Slow-Cooker Bacon Jam
Spread this savory bacon jam on bread for a holiday appetizer and send your guests home with a jar.
Oysters take very little time to cook. Our pan-broiled hors d'oeuvre, which consists of oysters tossed with herbs and showered with olive oil and Parmesan, spends just minutes in the oven; serve with crusty bread for soaking up the sauce.
This reinterpretation of meatballs combines breakfast sausage, cheddar cheese, and onion for a very flavorful holiday appetizer, enough for a crowd of hungry folks.
Hot Spinach Dip
This rich, creamy dish makes the perfect party dip. Otherwise, you might devour it all yourself.
Italian Seafood Salad
Seafood is a must for the Feast of the Seven Fishes, an Italian Christmas Eve tradition. This salad with squid, shrimp, mussels, and crab is a delicious way to kick off the meal.
Spanish Chorizo Balls
A tasty Spanish twist on the classic Swedish meatballs, these half-pork, half-chorizo meatballs are rich and tasty at room temp, or you can serve them hot in a fondue pot. Either way, you're going to want to serve them alongside plenty of crusty bread to sop up all of the delicious citrus-spiked tomato gravy.
Baked Brie with Pecans
Toasted pecans and maple syrup complement the creamy Brie in this hors d'oeuvre. For the best texture, let the cheese cool before topping it with the syrup mixture.This recipe is by Everyday Food reader Kathy Quinn of Montclair, New Jersey.
Warm Fennel-and-Parmesan Dip
A warm, golden dip always tempts guests to dig in. This one uses Parmesan cheese to season caramelized fennel and garlic.
Classic Shrimp Cocktail
One of Martha's favorite entertaining strategies is to serve a pared-down—but still special feeling—menu. Her classic shrimp cocktail is a perfect example: it's an easy but elegant starter that shines because it calls for the very best ingredients—including a quick homemade cocktail sauce. When preparing this spread, use high-quality, sustainably sourced shrimp, and plan on about three to six shrimp per guest.