11 Warming Appetizers for Your Winter Dinner Party

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Salmon Cakes with Honey Mustard Aioli

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11 Warming Appetizers for Your Winter Dinner Party

11 Warming Appetizers for Your Winter Dinner Party

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Winter parties are less common than summer soirées for obvious reasons, but that doesn’t mean you can’t throw an awesome party in January. Embrace the winter wonderland that surrounds you by amping up your décor and cooking up cold weather dishes. Try decorating your table in a winter white and silver theme to help everyone embrace this incredible season. As far as the food goes, you can leave that to us. 

Bacon-Wrapped Pears

Bacon-Wrapped Pears

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Naturally sweet pears are drizzled with honey to balance out the strong flavors of the bacon for the perfect combination. After you baste these little bites with bacon grease, they’ll be hot and ready to warm you up.

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Baked Bacon Jalapeño Poppers

Baked Bacon Jalapeño Poppers

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These fiery poppers are sure to warm you up with spicy jalapeño flavors. The chiles are stuffed with a cream cheese mixture that combines onion, tomatoes, bacon, and cilantro. Sprinkle some Jack or Cheddar cheese on top of these steaming poppers and serve them hot!

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Barbecue Chicken Flatbread

Barbecue Chicken Flatbread

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Who doesn’t love biting into a hot piece of barbecue-flavored chicken with mozzarella and provolone cheese melted over the top? This flatbread can be cut into smaller pieces, so each guest gets a bite of the incredible flavors without the fear of filling up too fast.  

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Crab and Corn Fritters with Fresh Corn Mayo

Crab and Corn Fritters with Fresh Corn Mayo

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With chunks of jumbo lump crab meat and sweet bites of roasted corn, how could your guests not love these fried starters? The refreshing homemade dipping sauce uses lemon juice, garlic, hot sauce, and parsley to balance out the richness of the fritters.  

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Deep-Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites

Deep-Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites

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Mac and cheese — the ultimate comfort food — gets a fun makeover with these deep-fried bites. Imagine biting into a crispy deep-fried ball filled with gooey melted mac and cheese. Serve these with a homemade marinara sauce for dipping.

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Garlic Roasted Artichokes with Mozzarella

Garlic Roasted Artichokes with Mozzarella

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Roasting artichokes allows the vegetable to obtain a crispier and more developed taste than steaming them. Biting the meat out of these scrumptious artichokes and dipping them into a Dijon dipping sauce makes for a fabulous light starter.

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Ginger-Spiced Turkey Meatballs Glazed with Sweet Pineapple Soy Glaze

Ginger-Spiced Turkey Meatballs Glazed with Sweet Pineapple Soy Glaze

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The sweet pineapple glaze really creates a beautiful contrast with the steamy turkey meatballs. These appetizers perfectly capture the balance between savory and sweet.

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Hot Crab Dip

Hot Crab Dip

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Your guests won’t remember it’s snowing outside when they’re feeling warm and toasty biting into this hot crab dip. Filled with melted cheesy goodness, this dip would taste fantastic smeared on freshly baked crostini.

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Japanese Pumpkin Egg Rolls with Caramel Sauce

Japanese Pumpkin Egg Rolls with Caramel Sauce

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Egg rolls make fantastic finger foods and look impressive. This Japanese vegetarian egg roll is filled with a pumpkin, pecan, and honey interior with hints of coconut for a sweeter take on the fried food.

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Salmon Cakes with Honey Mustard Aïoli

Salmon Cakes with Honey Mustard Aïoli

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Salmon cakes make both healthy and delicious appetizers for any event. Similar to a crab cake, breadcrumbs and herb seasoning bind these fish cakes. Dip them into a honey mustard aioli for a heavenly bite.

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Swiss Chard Puffs

Swiss Chard Puffs

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Incorporating more vegetables into your dinner party menu is easy with this appetizer. This recipe is simple with sautéed Swiss chard, softened cashews, and flaky puff pastry dough.

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