The holidays often require a ton of cooking and baking, but sometimes simple is better for your sanity and your schedule. But simple doesn’t have to be boring. These simple appetizers will dazzle your friends and family and require little or no cooking. (Plus these have all been tested in my own ‘Alicia’s Test Kitchen’ and have my seal of approval!)
Lox on Cucumber Appetizers
This recipe is perfect for a last minute app that still impresses. The most important step to this is buying a nice quality lox/smoked salmon. It’s also special because you only need 5 ingredients, a knife and a cutting board. I like to add chives to the cream cheese for a little something extra. Check out the full recipe at WorthTheWhisk.com.
“Olive You” Holiday Antipasto Wreath
Not only is this wreath festive, it’s also delicious and doesn’t require anything other than chopping up and arranging a few ingredients. Substitute any cheese or meats you’d like, but don’t forget the rosemary. It’s what gives an ordinary meat and cheese tray a holiday touch.
The always impressive shrimp cocktail can be as simple as boiling water. It’s always better to boil your own, but if you are really are in a time crunch, just defrost the pre-cooked kind. For the boild kind, first fill a pot with water, add the lemon, bay leaves, peppercorns and salt, boil for 5 or 10 minutes, add the shrimp and cook for 2 or 3 minutes. Then pop the shrimp into an ice bath, drain and serve with cocktail sauce. They are always the first appetizer to disappear!
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
This is my favorite hummus recipe because it’s any easy crowd-pleaser and has a smokey, roasted taste. Serve it with the traditional pita chips or make it healthier by serving with sliced cucumbers, peppers, carrots or other veggies.
Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Dip
This recipe rides the line between appetizer and dessert. Is it a dessertizer? The world may never know. What we do know, is that it is a) super easy and b) delicious. I make this Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip from Halloween all the way through Christmas and serve it with pretzel chips, Nilla wafers and/or apple slices. I’ve found that the salty pretzel chips are quite popular with this sweet, creamy dip.