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8 Hors d'Oeuvres to Impress if the Meal is in Distress

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There's no home cook who hasn't been through at least one holiday meal gone awry. Like the time one of us mixed up baking powder and cornstarch -- a disaster, to say the least.

We suppose we could stick to our tried-and-true standards -- but part of what we love about the holidays is the chance to try new things.

Not ones to give that up, we've come up with a different solution: make-ahead hors d'oeuvres we can rely on to impress our guests if the rest of the meal is in distress. Here are 8 of our favorites.

Smoky Fried Chickpeas by Aliwaks


Creamy Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms by ADRIENE


Party Popcorn by merrill


Fig and Blue Cheese Savouries by TheRunawaySpoon


Chevre Devils by gingerroot


Rosemary Thyme Pita Chips by machef


Party Mix for Grownups by merrill


Crispy Spice-Brined Pecans by AntoniaJames


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almost 4 years ago midnitechef

Wish there were less nuts involved...


almost 4 years ago Brook (LearnToPreserve)

What a great line-up!
I think I'll start by making The Runaway Spoon's "Fig & Blue Cheese Savouries", because I recently made some fig preserves and would love to showcase them, but at some point -- between now and New Year's Day -- I might just be trying every single one of these tempting recipes.


almost 4 years ago gingerroot

I've been admiring Aliwaks Smoky Fried Chickpeas for a while now...I think they will find a place at our table on Thursday. Thanks for including my stuffed dates!


almost 4 years ago Panfusine

Those thyme rosemary pita chips are the best! they rock!


almost 4 years ago Sasha (Global Table Adventure)

Those mushrooms look divine... great idea. I love make-ahead *anything* when it comes to food. Happy holidays.