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The holidays can stir up a lot of emotions. The first that comes to mind is anxiety. Hah — isn’t that terrible?! But it’s true! Although we’d all like our holidays to be like those cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies (which I LOVE by the way) real life just isn’t like that. You might have family that lives out of town and stays with you for a week over Christmas break–feeding 10 people for a week could incite fear in even the most seasoned cook. Maybe you host the big holiday meal with all your loved ones from near and far–you know they’re just happy to get together but it’d be nice to serve them something delicious, right? Perhaps your entire family lives in the same city so you have 4 different celebrations to attend for each holiday (this would be me!) and everyone knows you’re a food blogger so there’s kind of this (self imposed) expectation to bring something unique and tasty. Whatever the case, the holidays seem to bring about a smattering of intense feelings and I want to share with you a few of my tried and true, family favorite appetizers to make your holiday season a little brighter. But mostly I just want to make it easier for you!
These recipes are simple, easy and above all else, really freakin’ delicious! If you’ve got a house full of guests, don’t hesitate to put them to work helping you prep, bake or cook some of these tasty bites. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that people like to feel useful and they’re more likely to eat the food if they’ve had some part in making it. Take some of the pressure off this season and let me plan your appetizer menu for you!
These appetizers will have your family coming back for seconds and asking for the recipe!