Fast And Flavorful Snacks For Your Holiday Get-Together Or Cocktail Party

If you are entertaining this holiday season, make it easy on yourself with some fast and flavorful snacks that family, friends, and guests will love. Try buying foods that can be incorporated into your holiday plans without having to prepare everything from scratch. Instead of spending all day over a hot stove, consider some super-simple and speedy eats for your holiday celebration instead:

Flatbread pinwheels. For a super-easy snack that guests will gobble down, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, shredded cheddar, and your favorite spices, and mix until combined. Spread generously on flatbread and roll each bread up into a log. Refrigerate and slice into pinwheels just before serving.

Homemade cheese ball. Make your own cheese ball for crackers and veggies at your next party — it is really easy to do. Combine a package of cream cheese with your favorite shredded blends, such as cheddar, pizza cheese, or Colby-jack. Add some salt and pepper and form into a ball. Roll in crushed nuts, chili flakes, or paprika and refrigerate until firm.

Nifty nuts to nosh. Nuts are a great source of protein and they are the perfect accompaniment to many different kinds of drinks at a holiday party. Toast nuts, like pistachios, peanuts, and pecans, in a dry skillet, and then toss with a drizzle of honey and some fresh rosemary while still warm. Spread out on parchment until dry and serve in pretty stainless-steel or crystal dishes during cocktail hour or your annual celebration.  

Salty and sweet bites. Buy fresh dates — if possible — and wrap each one with a thin slice of ham or prosciutto.  Having trouble finding fresh dates? Wrap cubes of fresh melon and secure each appetizer with a toothpick for a delicious treat

A beautiful board. Create your own charcuterie platter with toasted flatbreads, briny olives, and an assortment of meats and cheeses. Visit a deli for the best selection of meats, like salami, ham, turkey, and aged cheeses, like cheddar, gruyere, and parmesan shards. These boards are simple to assemble and are always a hit at a party!

Your guests won't mind that you didn't spend all day in front of a hot oven; what your loved ones really want this season is to spend time with you. Make things easy on yourself and enjoy this special time with your guests with these simple suggestions. Try these tasty and amazingly easy snacks for your holiday get-together this year.