Savory, delicious and easy-to-make appetizers can get your holiday party off to a great start (and keep guests happy while you’re tackling whatever last-minute thing has popped up in the kitchen). Here, we’ve rounded up a handful of our favorites.
The secret to this scrumptious recipe’s success? (Aside from melty Brie, that is.) Puff pastry dough — the busy entertainer’s best friend. These tartlets look and taste impressive, but they come together super quickly.
Your standard caramel corn takes a whirlwind trip to Thailand thanks to sambal oelek, fish sauce and plenty of lime.
Tangy, spicy and succulent — a good shrimp cocktail will never fall out of holiday-party favor.
An old standard gets a luxe update with decadent truffle oil.
Decadent and simple, this recipe comes to us from our friend and acclaimed chef Ethan Stowell.
A few strategically placed dishes of these sweet, spicy nuts will keep guests peckish guests happy.
A heartier take on the gougère, these two-bite smoked-salmon savories are completely addictive.
Tested right here in our own break room (“The server’s down? Hey, let’s bust out the Sansaire and the deep fryer!”), these rich egg yolks are perfectly cooked and then deep fried to golden-brown bliss.
Crispy, toothsome potato cakes topped with smoked salmon and a creamy dill sauce? You should probably just double the recipe right now.
Consider this a lightly fried take on shrimp cocktail — just as delicious, but with a pub grub sensibility.
Keeping with the pub grub theme, classic Bavarian-style pretzels are a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Put out a selection of various dips and watch them all disappear.
What will you be setting out for guests to munch on this season? Any favorite recipes? Anything you don’t like seeing served when you’re a guest? (We’re looking at you, unimaginative tray of crudités.)