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

November 22, 2011

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

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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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Written by: hadleysage

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midnitechef November 29, 2011
Wish there were less nuts involved...
gingerroot November 22, 2011
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!
Panfusine November 22, 2011
Those thyme rosemary pita chips are the best! they rock!
Sasha (. November 22, 2011
Those mushrooms look divine... great idea. I love make-ahead *anything* when it comes to food. Happy holidays.