Yummy Holiday Appetizers That Will Make Your Mouth Water

The holidays are a time of family and cheer. But let’s face it, there’s another reason we love this season so much – the food. While classic holiday dishes are great, the same meal line-up every year might leave you feeling uninspired. How about trying something less traditional? Don’t worry. You don’t have to nix the turkey and ham if you don’t want to. There’s another option that’s perfect for testing something new: holiday appetizers! They’re small enough to be creative and yummy, but not steal the spotlight from the main course. Here are four takes on holiday appetizers that we think you’re going to love.

1. Cranberry Sauce Wings

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Cranberry sauce and poultry are staples for Thanksgiving dinner. So why not combine the two? It’s pretty common to use a chili and raspberry sauce on wings, making cranberry an interesting substitute for this mixture. The sauce is made from canned cranberry sauce mixed with some orange juice, apple cider vinegar, ketchup, and a blend of spices. The wings are seasoned with salt and pepper then baked until crispy. For an extra kick, try coating the wings in some cayenne or chili pepper before you toss them in the sauce.

2. Honey BBQ Chicken Kabobs

The honey flavor of your favorite Christmas ham marries together with the smokiness of BBQ in this holiday appetizer. Mix together a marinade of honey, soy sauce, and Dijon mustard with a BBQ sauce of your choice then add the chicken to the mix for two hours. In the meantime, preheat your indoor grill. Don’t have one? A baking sheet works just as well. Skewer the chicken and veggies then grill over medium heat for 10-12 minutes. For baking, preheat to 450°F and let them do their thing for 25-30 minutes. You’ll have a delicious appetizer in no time.

3. Mini Mac & Cheese Bites

Looking for something kid-friendly? These mac & cheese bites are a good choice. The mac is made from scratch with a mix of sharp cheddar and Swiss cheeses. Scoop the mac into muffin tin cups lined with bread crumbs, then top with shredded cheddar. But, that’s not all – these bites have a unique texture, thanks to a special ingredient. Before you combine the noodles and cheese sauce, you want to add a biscuit mix. This helps the noodles stick together and creates a fluffier consistency. It’s like biting into a little, cheesy cloud of goodness.

4. Sweet Potato Rounds with Goat Cheese

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Sweet potatoes are another holiday must-have and these rounds are a nice take on a classic. Simply slice your sweet potatoes into disks, brush with oil, and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes then top with a goat cheese and honey mixture. Complete the dish with some pecans and dried cranberries. A simple, yet scrumptious dish perfect for any holiday get-together.

Holiday Appetizers Are Only the Start

Your appetizers are just the beginning. Don’t feel like cooking the rest of the meal? We’ve got you covered. Adam’s Taphouse and Grille can take things a step further and bring your holiday dinner from great to epic. Our catering menu boasts a large variety of flavorful, juicy BBQ that is sure to impress your family and friends. Let us handle the details so you don’t have to. Check out Adam’s Taphouse and Grille holiday catering today!