Last Minute Holiday Appetizer Recipes

Need to impress your friends this holiday with a fabulous appetizer but you're strapped for time? Try one of these tasty, simple recipes that are sure to please.

Easy Cheddar-Chive Sausage Bites

Ingredients
  • 1 pound uncooked lean breakfast sausage
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) grated light cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives
  • 2 cups all purpose baking mix (can be found in your baking aisle; comes gluten free too)
  • Pinch of cayenne (optional)
  • 2 large eggs

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
Combine the ingredients in a large bowl; mix well. Roll into 1-inch balls and place 1 inch apart on the baking sheet. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes; cool slightly before you serve. Yields 35 bites.

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Spiced Popcorn

Ingredients
  • 1 cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons seasoning (can use seafood seasoning like Old Bay, herbs de Provence, pizza seasoning, parmesan and garlic powder, smoked paprika)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Pop popcorn and transfer to large bowl. Drizzle popcorn with melted butter and mix well. Add seasoning one tablespoon at a time and mix in well; add desired amount, depending on how flavorful or subtle you like it. Yields about 16 cups.

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Homemade Pita Chips and Hummus

Ingredients
  • One package pita pockets
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Grated Parmesan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut pita bread into quarters, then cut into eighths. Place pita bread in a single layer on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, salt and grated parmesan. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Serve with hummus, carrots and celery for a healthy treat.

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Smoked Salmon Crackers

Ingredients
  • 1 sleeve butter crackers (like Ritz)
  • 4 ounces softened light cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish
  • Pinch of coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 ounces smoked salmon, sliced thin

Mix all the ingredients except for salmon together in one bowl. Spread thinly onto a butter cracker and top with a piece of sliced salmon. Repeat. Yields 24 bite-sized snacks.

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Goat Cheese Pops

Ingredients
  • 8 ounces chevre goat cheese
  • 5 slices crispy cooked bacon, crumbled to make vegetarian, add chopped, rinsed, patted-dry sun-dried tomatoes and sliced, patted-dry olives in lieu of bacon)
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 24 lollipop sticks

Roll cheese into balls. Mix bacon, basil, and pecans in a bowl. Coat the cheese in bacon, pecan, herb mixture. Insert lollipop stick into each ball and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

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Suzanne Corey

Suzanne Corey is a journalist and athlete. She competes in events around the country, including a marathon in Hawaii, a sprint triathlon in California, a rockin' half-marathon in Tennessee, and a century ride through Vermont and New Hampshire. When she's not training, Suzanne is raising two daughters and dreaming of a half-ironman. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Suzanne Corey is a journalist and athlete. She competes in events around the country, including a marathon in Hawaii, a sprint triathlon in California, a rockin' half-marathon in Tennessee, and a century ride through Vermont and New Hampshire. When she's not training, Suzanne is raising two daughters and dreaming of a half-ironman. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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