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12 Festive Holiday Appetizers To Get The Party Season Started

12/02/2017 07:40 EST | Updated 12/07/2017 09:59 EST
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It’s party season — and nothing gets a party started like delicious finger foods. From baked brie to Swedish meatballs, these festive, crowd-pleasing recipes are perfect for easy entertaining.

1. Baked Brie en Croute with Honey, Dried Cherries, Rosemary & Pecans

Thanks to store-bought puff pastry, this fancy-looking appetizer is easy to make — and it comes with a “most popular person at the party” guarantee. GET THE RECIPE

2. Swedish Meatballs

Retro they may be, but Swedish Meatballs make perfect party fare. Made from beef and pork and served in a light cream sauce, they are delicious speared with fancy toothpicks. GET THE RECIPE

3. Creamy Whipped Feta Dip

This is an American riff on htipiti, the salty, tangy feta spread that’s typically served as part of a Mediterranean mezze. Serve it with sliced vegetables and toasted pita wedges, and garnish it with crushed red pepper flakes, toasted sesame seeds, and olive oil. GET THE RECIPE.

4. Cheddar & Herb Cheese Straws

These crisp and flaky cheese straws specked with fresh herbs make a wonderful hors d’oeuvre to go along with wine and cocktails. Though they look like bread sticks, they’re actually more akin to savory pie crust or pastry. GET THE RECIPE

5. Herbed Cottage Cheese Spread

This delicious spread made from cottage cheese, sour cream, garlic and herbs is adapted from the renownedL’Auberge Chez Francoisin Great Falls, VA. GET THE RECIPE

6. Union Square Cafe Bar Nuts

Sweet, salty, spicy, and rosemary-infused, they are the perfect nibbling food. And they’re so easy to make! Serve them with cocktails, enjoy them as a snack or give them as a gift. But don’t say I didn’t warn you: they are crazy addictive! GET THE RECIPE

7. Easy Garlic Butter Shrimp

Perfect for when you have to hit the kitchen running, this tasty shrimp appetizer takes just twenty minutes to make and there’s barely any clean-up. Serve with plenty of napkins. GET THE RECIPE

8. Ham & Cheese Sliders

These Southern-style ham and cheese sliders doused in a tangy sauce are perfect for parties because they feed a crowd and can be made ahead — but mostly because everyone loves them. GET THE RECIPE

9. Nuts ‘N Bolts

This homemade retro snack mix is always a big hit. The recipe makes a ton, which is a good thing since one handful is never enough. GET THE RECIPE

10. Buffalo Chicken Dip

This creamy, spicy dip has all the flavor of Buffalo wings, minus the mess. GET THE RECIPE

11. Nigella’s Party Popcorn

I used to love my popcorn topped with just a little butter and salt but now that I’ve had Nigella’s “Party Popcorn,” I don’t want it any other way. Slightly sweet, salty and spiced with an exotic blend of cinnamon, cumin and paprika, this stuff is downright habit-forming. GET THE RECIPE

12. Smoked Salmon Spread

If you’re in need of a festive and elegant dish to make for a party (and aren’t we all right about now?), this smoked salmon dip will save the day. Serve it with crackers and cocktails — and save the leftovers for bagels the next day. GET THE RECIPE