Slow-Cooker Bacon Jam
Spread this savory bacon jam on bread for a holiday appetizer and send your guests home with a jar.
Baked Brie with Boozy Fruit
This grand appetizer uses store-bought puff pastry. Express your artistic side with the pastry leaf decoration.
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.
Hot Spinach Dip
This rich, creamy dish makes the perfect party dip. Otherwise, you might devour it all yourself.
This reinterpretation of meatballs combines breakfast sausage, cheddar cheese, and onion for a very flavorful holiday appetizer, enough for a crowd of hungry folks.
Shucked Oysters with Three Sauces
This crowd-pleasing approach to serving oysters has a little something for everyone: a classic mignonette, a spicy variation with jalapeno, and a zippy fresh horseradish sauce. Shucking your own oysters at home for the first time? Take a look at our comprehensive guide before you buy.
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.
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.
Queso Fundido with Chorizo
We recommend D'Artagnan Spanish-style chorizo for this recipe. Made from heritage pork, it has great flavor and is widely available. If you don't have a fondue pot, you can serve the queso fundido in the skillet it is cooked in; return it to the stove and warm over low as needed. This recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart's Appetizers.
Crispy and golden-brown, these croquettes are the perfect snack to serve at your next holiday soirée. Tender and fluffy cooked potatoes are combined with your choice of tinned or smoked salmon and formed into cakes. The ultra-crisp exterior is provided by a coating of panko breadcrumbs.