Just when you think you are off the hook and don’t have to host the Christmas feast, the dread hits you when you are asked to bring an appetizer to your upcoming holiday party. GULP. You see, there are tons of delicious appetizer dishes out there, but for the holidays you want to step up your game a little bit. Luckily for you, I am tasked with bringing appetizers to Christmas and Hannukah every year and I have discovered appetizers that are mostly store bought but delicious, as well as homemade recipes that aren’t too tricky or time consuming. It’s like a Christmakkah miracle, eh? Without any further ado (because c’mon, do you really want to wait any longer to battle the crowds at the grocery store?!?!), here are some Easy and Impressive Holiday Appetizers that will both impress the eyes and the bellies of your friends and family:
HOMEMADE HOLIDAY APPETIZERS
I promise that these recipes aren’t too time consuming…and even better? You can make them ahead and they transfer so easily!
-1 pint whole mushrooms
-1 cup breadcrumbs
-2 cloves garlic
-3 tablespoons melted butter or olive oil
-3 tablespoons parmesan cheese
Clean mushrooms and take out stump. Wash and mince stumps. In a bowl, combine mined stumps, minced garlic, breadcrumbs and cheese. Slowly add in melted butter or olive oil as well as salt and pepper. Stuff insides of mushroom caps with the breadcrumb mixture. Drizzle with olive oil or melted butter before putting the mushrooms into a 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. Take mushrooms out once bubbling and brown. Let cool before serving–they will be VERY hot.
-8 oz package of cream cheese
-8 oz package of shredded cheddar cheese
-1 tsp minced onion
-1 tsp lemon juice
-2 tsp Worchester sauce
-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
-1 cup chopped pecans
Mix all ingredients and form into a ball. Roll in nuts, equally coating the entire surface. Serve with your favorite crackers.
-2 lbs ground beef
-2 eggs (slightly beaten)
-2 tsp salt
-1/4 tsp pepper
-1 cup breadcrumbs
-2 small onions (grated)
-2 tsp minced parsley
-1/2 cup milk
-4 tbsp butter or margarine
-1 bottle chili sauce
-1 jar (10 0z) currant jelly
Mix together all ingredients (except for chili sauce and jelly) and shape into balls (about 1 tsp). Brown them on all sides in the melted butter. Simmer chili sauce and currant jelly and add meatballs. Cook over low heat for 15 minutes.
STORE BOUGHT HOLIDAY APPETIZERS
Pressed for time or don’t trust yourself in the kitchen? Then these recipes are for you. They require very little work but make a huge and delicious impact.
Roasted Shrimp Cocktail
-Uncooked, shelled and deveined shrimp
-Salt and pepper
-Store bought cocktail sauce
Lay shrimp on baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast in a 400 degree oven until shrimp are pink, flipping once after 3-4 minutes. Serve alongside store bought cocktail sauce and lemon wedges for garnish.
-Store bought berry jelly
-1/4 teaspoon Red pepper flakes
-Store bought candied walnuts
Impress your guests with this EASY topping to make baked brie feel extra special for the holidays. Add the berry jelly and red pepper flakes to a sauce pan and cook over low heat for 8-10 minutes. Let cool. Top brie with berry sauce and candied walnuts, and serve with your favorite crackers or crusty bread.
Don’t have time to go to the store? Then put that stale bread to use and fill up a tray with whatever goodies you have in the fridge and pantry. And finally, something great to wash down these easy and impressive holiday appetizers with–my signature cocktail! It pairs perfectly with just about anything and only takes five minutes to make!
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