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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