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Holiday Finger Foods Made Easy

Is entertaining for the holidays stressing you out? Not sure what to serve? Instead of planning a full, sit down meal, why not have lots of finger foods that spread throughout different rooms in your home that guests can nibble on? Here are 7 different menu items sure to have your guests thinking you were slaving away for hours.

Vodka-Infused Tomatoes
This is a beautiful and simple make-ahead recipe. All it requires is cherry tomatoes, vodka, sugar and salt. That’s it. Think of it as a modern twist on the classic Bloody Mary. Set them out in a martini glass with toothpicks (to assure to no double dipping) and fancy salts like truffle. Get the full vodka infused tomato recipe here.

Goat Cheese-Stuffed Figs
Stuffed figs are great for a party, as they require no cooking or strenuous prep, look beautiful, and taste even better. Serve them on a wood cutting board or a tiered cake stand.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Who doesn’t love this dip? Spinach and chunks of artichokes blended together in a warm, rich,creamy, and cheesy dip. You can certainly serve with toast points but you know what’s even cooler? Making miniature bread bowls with small rolls, removing part of the top and hollowing out the center, and filling each roll with a big scoop of warm dip.

Soup in Shot Glasses
In the winter months, it’s nice to offer a hot appetizer to guests to warm them from the inside, and a little shot glass of a brightly colored soup is just the thing. Want to take it a step further? Make a couple varieties of soup like a tomato and butternut squash and set out in shot glasses for an interesting display of color.

Scallop BLTs
BLTs are great, but not exactly fit for a party, right? Except when you shrink them down to bite-size portions and fancy them up with scallops. Inspired by bacon-wrapped scallops, these party sandwiches use small scallops about an inch wide and stuff each with bacon, a slice of cherry tomato, and a bit of greens. This small app packs quite the flavor. Get the recipe for the Scallop BLTs here.

Puff-Pastry Wrapped Asparagus
Thin spears of asparagus, are nice but hardly appealing to be served as finger food by themselves. But, when wrapped in a spiral of puff pastry they suddenly become more elegant and acceptable to eat with fingers. Big Girls Small Kitchen have the recipe here. Image credit – Biggirlssmallkitchen.com

Deviled Potatoes
Deviled Eggs are so overdone, but what about a deviled potato? Ditch the egg white for a crisp potato skin, scooping out the middle before piping in the creamy yolk filling. Top with some bacon bits for the perfect finish. Tip: Before roasting, cut a thin slice off the bottom of each potato half to ensure that they won’t roll when placed on a tray.

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