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11 Last-Minute Appetizers to Feed Your Last Minute Guests

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that, in the days preceding and following the holidays, as you're bumming around the house in your Christmas jammies, someone will drop by for an unannounced, extended hello, catching you completely off-guard (though perhaps we all should have known, since this happens every year).

This year, be the wiser: Stock your fridge and pantry well, and you'll be able to feed these last-minute appetizers to your drop-in holiday guests—whoever they are, whenever they arrive. (Permission to stay in your Christmas jammies granted.)

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Chèvre Chaud with Mixed Greens
Chèvre Chaud with Mixed Greens
Laurie Colwin's Rosemary Walnuts
Laurie Colwin's Rosemary Walnuts
Smoky Fried Chickpeas
Smoky Fried Chickpeas
Parker & Otis' Pimento Cheese (+ Grilled Sandwiches with Bacon & Tomato)
Parker & Otis' Pimento Cheese (+ Grilled Sandwiches with Bacon & Tomato)
Renee Erickson's Sautéed Dates
Renee Erickson's Sautéed Dates
Sweet and Spicy Pretzel and Nut Mix
Sweet and Spicy Pretzel and Nut Mix
Crudités with Feta Pistachio Dip
Crudités with Feta Pistachio Dip
How to Make The Ultimate Holiday Appetizer (or Dessert) Without A Recipe
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How to Make The Ultimate Holiday Appetizer (or Dessert) Without A Recipe
Garlic-Orange-Rosemary Marinated Olives
Garlic-Orange-Rosemary Marinated Olives
Green Tea Walnuts
Green Tea Walnuts
Cheese Sables with Rosemary Salt
Cheese Sables with Rosemary Salt

What's your back-pocket, secret-weapon appetizer of choice? Tell us in the comments.


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Tags: last-minute appetizers, holiday entertaining, last-minute guests