Classic Appetizers For Your Next Holiday Party

December 7, 2017

The hosts of generations past knew how to throw a party. Bring back these retro hits for your holiday gathering.

Emily Balk
Classic Appetizers for your Holiday Party

Devils on horseback

Also known as bacon-wrapped dates, Devils on horseback are dead simple and incredibly delicious - far more than the sum of their parts. And they sure know how to scratch the itch for salty, sweet, nutty, crisp and chewy all at once.

Makes 20


  • 20 dates, pitted. (Pro tip: find these in your grocery store’s bulk section)
  • 10 slices of bacon, sliced in half crosswise. Regular bacon is best here. Do not use thick-cut bacon.
  • 20 whole, unsalted roasted almonds
  • ¼ cup plain goat cheese (optional)
  • 20 plain wood toothpicks


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place toothpicks in a bowl of water and set aside to soak.
  3. Cut a single slit all the way down the side of the dates from end to end.
  4. Place an almond in the cavity of the date.
  5. Place a pea-sized amount of goat cheese in the cavity of the date.
  6. Wrap each stuffed date with a half slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
  7. Place dates on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake about 25 minutes in the oven, or until the bacon is crisp.


Classic Appetizers for your Holiday PartyDeviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are easy to love, endlessly riffable and don’t suffer from sitting out on the party tray.

We've got a wicked good recipe with a kick in 'em. But if wasabi isn't your thing, you can explore these 20 variations on the deviled egg from Southern Living.


Classic Appetizers for your Holiday Party

Swedish Meatballs

You could pick up a bag of meatballs at Ikea. Or, impress yourself and your guests with delicately spiced, perfectly toothpick-sized homemade Swedish meatballs.

Check our our recipe with a sour pomegranate sauce. Alton Brown also shows you how it’s done on The Food Network.


Classic Appetizers for your Holiday Party


No, we’re not talking about Uncle Larry and his dad jokes. The cheeseball, a most Midwestern cocktail party snack, is high on the spreadability factor. No more broken crackers!

You can try this olive and blue cheese cheeseball recipe from Better Homes & Gardens, but a quick internet search reveals that the variations are as numerous as the lakes of Minnesota.


Classic Appetizers for your Holiday Party


Ok, so you decided you need some vegetables in the mix and artichoke dip doesn’t count. Crudités are the bright, fresh foil to the rest of a rich spread.

Real Simple shows you how to set up a crudité platter that won’t disappoint.


  • December 7, 2017