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Holiday Party Recipes
Holiday Party Food Tips
Food is always the focal point of a successful holiday party, and New Year's Eve, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are times we like to gather with family and friends.
Buffet-style serving is easy on the host. Set up a buffet table where guests can help themselves to snacks and dips and have a slow cooker or two for hot dips, meatballs, wings, and cocktail franks. A warming tray or buffet server might be a worthwhile investment if you plan to have several warm appetizers.
Have napkins, toothpicks, and utensils ready in containers, and have some wet napkins available if you're serving particularly messy finger foods.
If you plan on offering a breakfast dish in the wee hours of the morning, this easy breakfast casserole can be made up to a day ahead of time. Or bake a quiche and reheat it in a 350 F oven for about 15 minutes, or until hot.
Here are some of my favorite party recipes for New Year's Eve parties and holiday entertaining .Continue to 2 of 40 below.
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Apple Pie Chips and Dip
This delicious deconstructed apple pie is a fabulous sweet dip. The apple dip is served with cut-out pie crust chips. It will be the hit of the party!Continue to 3 of 40 below.
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Fontina, Spinach, and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms
Melted fontina cheese throughout the simple fresh spinach and bacon filling makes these stuffed mushrooms as delicious as they are easy.Continue to 4 of 40 below.
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Hot and Spicy Baked Chicken Drumettes or Wings
This is my go-to recipe for chicken wings. They crisp up nicely in the oven, and the hot and spicy coating is amazing. Make it as hot as you like with extra cayenne pepper.Continue to 5 of 40 below.
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Southern Pickled Shrimp with Fresh Dill
Pickled shrimp make an easy and tasty appetizer and a nice alternative to shrimp cocktail. Serve them with cream cheese spreads and baguette slices or serve them as is with toothpicks for guests.Continue to 6 of 40 below.
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Shrimp Cakes With Sriracha Mayonnaise
Shape the shrimp mixture into mini cakes or balls and serve them along with sriracha mayo and remoulade sauce.Continue to 8 of 40 below.
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Southern Pimiento Cheese Spread
Serve this pimiento cheese spread as a spread with grilled bread or crackers or use it to fill party sandwiches or celery sticks.Continue to 9 of 40 below.
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Cheddar Bacon Puffs
These tasty cheese puffs are made with a simple choux pastry. Cheddar cheese and bacon give them rich and smoky flavor. And they freeze well.Continue to 10 of 40 below.
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Super Easy Mini Pork Quiches
Use leftover pulled pork in these mini quiches or use purchased fully cooked shredded pulled pork. I used round dumpling wraps to make these, but mini tart shells or phyllo cups may be used as well. Serve them with ketchup or barbecue sauce.Continue to 11 of 40 below.
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Clam Dip with Cream Cheese
The simple clam dip is delicious as it is, but feel free to add some sour cream, grated onion, or onion powder to the mixture. The dip may also be made with sour cream instead of cream cheese.Continue to 12 of 40 below.
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4 Ingredient Appetizer Meatballs
These meatballs make a delicious appetizer for a party or game day gathering. Or take them along to the game if you're tailgating. Currant jelly and barbecue sauce make up the simple sauce.Continue to 13 of 40 below.
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Pigs in a Blanket With Crescent Roll Dough and Cheese
These pigs in a blanket are wrapped with refrigerated crescent roll dough. These are quick and easy and perfect for parties and get-togethers.Continue to 14 of 40 below.
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Crock Pot Party Meatballs With Tangy Sauce
These party meatballs are flavored with a sweet and tangy homemade barbecue sauce. I add a small amount of ground cayenne pepper to the sauce, but feel free to leave it out.Continue to 15 of 40 below.
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Sweet and Hot Pork Meatballs
These pork appetizer meatballs are cooked with a sweet and spicy sauce. Use ground beef or a combination of beef and pork.Continue to 16 of 40 below.
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Baked Potato Skins with Cheese and Bacon
You can vary the toppings for these versatile baked potato skins. These are great with a dollop of sour cream or guacamole. Or serve them with fresh or store-bought salsa.Continue to 17 of 40 below.
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Baked Chicken Wings With Spicy Peanut Sauce
These chicken wings are coated with some of the easy homemade peanut sauce and then they're served with more of the sauce.Continue to 18 of 40 below.
