A festive meal of all appetizers and only appetizers

32 recipes for the mix-and-match dinner of your dreams this holiday.

32 recipes for the mix-and-match dinner of your dreams this holiday

This may be a soirée-free holiday season — with good reason — but that doesn't mean we have to skip one of the best parts of it: the standout party food. We're talking all the appetizers; rich dips, seafood bites, plates of puffs, beautiful boards of meat and cheese, and more. Even if you're hanging out solo this season, why not treat yourself to the thing you wish you were sinking your teeth into? You don't need a gathering to do it. In the weeks ahead, may we recommend making appetizers to dine on as dinner. Below, some of our selects to inspire your menu. Scroll through and pick your favourites, scale them back as desired, and pair however you please. 

Fancy fries:

Chunky Halloumi Chips

(Credit: Danny Rohrer)

Furikake Fries

(Credit: Hungry Gap Productions Ltd.)

Zucchini Fries with Chunky Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce

Hot dips:

Baked Broccoli Stem Dip

(Photography by Leila Ashtari)

Gruyere and Emmental Fondue


(Credit: Overbudget Inc)

… and cool ones:

Borani-yeh Kadoo

(Photography by Eric Wolfinger)

Mast-o Khiar

Sweet Potato and Labneh Dip

Guacamole with Grilled Jalapenos

(Photo: David Bagosy, Styling: Melissa Direnzo)

Beautiful boards:

Vegan Vibes with Cashew Ricotta Cheese

(Photo credit: Lisa Dawn Bolton)

Chocolate Charcuterie Dessert Board

(Photo credit: Lisa Dawn Bolton)

Sweet and Sour Quickled Peaches

(Photography by Leila Ashtari)

Delightful bites:

Devils On Horseback

Nadia's Lamb Ribs

Shelly's Corn Pakoras with Sabz Chutney


Delhi Papri Chaat

(Photo credit: Martin Poole)

Asparagus, Prosciutto and Parmesan Turnovers

(Photography by Marcella DiLonardo)


(Photography by Soo Kim)

Pigs in a Blanket

Marta Ramirez Guerra's Colombian Beef Empanadas

(Courtesy of El Bosco Catering)

Buffalo Cauliflower Hot Wings

Seafood to snack on:

Albacore Tartare

(Photography by Rick O'Brien)

Fried Steamer Clams

(Credit: Rick O'Brien)

3 easy takes on escargot

Baked Lobster Dip

Oysters & Mignonette, 2 Ways

(Courtesy of Chuck Hughes)

Smoked Salmon Potato Bites

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