24 Trader Joe's Products That Are Perfect For Busy Hosts

Mar 3 2020 - 8:55am

When it comes to hosting gatherings, Trader Joe's is your one-stop shop for all things party food. With a wide selection of easy-to-make frozen options [1] and savory sweets that'll have everyone reaching for more, this affordable supermarket [2] has everything you need to throw the party of the year while still staying on a budget. Whether your guests are craving crunchy mac-and-cheese bites or are leaning more toward a light dip, these TJ's items will become a staple [3] at every event from here on out. Read ahead to see our favorite party picks, and don't forget to grab a couple bottles of cheap wine [4] while you're at it!

Prices and products may vary by Trader Joe's location.

Additional reporting by Lauren Harano and Erin Cullum

Trader Joe's Crispy Rice Salmon Bites

Give your guests the fish fix they are looking for when you present them with these crispy salmon balls. Made with tender Atlantic salmon battered in wheat flour and rice batter, it's safe to say that these will melt in anyone's mouth. Pair with the dip of your choice.

Trader Joe's Cranberry Baked Camembert Cheese

Similar to Brie, just made in a different part of France, this creamy flavored-filled cheese makes a fancy and easy appetizer for any gathering. Just bake in for a bit, and add nuts, honey, and jam to make it complete.

Trader Joe's Mini Cheesecake Cones

Stuffed to the brim with rich cheesecake, these handheld almond cones are sure to be a party time favorite.

Trader Joe's Artisan Honey Baguette

No cheese board is complete without a fluffy baguette! This honey-flavored bread goes hand-in-hand with butters, jams, cheeses, and even on its own.

Trader Joe's Turkey Meatballs

Swap red meat for these tasty Trader Joe's Turkey Meatballs. Placing them on a platter and serving them as appetizers for guests doesn't get any easier.

Trader Joe's Oven-Baked Cheese Bites

Trader Joe's crispy cheese bites are made with 100-percent cheese, so you won't have to worry about carbs here. Each serving size (two cheese bites) contains 170 calories and 15 grams of protein, making it the perfect keto snack for guests looking for a lighter option.

Trader Joe's Cornbread Bites

Stuffed with pepper jack cheese and serrano chile peppers, the Trader Joe's cornbread bites have a spicy kick. The gooey filling alone will have your guests swooning, and their crunchy exterior makes them that much more delicious.

Trader Joe's Breaded Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

We're not going to lie: we've definitely eaten Trader Joe's Breaded Mozzarella Cheese Sticks for dinner. But they make much more sense as an appetizer.

Trader Joe's Pastry Pups

If you're in a pinch and need a tasty appetizer that requires zero effort, try the Trader Joe's Pastry Pups. Essentially pigs in a blanket, but without the added effort of wrapping hot dogs in croissant rolls.

Trader Joe's Pastry Bites With Feta Cheese and Caramelized Onions

These feta and caramelized onion bites are totally addicting, and they just look like they belong in a spread of appetizers.

Trader Joe's Mini Quiche

Trader Joe's Mini Quiches will be the talk of your next party. Filled with mushrooms, swiss cheese, bacon, and sweet onions, they're mouthwatering apps.

Trader Joe's Mini Chicken Tacos

How cute are these?! With corn tortillas filled with chicken, green chiles, jalapeños, and cilantro, Trader Joe's Mini Chicken Tacos are flavorful enough to serve on their own. You can also dress them up with individual cups of guacamole or salsa to make them even more party ready.

Trader Joe's Spizzico di Pizza

There's no need to be fancy with appetizers, especially when almost everyone loves pizza. Ideal for game days, dinner parties, or whatever else you have in store, these Trader Joe's Spizzico di Pizza bites will be a fan favorite.

Trader Joe's Pimento Cheese Puffs

A puff pastry filled with pimento cheese, uncured bacon, and caramelized onions? Sign us up. These frozen pastries taste amazing crisped in the oven and make a great party appetizer.

Trader Joe's Mac and Cheese Bites

These mac and cheese balls are dangerously awesome for a casual get-together. If a big group is coming over, be sure to pop a few extra bites in the oven.

Trader Joe's Spinach and Artichoke Dip

This spinach and artichoke dip will satisfy all your party-goers, whether it's with chips, veggies, or pita bread.

Trader Joe's Roasted Garlic Hummus

Roasted garlic hummus (with an unbeatable price) is always sure to win over a crowd! Be sure to grab some pita chips while you're at it.

Trader Joe's Mini Vegetable Samosas

TJ's veggie samosas taste like they are made from scratch, but can be made in a fraction of the time. Not to mention, they're vegetarian-friendly and delicious!

Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel Greek Style Yogurt Dip

TJ's Everything but the Bagel dip is the perfect addition to any charcuterie spread. It's so creamy and tastes totally decadent — exactly what you want from a party dip.

Trader Joe's Frozen Macarons Variés

You'd be shocked that after defrosting these French macarons, they look and taste like they came from a fancy bakery.

Trader Joe's Creamy Toscano Cheese Dusted With Cinnamon

A charcuterie board must have, this Toscano cheese is lightly flavored with cinnamon, making it a treat for your taste buds. The cinnamon spices seep into the creamy cheese and make it a mouthwatering affair.

Trader Joe's Burrata, Prosciutto & Arugula Flatbread

You can't beat the price of $5 for this delicious oven flatbread, especially since it's ready in just 12 minutes. Pop it in the oven before guests come over, and before you know it, dinner is served!

Trader Joe's White Truffle Potato Chips

Satisfy the salt tooth with these yummy low-fat white truffle potato chips. Be sure to choose a good dip to pair them with!

Trader Joe's Organic Salty Squares

TJ's organic salty squares are like a healthier saltine and great for combining with cheese. Keep these on hand for when unexpected company shows up.

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