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40 crowd-pleasing recipes for when you need to bring a plate

BYO dishes to impress your mates, colleagues or in-laws.

40 crowd-pleasing recipes for when you need to bring a plate

Parties are (mostly) a good time. Friends, family, music, laughter… all the essential ingredients for a quality knees-up. But you know what can often strike fear in people’s hearts (other than the ambiguously defined dress code that is ‘smart casual’) when parties are involved? The request on the invite to ‘bring a plate’. Gulp. What are you supposed to take? Does a packet of chips from the nearest servo count? (We’re going to go out on a limb here and say that would be a hard NO.) Don’t just be another sad salad in a sea of unappetising offerings. These bring a plate recipes will make sure you’re the go-to guest who your host can reply on to bring the flavour this holiday season.

Best bring a plate recipes

Check out our enticing list of appetiserssnackssides and anything-but-boring salads to choose from, then go forth and create the good times.

Crispy Thai Pork Toasts

Crispy Thai Pork Toasts

The perfect party food! These bite-sized pork toasts are beyond moreish (especially when dunked into sriracha) – we dare you to stop at just one.

Gochujang Confit Garlic Bread

Gochujang Confit Garlic Bread

Garlic bread is already amazing, but we’ve made it EXTRA amazing with our Asian twist. The combo of confit garlic, Korean gochujang, butter and of course cheese makes this garlic bread a real winner. This is a perfect side, starter or snack – get amongst it.

Air Fryer Cheeseburger Spring Rolls

Air Fryer Cheeseburger Spring Rolls

Cheeseburgers – who doesn’t love ‘em? Add all the elements to a spring roll and WOW, that sounds like a good time.

Sweet Chilli Peanut Chicken Nachos

Sweet Chilli Peanut Chicken Nachos

You never need a reason for nachos, especially when they taste as good as these ones. Crunchy, crispy and insanely cheesy, this is one ultra-easy party favour that will disappear, quicksmart.

Korean-style Onion Rings

Korean-style Onion Rings

Crispy onion rings are the side dish of champions. But want to know how to make them even better? Make ‘em Asian! Yep, I’m making Korean-style onion rings to knock your socks off. Fry up a batch and bring a plate of these to the party – everyone will love you for it.

Thai Curry Puffs

Thai Curry Puffs

These are an audience favourite for a reason! The homemade golden pastry on these curry puffs is so, so good – it just melts in your mouth.

Coconut Sriracha Cashews

Coconut Sriracha Cashews

Bring these, win their hearts. ‘Nuff said.

Vietnamese-style Sticky Roasted Carrots

Vietnamese-style Sticky Roasted Carrots

For something slightly more virtuous, this is one utterly delicious plate of veg. Roasted baby carrots enjoy a drizzle of tangy Vietnamese dressing, before a hefty helping of fresh chilli and crunchy peanuts finish things off.

Ultimate Beer Battered Prawns

Ultimate Beer Battered Prawns

Beer battered prawns are a staple. And this top-notch, fuss-free batter brings an epic crunch every time, guaranteed. Dunk this deep-fried deliciousness into the signature spicy mayo and you have the perfect party companion.

Cheesy Miso Garlic Bread

Cheesy Miso Garlic Bread

This is hands down the EASIEST bread recipe ever – did somebody say no kneading required? And we haven’t met anyone who’s not a fan of fluffy dough smothered in cheesy, garlicky goodness. Thank us later.

Asian-style Sweet Potato Tots

Asian-style Sweet Potato Tots

They’re like tater tots but better! Chock full of sweet potato and salmon, this party snack is what tater tots wish they were. Crumbed and baked until golden perfection – this is one handy party trick to keep up your sleeve.

4-ingredient Bacon & Corn Fritters

4-ingredient Bacon & Corn Fritters

A winner recipe with only 4 ingredients? So much yes. These fritters will FLY no matter the occasion.

Creamy Mac ’n’ Four-Cheese

Creamy Mac ’n’ Four-Cheese

Is it even a party if you don’t have a serving of mac? Probs not. Our version of mac and cheese is one of our most popular bring a plate recipes

Ultimate Prawn Cutlets

Ultimate Prawn Cutlets

These prawn cutlets are sure to be the eat-it-one-handed hero of your next gathering – they’re so easy to eat (and you don’t even have to put your drink down). And that tangy pickled plum sauce for dipping is pretty spesh, not gonna lie.

Spicy Korean Fried Cauliflower

Spicy Korean Fried Cauliflower

The ultimate party companion if you’ve got vegetarians in the group, this spicy, crispy cauli will be a hit with vegos and meat-eaters alike.

Bombay Sweet Potatoes

Bombay Sweet Potatoes

Bring some Indian spice to your next get-together with this simple but flavour-packed veggie side.

Cheesy Sesame Pull-apart Bread

Cheesy Sesame Pull-apart Bread

Stretchy, savoury bread with a deliciously oozy, cheesy filling… this pull-apart homemade goodness is perfect for sharing! Take this along to a party if you’ve got people you want to impress.

Mum's Super-Quick Asian Meatballs

Mum's Super-Quick Asian Meatballs

These bite-sized balls of goodness are the perfect addition to any party table, making them an ideal bring a plate recipe. With a standout Thai taste, they’re super yum. Try them dipped into sweet chilli sauce for an extra flavour punch.

Epic Korean Potato Salad

Epic Korean Potato Salad

This stunner of a salad is guaranteed to bring some freshness to your festivities. Pops of apple, creamy potatoes and crunchy cabbage – this is no ordinary potato salad.

Vegetable Pakoras with Green Chutney

Vegetable Pakoras with Green Chutney

Our kind of vegetarian food. The perfect way to get rid of leftover veggies in your fridge AND bring a delicious snack to your shindig – two birds, one stone, people!

