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35 Next-Level Appetizers For Your Holiday Party

The appetizer table can be a bleak, hopeless place. These recipes, on the other hand, are guaranteed crowd-pleasers.

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1. Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

A crisper, crunchier alternative to classic (and still excellent) bacon-wrapped dates. Recipe here.
savorysweetlife.com

A crisper, crunchier alternative to classic (and still excellent) bacon-wrapped dates. Recipe here.

2. Holiday Baked Cranberry Brie Cups

Recipe here.
table.io

Recipe here.

3. Cauliflower Feta Fritters with Pomegranate

They're like the "mashed cauliflower" of latkes. Recipe here.
smittenkitchen.com

They're like the "mashed cauliflower" of latkes. Recipe here.

4. Gooey Baked Camembert

Or, save yourself any extra work and just bake the cheese right in the pretty wooden box it comes in. Recipe here.
frenchflakes.com

Or, save yourself any extra work and just bake the cheese right in the pretty wooden box it comes in. Recipe here.

5. Homemade Bagel Chips with Everything White Bean Hummus

Why didn't you think of this before? I don't know.

Recipes: Bagel Chips, Everything White Bean Hummus.

6. Pear Blue Cheese Sweet Potato Appetizers

Recipe here.

7. Fig Balsamic Olives

Classy. EASY. Recipe here.
veryculinary.com

Classy. EASY. Recipe here.

8. Bruléed Pears with Prosciutto, Goat Cheese, and Cranberry Sauce

Recipe here.

9. Smoked Trout on Pumpkernickel

Recipe here.
John Kernick / marthastewart.com

Recipe here.

10. Harvest Crackers with Cranberries, Pecans, and Rosemary

Amp up that cheese plate. Recipe here.
Emma Christensen / thekitchn.com

Amp up that cheese plate. Recipe here.

11. Chipotle and Rosemary Roasted Nuts

Recipe here.

12. Pomegranate Arancini with Goat Cheese Fonduta

Fried risotto balls with creamy goat cheese? Yes, please. Recipe here.
cookingforkeeps.com

Fried risotto balls with creamy goat cheese? Yes, please. Recipe here.

13. Bacon Sweet Potato Tots

YES. Recipe here.
azgrabaplate.com

YES. Recipe here.

14. Baked Brie

Bake your cheese inside a delicious puff pastry shell. Recipe here.
abeautifulmess.typepad.com

Bake your cheese inside a delicious puff pastry shell. Recipe here.

15. Caesar Salad Deviled Eggs

Recipe here.

16. Potato Rings with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch

Recipe here.

17. Bacon-Wrapped Squash Bites

Butternut squash is perfectly in season. And bacon is always in season. Recipe here.
chow.com

Butternut squash is perfectly in season. And bacon is always in season. Recipe here.

18. Chicken Liver Pâté with Sage, Apple, and Thyme

Recipe here.
Anjali Prasertong / thekitchn.com

Recipe here.

19. Potato Latkes with Cranberry Applesauce

Happy Thanksgivukkah, everybody! Recipe here.
Macey J Foronda / buzzfeed.com

Happy Thanksgivukkah, everybody! Recipe here.

20. Lamb and Harissa Sausage Rolls

NOT your average pigs in a blanket. Recipe here.
independent.co.uk

NOT your average pigs in a blanket. Recipe here.

21. Herb and Walnut Pie Crust Leaves

Just when you thought pie crust couldn't get any more perfect. Recipe here.
hungrycouplenyc.com

Just when you thought pie crust couldn't get any more perfect. Recipe here.

22. Italian Cheese Bread

Garlic is bread, but why not up your game a little bit? Recipe here.
dineanddish.net

Garlic is bread, but why not up your game a little bit? Recipe here.

23. Smoked Salmon, Crème Fraîche And Caviar Potato Skins

Recipe here.
chow.com

Recipe here.

24. Bacon-Wrapped Apricots Stuffed with Pistachios and Mozzarella

Recipe here.
Emily C / food52.com

Recipe here.

25. Butternut Squash, Cranberry, and Goat Cheese Crostini

Recipe here.

26. Sweet Potato and Pancetta Gratin

Recipe here
Sarah Shatz / food52.com

Recipe here

27. 5-Ingredient Blue Cheese Gougeres

Recipe here.

28. Smashed Roasted Baby Potatoes with Rosemary and Parmesan

If you've never tried twice-cooked smashed potatoes, be warned that they are a TOTAL GAME CHANGER. Recipe here.
oliveoilandlemons.com

If you've never tried twice-cooked smashed potatoes, be warned that they are a TOTAL GAME CHANGER. Recipe here.

29. Fried Rosemary Mozzarella Balls

Recipe here.

30. Loaded Mashed Potato Cakes

Because a food as perfect as mashed potatoes should be showcased as often as possible. Recipe here.
justputzing.com

Because a food as perfect as mashed potatoes should be showcased as often as possible. Recipe here.

31. Beer-Pretzel Cheese Ball

Recipe here, courtesy of Great Balls of Cheese.
buzzfeed.com

Recipe here, courtesy of Great Balls of Cheese.

32. Roasted Grape Flatbread with Rosemary

Recipe here.

33. Warm Gruyere, Bacon, and Caramelized Onion Dip

Recipe here.

34. Parmesan Brussels Sprouts Crostini

Recipe here.

35. Rosemary Lemon Monkey Bread

Recipe here.

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