Holiday Sides That Sing

Here’s a different way to enjoy the seasonal flavor of fresh cranberries! By the way, zesting is easy–check out our Kitchen Lingo video to learn more. Cranberry Crostini. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

Holiday Sides That Sing

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Holiday Sides That Sing

They may not “sing,” but these recipes make the perfect addition to any holiday spread. A trend we’ve been following for some time is spreads comprised completely of sides and appetizers, as opposed to larger entrees.

Flavor up your holiday gathering with some of these exciting appetizer and side recipes.

Holiday Dates
Holiday Dates//Lance Mellenbruch of The Food Channel

Holiday Dates//Lance Mellenbruch

This recipe for Holiday Dates makes a great appetizer for your holiday spread or any special gathering. It features dates with water chestnuts, goat cheese, ginger and bacon for a delectable mouthful of flavor. Recipe here.

The Perfect Trio
I have the perfect holiday trio for you, Truffle Popcorn, Spiced Nuts and a Cranberry Negroni. These holiday snacks are going to be perfect for your next party! There’s no substituting homemade popcorn and nuts and when paired with a holiday cocktail, the Cranberry Negroni. With a little bit of easy prep, this Trio of Holiday Snacks will impress every guest this season.

Trio of Holiday Snacks by Roni Proter

Truffle Popcorn, Spiced Nuts and a Cranberry Negroni—the perfect holiday trio. There’s no substituting homemade popcorn and nuts, and when paired with a holiday cocktail, the Cranberry Negroni, it’s perfection. With a little bit of easy prep, this Trio of Holiday Snacks will impress every guest this season. Recipe here.

Balsamic Beef and Blue Cheese
Inspired by the festive Christmas party scene at the end of the Hallmark movie A Heavenly Christmas, this holiday appetizer is elegant addition to any holiday party.

Balsamic Beef and Bleu Cheese Brochettes. Photo: David Nehmer.

Inspired by the festive Christmas party scene at the end of the Hallmark movie A Heavenly Christmas, this holiday appetizer is elegant addition to any holiday party. Recipe here.

Cocktail Party Crudite
Serve a crisp, fresh assortment of veggies displayed in individual-size shot glasses with buttermilk-herb dip as a fresh & healthy appetizer at your holiday party. Double dipping encouraged!

Cocktail Party Crudite. Photo: David Nehmer.

Serve a crisp, fresh assortment of veggies displayed in individual-size shot glasses with buttermilk-herb dip as a fresh & healthy appetizer at your holiday party. Double dipping encouraged! Recipe here.

Tortellini Antipasto Skewers
This simple tortellini antipasto skewers appetizer with fresh flavors can be assembled in minutes. It’s ideal for parties or a satisfying anytime snack.

Tortellini Antipasto Skewers by Pasta Fits

This simple tortellini antipasto skewers appetizer with fresh flavors can be assembled in minutes. It’s ideal for parties or a satisfying anytime snack. Recipe here.

Savory Avocado Puffs

Savory Avocado Puffs. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

Here’s a savory appetizer that has it all–luscious cheesy pastry, creamy avocado and the bite of Soppressata. It’s an unusual use of a pastry shell to build out something that will make a great pass around at your next party. Recipe here.

Vegan Holiday Chicken Pastry Puffs

With fluffy and crispy pastries holding a rich cream cheese filling, this recipe is perfect as an appetizer for any holiday party or get together.

Vegan Holiday Chicken Pastry Puffs. Photo: Carolyn Scott.

With fluffy and crispy pastries holding a rich cream cheese filling, this recipe is perfect as an appetizer for any holiday party or get together. Recipe here.

Cranberry Crostini
Here’s a different way to enjoy the seasonal flavor of fresh cranberries! By the way, zesting is easy–check out our Kitchen Lingo video to learn more.

Cranberry Crostini. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

Here’s a different way to enjoy the seasonal flavor of fresh cranberries! By the way, zesting is easy–check out our Kitchen Lingo video to learn more.

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Here is one recipe that is as unique as it is healthy. Take a classic hummus recipe, add lemon, red peppers, and garlic, and you have a flavor explosion that everyone will love!

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. Photo: Food Guru.

Here is one recipe that is as unique as it is healthy from Food Guru, one of the chefs in our Guest Chef Network. Take a classic hummus recipe, add lemon, red peppers, and garlic, and you have a flavor explosion that everyone will love! Recipe here.

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