Easy Appetizers for a Last-Minute Holiday Party

Want to know how you can plan a last minute holiday party in style? It starts with these easy party appetizers!

I mean, everyone knows that a party is only as good as the food. Right?

At least, I can’t fathom a good party without a good spread.

Music? Sure, whatever.

Decorations? Meh.

But good finger food!? SIGN ME UP PLEASE.

That always makes a party fall flat?

A stressed out host running around like a chicken with her head cut off.

You know the kind she’s taping up decorations as people walk in the door, stressing over the food, running out of booze, not enjoying her own party.

Don’t be that host.

These 3 (and a bonus- so it’s really 4) recipes are riDONKulously simple. So easy you probably have most of this stuff in your fridge right now!

And here they are! Three fresh easy appetizer recipes, plus one of my old favorites down at the bottom.

Scroll through and see which easy appetizer you’ll be pulling out at your next last-minute party!

This slow cooker hoisin bbq cocktail sausage recipe is so easy it feels like cheating.

Hoisin is a slightly sweet, smoky barbecue sauce from China. Paired with li’l smokies or cocktail sausages and heated in a crockpot makes them feel fancy, but it’s just as easy as opening a jar of sauce and a packet of sausages.

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Hoisin BBQ Cocktail Sausages

  • Author: Ruthy Kirwan

Description

Here’s a crockpot recipe that is so easy it feels like cheating. Hoisin is a slightly sweet, smoky barbecue sauce from China. Paired with li’l smokies or cocktail sausages and heated in a crockpot makes them feel fancy, but it’s just as easy as opening a jar of sauce and a packet of sausages.


Ingredients

Scale

  • 12 ounces Hoisin barbecue sauce
    • 16 ounces cocktail sausages


Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a crock pot and stir to coat.
  2. Turn the crockpot to high and heat through, about 10-12 minutes
  3. Serve with toothpick

Blue Cheese and Maple Crostini take unexpected flavors and make them seem familiar!

The savory, earthy flavor of blue cheese pairs especially well with something sweet, although maple syrup here is a bit unexpected.

Make sure you use real maple syrup, not pancake syrup! Real maple syrup will give a more rounded flavor, where pancake syrup is just overly sweet sugar.

I prefer using a blue cheese with a lot of flavor, like a Danish blue, but just about any crumbly blue-veined cheese will work well here.

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Blue Cheese and Maple Crostini

  • Author: Ruthy Kirwan

Description

The savory, earthy flavor of blue cheese pairs especially well with something sweet, although maple syrup here is a bit unexpected. Make sure you use real maple syrup, not pancake syrup. Real maple syrup will give a more rounded flavor, where pancake syrup is just overly sweet sugar. I prefer using a blue cheese with a lot of flavor, like a Danish blue, but just about any crumbly blue-veined cheese will work well here. 

This recipe calls for first toasting the bread in the oven. By using an oven-safe cookie grate placed on a sheet pan (as in, a countertop grate you’d place freshly baked cookies on to cool faster) and toasting the bread on top of that grate, you create an airflow above and below the slices that toast them more quickly than lying flat on the sheet pan. If you don’t have a grate, just make sure you flip the bread slices halfway through baking so that they toast evenly on both sides.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 78 good quality crusty bread (sliced (I prefer sourdough))
  • 12 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 ounces blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons real maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400*F and line a large rimmed sheet pan with raised cookie grates.
  2. Slice the bread slices into strips about 2 inches wide
  3. Arrange the bread slices on the raised cookie grate and drizzle evenly with the olive oil.
  4. Bake the bread for 3-4 minutes or until toasty brown on either side, then remove from the oven and set aside until cool enough to handle.
  5. Divide the blue cheese evenly between the slices, spreading the cheese gently with a butter knife.
  6. Drizzle the blue cheese toasts evenly with the maple syrup and serve.

Peanut Butter and Nutella Pastries take just three simple ingredients and some time in the oven.

Who doesn’t go nuts over the combo of peanut butter and Nutella!? Combine them with flaky layers of puff pastry and you’re in business.

This recipe is made simply with melted peanut butter and warm Nutella smeared between two sheets of packaged puff pastry and baked. It could not be an easier dessert.

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Peanut Butter and Nutella Pastries

  • Author: Ruthy Kirwan

Description

Who doesn’t go nuts over the combo of peanut butter and Nutella!? Combine them with flaky layers of puff pastry and you’re in business. This recipe is made simply with melted peanut butter and warm Nutella smeared between two sheets of packaged puff pastry and baked. It could not be an easier dessert.


Ingredients

Scale

  • 1 package (2 pieces frozen puff pastry, thawed)
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup Nutella

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400*.
  2. Line a rimmed sheet pan with aluminum foil and arrange one half of the puff pastry in the center of the pan.
  3. Melt the peanut butter in the microwave until smooth and easily coats a metal spoon. Spread the peanut butter evenly on the puff pastry, coming right up to the edges.
  4. Melt the Nutella in the microwave until smooth and easily coats the back of a metal spoon. Drizzle evenly on top of the peanut butter and use a spoon to smooth out evenly.
  5. Place the other half of the puff pastry on top and place in the oven.
  6. Bake 8-10 minutes or until the puff pastry has browned and it cooked all the way through.
  7. Remove from the oven, then wait until cool, then slice and serve.

Last but not least, these (bonus!) turkey and cranberry pinwheels.

These are my favorite thing to make after Thanksgiving with extra cranberry sauce. You can change it up with another type of jam (blackberry or blueberry work great here) and the cheese can be a spread, cream cheese, chevre- anything that’s soft, slightly tangy and spreadable.

Chilling these pinwheels will make them hold their shape a bit better, but they’re just as good when rolled and cut fresh, too. Click here to grab the entire recipe.

There you have it: 4 crazy easy appetizers you can use to help pull off your next last minute party!

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