Easy Make Ahead Holiday Appetizers

The key to holiday bliss when hosting? Planning ahead. And while we can’t help with everything you need to make your houseguests feel merry and bright, we can take one thing off your to-dos with these easy, make-ahead appetizers.

(Quick tip: Go on and save this post for later so you'll have it for your holiday grocery list!)

Cranberry-Jalapeno Cream Cheese Dip

Cranberry Jalapeño Cheese Dip is a fusion where the tartness of cranberries mingles with the spicy kick of jalapeños, all softened by a creamy background of cheese. It's not just a dip; it's an experience! Prepare it ahead, and let those flavors further meld together. Just be ready at unveiling for a chorus of 'oohs' and 'aahs' from your guests. 

Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Bacon
Sweet meets savory in this make-ahead masterpiece. Plump dates with their caramel-like sweetness pair perfectly with crispy bacon, ready to assemble in advance and serve warm when your guests arrive.

Caprese Skewers  

Imagine capturing the sun-kissed vibrancy of summer and serving it up in December with these Caprese Skewers. Fresh, juicy cherry tomatoes pair with soft, creamy mozzarella and a bright basil leaf, brought together with a drizzle of balsamic glaze and a sprinkle of sea salt. Prep these in advance and watch as your guests are transported to warmer days with every mouthful.

With these recipes, you can give yourself a head and focus on enjoying your loved ones rather than stressing out in the kitchen. You've got the holiday cheer, and now, you have the recipes to match!

Sources:

https://www.melskitchencafe.com/cranberry-jalapeno-cream-cheese-dip-sugar-rush-reinvented-7/

https://julieblanner.com/stuffed-dates-wrapped-in-bacon/

https://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/249065/tomato-basil-skewers/

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