Easy Holiday Hors d'oeuvres

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Popping back in again today, to share with you some easy holiday hors d'oeuvres that you can whip up in no time. The week before Christmas, Olivia, Christine, Dana, and I hosted a little NYC Blogger Holiday Party.  The theme was 1960's Mad Men. Once Olivia picked the theme, I knew I had the perfect outfit... an emerald green shift dress and matching jacket with rhinestone buttons, that belonged to my Great Grandmother (the hat I found day-of and it just so happened to match the exact color of the dress).  For the day of, I was in charge of the food.  Leading up to the party I had been traveling non-stop, which left little to no time to plan the menu, so I naturally waited until the last minute (which just so happens to be when I do my best work).

The Sunday before the party (party was on a Monday).  I started early okay, I started late, but the important part is I got it all done! Even though the holiday season is coming to an end, these hors d'oeuvres are great for any type of party you may have coming up.  Maybe you decided to keep you NYE low key, and invited a few people over... if so, these dishes, while super easy to make, are sure to please your guest.

The Menu:

  • Honey Salmon Roll
  • Holiday Crostini
  • Apple Pom Hand Pies
  • Festive Cheese Log
  • Caprese Skewers
  • Sweet Nibbler Mix

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 Honey Salmon Roll 

  • Smoked Salmon
  • Cucumber
  • Honey Mustard

Slice salmon in to long thin stripes, coat inside with honey mustard.  Cut off the ends of the cucumber; slice into small thin slices, about 2" long. Place 3-4 cucumber slices in the center and roll until secure.

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 Holiday Crostini 

  • Baguette, sliced
  • Prosciutto
  • Goat Cheese
  • Basil Pesto
  • Raspberries

Pre-heat over to 350 degrees. Place sliced bread on a baking sheet and drizzle both sides with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper; bake in oven for approx 5 min on each side, or until golden brown; remove from oven and left cool.  Now it's time to build your crostini! Starting with the toasted bread, place a piece of prosciutto, then smear goat cheese, a drop of pesto, topped with a raspberry.  The combination of salty-sweet is AMAZING!

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 Apple-Pom Hand Pies 

  • 2 green apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 package pre-made pie crust (or homemade)
  • 1 egg white

Pre heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix apples, pomegranate seeds, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and corn starch in a pan and heat for approx. min until apples are tender; mix well.  Meanwhile, spread out pie crust and cut into small circles, using a drinking glass.  Remove pie mixture from heat.  Add one to two spoonfuls of mixture to the center of the pie crust and then fold in half, create a half circle shape;  close with the tip of a fork.  Brush pie crust with egg white.  Place in oven and bake for approx. 25-30 min or until golden brown.

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 Festive Cheese Log (recipe on MadeByGirl now!) 

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 Caprese Skewers 

  • Fresh Bite-Size Mozzarella Balls
  • Fresh Basil
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Wooden Skewers (broken in half)

Pretty easy, just add all onto skewer, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  That's it!

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Sweet Nibbler Mix

  • 1/2 Cup Cherries
  • 1/2 Cup Chex
  • 1/2 Cup Kix
  • Assorted Nuts...

... Not so fast, did you think I was going to give away my Mom's secret recipe just like that? My mom has been making "Sweet Nibbler Mix", for the holidays, my whole life.  Anyone who knows me personally and has tried it knows... it's fantastic! Over the years, tweaks have been made here and there to perfect the recipe.  I  recently started making it myself about 4 years ago and have also made some tweaks.  As much as I would love to share it with you, some things have to stay in the family.  Even if you are a blogger that shares a lot.  Sorry ladies (and some gents), but if you want to try this one, you'll just have to come to my holiday party next year!

Any special hors d'oeuvres or appetizers you love to make around this time of year? Any family recipes you're not sharing with anyone, either?