Entertaining for big crowds can be stressful. Especially when stomachs start to grumble.
But hosts need not fear this holiday season. We’ve got some of the best bite-sized munches around. Check out some of our favorite appetizer recipes that will keep hungry guests at bay until the big meal is served.
1. Jalapeño Popper Corn Cakes with Spicy Ranch Dip
Spice up the holidays with these zesty little corn cakes from LouLou Sucre. The ranch dip can be used for veggies as well.
2. Stuffed Mushrooms with Sausage, Nuts & Dried Fruit Recipe
A new version of stuffed mushroom caps that are sure to be a true holiday hit. These mushrooms are a favorite party food from Always Order Dessert because they touch on all the best flavor and texture notes--salty, sweet, spicy, crunchy.
Recipe: Stuffed Mushrooms
3. Proscuitto Wrapped Pears with Blue Cheese
Try out this easy holiday appetizer for a simple way to host a gathering this December. These delicious prosciutto wrapped pears that won’t have you running to the oven.
4. Prunes wrapped in bacon
Sweet and salty heaven in a bite sized popper. Guests young and old will love this tiny party treat.
Recipe: Prunes wrapped in bacon
5. Bruschetta with Fresh Ricotta and Spinach
This party dip from LouLou Sucre is as easy as it is packed with cheesy goodness. Make sure to serve with fresh French bread
6. Crunchy Spiced Chickpeas
Spicy and flavorful, this crunchy snack from Always Order Dessert will make you see chick peas in a whole new way. The key to crisp chickpeas is to make sure they are really dry before going into the oven.
Recipe: Crunchy Spiced Chickpeas
7. Cheese Straws
So easy to make, these cheese straws will be a hit at your next party. Try your own varation sprinkled with black pepper, cayenne, or pimentón.
Recipe: Cheese Straws
8. Cheese Ball
Really easy and really fast. This retro looking cheese ball will be a savory hit with generations young and old.
Recipe: Cheese Ball
9. Homemade Cocktail Sauce for Shrimp or Veggies
This versatile dip will add a kick to your favorite finger foods. Serve it up with shrimp, crab meat or even fresh cut veggies.
Recipe: Cocktail Sauce
10. Baked Fontina
A skillet of bubbly, melted cheese? Say no more. This recipe from LouLou Sucre couldn't be simpler, so you might want to make two if you have a large crowd coming.
Recipe: Baked Fontina
11. Spicy Party Mix
This quick snack mix is loaded with lots of flavor. Use your favorite nuts or crackers to customize your mix.
Recipe: Spicy Party Mix
12. Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar Arincini
Risotto balls are always a hit with a big crowd. Slow cooking the rice will keep the inside nice and creamy.
Recipe: Isola Arincini
13. Double-Dipper Tofu Sticks
This healthy take on mozzarella sticks is so good you won't miss the cheese.
Recipe: Double-dipper Tofu Sticks
14. Healthy Chicken Dumplings
These dumplings are boiled not fried but still teeming with fresh flavor.