Sticky Chilli Ginger Pulled Pork Nachos

Sticky Chilli Ginger Pulled Pork Nachos

Slow-cooked pulled pork, marinated in a sticky chilli ginger sauce, then baked with cheesy nachos. Is your mouth watering yet? This is one epic party dish – it makes two trays so there’s plenty to go ‘round!

Grilled Green Beans with Gingerbread Nut Crumb

Grilled Green Beans with Gingerbread Nut Crumb

Does anything scream Christmas as much as gingerbread does? These green beans got some serious special treatment with this gingerbread crumb, and it’s enough to earn you a slot of the best-guest-ever list.

Kimchi & Cheese Party Puffs

Kimchi & Cheese Party Puffs

Kimchi meets cheese meets flaky pastry… these party puffs are full of my favourite things! Even better? You can make them ahead of the celebrations, so all you have to do on the big day is bake and eat.

Traditional Thai Spring Rolls

Traditional Thai Spring Rolls

Fact: no party platter is complete without a batch of freshly made spring rolls. Rustle up a batch and bring a plate of these to your holiday party for an appetiser to please the masses.

Christmas Asian ‘Slaw

Christmas Asian ‘Slaw

You can (and should) make friends with this salad! It’s fresh, crunchy, super simple and totally epic, with just enough bite to cut through all that roast meat action you’ll be tucking into.

Roasted Sweet Potato & Mint Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato & Mint Salad

Sweet potato gives a mellow earthiness to this salad, and the pops of mint bring herbaceous freshness and zing to every mouthful. Paired with the tangy Vietnamese dressing, this is a knockout salad that your fellow guests will LOVE.

Thai Corn Fritters

Thai Corn Fritters

Mama Noi knows best… and she knows that her Thai corn fritters are destined to be a firm favourite at any gathering this holiday season. The secret Thai ingredients make these extra tasty, too.

No-Knead Focaccia

No-Knead Focaccia

Who said making homemade bread had to be difficult? This minimal-effort focaccia involves no kneading, and it truly is exceptional.

Creamy Roasted Potato and Bacon Salad with Miso Dressing

Creamy Roasted Potato and Bacon Salad with Miso Dressing

Think potato salad is gluggy, bland and boring? Then think again, because this version is amazingly savoury, and the bacon takes it beyond basic. Everyone will be asking for the recipe for this one.

Thai Roasted Cauliflower Laab Salad

Thai Roasted Cauliflower Laab Salad

Tangy, spicy, fresh and fragrant – this is a vceggie version of Thai laab salad and it is SO GOOD. that cauliflower, that dressing – your party people will be begging for more.

Cheesy Tater Tots with Thai Green Curry Sauce

Cheesy Tater Tots with Thai Green Curry Sauce

Look, there’s something about crispy potatoes that SCREAMS party. But when drizzled with a Thai green curry sauce and topped with golden cheesy goodness? That’s gold standard. These  humble tater tots just got elevated to new heights – perfect party treat, trust!

Cheesy Fried Dumplings

Cheesy Fried Dumplings

What’s better than dumplings? Dumplings dunked in cheesy breadcrumbs and fried, that’s what! These moreish, crunchy parcels are full of savoury goodness, and the chilli adds the perfect spicy finish. Serve these up as an appetiser and everyone you love will thank you for it.

Crispy Thai Laab Meatballs

Crispy Thai Laab Meatballs

If you thought meatballs were always bland and boring, think again. These gorgeous bites are crunchy and gnarly on the outside, but jam-packed with freshness and flavour on the inside. So good, you won’t be able to stop. Perfect for a party, I reckon!

Roasted Cauliflower, Bacon & Pepita Salad

Roasted Cauliflower, Bacon & Pepita Salad

With its creamy interior and crunchy outer, oven-roasted cauliflower is the perfect vessel for a dressing of champions: in this case, my miso and sesame vinaigrette. Gnarly, salty bacon boosts the savoury factor. Salad doesn’t get much better, if you ask me!

Bali Prawns

Bali Prawns

The cornflake crumb on these delicately flavoured prawns gives off such a loud crunch, you’ll have to apologise to the neighbours for all the commotion. Golden, crispy and the perfect friend-making dish to take to a party.

Leftover Pulled Pork Spring Rolls

Leftover Pulled Pork Spring Rolls

Got leftover pulled pork? Then make these leftover pulled pork spring rolls! Soft, tender and with the irresistible pull of mozzarella with every mouthful, they’re the perfect snack or starter to feed your nearest and dearest.

Potato, Pea & Mint Salad with Lime Coconut Dressing

Potato, Pea & Mint Salad with Lime Coconut Dressing

If summer was a dish, this potato salad would be it! Fresh, sweet and vibrant with a tangy lime dressing, this side dish is so tasty, it’ll easily be the star attraction at your next gathering.

Thai-style Prawn Toast

Thai-style Prawn Toast

I love these mini morsels as a party snack… and I love the fact I can make them ahead even more! You can store the uncooked prawn toasts in the fridge for up to a day, or if you’re really prepared you can freeze them for up to a month. How’s that for planning!

Honey Lemon Chicken Wings

Honey Lemon Chicken Wings

Impossibly crispy chicken wings and the most delicious sweet and sticky glaze… there’s no soggy skin in sight with these fried little friends of mine! All I can say is: wow. If you’re super-organised, marinate them in the fridge the night before your event for even more flavour.

Chinese Spring Onion Pancakes

Chinese Spring Onion Pancakes

Make the traditional restaurant classic at home with my version of Chinese spring onion pancakes. They’re a little bit crispy, a little bit flaky… and a whole lot of delicious! Add a spicy dipping sauce and you’ve got the best ever party food to bung on a plate and wow the masses.

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