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5 Heavenly Hors d’Oeuvres

Whew! We’re through the holiday season. No more dashing about for discounts on decorations, no more stressing over the state of your Secret Santa, no more panicking about the perfect party plate to appeal to every palette!

But wait, what’s this? The guests never truly disappear. Whether you’re hosting a birthday party or entertaining friends, there are inevitably more mouths to feed. Here are five simple and delicious hors d’oeuvres that you can throw together at the drop of a hat.

Classic Crostinis
Everyone loves a good crostini, from the buttery bread to the scrumptious crunch. The best part of a crostini to me is its versatility. Combine chopped tomato, minced garlic, fresh basil, and a dash of olive oil for the classic bruschetta topping. If you’re feeling adventurous, mash together cooked white beans with garlic, sage, olive oil, and salt.

Dangerously Decadent Dates
No one can resist the rich intensity of bacon, and the added sweetness of dates makes these difficult to put down. Wrap a third of a slice of thick-cut bacon around a pitted date, and skewer it with a toothpick. Broil your delicious little bites for about twenty minutes or until done.

Tummy-tempting Tuna
For less decadence but equal intensity of flavor, try mashing together some high-quality tuna with minced anchovies, minced garlic, chopped olives, and olive oil. This spread goes well on any cracker. For an extra golden hue to the taste, use oil-cured olives.

Super Sandwiches
A sandwich? For an hors d’ouerve!? Hear me out! Take two slices of challah, brioche, or another good sandwich bread. Grill them up with a filling of manchego and prosciutto. Slice the sandwich into bite-sized pieces. Voila! More adventurous adult palettes may enjoy the addition of a little fig.

Popcorn Pleasers
Let’s not forget our favorite picky eaters. For the kids, sprinkle some stove-popped popcorn with olive oil and fresh parmigiana.

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  • comment avatar Robert Ashwell March 5, 2014

    The tuna ones sound really great, I’m going to try them out at our next party. I usually go for crostinis or cheese and crackers but I’d like to try something a little different.

  • comment avatar Rachel Enfield March 5, 2014

    I tend to just throw some chips in a bowl and put some dip out when I have guests over, but these ideas have really given me some inspiration for more interesting hors doeuvres when we next have friends over, so thank you.

  • comment avatar Anna Bryan March 5, 2014

    The dates dish sounds very intense! I know my daughter would find that disgusting, but maybe for more sophisticated grownups at a party it would be a good choice.

  • comment avatar Gertrude Livingstone March 5, 2014

    Hors doeuvres are absolutely essential to any holiday party, I agree there. I like to make crostinis with smoked salmon on top when I have guests over, they alwayse seem to go down well.

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