Holiday Appetizers

It’s officially the holiday party season.  Sparkly necklace?  Check. Holiday outfit?  Check.  Delish and easy appetizer? Hmmm…..well, have I got the best holiday present for you. Here are some of my tried and true and BEAUTIFUL holiday appetizers that will both impress the eyes and the bellies of your friends and family:

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Cheeseball

-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.

appetizers chicken avocado toast

Avocado Chicken Bites

-3 avocados

-juice of 1 lime

-1/4 cup of dried cranberries

-1/4 cup of diced chicken

Mash avocado into a paste along with the lime juice and a dash of salt and pepper.  Coat onto a cracker and top with one piece of chicken and a sprinkle of cranberries.

 

Meatballs

-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.

appetizers nutella toast

Nutella Toast

-4 slices of bread (lightly toasted)

-1 cup strawberries

-1 jar Nutella

Cover each slice of toast with a thin layer of Nutella and top with strawberries.  Then cut up the toasts into small bites.

 

Sausage and Pepper Bruschetta

-3 Italian sausage links

-1 red, yellow, or orange pepper

-1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

-1 loaf of French bread

Brown sausage links until cooked through.  Add pepper slices and lightly cook them with salt and pepper. Cool and cut sausage links into bite sized pieces. Slice French bread and top with a drizzle of olive oil before putting under the broiler for 2 minutes. Take bread out of the oven and top with the sausage, peppers, and a sprinkle of cheese. Put under broiler until the cheese browns (about 4 minutes).

appetizers caprese bread

Caprese Bread

-1 cup jarred pesto

-1/2 cup diced tomatoes

-8 oz of fresh mozzarella

-1 loaf of French bread

Slice French bread, drizzle with olive oil, and toast under the broiler for 2 minutes. Take out of the oven and coat with a layer of pesto. Add a wedge of cheese and a sprinkle of diced tomatoes. Put back into the oven for 5 minutes.

 

And finally, something great to wash it all down with.  My signature cocktail that you can also make into a mocktail.

appetizers twig n berry cocktail

The Twig ‘N Berry

-Glass of champagne (or ginger ale if preferred)

-1 sprig of rosemary

-4-5 fresh cranberries

 

Enjoy your parties and indulge yourself on this amazingly easy and delish dishes.  Looking for other recipes?

 

Happy Holidays!
Amanda
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Comments

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    I make a cheeseball every time I have people over. People actually get mad at me if I don’t lol. I am going to have to try those avocado chicken bites, too!

    • Amanda says

      The avocado chicken bites are such a yummy snack….and much healthier than the cheese ball (but that’s delish, too!).

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