Delectable Party Foods

Holiday appetizers should be something special, but not so special you are in the kitchen for too long! We asked our Culinary Coordinators – the folks who demonstrate recipes and sample food in each of our markets – to come up with some easy but delicious appetizers to serve or take to gatherings this holiday season.

They’ve been tasted – and approved! Each description takes you to the recipes in our recipe section. 

Butter Rum Pecans

Your search for perfect candied pecans that can be made in mere minutes is over. Great for serving to guest, AND to package in cute little jars for gift giving.

Crab Artichoke Wontons

These elegant little packages of yum are ridiculously quick and easy to make with just wonton wrappers and Our Own Crab-Artichoke Dip made in our Seafood Market.

Cranberry-Blue Cheese Mini Tarts

Festive, crispy, sweet and tangy, these cute mini tarts are a party unto themselves. Our Own Blood Orange Cranberry Sauce ensures they’ll be remembered.

Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

Hearty, rich with flavor, and unbelievably easy. Mix sausage with herbaceous cheese, stuff into mushrooms, and bake. Garnish with parsley and you’re ready to party.

Tropical Prawns

Want your guests to talk about your appetizers for days? Make these and just wait for the raves. No need mention that they only took about 15 minutes to make.

Chipotle-Cherry Goat Cheese

Smoky, spicy, sweet and supremely (embarrasingly?) simple to make. Cherry preserves, chipotle paste, goat cheese. crackers. That’s it.

What follows are our favorites from the last few years of holiday appetizer work. Keep reading for the recipes for Olive Pinwheels, Easy Shrimp Ceviche, Pistachio-Crusted Goat Cheese, Baked Feta, Hot Bean and Rosemary Asiago Dip, Chimichurri Party Bread, Baked Brie, Smoked Oysters with Prosciutto, Deviled Eggs and much more.

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