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5 Holiday Appetizers to Make this Season

5 Holiday Appetizers to Make this Season

Can you believe the holidays are just around the corner?! I recently helped you check off your Christmas shopping list with my Foodie Gift Guide so now its time to for the most important part of the holidays…THE FOOD! This time of year is full of holiday parties. Whether its with your family, friends or co-workers you are likely to run into an occasion where you need to bring something. But not to worry I have plenty of ideas below! Starting with Hot & Cheezy Artichoke and Asiago dip.

1. Artichoke & Asiago Dip

Ingredients for artichoke and asiago dip

14 oz can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped. You can also dice them up in a food processor if you don’t want bigger pieces.
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup grated asiago cheese + a couple tablespoons for topping
4 drops Tabasco sauce or more if you like a bit of heat!
1-2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream, I used lactose free
1/2 teaspoon paprika
handful fresh chopped parsley (split in two portions)

How to make artichoke asiago dip

Preheat oven to 350 F. If you want a smoother consistency I would recommend using a food processor to pulse the artichoke hearts a few times. This will give you smaller pieces to work with. Mix all ingredients except for the extra asiago, one portion of parsley and half of the paprika, in a bowl. Grab an oven-proof dish, and one that is dip friendly preferably (so not a lot of depth). Pour the mixture into the dish and then pop into the oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, sprinkle remaining parsley, asiago and paprika to add a top layer. Pop back in the oven for 15 minutes. At the end turn your oven on broil for 2-3 to make the top layer nice and crispy!

Best served with tortilla chips ( I like the Que Pasa brand), crackers or veggies!

holiday appetizerThis recipe was inspired by epicurious.

2. Fresh Rolls

homemade fresh rolls

Follow my recipe here and just put smaller portions into the rice paper to make appetizer size rolls.

3. Proscuitto Wrapped Asparagus

prosciutto wrapped asparagus

Need I say more? This appy is always a hit when I bring it to a dinner party. Super gourmet, yet pretty easy to make. Learn how to make them here.

4. Cilantro hummus

megs cucina cilantro hummus

I fell in love with this hummus when Inspired By Nick introduced me – and I can’t thank him enough. This is A MUST. If you love hummus, I have no doubt you will love this recipe. And who knew how easy it is to make your own hummus?! Find the recipe in my blog post here.

5. Cheeseball

how to make a cheese ball

And of course it wouldn’t be a holiday party without a cheeseball (or at least that is the case with my group of friends!) I introduced you to this recipe for thanksgiving and if you didn’t make it then…. well you are certainly missing out. Try it out this holiday season, find the recipe here.



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