It’s happened — that inevitable moment where you walk in the store and it’s decorated front-to-back with Christmas decor. Never mind the fact the Halloween candy was only just discounted and that many of us have yet to plan anything for Thanksgiving. But, as it has already happened, I wanted to arm you with what I think is key to getting through this holiday season: lots and lots of super simple small bites. Or appetizers. Or hors d’oeuvres. Whatever you call them, here are a few that you can pull together with minimal time, effort, and money.
These are the bites you can throw together at the absolute last minute so long as you can get your hands on a few key ingredients.
This Martha Stewart recipe is a standard in our family every holiday though we alter the fruit — to apples or persimmons — and the nuts — to pecans or pistachios — as we see fit.
I love this one because it’s got good looks and really requires almost no effort — if you can’t find bresaola, use prosciutto instead.
The key to this appetizer is really awesome ingredients — all the way from the persimmons to the pomegranates.
With these walnuts, the spice gets infused inside the nut so there are no messy fingers.
This seasonal dip is seriously healthy so I keep it on hand for snacking during the holidays.
Make the ragout ahead of time and then spoon it into the endive just before serving.
This is another snack that’s in constant rotation during the holidays because it’s sweet, spicy, and really easy to make.
If you’re feeling a little Frenchy, make this smoked salmon take on rillettes – a sort of non-pâté pâté — which keeps fabulously.
The French side of my family makes gougères every Christmas eve so it just wouldn’t be the holidays without them. They take a bit of effort but are worth it.
Pickled shrimp have become my new favorite small bite this year because they’re really easy to make and have a lot of flavor.
Other Helpful Hints
Take a peek at this post from Oscars season for tips on entertaining with store-bought ingredients: French-Themed Party Bites