Last minute guest or a party you forgot where you forgot you were supposed to bring appetizers? Never fear, Trader Joe’s is here! Our fave neighborhood market has tons of pre-made appetizers that can be whipped up in a flash, saving you time and stress. Keep reading for some of the best pre-dinner snacks out there.

Crispy Vegetable Pouches

These slightly bigger than a bite 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 bring these appetizers to your shindig.


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 cartelized onions and Swiss cheese and flavored with a vegetable broth base, and wrapped in a dough wrapper. No spoon required.

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 duo includes both mushroom and Swiss cheese and a bacon and sweet onion option. Bake until golden brown, and enjoy thoroughly.


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. 

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. 

Vegetable Birds Nest

These crispy vegetable birds nest 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!

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. 

Spicy Shrimp Appetizer Duo

This 12-pack appetizer comes with 6 wontons and 6 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!

5 Cheese Greek Spiral

Made in Greece, you know this five-cheese Greek spiral is going to be good! Flaky phyllo dough surrounds gouda, Kasseri, Kefalotyri, blue and semi-hard cheeses and looks super fancy.

Uncured Bacon Wrapped Dates

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

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.

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.

––Karly Wood

All photos courtesy of Karly Wood 



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