When it comes to entertaining over the holidays, the key is keeping things simple and delicious. The best way to do that? By serving memorable one-bite finger foods. We're talking appetizers and desserts that pack plenty of flavor but require no utensils and no cleanup. Ahead, check out 25 of our favorite recipes that pair perfectly with bubbly, of course.
Start a holiday party the easy way by crafting these appetizers featuring (mostly) pantry items like nuts, canned beans, olives, and other nonperishables. We promise your guests will never suspect a thing . . .
Whether you're hosting a casual game-day viewing party, a ritzy cocktail party, or something in between, we have an appetizer to match. Keep reading for our favorite party bites from mini twice-baked potatoes to zesty quick-pickled vegetables (and many more).
The holidays are the perfect excuse for socializing and often with snacks. Chips and dip are often the high-calorie culprit, but we have recipes low in calories but full of flavor. From vegan bites to protein-packed dips, these appetizers make it easy to create a satisfying menu minus the guilt. With a few simple swaps — like opting to bake (not fry) — you will be the healthiest hostess this season!
For an addictive, crowd-pleasing snack that takes next to no time to master, turn to sweet and salty spiced nuts. Our wholesome, warming recipe for rosemary and sesame seed pecans is not only versatile, but also guaranteed to leave your house smelling like fragrant rosemary and pine. We love serving this cozy snack straight out of the oven, and it also doubles as a thoughtful hostess gift. Print out the recipe, and then watch the video to see more.
With the holiday season looming close, there are a multitude of reasons why it's time to dig deep and find some killer appetizers to pull out of your pocket. But this year, for various reasons (among them, health, budget, and more sustainable eating), there are sure to be at least a few partygoers who are passing on the poultry, meat, and seafood this year. Thankfully, we've got an array of vegetarian options so superb that no one will be missing out on the meat at all! For a sampling of stellar veggie-forward starter ideas, keep reading.
During the Fall season, football fans from the South are often eating Frito pie on game day. The name is actually a misnomer as Frito pie isn't a pie at all, but rather a bowl of Fritos chips, generously topped with chili and a sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese. However, we developed an actual Frito pie, with a crumbled Fritos crust. Watch the video to see it for yourself, and then print out the recipe.
Baked brie is getting a salty-sweet upgrade; that's right, these puff-pastry cups full of gooey melted brie are topped with not only crisp strips of bacon, but also a dollop of tangy raspberry compote. Inspired by Nicholas Sparks's Safe Haven, these are a surefire hit for a romantic dinner for two or for a festive dinner party. Watch the video to see how they're made, and then print out the recipe.
Cheeses of France visited us to promote its Everyday Perfect campaign, an effort to empower Americans to use French cheeses in everyday recipes. As we made our way around the cutting board of foreign treats, we finally landed upon a blue cheese called Saint Agur.
To our complete amazement, we learned that the French often slather a baguette with cultured butter, then top it with creamy blue cheese. It sweetens and mellows out the funkiness. Though butter and cheese sound like an odd enough pairing, we skeptically followed the suit of our French-born cheese representative.
Sure enough, our eyes lit up to discover a brilliant new way of eating blue cheese. The butter softens the stinky blue cheese's edge and even sweetens the flavor. We are forever converts, and we think you will be too.
When entertaining, I always keep the food I serve simple and delicious — and pair it with lots of sparkling, of course. To avoid a bunch of cleanup after a gathering, I prefer to serve appetizers with no utensils required, and endive spears filled with sweet potatoes, bacon, crème fraîche, and a sprinkling of chives fit the ticket perfectly.
The morning of a recent dinner party, I prepped and sautéed the sweet potatoes and bacon until nearly finished. Then just before my guests arrived, I reheated the bacon and sweet potato mixture in a pan and plated the dish. The bitter endive and peppery bacon balanced the sweetness of sweet potato; each bite reminds me of a more complex baked potato with all of the fixings. Get the recipe by reading more.