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Entertain With Simple Holiday Hors d'Oeuvres

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(NC) - Easy and elegant, many appetizers can be prepared in a pinch, without leaving your wallet pinched.

  • Keep the menu simple with olives, cheese, crackers and assorted nuts... include toasted walnuts to really get into the spirit of the season.

  • Mix ready-made appetizers with homemade ones to keep the prep work simple and the food tasting delicious.

  • Add a twist to staple starters - rather than using pumpernickel as a base for smoked salmon, spread flavoured cream cheese over cucumber slices and top with the salmon.

  • Have basics on hand and you can whip up a last-minute party platter in no time: roasted red peppers, bread sticks, pesto, olive oil, prosciutto, olives and tapenade.

  • If the hors d'oeuvres are the highlight of the party, consider heartier snacks, such as mini-sandwiches, meat skewers or a cheese fondue.

  • Many appetizers can be prepared ahead of time. Organize vegetable and dip trays, prep the ingredients for your canapés, then cover and refrigerate overnight.

  • Don't forget to stock bar basics, or keep your drink offerings simple by sticking with wine and a holiday cocktail.

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