It’s a hectic time of year, so you’d be forgiven for not planning out your holiday party apps in advance (trust us, we’ve all been there!). But there’s no need to panic – keep things super simple with one stress-free recipe, or keep the party going with a few different and delicious varieties. This list of appetizing bites ranges from easy dips made in minutes to versatile cheese balls and speedy skewers. It’s going to be a great night!
Cranberry Brie Bites
Baked Brie gets dressed up for the holidays with these cranberry- and walnut-stuffed puff pastries that are a treat for the eyes and taste buds. For more festive inspiration, try one these holiday desserts from The Pioneer Woman.
Cheese Ball Bites Are the Ultimate Make-Ahead Party Appetizer
Say cheese! Everyone’s favourite party-perfect snack is made mini with this simply adorable starter for the holiday season. To make life even easier, prep and roll the cheese ball bites (without their coatings) up to two days in advance and store in the fridge until shortly before your guests arrive.
The Pioneer Woman’s Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms
These plump and perfect mushroom caps filled with spicy sausage, Cheddar and cream cheese will be a hit at your holiday gathering. Make sure you make enough – we guarantee they’ll be gobbled up quickly
Turkey Quinoa Skewers
This protein-packed appetizer combines all the best flavours of the holiday season, while getting an additional nutrition boost from quinoa. Serve tangy cranberry sauce with these healthier meatballs to give your guests all the festive feels. Speaking of feel-good foods, here are bad eating habits experts recommend ditching.
Slices of salami wrapped into wedges around soft cream cheese – is there anything more delicious (or simple) than this scrumptious skewered app? Make in advance the day before your party or first thing in the morning. Either way, it’ll be a breeze. If you’re whipping up an entire feast, we’ve got the ultimate guide to turkey cooking times to help you through.
Pizza Candy Cane Crescent
Transform crescent dough into a seasonal starter with a little sauce and cheese. Feel free to customize the filling with your favourite pizza ingredients.
Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Soy Sauce, Fresh Ginger and Toasted Sesame Seeds
Replace that rubbery shrimp ring with these fresh, tender Asian-inspired skewers. The quick-cooking protein can be made on an indoor grill pan or in a non-stick skillet, and comes together in under 20 minutes.
This Yummy Vegan Spinach and Artichoke Dip is the Perfect Appetizer
Roasted Spiced Almonds
Skip the nutcracker for tonight and use shelled almonds to make this salty, addictive cocktail snack. While the nuts are roasting, crack open the wine, take out some napkins and turn on the holiday tunes.
Guacamole with a Kick
No matter the time of year, guacamole remains a favourite among hosts and guests alike. It’s fresh, fast and happens to be healthy. This crowd-pleaser does have a kick, so be sure to keep some sour cream handy to cool things down.