Party flavors and favors: App ideas for the holidays

Nov 23, 2021 / MIN READ

Holiday get-togethers are fast approaching. From tidying up guest rooms to making sure you have plenty of dishes to go around, your to-do list can become jam-packed in the blink of an eye.

Whether you’re hosting the entire meal or are just in charge of bringing appetizers, a spur-of-the-moment grocery store run is the last thing you want on a day that should be spent with family and friends. The good news is that with just a bit of planning, you can whip up a delicious dish that’s the life of the party.

Looking for the perfect finger foods to serve up at your upcoming holiday event? We’ve got you covered.

Bacon-wrapped anything

In need of a no-fuss way to add that extra “something” to your appetizer table? Wrap it in bacon!

A thick slice of bacon can introduce a salty bite that elevates truly any dish. Not sure which to go with? Some of our favorite bacon-themed apps include:

  • Carrots: Drizzling these baked carrots with maple syrup or honey can bring an unexpected and delicious sugary twist to this easy dish.
  • Tater tots: The beauty of this recipe for bacon-wrapped tater tots is its simplicity. All you need is your favorite thickly cut bacon and a bag of tater tots and you’re ready to go!
  • Jalapeños: Get your spice on with these grilled jalapeño bites. While the bacon helps to cut the heat of the peppers, we also love pairing this dish with a creamy chipotle aioli sauce.

When we say bacon-wrapped anything, we really mean anything. Don’t feel like you’re limited to the ideas we threw out — put your chef hat on and dream up your family’s new go-to appetizer.

A twist on your classic meatball

If you have the time for a 50-minute recipe in between your holiday preparations, these Asian Pork Meatballs will be the perfect addition to any appetizer table.

Grab a pound of ground pork and combine with cilantro, breadcrumbs, red onion, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and one egg. After you’ve mixed up your ingredients, all that’s left is to let the meat chill for 30 minutes, divide evenly into meatball-shaped portions and bake for 15 minutes.

Serve with a side of sweet and sour sauce and let your guests dress the meatballs however they’d like.

You can also mix-and-match this recipe with different sauces and spices to create a dish of your very own. The only thing you’ll want to keep the same is your pork, breadcrumbs and egg. From there, you can cook up any flavor combination you’d like.

Stay creative

While the holidays are a great time for tradition, you never know when you might just stumble into your family’s new favorite appetizer. Be bold and try new things and experiment with fun flavors!