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simple & sophisticated appetizers

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Appetizers are, by far, my favorite thing in the world.

If I invite you over? We’re having lots of appetizers. (I think I’ve only hosted two actual sit-down dinners).

If I offer to bring something over to you? It’s always appetizers.

When I eat out, I always choose appetizers over dessert. And often, I order a bunch of appetizers instead of an entree.

So, you get the point, right? I. love. appetizers.

And this time of year, it seems there’s endless opportunities for appetizers.  Whooooowooo!

But as much as I love spending time in the kitchen, it’s important to have an arsenal of recipes that can be made ahead of time, don’t require cooking and can sit out at room temperature. These are some of my favorites!

 simple & sophisticated appetizers | a nutritionist eats

Links: prosciutto wrapped figs | wine bar nut mix | warm olives with rosemary, garlic & lemon |beet-pickled deviled eggs | smoked salmon with potato chips and lemon crème fraîche | parmesan shards (cut chunks of high-quality parmesan)

What are you making this holiday season? 

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  1. Megan (Braise The Roof)

    I’m so with you; appetizers are where it’s at. Especially for work potlucks when you have no access to anything other than a fridge and a microwave. I’m planning on bringing a Greek layer dip to my work party on Friday (hummus, jazzed up cream cheese, tomatoes, olives, feta and scallions) with pita chips. I also brought bacon-wrapped dates to a party over the weekend. Always a hit. 🙂

  2. Rachel

    All of these look awesome! I agree – I could forego actual meals for appetizers at any time! In fact, my family had changed our Christmas Eve tradition from a sit down dinner to cold and hot appetizers!

  3. Karla @ Foodologie

    I love appetizers too! We should definitely have an appetizer party/meet up!
    My friend had only appetizers for her wedding. It was awesome! Who needs dinner when you get passed food all night long!

    Also can we talk about these prosciutto wrapped figs for a minute… OMG!Let’s be honest, I’d probably fill them with blue cheese or some salty hard cheese like pecorino and drizzle them with truffle honey, because sometime I like to get creative…