9 Festive and Mouthwatering Appetizers to Serve at Your Holiday Gathering

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 12:20 PM, December 17, 2015


Aired December 18, 2015

Whether you're prepping for Thanksgiving Day or Christmas dinner, these small bites will please your guests all holiday season long!

Fair warning: These 9 delicious options that might even upstage the main course!

No. 1: Toasted Baguette with Prosciutto Di Parma

Top Chef
star Fabio Viviani makes a super easy but elegant baguette with prosciutto, which features only five ingredients! Just toast some sliced baguette with olive oil, then layer prosciutto and sun-dried tomatoes on top.

Tip: Slow-roast your own tomatoes instead of buying sun-dried tomatoes. Click to the recipe for details.

No. 2: Caramelized Onion Dip

This onion dip isn’t like your typical, made from a dried soup mix dip. Trisha Yearwood caramelizes her own onions by cooking them low and slow, for a rich, sweet flavor. She mixes her caramelized onions with mayo, Greek yogurt, Worcestershire sauce and that’s it!

No. 3: Cheese and Bacon Wrap

This recipe
came to us courtesy of an adorable kid chef! He just takes a sheet of puff pastry and tops it with cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon, then rolls, slices and bakes! Perfect party snack.

No. 4: Holiday Cereal Mix

This is a fairly traditional take on the ubiquitous but delish cereal mix that is served at the holidays, but gets an Asian twist with toasted sesame oil and a kick with a splash of Bourbon!

No. 5: Loaded Baked Potato Bites

The deep fried bites of potato heaven from John McLemore are flavored with Ranch dressing and bacon. Come on, what more could you want?

No. 6: Pistachio Cheese Dip

This super cheesy and nutty dip features toasted pistachios, cream cheese, cheddar, mayo, milk, garlic salt, dill, onion powder, white pepper and fresh parsley.

Tip: Toast your pistachios quickly and easily by sticking them in the microwave for a minute or two!

No. 7: Cheese Boat

Sure, you could serve a regular ol' plate of cheese to your party guests -- but why not go the extra mile by making Trisha Yearwood’s incredibly delicious -- not to mention time-saving -- cheese boat? Your guests will eat it up in the amount of time it took you to make it (hint: mere minutes), then spend the rest of the party asking how they can make it themselves.

No. 8: Spinach and Artichoke-Stuffed Mushrooms

These party-sized mushroom bites are chock full of delicious ingredients like garlic, Parmigiano-Reggiano, pine nuts, spinach and artichoke – delish!

No. 9: Curried Almonds

These easy curried almonds are a healthy and satisfying snack, and pair well with great conversation!

What do you typically serve at holiday gatherings? Share below, and watch how easy it is to make Trisha Yearwood’s cheese boat below!