• LouLou Sucre

  • Always Order Dessert

  • Kris Schoels

  • Matt Wilson

  • LouLou Sucre

  • Always Order Dessert

  • Canal House Cooking

  • AP

  • iStock

  • LouLou Sucre

  • Cheryl Brenner

  • Isola

  • House Foods

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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

    LouLou Sucre

    Spice up the holidays with these zesty little corn cakes from LouLou Sucre. The ranch dip can be used for veggies as well.

    Recipe: Jalapeño Popper Corn Cakes with Spicy Ranch Dip

  • 2. Stuffed Mushrooms with Sausage, Nuts & Dried Fruit Recipe

    Always Order Dessert

    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

    Kris Schoels

    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.

    Recipe: Proscuitto Wrapped Pears with Blue Cheese

  • 4. Prunes wrapped in bacon

    Matt Wilson

    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

    LouLou Sucre

    This party dip from LouLou Sucre is as easy as it is packed with cheesy goodness. Make sure to serve with fresh French bread

    Recipe: Bruschetta with Fresh Ricotta and Spinach

  • 6. Crunchy Spiced Chickpeas

    Always Order Dessert

    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

    Canal House Cooking

    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

    LouLou Sucre

    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

    Cheryl Brenner

    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

    House Foods

    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.

    Recipe: The General's Healthy Chicken Dumplings