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Holiday Appetizer Joy | Recipes from Holly Clegg

Holly Clegg


Dec 17th, 2014

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Tis the season to entertain! The holidays are a magical time of fun, festivities – and best of all – food! But before you know it, they can turn into one of the busiest, most stressful seasons making your ‘To Do’ list longer than ever. My perfect party recipes to the rescue! If you are like me, I always need a quick recipe to whip up to feed a crowd during December and I am here to help, keeping the stress out of the kitchen. These days the pace is fast and the days are busy, so I enjoy hosting a party full of pick-ups and appetizers, rather than a sit down formal dinner – giving everyone the opportunity to come whenever, mingle, talk, and try a sampling of many different foods.  I always reach for healthy Fresh to Go pre-cut veggies and fruit for timesaving ingredients that could not be easier. Star Market’s fresh French bread alone is always a yummy way to please guests but with a little creativity, topped with Fresh to Go meats, artisan cheeses, or your favorite spreads or dips – the options are endless. I have had great success spreading the food throughout my home taking advantage of coffee tables and other serving places around the house promoting a flow of people from room to room.

It is possible to stay healthy and stress-free this season – just keep these easy, crowd-pleasing recipes and tips in mind for simple go-to delicious bites of goodness your guests will request for holidays to come.

  • A plate of artisan cheese and crackers with an assortment of seedless grapes makes a quick and easy, extra special appetizer.  Garnish with spiced walnuts.
  • Label the assortment of different artisan cheeses so guests know what they are tasting.
  • Serve only picks ups, so there are no utensils needed.
  • Pick up small rolls for meat and pre-cut to serve easier.
  • A glass bowl filled with Pomegranates or cranberries makes a festive centerpiece.
  • Fanned fresh strawberries are easy and beautiful as garnishes.
  • Order holiday festive cookies or pies from the bakery for extra ease!
  • Remember to plan ahead and prepare some recipes ahead and freeze.
  • Serve dips with pre-cut Fresh to Go veggies and crackers for a low-calorie easy and healthy option. 

Need some healthy holiday recipe ideas?  Give any of these a try!

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Pick up your favorite Artisan bread, hollow out and serve with this extraordinary dip with creamy brie and parmesan!
Get the recipe here.


Southwestern Sensation Meaty Dip

A few southwestern staples, meat and Fresh to Go chopped seasonings make this an all-time favorite dip!
Get the recipe here.


Festive Feta Dip

Six ingredients will captivate your taste buds!
Get the recipe here.


Artichoke French Bread

This is definitely a “knock it out of the park” recipe!
Get the recipe here.


Red Velvet Brownies

What can be better than red velvet and white chocolate?  This decadent holiday brownie is perfect for parties, treats or even as a gift!
Get the recipe here.


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