101 Small Plate Ideas to Make at Home

Small plates are my new favorite thing. If they are Spanish in nature, they’re called Tapas. Tapas were essentially my first exposure to the concept of making a bunch of small plates into a meal. And I’ve been developing a love affair with small plates ever since.

Like Dish-y.com on Facebook!Now that Rob and I have a kid (and a second one on the way!), we’ve been doing more at-home date nights. One of my favorite ways to make an at-home date night feel special is to make a bunch of small plates that we can share.

At first, I started out with a few simple ideas for small plates. We like to grab a few things from the olive bar at Whole Foods, and add in some artisan dry sausage and cheese from the deli. Throw in a bottle of red wine, and it’s like a little meal.


Tapas Serving Dishes from Amazon.com


But of course, I didn’t stop there. I’ve been keeping my eye out for good small plate ideas that I can make at home. And I’ve collected any and every recipe that is or can be transformed into a small plate.

We’ve got a Pinterest board full of small plate ideas that you can check out.

What I’ve learned about making small plates at home is that it’s best to have only one or two small plates that require active participation, and the rest should be either prep-ahead or easy enough to make with my eyes closed.

101 Small Plate Ideas to Make at HomeMy list of 101 small plate ideas is organized very methodically. I’ve split up the recipes into 3 categories: meat-focused, cheese-focused, and vegetable-focused. Each category is then broken into three smaller lists:

1) Small plates that require lots of attention

2) Small plates that can be prepped ahead of time

3) Small plates that come together quickly and easily

My goal is to make it easy for you to pick small plates that work well together and won’t overwhelm you in the kitchen. The last thing you need is to get all stressed right before your at-home date!

Some of these recipes will require a bit of scaling down if you plan to make them for two people. If you use the MealBoard app, recipe scaling is a breeze.

Most of these recipes also work really well as party food ideas, and an entertaining enthusiast can never have too many ideas for party food.

Enjoy!



101 Small Plate Ideas to Make at Home

Meat-Focused Small Plates

Involved Prep Small Plates

small plates 1-101. Garlicky Shrimp Scampi MealBoard File for Garlicky Shrimp Scampi

2. Baltimore-Style Crab Cakes MealBoard File for Baltimore-Style Crab Cakes

3. Cuban Sliders MealBoard File for Cuban Sliders

4. Ham & Cheddar Croquettes MealBoard File for Ham & Cheddar Croquettes

5. Spanish Tortilla MealBoard File for Spanish Tortilla

6. Shrimp and Chorizo Tapas MealBoard File for Shrimp and Chorizo Tapas

7. Chorizo, Cheese and Potato Croquettes with Avocado Aioli MealBoard File for Chorizo, Cheese and Potato Croquettes with Avocado Aioli

8. Beef Medallions with Bacon and Morels MealBoard File for Beef Medallions with Bacon and Morels

9. Crab Meat au Gratin MealBoard File for Crab Meat au Gratin

10. Medallions of Sea Bass in Lime Garlic Sauce MealBoard File for Medallions of Sea Bass in Lime Garlic Sauce

11. Scallops Gratinee MealBoard File for Scallops Gratinee

12. Open-Faced Crab Empanadas MealBoard File for Open-Faced Crab Empanadas

13. Copycat PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps MealBoard File for Copycat PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps

Small plates 11-2514. Almost-Famous Spicy Fried Shrimp MealBoard File for Almost-Famous Spicy Fried Shrimp

15. Philly Cheese Steak Sliders MealBoard File for Philly Cheese Steak Sliders

16. Godzilla Rolls MealBoard File for Godzilla Rolls

 

Prep-Ahead Small Plates

17. Fiery Malaysian Beef Satay MealBoard File for Fiery Malaysian Beef Satay

18. Chorizo-Filled Dates Wrapped in Bacon MealBoard File for Chorizo-Filled Dates Wrapped in Bacon

19. Muffuletta Shooter’s-Style Sandwiches MealBoard File for Muffuletta Shooter's-Style Sandwiches

20. Spanish Albondigas (meatballs) MealBoard File for Spanish Albondigas

21. Chicken & Chorizo Skewers MealBoard File for Chicken & Chorizo Skewers

22. Slow Cooker Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sliders MealBoard File for Slow Cooker Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Small plates 26-3523. Charcuterie Board MealBoard File for Charcuterie Board

24. Balsamic Rosemary Steak Kabobs MealBoard File for Balsamic Rosemary Steak Kabobs

25. Bourbon Cocktail Meatballs MealBoard File for Bourbon Cocktail Meatballs

26. Thai Grilled Chicken with Sweet Chile Dipping Sauce MealBoard File for Thai Grilled Chicken with Sweet Chile Dipping Sauce

