Get ready for game day, holiday parties, and everything in between with 20 easy, healthy and delicious appetizer recipes perfect for entertaining!
Ready or not, the holiday season is in full swing. While gatherings this year might be small, flavors should remain big, am I right?
As much as I love go-to appetizer classics like chips and salsa, the holidays are a fun excuse to kick things up a notch in the kitchen. Don’t worry, impressing your loved ones doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult. Wow your friends and family with easy, simple, and tasty appetizer recipes such as these Baked Turkey Meatballs with Guacamole, 5-Ingredient Baked Hummus Dip, and Baked Vegetable Egg Rolls with Bacon.
When hosting it is so easy to get caught up serving everyone else. As a result, I spend the whole time in the kitchen and don’t get to actually enjoy the festivities myself. Therefore, I’m sharing my best tips so you can get out of the kitchen and into the party!
- Prepare Food Ahead of Time: Do as much prep work in advance as possible. For example, slice all veggies, arrange baking trays, and prep any items that can be stored safely. Then, all you have to do is add finishing touches to all your recipes.
- Ask Others to Pitch-In: Don’t be shy to ask for help! More often than not, people are more than willing to bring along a dish of their own. This is a great way to reduce your workload and offers a chance for everyone to try new recipes.
- Keep Items Bite-Sized: When planning the menu, consider items that can be eaten in one or two bites such as my Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites.
Frequently Asked Questions:
In general, a good rule of thumb is to provide a selection of 6 appetizers per person for a dinner party and 12 appetizers per person when hosting a cocktail party. This allows guests to explore a variety of fun flavors.
Any appetizer that can be stored is ideal for prepping ahead of time. Dips, baked goods, fruit skewers, etc. all fall into this category. Avoid prepping items such as sandwiches with heavy spreads or vegetables that may become soggy too far in advance.
When it comes to transportable appetizers, simple recipes are your go-to. Dips, skewers, and items such as Indian Spiced Nuts or Baked Corn Tortilla Chips homemade chips that can be placed in a single container are your new best friend!
Your fork is waiting.