Party-Perfect Recipes

November 30, 2011

Hosting a holiday party this year? Bring out these 10 festive appetizers and guests will make merry all winter's night.

Rhubarb ChutneyBruschetta with Tomato and ArugulaZucchini CakesSpinach with Peppery CheeseBrie and Onion Marmalade TartsCurried PopcornRosemary Parmesan TwistsRoquamoleMeatballs in Sofrito SauceRatatouille Tartlets
Cheeses and crackers are essential (if not expected) at holiday gatherings. Take your offerings to the next level by dressing up a pretty slice of softened brie with our slightly tart rhubarb chutney. Recipe: Rhubarb Chutney
Holiday reds and greens converge a top toasted tomato and arugula bruschetta making them the perfect party appetizers. Recipe: Bruschetta with Tomato and Arugula
Take on the role of a tricky elf and fool guests into thinking they are munching on hearty crab-cakes. Old Bay seasoning is to thank for that - these zucchini bites are 100% vegetarian. Recipe: Zucchini Cakes
For guests trying to watch their holiday figure, serve a healthful spinach dip alongside whole-wheat tortillas or pita bites. Our recipe is Indian inspired and features spicy cumin and curry powder as chief flavors. Recipe: Spinach with Peppery Cheese
In these savory tarts, the strong taste of red onion marmalade is balanced by the light flavor of brie. Top with Christmas-y cranberries and baby greens for a holiday look. Recipe: Brie and Onion Marmalade Tarts
Glam-up casual popcorn with curry powder and cayenne for a party-worthy snack. The dusting takes just minutes and unseasoned microwave popcorn works well when your unable to pop your own. Recipe: Curried Popcorn
Do the twist at your seasonal shindig with easy to make and easier to eat bread sticks. With just six ingredients, a full batch will go from start to finish in 20 minutes. Recipe: Rosemary Parmesan Twists
Get guests "roque"ing around the Christmas tree with this rich dip featuring Roquefort blue cheese and creamy avocados. The best part is it takes only 5 minutes to make! Recipe: Roquamole
For guests wanting something a little heartier to munch on, serve tender and flavorful meatballs in pretty help-yourself cups. Our rich Puerto Rican recipe includes a sauteed Sofrito sauce of onion, peppers, garlic and tomatoes. Recipe: Meatballs in Sofrito Sauce
Frozen phyllo shells offer endless possibilities for savory and sweet fillings. Here we have scaled down dinnertime-favorite ratatouille into bite sized tartlets. Recipe: Ratatouille Tartlets
Cheeses and crackers are essential (if not expected) at holiday gatherings. Take your offerings to the next level by dressing up a pretty slice of softened brie with our slightly tart rhubarb chutney.


Recipe: Rhubarb ChutneyHoliday reds and greens converge a top toasted tomato and arugula bruschetta making them the perfect party appetizers.


Recipe: Bruschetta with Tomato and ArugulaTake on the role of a tricky elf and fool guests into thinking they are munching on hearty crab-cakes. Old Bay seasoning is to thank for that - these zucchini bites are 100% vegetarian.


Recipe: Zucchini CakesFor guests trying to watch their holiday figure, serve a healthful spinach dip alongside whole-wheat tortillas or pita bites. Our recipe is Indian inspired and features spicy cumin and curry powder as chief flavors.


Recipe: Spinach with Peppery CheeseIn these savory tarts, the strong taste of red onion marmalade is balanced by the light flavor of brie. Top with Christmas-y cranberries and baby greens for a holiday look.


Recipe:  Brie and Onion Marmalade TartsGlam-up casual popcorn with curry powder and cayenne  for a party-worthy snack. The dusting takes just minutes and unseasoned microwave popcorn works well when your unable to pop your own.


Recipe: Curried PopcornDo the twist at your seasonal shindig with easy to make and easier to eat bread sticks. With just six ingredients, a full batch will go from start to finish in 20 minutes.


Recipe: Rosemary Parmesan TwistsGet guests "roque"ing around the Christmas tree with this rich dip featuring Roquefort blue cheese and creamy avocados. The best part is it takes only 5 minutes to make!


Recipe: RoquamoleFor guests wanting something a little heartier to munch on, serve tender and flavorful meatballs in pretty help-yourself cups. Our rich Puerto Rican recipe includes a sauteed Sofrito sauce of onion, peppers, garlic and tomatoes.


Recipe: Meatballs in Sofrito SauceFrozen phyllo shells offer endless possibilities for savory and sweet fillings. Here we have scaled down dinnertime-favorite ratatouille into bite sized tartlets.


Recipe: Ratatouille Tartlets
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