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Baked Ground Beef Nachos
Add jalapeno rings or diced fresh jalapenos to these nachos to spice them up, and serve them with an optional garnish of sour cream and sliced green onions.Continue to 19 of 40 below.
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Stuffed Mushrooms With Spinach and Ham
Spinach, ham, and mozzarella cheese are combined with bread crumbs to make the savory filling for these stuffed mushrooms.Continue to 20 of 40 below.
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Quick and Easy Shrimp Dip
This delicious shrimp dip takes just a few minutes to fix, and it is a delicious dip to serve with crackers, chips, or vegetables.Continue to 21 of 40 below.
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Party Ham Rolls
These popular little ham slider sandwiches are always a hit, and they are delicious! Use Hawaiian dinner rolls or other small, unseparated rolls. It's an easy way to make lunch sandwiches for a crowd.Continue to 22 of 40 below.
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Maple and Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped Mini Hot Dogs
Hot dogs or mini smoked sausages are wrapped in bacon and baked to perfection. The tangy maple and brown sugar sauce adds flavor to the hot dogs.Continue to 23 of 40 below.
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Sausage Pinwheel Rolls
These sausage pinwheels are made with puff pastry and breakfast sausage. They make a fabulous snack. The are terrific with eggs as well.Continue to 24 of 40 below.
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Baked Sugared Pecans
These pecans are coated with a vanilla flavored egg white mixture. These crunchy meringue-coated pecans are fantastic party snacks.Continue to 25 of 40 below.
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These tasty crostini bites are made with pizza toppings. These are perfect for a New Year's Eve party.Continue to 26 of 40 below.
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Marinated Roasted Bell Peppers
The marinated pepper slices make a tasty appetizer. Serve them with French bread slices, or add them to salads, sauces, burgers, or sandwiches.Continue to 27 of 40 below.
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These little appetizer rolls are easily prepared with crescent roll dough, pepperoni, and cheese, along with other finely chopped additions. Serve them with marinara or prepared pizza sauce for dipping.Continue to 28 of 40 below.
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Classic Guacamole with Lime and Cilantro
This basic guacamole can be made with or without diced tomatoes, and it's the perfect dip for parties or game day snacking.Continue to 29 of 40 below.
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Easy Bean Dip
Top this simple bean and cheese dip with chopped fresh cilantro or green onions.Continue to 30 of 40 below.
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Seafood Dip With Crab, Shrimp, or Lobster
This is an extra special dip made with your choice of shellfish. It's perfect for Christmas or New Year's Eve.Continue to 31 of 40 below.
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Easy Bacon-Wrapped Scallops
This combination of scallops and bacon is a snap to prepare, and the presentation is impressive. It makes an elegant New Year's Eve appetizer.Continue to 32 of 40 below.
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Simple Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
Prepare these bacon wrapped shrimp early in the day and refrigerate until it's time to broil or grill them.Continue to 33 of 40 below.
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Spicy Cajun Style Chicken Wings
Cajun spices season these juicy baked chicken wings. Add extra cayenne pepper if you like your wings extra spicy.Continue to 34 of 40 below.
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Stuffed Mushrooms With Clams
Minced clam flavor the bread crumb filling for these delicious stuffed mushrooms.Continue to 35 of 40 below.
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Cajun Spiced Pecans
These spicy pecan halves are cooked in the slow cooker. Serve these savory nuts as a party snack or give them as gifts.Continue to 36 of 40 below.
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Classic Cheese Straws
Cheese straws are another Southern favorite. Use sharp cheddar and plenty of cayenne.Continue to 37 of 40 below.
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Grape Jelly Meatballs Appetizer
This is an easy recipe and these meatballs are always a hit. They're perfect for tailgating, office parties, or a home game day gathering. Take them to a party or potluck and watch them disappear!Continue to 38 of 40 below.
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Crock Pot Spicy Refried Bean Dip
This easy bean dip is made with taco seasoning mix, cheese, and chopped chili peppers.Continue to 39 of 40 below.
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Slow Cooker Garlic Shrimp
Toss the peeled shrimp in the slow cooker with the delicious garlic sauce, and you'll have an instant appetizer!Continue to 40 of 40 below.
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Soft Homemade Pretzels
These homemade pretzels are sure to bring praise. They are topped with flaky sea salt and baked to perfection.