Choose these easy, no-mess appetizers when you need to take a dish to the party and feel confident that it will be perfect
when you arrive.
Roquefort Cheesecake with Pear Preserves and Pecans
Make this savory cheesecake and let it chill overnight, or longer. It’s easy to transport to a party on a platter since there’s
nothing to spill or jiggle. When you get to the party, top the cheesecake with preserves and pecans.
Add festive holiday flavor to toasted mixed nuts with vanilla, cinnamon, allspice and cardamom. Spiced nuts are close to being
the perfect portable appetizer: make-ahead, no liquids to spill during transport, no reheating required, and an empty, non-messy
bowl guaranteed at the end of the party.
Offer a festive alternative to tomato salsa during the holidays with this make-ahead salsa featuring fresh cranberries and
jalapeño pepper. You can make the salsa up to a month ahead and freeze. When it’s time to take it to the party, just thaw,
spoon into a serving bowl, and bring along a bag of tortilla chips.
Smoked salmon is always a special treat, and this creamy dip is a great way to feature its rich flavor. Since it’s a relatively
thick dip, it’s easy to transport in a festive serving dish covered with plastic wrap. You can pre-chop some fresh veggies
to serve with the dip, or just buy a package of breadsticks or crackers.
Make several batches of these easy cheese straws before the holiday season gets started, and freeze them in heavy-duty zip-lock
plastic bags. When you need something to take to a party, just take some out of the freeze about 30 minutes before you leave.
Take them to the party in the bag and arrange them on a platter or in julep cups after you arrive.
These savory, buttery cheese wafers have just a touch of sweetness from the dried cranberries and are perfect for a holiday
cocktail buffet. You can transport and serve them in a festive tin or put them in a heavy-duty plastic bag and arrange on
a platter when you get to the party.
When you take a dip to a party, it's a good idea to take a thick dip that's not likely to slosh out of the dish during transport.
A creamy, garlicky bean dip like this one is ideal, especially since it's supposed to stand at room temperature about 30 minutes
before serving. Just bring along a bag of pita chips for dippers.
Even though this make-ahead spread is super easy, the smoked salmon adds a bit of sophistication. You can't go wrong when
you show up with this tasty salmon appetizer, and you an be assured that you won't be taking any back home.
These savory shortbread rounds will be a welcome addition to any party and are sturdy enough to travel. In addition to the
batch you're bringing for guest to enjoy, package a few extra in a decorative box and give as a hostess gift along with a
bottle of wine.
Freeze a batch of these at the start of the holiday season, and you'll always have finger food ready to go – they'll keep
in your freezer for up to a month. For easy transport, just put them in a glass jar and take an extra one to leave as gift
for your host.
This tangy seafood spread with crostini is an all-around schedule-saver–you can prepare it up to two days in advance of your
party and whisk it right out the door. To save even more time, serve with crackers instead of baking the bread slices for