27. Asian Pork Meatballs MealBoard File for Asian Pork Meatballs

28. Balsamic Steak Skewers MealBoard File for Balsamic Steak Skewers

29. Chicken Enchilada Empanadas MealBoard File for Chicken Enchilada Empanadas

30. Grilled Jerk Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers MealBoard File for Grilled Jerk Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers

31. Grilled Chicken Bacon Sliders MealBoard File for Grilled Chicken Bacon Sliders

32. Swedish Meatballs MealBoard File for Swedish Meatballs

33. Chipotle Chicken Kabobs with Avocado Cream Sauce MealBoard File for Chipotle Chicken Kabobs with Avocado Cream Sauce

34. Cranberry Glazed Pork Skewers MealBoard File for Cranberry Glazed Pork Skewers

Small plates 36-4335. Pincho Ribs with Sherry Glaze MealBoard File for Pincho Ribs with Sherry Glaze

36. Truly Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Wings with Honey Garlic Hot Sauce MealBoard File for Truly Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Wings with Honey Garlic Hot Sauce

37. Baked Scotch Eggs MealBoard File for Baked Scotch Eggs

 

Quick Prep Small Plates

38. Sea Bass Ceviche MealBoard File for Sea Bass Ceviche

39. Pan-Seared Scallops MealBoard File for Pan-Seared Scallops

40. Chorizo Poached in Red Wine MealBoard File for Chorizo Poached in Red Wine

41. Bacon-Wrapped Scallops MealBoard File for Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

42. Easy Salami Roll-Ups MealBoard File for Easy Salami Roll-Ups

43. Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts MealBoard File for Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Cheese-Focused Small Plates

Involved Prep Small Plates

44. Potato-and-Mozzarella Croquettes MealBoard File for Potato-and-Mozzarella Croquettes

45. Jalapeno Popper Cheesy Garlic Bread MealBoard File for Jalapeno Popper Cheesy Garlic Bread

46. Smoked Gouda Fritters with Balsamic Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce MealBoard File for Smoked Gouda Fritters with Balsamic Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

 

Small plates 44-58Prep-Ahead Small Plates

47. Cheese-stuffed Dates with Prosciutto MealBoard File for Cheese-stuffed Dates with Prosciutto

48. Fresh Herb-Marinated Feta MealBoard File for Fresh Herb-Marinated Feta

49. Gorgonzola-Thyme-Stuffed Olives MealBoard File for Gorgonzola-Thyme-Stuffed Olives

50. Marinated Feta Skewers MealBoard File for Marinated Feta Skewers

51. Brazilian Cheese Bread MealBoard File for Brazilian Cheese Bread

52. Caprese Kabobs with Balsamic Glaze MealBoard File for Caprese Kabobs with Balsamic Glaze

53. Fresh Figs Wrapped in Prosciutto with Frisée and Lemon Mascarpone MealBoard File for Fresh Figs Wrapped in Prosciutto with Frisée and Lemon Mascarpone

54. Cheese Board MealBoard File for Cheese Board

55. Baked Cheese MealBoard File for Baked Cheese

 

Quick Prep Small Plates

56. Goat Cheese Baked in Tomato Sauce MealBoard File for Goat cheese baked in tomato sauce

57. Feta and Cucumber Nip MealBoard File for Feta and Cucumber Nip

58. Fig, Bacon, and Honey-Goat Cheese Crostini MealBoard File for Fig, Bacon, and Honey-Goat Cheese Crostini

59. Baked Mozzarella Sticks MealBoard File for Baked Mozzarella Sticks

60. Crisps with Goat Cheese, Blackberries and Honey MealBoard File for Crisps with Goat Cheese, Blackberries and Honey

61. Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches MealBoard File for Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

62. Roasted Red Pepper Ricotta Crostini MealBoard File for Roasted Red Pepper Ricotta Crostini



Vegetable-Focused Small Plates

Involved Prep Small Plates

Small plates 59-7263. Polenta Olive Tapenade Bites MealBoard File for Polenta Olive Tapenade Bites

64. Patatas Bravas with Garlic Aioli MealBoard File for Patatas Bravas with Garlic Aioli

65. Chorizo Stuffed Jalapeños MealBoard File for Chorizo Stuffed Jalapeños

66. Bacon-Wrapped Cheesy Stuffed Jalapeños MealBoard File for Bacon-Wrapped Cheesy Stuffed Jalapeños

67. Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms MealBoard File for Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

68. French Fries with Sriracha Mayonnaise MealBoard File for French Fries with Sriracha Mayonnaise

69. Fried Pickle Poppers MealBoard File for Fried Pickle Poppers

70. Chipotle Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries MealBoard File for Chipotle Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries

