13 Delicious Cold-Weather Appetizers For Your Next Party

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The cold weather may put a damper on outdoor entertaining but not on your appetite. Whether you’re hosting a cozy dinner party or a full-on holiday bash, these cold-weather appetizers are sure to warm up your crowd. These recipes are quick, simple, and delicious, perfect for those busy holiday months.

1. Mediterranean Roasted Red Pepper Dip

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Everyone loves a good dip, and serving this Mediterranean Roasted Red Pepper Dip is a great way to put some color, flavor, and heat to the table. This creamy and slightly spicy dip is perfect for eating with pita chips or crackers.

2. Air Fryer Falafel

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This air fryer falafel recipe is air-fried instead of deep-fried and comes together in a snap. Since you’re using an air fryer, they are a breeze to make. Each bite of this will surely whet your guests’ appetites.

3. Garlic Mushroom Double Cream Brie Cheese

Garlic Mushrooms With Double Cream Brie Cheese
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For stress-free holiday entertaining, you need this appetizer on your menu. This garlic mushroom double cream brie cheese is pure holiday extravagance.

4. Mini Quiche

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This healthy mini quiche recipe is perfect for your holiday table. Each little quiche is packed with flavor, and they’re easy to transport, too, if you’re hosting your holiday party elsewhere.

5. Air Fryer Cheese Sticks

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This healthy version of cheese sticks is a delicious start to your holiday entertaining. Your guests can feel good about indulging thanks to the lack of deep frying. It’s the best appetizer for a cheese-loving crowd.

6. Classic Bruschetta

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You can’t go wrong with a classic. You’ll love this Italian bruschetta recipe. It’s the perfect appetizer for a crowd, and it’s an easy-to-assemble appetizer if you don’t feel like cooking.

7. Loaded Sheet Pan Quesadillas

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These Loaded Sheet Pan Quesadillas make a perfect filling appetizer or light dinner. Either way, this recipe is a must-add to your holiday menu to bring warm, comforting flavors to a cold evening.

8. Tex-Mex Dip

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This delicious, healthy TexMex dip is great for a crowd. It’s the perfect appetizer if you and your guests love Mexican food.

9. Stuffed Mushrooms

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This stuffed mushrooms recipe is perfect for parties, get-togethers, or even just a snack for a night in. It’s the best example of a delicious appetizer that doesn’t have to be complicated.

10. Southwest Black Bean Dip

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If you’re into bean dips, this Southwest Black Bean Dip is a must-try. It’s a fun dip that is reminiscent of comforting, southwestern flavors.

11. Air Fryer Smashed Brussels Sprouts

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These air fryer smashed Brussels sprouts are crispy on the outside and soft and tender on the inside. Satisfy your cravings without compromising a nutritious diet. Even your guests will appreciate this one.

12. Potato Wedges

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Make these Potato Wedges as a delicious appetizer for cold-weather entertaining. They’re hearty and delicious, served with ketchup or ranch dip.

13. Chicken Sliders

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These barbecue chicken sliders are super easy to make in a pressure cooker, and with this recipe, you can have appetizers on the table in under an hour.

The Daily Snack Tray

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Home with the kids? This snack tray idea is a great way to get them to snack on healthy foods all day and quit bugging you for snacks. Works for adults, too!

After-School Snacks That Won’t Ruin Dinner

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Sick of the kids ruining dinner with everything they eat after they get home from school? Here are some ideas for healthier snacks they’ll enjoy that won’t ruin dinner.

Need Some Healthy Movie Snacks?

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The food shack at the movie theater can leave you with a tummy ache when the movie is done. Here are some snacks you can sneak in, or enjoy at home for a happier belly.

40 Clean Eating Road Trip Snacks

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Hitting the road this summer? Take along some healthy snacks that will keep you from overspending and ending up with a stomach ache because we all know that the food you buy on the road is rarely, if ever, the healthiest option.

This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

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