I have a few holiday events coming up, and for both I need to bring along an appetizer. Today I wanted to share my go to holiday appetizer (it’s seriously so easy too!) as well as a few other crowd pleasing options that are extremely simple to make and would be perfect for any holiday gathering!
Cranberry Brie Bites
This is my trusty go-to holiday appetizer. It only requires a few ingredients and can be whipped up in minutes. It is also easily transported when you need to bring an appetizer to a holiday party.
One sheet of puff pastry (thawed)
3/4 cup cranberry sauce (I use whole berry)
8 oz brie cheese
1-2 sprigs fresh rosemary
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Using a knife or a pizza cutter cut the dough into 12 equal pieces. Place each piece in the cup of a 12-cup muffin baking pan. You want each of the 4 sides to slightly poke over the top of the cup.
Cut the brie into 1-inch pieces. Place a piece into each cup.
Evenly distribute the cranberry sauce in the cups over the brie. You will use about 1 – 1/2 tsp per cup.
Pull the rosemary apart and place a small sprig on top of each cup
Bake for 15 minutes. The puff pastry should be golden brown. Remove from oven and allow the cups to sit for a few minutes to slightly cool. Use a small butter knife to carefully release the bites from the baking pan.
Brie, Apple, and Honey Crostini
I’ve had this recipe saved for awhile as it looks really incredible. I have a mom’s night holiday get together this week and I’m thinking I’ll bring this!
1 Baguette cut into 1/2 inch slices
1 jar Private Selection apple butter
6 ounces brie
2 large apples
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup candied pecans, chopped
Honey for drizzling over crostini
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F
Spread apple butter on one side of the baguette slices, about 1-2 teaspoons per slice. Place baguette slices on large baking sheet.
Slice brie into thin slices and place on top of each crostini. Place baking sheet in the oven and bake for 5-7 minutes or until brie is melted.
While the crostini is in the oven, cut the apples into thin slices, removing the core. Squeeze lemon juice over the apple slices to keep them from browning.
Remove the crostini from the oven and top with apple slices. Sprinkle candied pecans evenly over the crostini and drizzle with honey. Serve immediately.
Crockpot Cranberry Meatballs
There are many versions of these simple 3 ingredient meatballs, but these spicy cranberry ones are the best for the holidays.
14 oz can jellied cranberry sauce
12 oz bottle Heinz chili sauce
2 lbs frozen precooked meatballs (I use Costco’s)
Heat cranberry sauce and chili sauce on the stovetop until melted and smooth
Add sauces and meatballs to crockpot and cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours
Baked Ham and Cheese Rollups
My family loves ham and cheese sliders made very similarly to these, which I often take with us to picnics or casual summer get togethers. I like the slightly more elegant presentation of these for a holiday gathering.
1 tube crescent dough sheet
3/4 lb black forest ham, thinly sliced
12 slices swiss cheese, thinly sliced (I typically sub with white cheddar)
1/2 cup salted butter, melted
1 tbsp poppyseeds
1 1/2 tbsp yellow mustard
1 tbsp dried minced onion
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray
Roll out your crescent dough and press into an approximately 13×18 inch rectangle. Top with ham and cheese.
Starting on the long side, roll the dough up tightly. Pinch the ends together and place with the seam side facing down. Cut into 12 pieces.
Place your rollups in your baking dish, evenly spaced
Meanwhile in a small bowl, combine butter, poppy seeds, mustard, onion, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour the sauce evenly over the rollups.
Bake, uncovered for 25 minutes until lightly browned
Caprese Skewers With Balsamic Drizzle
A healthier option in a festive red and green that is virtually a no-cook appetizer.
1 cup balsamic vinegar
Cherry or grape tomatoes
Mini mozzarella cheese balls
Fresh basil leaves (cut in half if large)
Salt and pepper
Bring balsamic vinegar up to a boil in a saucepan, then lower heat to medium and simmer until it’s the consistency of very thin maple syrup, about 10 minutes. Pour into a bowl and let cool.
Cut tomatoes in half. Thread a mini mozzarella cheese ball, basil leaf, and a tomato half onto a toothpick. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then drizzle cooled balsamic reduction top.
Pigs In A Blanket Wreath
I had to include an option for the kids for any family friendly gatherings or holiday playdates, and I know my kids would go absolutely crazy for these. (Pretty sure a lot of adults would enjoy them too!).
1 tube refrigerated crescent rolls
24 mini hot dogs
1/4 cup dijon mustard
2 tsp poppy seeds
Rosemary sprigs (for decoration)
Ketchup, for serving
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking pan with parchment paper.
Slice crescent rolls lengthwise into thirds. Brush all over with dijon mustard. Place a mini hot dog on the thick end of each triangle and roll up.
Arrange the pigs in a blanket, side by side, in a circle on the baking sheet. They should be touching! Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the crescents are golden. Let cool for at least 20 minutes.
Lay rosemary sprigs around the inside of the wreath and place a small bowl filled with ketchup in the center.