There may not be many big gatherings this year but that doesn’t mean you can’t spoil your family with amazing appetizers. Whether you’re a novice chef or someone who doesn’t like spending time in the kitchen, there are tons of easy appetizer recipes from your neighborhood grocer that are easy to whip up. Keep reading for the best appetizers from Trader Joe’s that will save your holidays this year.

Focaccia Primavera

The Venetian Focaccia Primavera checks all the boxes for an easy app. The potato-based crust covers an inch-thick filling that is made up of spinach, cauliflower, hard-boiled egg whites, mozzarella, ricotta and Grana Padano cheeses. You won't be able to wait to sink your teeth into the crust that's covered in sesame, flax and sunflower seeds.

You can find this appetizer in the freezer section for just $3.99.

Organic Tomato Mozzarella Piccolo (little) Pizza

While serving pizza may not seem fancy, we love this little pizza––especially for the kiddos. The naturally fermented pizza dough is made in Italy and is made with all organic ingredients and no added sugars.

You can find it in the freezer aisle.

Creamy Cauliflower Jalapeño Dip

You can't go wrong with dip for the holidays! Take this already savory product and toss it into a skillet before baking to get a crispy top. Crackers or bread slices and you're done!

Check the refrigerated aisle to pick up a carton.

Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

Fresh sea scallops are wrapped in nitrite-free bacon that is then drizzled with a brown sugar glaze. Hungry yet? These savory appetizers can easily double as dinner if you're eating alone and serve as the perfect pre-dinner treat.

You can find the box for $6.99.

Crispy Rice Salmon Bites

Arriving on the shores of the holidays, Trader Joe's Crispy Rice Salmon Bites pack a delightful punch. The limited-edition app is made with farmed Atlantic salmon, then coated in a flour and rice batter, then topped with sesame seeds. Serve with the included Dynamite Sauce for an all-out spicy affair.

Grab the seasonal snack for $6.99 before it's gone.

Hold the Corn! Appetizers

Equally fun as it is tasty, Trader Joe's Hold the Corn! Appetizers are perfect for your shindig. You'll find sweet corn, water chestnuts, green onions and wood ear mushrooms that are seasoned with lemongrass, garlic, cilantro, and chili powder in this savory appetizer. Don't forget the dip!

This seasonal product is only $3.99 in the freezer aisle.

Cornbread Bites

Bite-sized and perfect for parties, Trader Joe's mini Cornbread Bites are here for your holiday festivities. Made with yellow corn and masa flour, then packed with Gouda and Pepper Jack cheese and corn, these tasty treats add a little bit of spice to your soiree.

Find for a limited time in the freezers for $3.99 per 12-pack box.

Crispy Vegetable Pouches

These Crispy Vegetable Pouches are handmade pockets of pastry dough packed with veggies and seasonings. They are gathered and “tied” at the top with a string made of more pastry dough, and inside you'll find a blend of vegetables including jicama, taro, cabbage, carrots, onions and shiitake mushrooms. Enjoy the seasoning that's made with garlic, soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil and red chili, and take a bow for all the hard work you didn't put into these appetizers.

Find these unique apps in the freezer section for $3.49 a box.

French Onion Soup Bites

Soup doesn't exactly make a great appetizer when feeding a crowd, so that's why these French Onion Soup Bites are genius. Each two-bite goodie is filled with caramelized onions and Swiss cheese and flavored with a vegetable broth base, then wrapped in a dough wrapper. No spoon required!

Pick up a box in the freezer aisle for $4.49 each.

Antipasto Assortment

Forget spending an hour slicing cheese and salami and pick up this antipasto assortment for $10 in the refrigerated section! It comes with mixed olives, pepper-coated salami, mild salami and cheddar cheese. You just crushed appetizer duty!

Mini Quiche Duo

Perfect for brunch or lunch, this box of mini quiche duos includes both mushroom and Swiss cheese and bacon and sweet onion options. Bake until golden brown, and enjoy thoroughly.

Each box is just $3.99 in the freezer section.


A Greek "spinach pie," the spanakopita takes time to make from scratch. That's why we prefer this frozen version that's filled with spinach, ricotta and feta that's wrapped in phyllo dough and warmed in the oven. Perfect for brunch appetizers or to pair with your Greek-themed dinner menu. 

Enjoy this tasty app for just $3.99, found in the freezer aisle.

Mini Brie En Croute

Meet the TJ's Brie En Croute's little sister––the mini version! The bite-size portions of creamy brie are wrapped in flaky puff pastry that only requires simple baking and perhaps some jam to top off. 

Find this seasonal sweet for $4.99 in the freezer section.

Vegetable Birds Nest

These crispy vegetable bird nests are perfect for an Asian-themed dinner! They are made with onion, carrot, kale and tempura batter, and come with a delicious soy dipping sauce. Cook until crispy!

Snag these fun pre-dinner snacks for roughly $3 in the freezer section.

Hummus Quartet

Make everyone happy with the hummus quarter from Trader Joe's. Choose from traditional, roasted garlic, spicy and tomato basil and enjoy with pita chips or bread. 

This four-pack is just $4.99 in the refrigerated section.

Spicy Shrimp Appetizer Duo

This 12-pack appetizer comes with six wontons and six spring rolls that has us pretty excited. Made in Thailand, the Lemongrass Wonton is made from a wheat-based wonton wrapper and stuffed with ginger, garlic, coriander, lime and chili marinated shrimp. The Kung Pao Spring Roll is seasoned with green onion, garlic, ginger, miso paste and chili and each item is ready to eat after just 15 minutes in the oven!

You'll find these for just $4.99 in the freezer section.

5 Cheese Greek Spiral

Made in Greece, you know this five-cheese Greek spiral is going to be good! It looks fancy, too, with a flaky phyllo dough surrounding gouda, Kasseri, Kefalotyri, blue and semi-hard cheeses.

For only $3.99 and a stop by the freezer section, this could be yours!

Uncured Bacon Wrapped Dates

Can you ever go wrong with bacon? As if these chewy Medjool dates weren't delicious enough, they are stuffed with California goat cheese and then wrapped by hand in uncured, apple-smoked bacon. We'll take the whole box, please.

These delightful delicacies for just $5.99 for a box in the freezer section.

Brie En Croute

You had us at Brie! The French Brie En Croute is basically a wheel of cheese wrapped in pastry dough, and while it takes 45 minutes to thoroughly heat up, it's still quicker than making it yourself from scratch.

Pick up a box for $6.99 in the freezer section.

Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Forget making your own spinach artichoke dip, and snag this frozen version instead! All it takes is a simple warm-up before you're enjoying with some tortilla chips. This is a nice change to the traditional onion dips you find at family get-togethers.

You can't beat the $2.99 price tag on this dip!

––Karly Wood

All photos courtesy of Karly Wood 



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