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The Holiday Season is upon us and that means having good eats on hand to impress your guests. Here are five ideas to make your parties a smashingly great success!

To start, slice a baguette into 1/2″ diagonal slices.   Heat a large skillet with a teaspoon or two of olive oil and over medium-high heat let them sizzle on one side until the edges are brown – a minute or two. Alternatively, brush with oil olive and toast in a 350 degree oven.

Gorgonzola and Pear – top middle

This is one of my favorite combinations on or off the bread!  Let the cheese soften a bit at room temperature than spread onto the toasted bread. Top with the sliced pears, chopped toasted walnuts, a drizzle of honey and a little salt and pepper.

Goat Cheese and Sun Dried Tomato Pesto – top right

Spread room-temperature goat cheese onto the bread and top with a sun-dried tomato pesto.  I used the Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce with the pine nuts, which is so delicious.  It’s worth having on hand to just spoon onto a cracker, or mix into pasta salad or …….. it’s just one of my favorite foods to have around.  To finish the appetizer, garnish with fresh basil.

White Bean and Avocado – bottom left

Puree 1 can of cannellini beans and add the juice of half a lemon with a finely chopped clove of garlic, 1 teaspoon of olive oil and salt to taste. Spread on the toasts and top with thinly sliced avocado then drizzle a little olive oil on top and finish off with fresh-ground pepper.  To keep the avocado fresh while preparing be sure to splash on a little lemon juice.

Spicy Honey-Siracha Chicken – bottom right

This starts with a spread of mayonnaise on the bread followed by shredded rotisserie chicken.  It’s topped with a drizzle of sauce made from equal parts Siracha and honey.  Chopped cilantro finishes off this spicy and delicious appetizer.

Denise’s Everything You Want – top left

After preparing the appetizers above I covered the final bread slice with layers of the pureed cannellini beans, topped with the pesto, than avocado followed by Gorgonzola cheese and a drizzle of olive oil!  It was a bit over the top but who can blame me?  It was incredible.

If you have any appetizer ideas please share your photos with us.  Best yet,  join our link party Brag About It that opens every Tuesday and share your own appetizer blog post!



* The Gorgonzola and Pear, White Bean Avocado and Spicy Chicken recipes where found in the Parade magazine.  The Goat Cheese and Pesto and the Everything appetizers are Denise’s originals.


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18 Responses to Five Great Party Bites | Appetizers

  1. All 5 toppings look delicious, Denise ! Pinned to make as an addition to my savory platters over the holidays 🙂

  2. Hi Denise, these are look amazing and I bet are delicious. Thanks for the recipes!
    Julie at

  3. Winnie says:

    I should not have seen these now as you’ve got me hungry!!
    Loooooooove all the toppings (excluding the chicken as I’m a veg.)

  4. Eileen says:

    When I’m not living on dessert, I could live on appetizers – lol! Love the selection 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Amy says:

    I’m always looking for new appetizer ideas, and these all sound so good. Pinning!

  6. Audra says:

    What wonderful ideas for finger foods and perfect for holiday parties! Thank you for linking up at Moonlight and Mason Jars 🙂

  7. The goat cheese with sun dried tomatoes sounds amazing. Have to pin to my everything yummy board, thanks for sharing on Tuesdays With a Twist.

  8. How cute are these little bites, Denise?! And I love all of the ways you customized them. They look perfect for all of the holiday parties coming up! Thanks so much for sharing at Moonlight & Mason Jars! 🙂

  9. Britni says:

    I love bruschetta and topping bread with all of my favorite things. Thanks for these great combinations. Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

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