Hosting a holiday party this month? We’ve got you covered with a roundup of our favorite recipes for hors d’oeuvres that impress. A display of these beautiful appetizers is just the thing to take your soiree to the next level. Cheers!
|Crostini with Herbed Chèvre and Kumquats
This unexpected combination of soft goat cheese and fresh chopped kumquats creates a perfect contrast of bright and tangy flavors. Top off the crostini with garnish of thyme leaves.
|Smoked Salmon on Toast Points
This classic hors d’oeuvre pairs an herbed cream cheese with smoked salmon, capers and grated hard-boiled eggs for a bite that’s packed with flavor. You can either assemble the toast points and present them on a platter, or set out all the ingredients and let guests prepare their own.
A wonderful starter for a holiday gathering, these turnovers are filled with earthy cremini mushrooms, nutty Gruyère cheese and fresh herbs. Store-bought pastry dough and a convenient pastry press simplify prep.
|Oysters on the Half Shell with Tarragon Mignonette
Served on a bed of crushed ice, this dish is as stunning as it is easy to prepare. The mignonette sauce—a classic accompaniment to raw oysters—gets a flavor boost from fresh tarragon.
|Duck Liver Mousse with Armagnac Cream
In this delicious preparation, sautéed duck livers are enriched with butter and then exalted with Armagnac whipped cream to create a silky, sumptuous spread to be enjoyed with toast points.
|Persimmons Wrapped in Smoked Ham
Prosciutto-wrapped melon and figs make a beautiful hors d’oeuvre during the summer, but this recipe takes the same idea into cool-weather months. Crisp, sweet persimmons contrast with smoky ham and a drizzle of rich balsamic syrup for a simple but impressive appetizer.
|Crab and Cucumber Canapés
These gorgeous little bites come together in a flash. Sliced cucumbers stand in for crostini, so they taste lighter and more refreshing than many other appetizers.
|Warm Dates with Parmesan and Walnuts
Here, dense, sweet Medjool dates are delicious paired with salty Parmigiano-Reggiano and earthy, crunchy walnuts. Make it easy by assembling the dates ahead and heating them just before serving.
|Savory Apple, Cheddar and Thyme Turnovers
These turnovers combine two classic partners— tart apple and nutty cheddar cheese—in rich puff pastry. The addition of fresh thyme makes these triangular puffs into a savory appetizers instead of the more expected desserts.
Like the basic black dress, this classic dish is always in style at cocktail parties. Serve with wooden picks, an easy tartar sauce and fresh lemon wedges.
Think of this as a blueprint for the perfect, no-cook party nibble. Wrap thinly sliced prosciutto around chunky Italian breadsticks, and arrange the grissini on plates.