The last few months of the year are always filled with parties and gift giving and sparkly lights and champagne. Each year really does feel a little more special than the last. Of course with the most splendid and cozy time of year comes holiday parties with co-workers and spouses and friends and family and anyone else you can think of. While a meat and cheese plate is a classic choice and will never be sniffed at, there's room for a little variety when choosing a dish to impress your boss with. Here are 10 dishes to impress anyone's palate during this festive season.
1) Cranberry Jalapeno Dip from Sparrows and Lilly
This dip is unstoppable! One bite is never enough with this sweet but spicy dip. The cream cheese makes a delicious contrast to the zippy jalapeños. Addictive!
2) Feta & Olive Phyllo Cigars from the Kitchn
With a little practice, phyllo dough can be a great addition to any appetizer spread. These delectable Feta & Olive Phyllo Cigars can be prepared ahead of time to bring to a holiday party.
3) Raspberry Bride Dessert Pizza with Rosemary and Candied Pecans from Completely Delicious.
This is a great dish to prepare ahead of time and bring to the party with you. It's just fine if it doesn't make it into the oven until after the hostess is done cooking. It makes a great dessert too!
4) Herbed Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms from Peas and Crayons.
Savory, whipped goat cheese, fresh herbs and a sweet balsamic vinegar reduction are combined into mushrooms for an over-the-top, delicious appetizer.
5) French Quarter Cheese Spread by Taste of Home.
Ready for a dish that you can be sure no one else will bring? Try this French Quarter Cheese Spread. Sweet and savory, this is always a runaway hit that is easy to make ahead of time.
6) Mini Caprese Skewers by Reluctant Entertainer
These Caprese skewers are a perfect finger food and can be drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. A classic appetizer!
7) Garlic Pull Apart Bread by StreetSmart Kitchen
Nothing is better than delicious, warm, melty, gooey cheesy pull apart bread. Nothing.
8) Easy Tomato Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze by Ahead of Thyme
This bruschetta has the perfect blend of juicy tomato, tangy balsamic, onion, basil and olive oil and it does even better when you make it ahead of time and let all the flavors and ingredients come together. It can be store in a dish and party goers can serve it onto slice crostini themselves.
9) Baked Brie with Blackberry Compote and Spicy Candied Pecans by Foolproof Living.
Prepare to have your holiday socks knocked clean off with this baked brie. It is the perfectly decadent dish that defines the holidays. Her technique of baking the brie separately from the compote creates the perfectly melty-ness we crave with the tartness of the berries. A must try!
10) Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies by The Chunky Chef
No one turns down these oh so tasty weenies wrapped in savory bacon and rolled in brown sugar. They taste just as good once they've cooled so they make the perfect make ahead snack to bring to a holiday party.