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35 Next-Level Appetizers For Your Holiday Party

The appetizer table can be a bleak, hopeless place. These recipes, on the other hand, are guaranteed crowd-pleasers.

1. Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

savorysweetlife.com

A crisper, crunchier alternative to classic (and still excellent) bacon-wrapped dates. Recipe here.

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2. Holiday Baked Cranberry Brie Cups

table.io

Recipe here.

3. Cauliflower Feta Fritters with Pomegranate

smittenkitchen.com

They're like the "mashed cauliflower" of latkes. Recipe here.

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4. Gooey Baked Camembert

frenchflakes.com

Or, save yourself any extra work and just bake the cheese right in the pretty wooden box it comes in. Recipe here.

5. Homemade Bagel Chips with Everything White Bean Hummus

Why didn't you think of this before? I don't know.

Recipes: Bagel Chips, Everything White Bean Hummus.

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6. Pear Blue Cheese Sweet Potato Appetizers

phamfatale.com

Recipe here.

7. Fig Balsamic Olives

veryculinary.com

Classy. EASY. Recipe here.

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8. Bruléed Pears with Prosciutto, Goat Cheese, and Cranberry Sauce

frombraziltoyou.org

Recipe here.

9. Smoked Trout on Pumpkernickel

John Kernick / marthastewart.com

Recipe here.

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10. Harvest Crackers with Cranberries, Pecans, and Rosemary

Emma Christensen / thekitchn.com

Amp up that cheese plate. Recipe here.

11. Chipotle and Rosemary Roasted Nuts

garnishwithlemon.com

Recipe here.

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12. Pomegranate Arancini with Goat Cheese Fonduta

cookingforkeeps.com

Fried risotto balls with creamy goat cheese? Yes, please. Recipe here.

13. Bacon Sweet Potato Tots

azgrabaplate.com

YES. Recipe here.

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14. Baked Brie

abeautifulmess.typepad.com

Bake your cheese inside a delicious puff pastry shell. Recipe here.

15. Caesar Salad Deviled Eggs

smittenkitchen.com

Recipe here.

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16. Potato Rings with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch

spoonforkbacon.com

Recipe here.

17. Bacon-Wrapped Squash Bites

chow.com

Butternut squash is perfectly in season. And bacon is always in season. Recipe here.

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18. Chicken Liver Pâté with Sage, Apple, and Thyme

Anjali Prasertong / thekitchn.com

Recipe here.

19. Potato Latkes with Cranberry Applesauce

Macey J Foronda / buzzfeed.com

Happy Thanksgivukkah, everybody! Recipe here.

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20. Lamb and Harissa Sausage Rolls

independent.co.uk

NOT your average pigs in a blanket. Recipe here.

21. Herb and Walnut Pie Crust Leaves

hungrycouplenyc.com

Just when you thought pie crust couldn't get any more perfect. Recipe here.

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22. Italian Cheese Bread

dineanddish.net

Garlic is bread, but why not up your game a little bit? Recipe here.

23. Smoked Salmon, Crème Fraîche And Caviar Potato Skins

chow.com

Recipe here.

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24. Bacon-Wrapped Apricots Stuffed with Pistachios and Mozzarella

Emily C / food52.com

Recipe here.

25. Butternut Squash, Cranberry, and Goat Cheese Crostini

thefoodcharlatan.com

Recipe here.

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26. Sweet Potato and Pancetta Gratin

Sarah Shatz / food52.com

Recipe here

27. 5-Ingredient Blue Cheese Gougeres

Recipe here.

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28. Smashed Roasted Baby Potatoes with Rosemary and Parmesan

oliveoilandlemons.com

If you've never tried twice-cooked smashed potatoes, be warned that they are a TOTAL GAME CHANGER. Recipe here.

29. Fried Rosemary Mozzarella Balls

theviewfromgreatisland.com

Recipe here.

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30. Loaded Mashed Potato Cakes

justputzing.com

Because a food as perfect as mashed potatoes should be showcased as often as possible. Recipe here.

31. Beer-Pretzel Cheese Ball

buzzfeed.com

Recipe here, courtesy of Great Balls of Cheese.

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32. Roasted Grape Flatbread with Rosemary

immaeatthat.com

Recipe here.

33. Warm Gruyere, Bacon, and Caramelized Onion Dip

garnishwithlemon.com

Recipe here.

34. Parmesan Brussels Sprouts Crostini

howsweeteats.com

Recipe here.

35. Rosemary Lemon Monkey Bread

flourarrangements.org

Recipe here.

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