Throwing a holiday party? If you’re planning a crowded or cozy gathering, it’s good to remember that the best appetizers are those that require just one hand and no utensils; this allows guests to pick up a bite while hanging on to their drink in the other hand. When the food is easy to grab and no table is required to enjoy it, guests are encouraged to mingle and chat instead of sit and shovel. While veggies, cold cuts and dips are staple finger foods, these easy-to-make, crowd-pleasing hors d'œuvres will really help get the party started.
BAKED SPINACH ARTICHOKE DIP
You can’t go wrong with a hot combination of spinach, Parmesan cheese and artichoke hearts—especially when it can be prepped in 10 minutes and then just popped into the oven to bake while you work on other last minute party prep.
Who doesn’t love hot bubbly cheese and crusty bread cubes—especially when the recipe includes beer & broccoli? With just five ingredients, the cheesy dip is easy to whip up—keep it warm in a slow cooker or fondue pot and serve with toasted bread or chopped veggies and skewers for easy dipping.
MUSHROOM OLIVE BRUSCHETTA
This Italian antipasto is traditionally made with fresh tomatoes atop roasted bread, but in wintertime when tomatoes aren’t in season, mushrooms and olives make a great, hearty substitution.