The holiday season is almost here! And you know what that means: lots of gifts, parties, and inevitably, cooking! For sure you’ll get an invitation saying “Bring something yummy to share” pretty soon!
But if you’re not a kitchen whiz, should you just run to the grocery store and buy a platter of appetizers? That’s not exactly the best, tastiest, and most festive option is it?
Well, fear not. Even if your cooking skills are non-existent, you can still come up with something amazing in the kitchen! Culinary degree and years of cooking experience are not necessary at all!
Wondering where you should start? Here are some amazing recipes that will wow your friends and family without giving you
1. Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Bacon simply makes everything better, doesn’t it? Bacon-wrapped asparagus will give you maximum satisfaction even if it involves very little prep work. Plus, it’s a delicious way to get more veggies in your diet! If you are planning on serving or bringing these savory appetizers to a party, you can even do your prep well in advance so you don’t have to worry about the time you need to spend assembling everything. Expect the other guests to ask for your recipe after having a bite!
2. Parmesan crisps
Want to serve something low-carb or keto-friendly? Or simply want to impress friends and family with a cheesy but super classy appetizer? The most amazing part is that you only need ONE ingredient to make this recipe, and that is (you guessed it right!) Parmesan cheese. Just shred your cheese, form small piles of circles, then bake for 15 minutes and that’s it! If you want variety or additional flavor, you can also add different seasonings like chili lime, jalapeno, or even cool ranch! Yum!
Recipe: Wholesome Yum
3. Spinach and Artichoke dip
Deliciously rich, cheesy, and creamy, this spinach artichoke dip is sure to be a crowd favorite! Just stir together the canned artichoke hearts, spinach, cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic, parmesan, mozzarella then pop it in the oven and wait for the magic to happen! Serve with garlic bread, crostinis, and vegetables. This will be a sure hit!
Recipe: Cooking classy
4. Baked mac n cheese
I know, I know. It’s super easy to just make the boxed stuff BUT making baked macaroni from scratch is not as difficult as it sounds! Plus, the taste is definitely worth all the effort and it gives your dish a heart-warming touch. If you are going to a party where there will be kids and adults then this dish will be a sure hit.
Recipe: Southern Living
5. Festive Salad
Sure, salad is probably not the first thing you’ll think of when you think of a holiday party but this salad is festive enough to be the star of your dining table! This is a great option to add in the menu if you know that there will be fitness enthusiasts and health buffs in your group. Fortunately, this recipe also happens to be super, super yummy.
Recipe: Simply Stacey
6. Santa’s popcorn
You never thought you could get away with bringing popcorn to a party, could you? Well this recipe is super easy to make and will excite kids and adults alike. Just pop the corn as usual and add in the chocolates. It wouldn’t even take 5 minutes to mix everything together!
Recipe: Glue sticks
7. Air Fryer Turkey Breast
Ready for your new air fryer recipe? This way of cooking turkey breast is quick, easy, and affordable. Plus, it makes the turkey breast super tasty too. You just need four ingredients: turkey breast, oil, and seasoning – no special skills required. You can even bring roasted vegetables or green salad to serve as the side dish!
Recipe: Recipes from a pantry
8. Scalloped Potatoes
Looking to serve a cheesy and garlicky comfort food that everyone will love? This is the perfect dish for you! Made with super simple ingredients, this dish is surprisingly simple to make. The key is to choose high-quality potatoes and to use the Instant Pot instead of the oven to shorten the cooking time.
Recipe: Little Sunny Kitchen
9. Cranberry Brie Bites
Looking for an easy appetizer recipe that’s easy to cook and eat? These cranberry brie bites taste amazing and are guaranteed to be a hit in any party. It’s super easy and can be made using fresh cranberry or cranberry sauce. They look very festive and will surely impress your family and friends!
Recipe: The Country Cook