If you are invited to some holiday parties this year, you may be asked to bring a side dish to share. From dips to crostini to sliders, these cow-infused appetizers are easy to transport and add to parties. You’ll love my mom’s sherry cheese dip recipe!
It is a festive time for parties, meetings and dining.
An appetizer set is an easy way to enjoy a party with friends as everyone brings something creative to the table.
Then you can all relax and enjoy each other’s company and there’s no pressure on one person to host a formal holiday dinner.
I tend to prefer concoction applications that don’t have to be served hot. It takes all the stress away when you can serve it at room temperature.
And if there’s something a little healthy to balance out the cheese, that’s a win, too. You know I can have cheese for dinner and be very happy.
From dips to crostini to pigs in a blanket, these comfort food recipes are easy to prepare and bring into the fold of holiday food.
30+ Potluck Holiday Appetizers
I love dips in general, and they are so easy to take to a party, too. Place the dip in a bowl, bring the plunger, and assemble it in two minutes on the spot.
Sherry cheese dip recipe
This is my mom’s famous recipe that she made for all of our special occasions!
Think lots of sherry-soaked cheddar cheese. It’s like a whipped up version of a cheese ball.
This dip is so easy to make, and it’s always a hit at our Christmas party! My sister and I have been loving him for years. The only thing I do differently than my mom’s is I roast garlic so it’s not quite raw on the palate 🙂
We like to serve it with crackers and a load of veggies.
Make it in advance and serve it in a festive bowl.
- cream cheese
- Sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 clove of garlic
- Sherry as desired
Step 1: Grate the cheddar cheese
Using a food processor with grater attachment, grate all of the sharp cheddar cheese.
Step two: toast the garlic
Roast the garlic in a pan in a little oil until golden brown. You can skip this step if you like raw garlic!!
Step 3: Treat in the plunge
Switch the food processor to the blade attachment. Add the cream cheese, garlic, sherry and cheddar cheese and beat until smooth. You may need to scrape the sides a few times, and you can add more sherry to your liking! Add slowly.
Step 4: Apply
Serve with vegetables, crackers, or both.
Easy Sherry Cheese Sauce
This sherry cheese dip is great for parties! Serve with raw vegetables or crackers.
- 8 ounce cream cheese
- 8 ounce Sharp cheddar cheese grated
- 1 cloves garlic Grated, minced or pressed
- Sherry as desired But start with a few tablespoons
Grate the cheese in a food processor with the grater attachment.
Roast the garlic in a pan in a little oil until golden brown.
Switch the food processor to the blade attachment. Add the cream cheese, garlic and sherry and stir until smooth.
Add more sherry if desired (I like it strong!)
Serve with crackers or raw vegetables.
this is Marinated pimento cheese with walnuts It is another favorite dip!
And if you love sour cream dips for crackers or veggies, this post has a great selection of 14 dips that start with a bowl of sour cream.
Cheese balls and balls
“Records and Balls” looks absolutely fantastic! haha.
Obviously, this made this list! Charcuterie boards are great because you can assemble them ahead of time, they make a beautiful statement, and they require no cooking or heating.
Although a charcuterie board isn’t a top priority for easy portability, it is Can Be if you build it in a tray. Find a tray with sides that you can place in the serving board and prevent from moving. (In a pinch you could use a cardboard box.)
Get the step-by-step tutorial in this post: Thanks Charcuterie Board.
And get a red, white and green Christmas themed shopping list over here!
If you’re looking for Christmas appetizers on a toothpick, this KERF post has it 10 great ideas for toothpicks (Healthy options!) They are easy to make and require no utensils or dishes.
Meatballs + pigs in a blanket
Are you a meat lover? While this technically doesn’t fall into the no-holds-barred or “no heat” camp, I had to mention its popularity on the party appetizer list.
If you can make it and serve it in a pot like this, you get points for not interfering!
or go with Sweet and spicy cranberry meatballs Like these from The Cookie Rookie:
If you’re a swine into a blanket lover, check out the Pioneer Woman recipe.
while this Smoked salmon slider It is my favorite summertime dish, you can make sliders out of any seasonal foods too!
Think cranberry relish and pork or beef and turkey with spiced mustard. these Festive holiday slider Fit the bill!
Top crostini with anything you have the app!!
You can collect as bites, or let guests put the toppings on themselves.
At our house, we love making St. Angel Brie (which can be a big spread) with fig spread and Whole Foods crostini for happy hour. It’s a delicious combination!
Mix and match these easy crostini ideas:
Start with an adhesive base:
- cream cheese
- Goat cheese
- scrambled feta
- Cranberry sauce
- Mashed beans or chickpeas
- olive bar
- Baked Brie
Add the layer:
- Sliced meat
- melted cheese
- Smoked salmon
- Fruit cut into slices
- Parmesan cheese
Ahhhh one of my favorite party foods! I own Bacon and jalapeno recipe here.
But I think those Red and green devil eggs From Just A Taste it will be perfect!
Plus you know you’re a super cool person if you have a devil egg tote bag for food!!