Chinese dishes, with a focus on assorted dumplings. These dumplings can be steamed, pan-fried, or deep-fried, and they may contain various fillings, such as pork, shrimp, or vegetables. Dim sum provides a diverse and flavorful option for those looking to explore a range of Chinese appetizers at social gatherings.
30. Drunken Noodles
Drunken noodles are a Thai-inspired stir-fried noodle dish featuring wide rice noodles, vegetables, and a savory sauce. The “drunken” element comes from the inclusion of a bit of alcohol, often rice wine or soy sauce, adding depth and umami to the dish. This flavorful and aromatic noodle creation provides a satisfying and complex taste experience.
31. Dill Pickle Dip
Dill pickle dip combines creaminess with the tanginess of chopped dill pickles, cream cheese, sour cream, and various herbs. The result is a flavorful and addictive dip perfect for pairing with pretzels, chips, or fresh vegetables. The tangy and savory notes make it a crowd-pleasing addition to any party.
32. Dark Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Dark chocolate-covered strawberries are juicy strawberries dipped in rich, dark chocolate and often drizzled with white chocolate. The combination of the sweet, tart strawberries with the decadent dark chocolate creates a luxurious and visually stunning dessert. These elegant treats are a delightful addition to celebratory gatherings.