71. Oven Baked Pickle Chips with Horseradish Chipotle Sauce MealBoard File for Oven Baked Pickle Chips with Horseradish Chipotle Sauce

72. Baked Blooming Onion MealBoard File for Baked Blooming Onion

73. Avocado Fries With Cilantro Lemon Dipping Sauce MealBoard File for Avocado Fries With Cilantro Lemon Dipping Sauce

74. Fried Stuffed Olives MealBoard File for Fried Stuffed Olives

75. Crispy Baked Portobello Mushroom Fries MealBoard File for Crispy Baked Portobello Mushroom Fries

76. Grilled Corn Fritters MealBoard File for Grilled Corn Fritters

77. Black Bean & Corn Quesadillas MealBoard File for Black Bean & Corn Quesadillas

78. Buffalo Cauliflower MealBoard File for Buffalo Cauliflower

Small plates 73-8679. Triple Cheese and Corn-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms MealBoard File for Triple Cheese and Corn-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

 

Prep-Ahead Small Plates

80. Marinated Mushrooms MealBoard File for Marinated Mushrooms

81. Marinated Spanish Olives MealBoard File for Marinated Spanish Olives

82. Roasted Tomato Tapenade MealBoard File for Roasted Tomato Tapenade

83. Leftover Mashed Potato Puffs MealBoard File for Leftover Mashed Potato Puffs

84. Artichoke Bruschetta MealBoard File for Artichoke Bruschetta

85. Bruschetta  MealBoard File for Bruschetta

86. Spring Rolls with Carrot-Ginger Dipping Sauce MealBoard File for Spring Rolls with Carrot-Ginger Dipping Sauce

87. White Bean & Herb Hummus with Crudites MealBoard File for White Bean & Herb Hummus with Crudites

Small plates 87-10188. Giardiniera  MealBoard File for Giardiniera

89. Marinated Cucumbers, Onions and Tomatoes MealBoard File for Marinated Cucumbers, Onions and Tomatoes

90. Balsamic Bacon Onion Relish with Crusty Bread MealBoard File for Balsamic Bacon Onion Relish with Crusty Bread

91. Cucumber Bites with Herb Cream Cheese and Cherry Tomatoes MealBoard File for Cucumber Bites with Herb Cream Cheese and Cherry Tomatoes

92. Slow Roasted Garlic-stuffed Cherry Tomatoes MealBoard File for Slow Roasted Garlic-stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

93. Fired Up Green Tomatoes MealBoard File for Fired Up Green Tomatoes

94. Hot Jalapeño Corn Dip MealBoard File for Hot Jalapeño Corn Dip

95. Mediterranean Cucumber Roll Ups MealBoard File for Mediterranean Cucumber Roll Ups

96. Garlic Mushroom Kabobs MealBoard File for Garlic Mushroom Kabobs

 

Quick Prep Small Plates

97. Steamed Artichoke with Aioli MealBoard File for Garlicky Shrimp Scampi

98. Pan Tumaca (Bread with Tomato) MealBoard File for Steamed Artichoke with Aioli

99. Melon with Serrano Ham MealBoard File for Garlicky Shrimp Scampi

100. Chile-Dusted Oranges, Jicama and Cucumber MealBoard File for Chili-Dusted Oranges, Jicama and Cucumber

101. Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus MealBoard File for Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus


Michelle Williams

I tackle life with enthusiasm and positivity, and I'm on a mission to spread the feel good factor to others. Food is often my tool of choice for making that happen. I realized that it worked for me when my cooking helped me land my husband, Rob. I'm a spontaneous entertainer and always ready for a party.

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6 Responses

  1. This is an awesome collection – and tapas is our favorite way to eat. Thank you for numbering everything so I can easily find these delicious links, and thanks for including mine!

  2. Jim H. says:

    Do you have a document containing all of these recipes? Is it for sale?

    JH

    • I’m sorry Jim, we don’t at this time. Many of these recipes are from other websites. My best advice would be to get the Mealboard app so that you can click the MealBoard files I provided. They import pretty quickly that way—and the app is so helpful for meal planning. I hope that helps!

  3. Kori says:

    Hi! I made a 10 course small plate menu for my husband’s birthday last March and used 5 of your recipes. They were fantastic! I made crab cakes, fried cheese, crostinis, scallops, cucumber bites. I love how you split them up by time and ingredients. That was very helpful since I had to have 10 dishes ready to go within 4 hours.

    • That sounds awesome, Kori! Glad you appreciated the organization of the recipes. I’ve thrown too many parties being stuck in the kitchen prepping food, so this is my solution. Sounds like you had it under control and did a fantastic job!

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