How to Make Simple Appetizers for Holiday Party

by Xinny G

I want to share some ideas for holiday entertaining. The total prep time is less than an hour. The recipes catered about 12-15 people in a 1 bedroom New York apartment.


  • 1 Large bag of plain pita chips
  • 2 Containers of Hummus
  • 1 Cup Baby carrots
  • 1 Fresh zucchini, cleaned and sliced
  • Cheese, crackers and salami
  • 2 Rolls of Pillsbury butter flake crescent
  • 1 Bag of cocktail hotdogs
  • 1 Small pack of sliced bacon
  • 1 Cup Pitted dates
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    To make pigs in a blanket: get 2 rolls of Pillsbury crescents. The freshly made ones are much much better than the frozen ones.

    Step 2

    Pour the cocktail hotdogs in a small pan (drain the liquid out). Cook on medium heat for about 5 mins until the hotdogs are lightly browned. This way the hotdogs are not going to be super greasy.

    Step 3

    Cut each crescent dough into 2 or 3 triangular pieces. Wrap each hotdogs with dough. Doesn't need to be super pretty. Lightly grease the baking sheet.

    Step 4

    In a 375 F oven (190 Celsius), bake the baby hotdogs till golden, about 12 to 16 mins. Serve with mustard.

    Step 5

    Cut the bacon strips in half. Wrap each date with 1/2 strip of bacon. Place them on a baking sheet (with rims). Name for this appetizer: devils on horseback.

    Step 6

    Bake for 20 mins on each side under 350F degrees. Or until the bacon is crispy. I know the picture here doesn't look too good. But trust me this recipe is going to be a hit!

    Step 7

    In a large serving bowl, plate sliced zucchini, baby carrots and plain pita chips. Add chopped fresh basil or parsley, black pepper and olive oil on hummus.

    Step 8

    Food being consumed...

    Step 9

    Party supplies: - beverage - napkins - small plastic plates - toothpicks - red tea light candles - holiday decorations - a good playlist - extra coat hangers (if you have closet space)