Looking for a little inspiration for your holiday cocktail parties? Look no further than this tasty collection featuring Giada de Laurentiis’ best appetizers for a stylish, sophisticated and relaxed spread. From mini pizzas to crostini and beyond, there’s a bite-sized starter for everyone this festive season.
Pea Pesto Crostini
Vegan Artichoke Arancini
Easy-to-make and easy-to-eat, these artichoke arancini are the perfect vegan appetizers for your holiday pre-dinner lineup.
Cheese ravioli can be jazzed up for the holiday season with this satisfying appetizer featuring pasta that’s breaded then fried, sprinkled with Parmesan and served with warm marinara sauce for dipping.
Baked Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes
Macaroni and cheese as an appetizer? You bet! These baked mac-and-cheese cups are the super-delicious (and appetizer-friendly) way to eat a creamy comfort-food classic.
Charred Brussels Sprout Crostini
Looking for a tasty way to incorporate savoury Brussels sprouts into your holiday appetizer selection? These oven-roasted crostini with are just the thing.
Fennel Gratin Pizzette
These Italian-inspired mini pizzas topped with ricotta, Parmesan, shaved fennel and cherry tomatoes are a crowd-pleasing party bite for the holiday. Can’t get enough? Here’s are 10 tips for making restaurant-style pizza at home.
Grilled Portobello Mushrooms With Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella
Replace the bread with veggies with these flavourful appetizers. Grilled portobello mushrooms make for a fresh take on bruschetta that will lighten up your holiday meal planning.
Linguine and Prosciutto Frittatas
These tasty mini frittatas are made from linguine cut into smaller pieces, tossed with a mascarpone sauce with prosciutto, mozzarella, Asiago, parsley and garlic. Baked in mini muffin tins until crispy, these little bites are as fun to eat as they are delicious.
Mushroom Pesto Crostini
These crostini are topped with a garlicky pesto that combines mushrooms and walnuts. They’re easy to make for last-minute entertaining and definite crowd-pleasers for the holidays.
Oysters, Caviar and Bubbles
Add prosecco to a traditional mignonette, shuck your favourite type of oyster and spoon on salty caviar for an elegant, easy appetizer to brighten up any holiday table!
Take your arancini to the next level by stuffing them with chicken-apple sausage for an unexpected holiday treat.
Cheese-Stuffed Dates With Prosciutto
These cheese-stuffed dates with prosciutto combine salty and sweet flavours for a quick and elegant appetizer that only takes a few minutes to put together.
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus in Cucumber Cups
Keep things festive and lighten up the table with these green and red cucumber cups that pay tribute to the Italian flag. Refreshing, simple and ready for your holiday crowd in a flash.
These homemade calzones are a lovely size for holiday parties and the customizable fillings suit any guests’ taste.