One of the many great things about deep winter–others include guilt-free Netflix binges and layering–is that chilly temps offer an excuse for indulging in all the most decadent comfort foods. In some ways, this makes entertaining easier, as anything deep-fried with cheese is bound to be a crowd pleaser. Heartier foods are especially great to serve in miniature so as not to cause instantaneous food comas, which is why we scoured our favorite food blogs to find the perfect appetizer recipes to serve this season. Here are ten mouth-watering homemade nibbles that will help you and your friends hibernate until the spring thaw.
Nobody doesn't like pizza, especially when it comes by the handful. Get the recipe here.
Just imagine how you would feel if you trekked through the rain, sleet, and snow to a house party expecting Chex Mix and instead found these insane concoctions floating about. Get the recipe here.
Slow Cooker Carnitas Taco Bites
We'll admit to being tempted to serve up $1 tacos from the nearby taco stand instead of going to all the trouble of making these, but then what would we brag about on Instagram for the rest of the winter? Get the recipe here.
Grilled Jerk Corn
Light but filling, these spicy treats take only about 15 minutes to make. Get the recipe here.
Bacon Caramel Corn
We know food crack when we see it, so buyer beware on this one as they don't make rehab programs for popcorn. Get the recipe here.
Mini Polenta Grilled Cheese
We suggest serving this sophisticated take on a grilled cheese sandwich in waves throughout at the night, as it's certainly not going to decrease in popularity once the champagne starts to flow. Get the recipe here.
Almond Crusted Sweet Potato Tenders with Mint and Pistachio Chutney
This one's basically a green juice compared to the others on this list, so be sure to add it into the mix from time to time to balance out your menu. Get the recipe here.
Pulled Pork Pop Tarts
The best thing about this dish is how easy it is to eat while socializing. Get the recipe here.
Broccoli Rabe Arancini with Marinara Sauce
You can serve your best risotto in portable form via this Sicilian rice ball recipe, which has a little green thrown into it for good measure. Get the recipe here.