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Appetizers in 30 Minutes or Less: 8 Delicious Options

If you regularly host or attend parties throughout the year, having a repertoire of easy and delicious appetizers is a must. Whether you’re looking for something fresh and crisp or warm and cheesy, these eight options will have you covered for any occasion. Make sure you always have these ingredients on hand so that you can whip up a plate at a moment’s notice!

Cranberry Feta Pinwheels

Everyone loves a pinwheel—they’re easy to eat, packed with flavour, and seem to disappear the minute they’re placed on the table! These cranberry feta pinwheels are especially festive during the holidays, but their bright and bold flavour is welcome any time of year. Make sure to choose large enough tortillas or wraps to hold all of the filling for easy slicing. You can make these ahead and refrigerate for 24 hours before slicing.

Pistachio Twists

A deliciously simple appetizer that will impress everyone who takes a bite, these pistachio twists are a great addition to any food table—they can be used alongside dips or eaten alone. Frozen puff pastry forms the bulk of these twists, so make sure to always have some on hand. Spreading the crushed pistachios on both sides of the pastry sheet will ensure even coverage of the toppings. You can experiment with adding other flavours, too, like cranberries or seeds.

Fried Chicken and Pulled Pork Cornbread Poppers

For a twist on traditional jalapeño poppers, these mini muffins combine the spice and brine of jalapeño with the sweet and smooth cornbread flavour. Frozen popcorn chicken and premade pulled pork make your prep work much simpler, plus you can keep the ingredients for these poppers on hand regularly to make whenever company arrives.

Cucumber Canapes

A simple and elegant appetizer, cucumber canapes are a staple at fancy brunches and tea parties. However, guests love these small bites on all occasions because they’re a great palate cleanser between nibbles of other, richer foods. Make your prep even faster by purchasing premade herbed cheese spread rather than making your own. You can easily chill these if you make them ahead of time.

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Baked Cheesy Onion Dip

Onion dip is a party favourite, so impress your guests by taking it up a notch and turning the classic cold dip into a bubbling warm, cheesy appetizer. Caramelizing the onions before baking with the cheeses is a key step to building the flavour, so make sure you set up your workstation to multitask while the onions are sizzling away. Serve right out of the oven for the best experience.

Toasted Ravioli

This ravioli will become your go-to hot appetizer for gatherings all year long. Without using any special equipment, you can fry frozen ravioli and make it taste as if you’ve spent hours in the kitchen—but really, you’ll only need about 15 minutes! Using frozen ravioli cuts down on prep time and doesn’t alter the flavour at all. Serve with a marinara dipping sauce and freshly grated cheese on top.

Italian Beef Sliders

This easy appetizer bakes as a single dish but can be broken up into individual sandwiches —the perfect solution for big crowds. You can prep the sandwiches a day in advance if necessary and cook right before the party, just wait to add the melted butter and seasoning mix until you’re ready to bake. You can easily replace the meat or cheese with other varieties as your guests prefer.

Tomato Bruschetta with Garlic and Basil

If you’re looking for an appetizer that seems fancy but has minimal prep, this bruschetta checks all the boxes. A fresh appetizer that is perfect for any occasion from brunch to cocktail hour, this tomato bruschetta recipe is simple to serve at home or transport to a gathering offsite. The key to this recipe is sautéing the garlic before mixing with the other ingredients; you’ll bring out a much richer flavour than raw garlic alone. Also, make sure to generously coat your baguette with olive oil before toasting in the oven—that will ensure the crispiest possible bite! Serve with the tomato mix spooned on top or as a dip next to the baguette pieces.

No matter the occasion, everyone will love these appetizers—and you’ll love how easy they are to make!

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Swap the Figgy Pudding with These Heavenly Holiday Appetizers

‘Tis the season! As the weather gets colder, gift shopping begins, and Mariah Carey takes over the radio, you know that it’s finally the holiday season. 

Whether you’re hosting a party or want to impress your loved ones with a tasty appetizer they’re sure to love, this is the perfect master list of delicious fan favourites. From sweet to savoury to 19+, these recipes are perfect for sharing with your holiday guests. 

Cranberry Brie Bites

This classy, upscale holiday appetizer will leave your guests begging for more. The recipe is easy to make and beginner-friendly with a quick 35 minute completion time and a yield of 24. This recipe tends to be a fan favourite, with reviewers on Delish loving the cross between the sour-sweet flavour of the cranberry mixed with the savoury brie. Overall, this recipe boasts a 4.7-star rating with over 420 reviews—it’s guaranteed to satisfy your holiday hankerings!

Pull-Apart Christmas Tree

Anything shaped like a Christmas tree is likely to bring up the holiday spirit! If you’re a fan of classic cheesy bread, this has the perfect celebration twist. The flavours of garlic, mozzarella, and dough make it a hit for all audiences with very little effort. Mix it with a side of marinara and serve! One serving yields 8, but you can easily double it. Its preparation time is 20 minutes, followed by a 20-minute cooking period. Plus, this easy-to-eat appetizer is perfect for serving at larger family celebrations!

Cheddar Holly Crackers

If you’re looking to impress your guests with an aesthetic and delicious appetizer, these cheddar holly crackers are perfect for your get-together. The crackers are perfect passing-by snacks, and they are sure to be popular with the younger members of your holiday celebration. The recipe takes 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete and yields 4 dozen cheddar crackers. Plus, you can make them into any shape you desire, from snowmen to presents and trees.

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Hot Toddy with Charred Oranges

Say, what’s in this drink? Even if it’s cold outside for your holiday celebration, warm your guests up with a smoky, festive mix between roasted citrus and bourbon. You’ll feel sophisticated and classy presenting and drinking this delicious concoction by the fire. Truly, this drink will be the talk of the evening. 

Pimiento Cheese Deviled Eggs

This recipe provides the perfect twist on a classically festive holiday dish. The cheese adds a rich, silky quality to the deviled eggs and a punch of savoury flavour. These are easy to serve and share with as many guests as you’d like. Plus, they are relatively cheap to buy and easy to make. The recipe yields 12 eggs and takes a total of 40 minutes to complete. Add some roasted red pepper seasoning to top off the eggs and to give them a festive flavour and decorative colour pop. 

Healthy Christmas Hummus Wreath

When it comes to appetizers, dips and sauces are always a go-to staple for the evening—so why not make it festive and healthy? This gorgeous (and delicious) recipe from Two Healthy Kitchens has simple, easy-to-use ingredients that will make this recipe a staple for holiday hosting. The recipe produces one serving platter and is ready for guests in less than 30 minutes. Not only is it quick, easy, gluten-free, and vegetarian, it also sports a 4.6-star rating among the community of holiday hostesses. Add some nutrition (and decoration!) to spread your celebration into a success!

Whether you’re looking for fun, festive, unique, or stand-out, you’re sure to wow your loved ones with any one of these tasty appetizer recipes. Enjoy!