What better way to kick off a festive holiday celebration than with a lovely cocktail and some fabulous hors d’oeuvres? Whether you’re doing the entertaining or you’ve been assigned an hors d’oeuvres to bring somewhere, I’ve got a few ideas beyond the obvious crudite or cheese platter.

1. First up is classic Stuffed Mushrooms. Inspired by Giada DiLaurentiis’ recipe, this is just nice, big mushroom caps filled with an herbed bread crumb stuffing. It’s a cinch to whip up, and you can get em all stuffed in advance and just pop the pan in the oven for 25 minutes before serving. Sometimes the oldies but goodies are still the best!

2. My next idea is even easier: Parmesan & Thyme Crackers. It’s a savory Barefoot Contessa shortbread dough that you roll into a log, slice and bake. Couldn’t be more simple—or more flavorful. Perfect with wine or some sparkling Prosecco.

3. Finally, meet my favorite fancy hors d’oeuvre, Shrimp in Spiced Phyllo with Tomato Chutney. Admittedly it’s more work than the other two, but if you’re feeling a little more ambitious and adventurous, it’s a scrumptious way to go. And the upside is that you can get all the prep work done in advance, and just bake off the shrimp when company arrives, so it doesn’t pull you away from being merry with your guests.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season! Cheers!

What are some of your favorite hors d’oeuvres?


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