Holiday Recipe Ideas: Make and Take Appetizers

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Are you looking for some inspiration for your holiday meal? Or have you been invited to someone’s house and you don’t know what to bring? Check out these appetizer ideas from Patricia Salway of Live Out Nanny.

The holidays typically bring a lot of parties and social gatherings with friends and family, and more than likely you’ll need to provide some sort of food item to share for a few of these get-togethers. To keep things simple, it’s usually easiest to bring an appetizer to these types of events. These seven appetizers are the perfect treat to bring to your next holiday party.

  1. Meatball bubble biscuits – Use a can of layered refrigerated biscuits, halving 10 of the biscuits. Cut two sticks of string cheese into 10 pieces each, then cut 10 cooked frozen meatballs in half.  Place ½ a meatball and a piece of string cheese into the center of ½ a biscuit, close the biscuit dough around the filling, then roll it into a ball.  Once you’ve rolled 20 cheese and meatball biscuits, place them into an ungreased 9 inch round cake pan.  Sprinkle parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and garlic powder over the top to taste.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown on top.  Wrap with foil to transport.  Serve with hot marinara sauce that you microwave at the host’s house.
  2. Clam dip – Beat two 8oz. packages of softened cream cheese until smooth.  Add one teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce and two 6.5 oz. cans of minced clams to the cheese.  Add ¾ of the juice from the cans of clams.  You can add more or less juice based on how thick you want your dip.  Mix to combine, then serve with crackers.  This appetizer travels well.
  3. 8 Layer Mexican dip – In a glass bowl or trifle dish layer the following ingredients: 1 bag of shredded lettuce, 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 2 medium diced tomatoes, 8 oz. sour cream, ½ cup chopped black olives, 1 can refried beans, 8 oz. guacamole, and 8 oz. salsa.


Read more at Live Out Nanny – 7 Make and Take Holiday Appetizers