Easy Hors d’oeuvres…

Okay… the Holidays are busy! We still entertain or have to show up with a little something for all the fun gatherings, right? I have a few never fail hors d’oeuvres that are as simple as grabbing a few things at the store and assembling. Okay, one requires a little stove time, but it is SO easy and can double as dinner… perfect if you’re headed to a cocktail party. Leave some home for your kids with the sitter. You just need a pretty tray or bowl for serving… I rounded up a few of those below too!


Jazzed up hummus

  • Store bought hummus
  • Olive Oil
  • Smoked paprika
  • Chips & Rainbow carrots

Super simple. Get a good store bought hummus, scoop out into a pretty bowl and drizzle good quality olive oil over the top and then sprinkle some smoked paprika. Serve with rainbow carrots and some fancy vegetable chips like these.

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Not your basic guacamole

  • Store bought guacamole
  • Pomegranate seeds, jalapeno slices, cilantro or scallions
  • Limes
  • Tortilla chips

So easy… again, get a good store bought guacamole- go for fresh if your store makes it. Our Stop & Shop and Whole Foods both have house made, or try Wholly Guacamole. Pile guacamole in a nice bowl and top with fresh pomegranate seeds, lime juice and a few jalapeno slices. If you have scallions and cilantro on hand scatter a bit of that on as well, minced red onion would work well too! Brightens up the whole bowl! Serve with your favorite chips.


Goat cheese (or any soft cheese) with fig jam

  • Soft cheese of choice
  • Fig Spread (for sure keep a few jars of this in your pantry)
  • Crackers

Pick up your favorite soft cheese at the grocery, a log of goat cheese works wonderfully here but so would a wedge of brie. Place cheese on a platter or wood serving board, pour fig jelly over cheese. You may need to heat jelly in microwave (make sure you remove lid and there is no metal on jar!) to allow it it pour easily over cheese. Sprinkle on a few pecans, walnuts or pine nuts if you have on hand. Serve with your favorite mild cracker.


Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Okay, this takes a smidge more effort… but just a smidge. Look for meatballs in the freezer section of the store. Beef, turkey, gluten free, whatever your favorite is. In a sauce pan combine a jar of red currant jelly (I use Trappist or Bonne Maman. Use grape jelly if you can’t find red currant!) and the Heinz Chili Sauce. Put over low heat and whisk until incorporated, then add the lemon juice. Allow to bubble slightly and then add the meatballs. Allow meatballs to heat through on low heat. Serve in a large bowl with toothpicks on the side. Alternatively serve over rice or egg noodles for dinner with a side of broccoli!


Hopefully these 4 quick hors d’oeuvre make life a little easier for you! Find some pretty bowls, platters and boards below to make your food look even better!



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