As the holidays approach, entertain stress-free with these Make Ahead Holiday Appetizers. We’ve gathered the best recipes we could find and that can be prepped at least the night before.
From bake to no bake, assembled, refrigerated, and even frozen, these make ahead holiday appetizers will have your family and friends asking for seconds. And probably the recipe too!
6 Chef Tips for Making Ahead Holiday Appetizers
St. Louis Executive Chef Greg Ziegenfuss offers tips for creating party-perfect appetizers that will wow your guests.
1. Prepare 2 to 3 Appetizers and Purchase the Rest
Depending on the number of guests, prepare 2-3 appetizers from scratch, and purchase and assemble the rest. For example, purchase a delicious assortment of meats, cheeses, olives, tomatoes and crackers and use beautiful platters and bowls to serve them.
2. Make Ahead Appetizers When Possible.
Prepare home-made items in advance whenever possible. Save the final reheating, plating and garnishing for right before guests arrive.
3. Think Color
Place platters of colorful fruits around the serving table. Fresh sprigs of mint and fresh flowers make pretty garnishes, both on the platters and in small vases.
4. Use the Slow Cooker
Serve one hot dish in a crockpot. Whether it’s spinach-artichoke dip or melt-in-your-mouth meatballs, serving one dish in the a slow cooker is always easy and everyone will know it’s homemade.
5. Don’t Forget the Beverages
Consider offering pitchers of a “signature” drink.
6. Don’t Forget the Desserts
Everyone enjoys tempting desserts. To take the pressure off party day, either bake and freeze items in advance, or visit your favorite bakery the morning of the party and buy a selection of tasty treats. Make sure and set out a pot of hot coffee near the dessert station.
Best Make Ahead Holiday Appetizers
Entertain stress-free with these easy Make Ahead Holiday Appetizers and pro chef tips. We've gathered the best recipes to make your party perfect!
"Is it a beautiful wreath or a delightful cheese plate? Both! Part decoration and part appetizer, this colourful holiday starter is not only gorgeous to look at but also delicious – and is sure to disappear fast."
"Cranberry Feta Pinwheels are the perfect make ahead holiday snack or appetizer. A creamy filling with feta cheese and sweet dried cranberries rolled in tortillas and sliced. These are the hit of every party!"
"Elegant enough to serve as a fancy hors d’oeuvre or for a holiday party, but easy enough to make for any occasion. It’s super easy to double this recipe and trust us, this is a good idea! They will get gobbled up quick."
So addictive, you almost can't make yourself stop. These Rosemary Spiced Cashews are an easy yet delicious snack or party appetizer with a perfect blend of sweet and spicy. Perfect to make ahead and store in an air-tight container.