3 Easy Appetizers to Wow Your Guests at Your Next Holiday Party

With the holidays fast approaching, we wanted to branch out from the usual topics a bit and put together a list of three of our favorite appetizers from our team’s holiday party this year. These appetizers are quick and easy and will without a doubt wow your guests!

I don’t know about you, but one of my biggest pet peeves is when I look for a recipe and have to read an entire novel before I get to the actual recipe. I don’t want to put you through that, so onto the recipes! Enjoy! 

Maple Glazed Bacon Wrapped Dates 

These are super easy, incredibly delicious, and only FOUR ingredients! Salty and sweet, with a little crunch from the bacon - YUM!

What you’ll need: 

24 Pitted dates 

8-12 Strips of Bacon

1/2 cup Brown Sugar

1/2 cup Maple Syrup (the good kind) 

1. First, set up a little assembly line. Get two bowls, one for the maple syrup and one for the brown sugar. Line a baking sheet with two layers of aluminum foil, making sure two fully wrap around all the edges. These guys get suuuuper sticky when baking and if you don’t cover the edges, the maple syrup will spill through and your aluminum foil will stick to your pan. 

2. Cut your bacon into halves or thirds, depending on how large your dates are. I did this as I went in case there were smaller or large ones. 

3. Wrap the dates with bacon and pierce them with a tooth pick 

4. Dip in maple syrup so evenly coated.

5. Dip into brown sugar.

6. Place on baking tray and repeat steps 2-6 until finished. 

7. Bake at 375 for about 12 minutes or until your bacon starts to look crispy. Flip halfway through. 


These are best served warm and can be prepped ahead of time, covered with plastic wrap, and put in the fridge until ready to bake. 


Goat Cheese and Honey Bites 

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Flaky pastry topped with creamy goat cheese, sweet honey and thyme. Sweet and savory and flaky and delicious.

What you’ll need: 

2 Sheets of Puff Pastry (1 package) 

6-8 oz of Goat Cheese 

Honey (about 1/4 cup) 

4 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme 

1.Thaw puff pastry according to package. Use a 2 inch biscuit cutter or the rim of a small glass (I used a the larger end of a double bar jigger), cut rounds out of the dough. 

2. Place the rounds on a parchment lined baking sheet, gently pressing your thumb into the center of each one (this helps keep the goat cheese on top during baking)

3. Place about 1 tsp of goat cheese in the indentation of each round. 

4. Bake at 400 for 8 to 10 minutes 

5. Allow to cool a minute or two before drizzling with honey and garnishing with a pinch of chopped fresh thyme. 

These are best served warm and can be prepped ahead of time, covered with plastic wrap, and put in the fridge until ready to bake.


Cranberry, Brie, and Walnut Bites

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Who said cranberry sauce was just for Thanksgiving? Not me! These are so simple and are by far my favorite on this list.


What you’ll need: 

24 Phyllo/Fillo Dough Cups 

1 Brick of Brie Cheese

1 cup Chopped Walnuts

Cranberry Sauce

3/4 cup Sugar

1/2 cup water

12 oz fresh cranberries

Pinch of Salt

1 Cinnamon Stick 

1 Orange 

3/4 cup whatever red wine you have around the house

1 tsp nutmeg


To make the cranberry sauce:

1. Rinse your cranberries and make sure there are no stems

2. Add to a large pot with water, sugar, red wine, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon stick and heat over medium heat 

3. Cut orange in half and squeeze juice into cranberry sauce (careful to not get any seeds in). Cut off a small chunk of the orange peel and add to sauce. 

4. Increase heat until sauce comes to a boil, stirring occasionally. Let boil for about 5 or 6 minutes, reduce heat to medium and let simmer until sauce reduces to desired consistency. If your sauce seems too thick, add water or orange juice half a cup at a time. If your sauce is too thin, just let it reduce a little longer.

5. Remove and discard orange peel and cinnamon stick. Pour sauce into a bowl, cover, and set in fridge. 


To make the bites:

  1. Place phyllo cups into a mini muffin tin. 

  2. Cut the brie into 24 pieces (you can remove the rind with a knife if you like, I do)

  3. Spoon cranberry sauce into cups and add a cube of brie

  4. Add a few chopped walnut pieces to each cup

  5. Bake at 350 for about 11-12 minutes


These are best served warm. You can prep the individual ingredients ahead of time, but don’t fill them until ready to go into the oven as the bottoms will get soggy. 

Notes: If you can’t find phyllo dough cups at the grocery store, you can make your own using phyllo dough sheets. Simply lay out 6 sheets, (about 1/3 of 1 package), cut into 24 equal squares, press each square into a mini muffin tin, and bake at 350 for about 8 minutes or until golden brown. 

Enjoy! What are your favorite holiday appetizers? Let us know in the comments below!