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Holiday Appetizer Recipes
All of these are not too fussy, but still fresh - each with a new twist on tired basics. Mix up the appetizer tray this holiday season and try something new. Listed in the same order as the photos above.
• Pistachio and Chive Goat Cheese on Puff Pastry Wafers - Easy and beautifully impressive. (Anything piped out of a pastry bag is impressive, in our opinion.)
• Sweet Butternut Squash and Coconut Jam - Serve with light goat cheese on pepper wafers.
• Crab Apples Poached in Sweet Wine - Bright, unusual, and so easy.
• Butternut Squash and Parmesan Dip - Like a cheese dip, but much better for you. (And so delicious.)
• Roasted Tomatoes with Shrimp and Feta - Shrimp and cocktail sauce always make an appearance at our uncle's Thanksgiving feast; this is a hot version that could double as a side dish.
• Cipollini and Mushroom Tart - Small wedges whet the appetite for dinner.
• Fresh Shell Bean and Sage Spread - Another dip, with a fresh herb that also shows up in most turkey stuffings.
• Savory Blue Cornmeal Griddle Cakes - Truly American - both corn and griddle cakes make a lovely nod to our heritage on Thanksgiving.
• Cinnamon-Spiked Tomatoes - An easy topping for cheese and crackers.
• Cheddar Olives - Way too addictive - make sure you make plenty!
• Spicy Oven-Roasted Chickpeas - Like popcorn, these are a salty, not-too-filling treat that you can't stop eating. Try with a little powdered ginger or curry.
• Juno's Pregnant Dates - Created for last year's Oscars party, these bacon-wrapped dates are a very indulgent and popular appetizer for the holidays.
• Delicata Squash and Gruyere Dip - Another squash dip. We like to serve this one inside the Delicata rind for pretty presentation.
• Baked Goat Milk Brie with Cranberry Sauce - Our personal favorite holiday appetizer. Bake Brie with a little leftover cranberry sauce - tada! Instant popularity.
• Blue Cheese and Rosemary Cheese Ball - A fresh update for the tired old cheese ball. This one has pungent blue cheese, toasted walnuts, and fragrant rosemary - rolled up in poppy seeds.
What are your favorite holiday appetizers and hors d'oeuvre?