10 Holiday Appetizers to Sleigh the Season

December 15, 2023

If you’re hosting a holiday party, don't neglect the appetizers. An essential part of the celebration, they help keep guests occupied while jingling and mingling—not to mention they can give your hands something to do while you’re awkwardly making the rounds or listening to your father-in-law’s golf stories. Having delicious appetizers on hand also ensures that your guests aren’t getting hangry while waiting for the main meal to be ready.

With so many different eating plans and changing preferences these days, it’s important to think beyond pre-made frozen finger foods that can contain a lot of refined sugar, corn syrup, and seed oils. Made with honest ingredients and brimming with homestyle flavor, these delicious starters are our secret to a successful holiday gathering. Whip up one of these ten easy appetizer recipes and your seasonal soiree will be merry and bright!

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

If your holiday parties involve a big screen and cheering for your favorite team, these simple meatballs are a no-brainer. Made with our bestselling Buffalo Sauce, you can serve them with ranch and blue cheese for dipping or keep them in a crock pot all night long for casual munching.

Cranberry Feta Dip

Cranberry Whipped Feta Dip

If you really want to impress your guests, this vibrant holiday-ready dip is where it’s at! Tart cranberries plus a generous dollop of our limited-edition Cranberry Mayo marry with the briny finish of feta and earthy olive oil for a burst of seasonal flavor that pairs perfectly with crisp, simply made crackers. 

Deviled Eggs

4-Ingredient Deviled Eggs

A classic at any holiday party or festive brunch, deviled eggs please everyone from tiny tots with their eyes aglow to your 90-year-old grandma who wears the same red plaid pant suit every year. Our easy-peasy version is made with Dijon mustard and creamy avocado oil mayo, or you can sub in our plant-based Whip Dressing for a tangy, sweet-spiced flavor.

bacon-wrapped hot dogs

Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog Bites

Classic pigs-in-blankets get a savory upgrade with these bite-sized franks jacketed in crispy bacon. This easy recipe has just four ingredients (five, if you choose to garnish) and comes together in just minutes with a grill or skillet.   

Vegan Cauliflower Wings

Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

Made with our Mild Buffalo Sauce for a hint of mango sweetness, this vegan twist on the classic Buffalo wing is prepped in the oven for less grease and mess than your typical fried wing. Our crispy baked cauli wings offer the same toothsome bite and crispy crunch as the chicken version, and pair perfectly with creamy no-dairy Ranch Dressing.

 Teriyaki Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Wings

Cousin to the buffalo wing, these Asian-inspired flappers and drummies are crisped to perfection and full of flavor. Our mouthwatering No-Soy Teriyaki Sauce gives these babies their signature sweet-meets-savory taste, while the air fryer keeps the meat inside moist and tender. Serve with extra sauce for dipping!

Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail with Sauce

Skip the pre-made boxed shrimp ring this year and make your own elevated shrimp cocktail from scratch! With our organic, unsweetened Cocktail Sauce on hand, you can plate up delicious individual portions in cute crystal bowls or whip up a shareable platter for your family feast. 

Smashed Brussels Sprouts

Crispy Smashed Brussels Sprouts

Previously pushed to the side of the plate, this once-overlooked veggie is now the star of appetizer platters everywhere. Roasted in the oven until they obtain the perfect gently charred exterior, these savory sprouts are delectable dunked in our creamy Ranch Dip.

Chorizo Stuffed Jalapenos

Spicy Chorizo Stuffed Jalapeños

Put a little extra pep in your step with these mouthwatering stuffed peppers. Cheesy, spicy, and full of flavor, they’re the kind of party pleaser that will have everyone coming back for seconds. And thirds. And maybe fourths.

Antipasto Skewers

Italian Antipasto Skewers 

There’s nothing more classic (and easy!) than a bamboo stake loaded with meat, cheese, and a little greenery for good measure. Our fresh, zesty, slightly citrusy Italian Dressing is what takes this simple food-on-a-stick recipe into super classy and totally on-trend territory.

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