7 Hors D’oeuvres Perfect For Holiday Entertaining

by Hillary Eaton

Possibly the best part of holiday season is the excuse to get festive and invite some friends over to eat, drink and be merry. To prepare you for the eat part, we’ve rounded up the best hors d’oeuvre recipes that Instagram has to offer. Whether you’re looking to warm up your tests pre-dinner party or are keeping things light, these savory and sweet treats (we’re talking everything from stationary cheese dips to the elegant oyster and even mini desserts) are all you need to impress your guests and inspire the hashtag #bestpartyever.


You'll Have Them Eating Out Of The Palm Of Your Hand.


Fig and Feta Crostinis

In terms of little bites, it can’t get much easier, or more delicious than an embellished crostini for holiday entertaining. We like Love and Lemons' simple, yet elegant version that uses fig and fresh mint to make this goat cheese crostini.


Caramelized Fennel and Leek Cheese Dip

Cheese dips are the perfect stationary hors d'oeuvres, allowing guests to serve themselves and stay interactive. Go with an upgraded take on a cheese dip like A Cozy Kitchen’s caramelized fennel and leek version and your guests will have found the perfect spot to stand around.


Spicy Gochujang Pigs in a Blanket

While pigs in a blanket may seem like a been-there-done-that kind of hors d'oeuvre, you can always bring it up a notch by adding an unexpected flavor into the mix. Try adding some heat with the tasty Korean seasoning Gochujang like Two Red Bowls and get ready for some compliments.



Never underestimate the oyster. These tasty bivalves need nothing more than to be cracked open, placed on ice, and served alongside some lemon wedges for your guests to squeeze overtop and you’re good to go.


Jalapeño Deviled Eggs

Traditional comfort foods are perfect for winter time entertaining, so look no further than an inspired take on the deviled egg by Fix Feast Flair. Just incorporate some Tabasco and jalapeno into the yolk mixture and vóila.


Mini Apple Rose Tarts

These cute mini apple tarts from I am a Food Blog use apricot preserves and an ample sprinkle of cinnamon for the perfect hint of holiday spice. Even better? The recipe uses frozen puff pastry and the intricate rose design can be easily sculpted with simple apple slices for an easy-to-put-together recipe with maximum wow factor.

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Hazelnut Mini Cakes

These bite-sized hazelnut cakes from My Name is Yeh are dipped in chocolate and finished off with a dusting of colorful sprinkles for a mini cake as absolutely cute as it is mouthwatering.