Here’s a holiday season hack for you: always have easy appetizer ideas in your back pocket. That way, when you inevitably have unexpected house guests or a turkey that’s taking longer than expected to cook, you’ll stay cool as a cucumber. Read on to discover some of our favorite appetizers that all use just three ingredients or less.

Best Breadsticks Ever

How fancy do these breadsticks from Kiwi & Carrot look?! Using premade puff pastry makes them super easy to pull off, even if you’re not a master baker. To get the recipe, click here.


Crock Pot Glazed Kielbasa Bites

This genius recipe from Julie’s Eats and Treats is totally hands-off, thanks to the magical crock pot. It’s made with kielbasa, brown sugar and one unexpected ingredient—click here to get all the details.

Bacon Wrapped Cherries with Thyme

It might sound strange, but stay with us: these bacon-wrapped cherries from We Are Not Martha are delicious. The savory bacon makes a perfect contrast for tart, juicy cherries. Click here to get the recipe.

Quick Dinner Rolls

Start your meal off with these yummy dinner rolls from Life, Love and Good Food. No rising required—just mix up the three ingredients and bake the rolls in a muffin tin. Get the recipe by clicking here.

Everything Parmesan Crisps

This inventive take on a crispy cracker from The Suburban Soapbox is bound to be a hit with cheese lovers. Even better, they come together in less than 10 minutes, leaving you more time to obsess over the rest of the menu. To grab the recipe, click here.

Creamy Salsa Dip

For a crowd-pleasing appetizer, whip up a batch of this super easy dip from Simply Stacie. Paired with fresh veggies and tortilla chips, don’t be surprised if this one disappears fast. To snag the recipe, click here.

Classy Pigs in a Blanket

Make your party extra magical with an appetizer that only uses two (count ‘em, two!) ingredients. These pigs in a blanket are the definition of simple—and you can even add a touch of sesame seeds to up the wow factor. Get the recipe over at Culinary Hill.

Raspberry Cream Cheese Dip

We love this salty-sweet dip recipe from Tastes of Lizzy T’s, and since it’s made with just two ingredients (cream cheese and jam) you can have it ready in two minutes flat. Serve it up with buttery Ritz crackers and get dipping. Click here to grab the recipe.

Ham-Wrapped Cornichons

This light snack from The PKP Way has that throwback holiday party feel and is super quick to put together—you can even get your mini sous chefs involved in prepping the rolls. The crunchy-salty-sour combo is definitely a winner. Click here to get the recipe.

Blue Cheese Pull Apart Biscuits

Serving something warm to take the chill off is also the perfect way to welcome guests. This recipe from Pack Momma combines a couple of our favorite things—flaky biscuits and flavorful blue cheese—to make a melty, bubbly appetizer perfect for a crowd. Drooling yet? Get the recipe by clicking here.

Honey-Roasted Pecans

If you’re worried about dinner timing or want something festive (and deceptively simple) on your snack tray, make a batch of these honey-roasted pecans from Trial and Eater for guests to graze on throughout the day. The recipe couldn't be easier, but it’s way more delicious than the store-bought kind. Get the recipe by clicking here.

Bacon-Wrapped Potato Wedges

Potato wedges just got even tastier, thanks to this recipe from A Calculated Whisk. How? Why, wrap them in bacon, of course! Now you’ve got an appetizer fit for a hungry crowd of grown-ups and kiddos alike. To snag the recipe, click here.

Baked Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups

For an appetizer that’s a bit more filling, try these yummy roll-ups from Pumpkin ‘n Spice. It’s easy to customize them with your favorite meats, cheeses and seasonings. As a bonus, you can keep this recipe in rotation for school lunches. Get the details by clicking here.

— Susie Foresman



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