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Holiday Appetizer Recipes

December 15, 2010

Tea Smoked Chicken

If you’re hosting a holiday get-together or asked to bring something to help the host – look no further! We have some great ideas for appetizers that will wow your friends and family.

These Tea Smoked Chicken bites look impressive but aren’t too tough to make. You can even do the chicken part in advance and assemble right before your party.

Bleu Cheese & Honey Bruschetta

Kick up your cheese plate with Bleu Cheese & Honey Bruschetta from our Easy Eats appetizers:
1 baguette
6 oz. bleu cheese
4 TBSP honey

Heat the broiler. Thinly slice the baguette and place the rounds on a baking sheet. Broil until golden brown (about 1 1/2 minutes per side). Divide the bleu cheese on the toasted bread slices and drizzle with honey. Serves 12.

Tortellini Antipasto Skewers

Pesto Tortellini and Antipasto Skewers from our Easy Eats appetizers will bring a taste of Italy to any party.

1 pkg Three Cheese Tortellini
1 pkg Spinach Cheese Tortellini
7 to 10 oz. Prepared Pesto (use as much or as little as you like)
2-3 cups assorted Antipasto: Greek olive mix, roasted peppers or grape tomatoes, mozzarella cheese (small balls or bite size chunks)
24 skewers

Prepare tortellini according to package directions. Drain and cool. Combine 1/2 the amount of each kind of tortellini with assorted antipasto in a large bowl for a total of approximately 6 cups. Add desired amount of pesto and mix to coat. Thread onto skewers by alternating ingredients. Serves 24. (You can also serve this dish as a salad.)

Rosemary Cheese Spritz Cookies

Try Spiced Nuts from Rachael Ray as a homemade version of the popular snack and finish your spread with a savory cookie. Don’t these Rosemary Spritz cookies look great?

A good rule of thumb is to plan 5 to 7 appetizers per person if you’re also serving dinner . Plan 7 to 8 appetizers if you’re not serving a full meal afterwards.

What’s your favorite appetizer for a party?