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Best Appetizers for Entertaining During the Holiday Season

If you are hosting a party this holiday season, you may be looking for appetizer inspiration as you plan your menu. Appetizers are a great way to hold over your guests before you serve the main entree. We’ve found three savory appetizers that you can serve at your next event that will have your guests asking for the recipes. Not only do they taste delicious, but they can also be super simple to make. 

When deciding what dishes you will make for your guests, consider trying some or all of these three tasty appetizers. 

  • Garlic Pull-Apart Bread 
  • Balsamic-Ginger Grilled Portobello Mushrooms 
  • Honey-Ginger Chicken Bites

Many of these recipes call for ginger or garlic. While ginger and garlic both taste great, they also provide many health benefits.
Ginger helps with indigestion, and can improve your brain function while garlic supports a healthy immune system, helps reduce cholesterol levels, and can be used to detox your body, which can be quite helpful during the busy holiday season. Plus, incorporating either garlic or ginger into your recipes just makes everything taste that much more delicious. Now that we’ve highlighted some of the main ingredients of these scrumptious appetizers, let’s get into how you can make them. 

Garlic Pull-Apart Bread

Garlic Pull-Apart Bread is a simple and quick recipe to make that all your guests will enjoy. This appetizer is so tasty that you may have to make more than one so that all of your guests will have a chance to taste it before it’s gone! With warm bread and melted cheese, this dish is bound to be a crowd favorite. 

Ingredients You Will Need for Garlic Pull-Apart Bread:

  • One 16 oz loaf of sourdough bread 
  • 1 ½ cups of mozzarella cheese 
  • 1 ½ tsp of Spice World Ready-to-Use Minced Garlic 
  • 1 stick of butter, melted 
  • Optional additions:  
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning 
  • 1 tsp rosemary 
  • 1 tbsp parsley 

Cooking Instructions:

Once you have gathered all the ingredients to make your garlic pull-apart bread, it is time to cook it! To make this appetizer, follow these instructions: 

  • Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Next, cut lines into your bread to form a grid. Ensure your cuts don’t go all the way through the bread so all of your added ingredients won’t seep out the bottom. 
  • Lay the loaf aside and mix your Spice World Ready-to-Use Minced Garlic, melted butter, and your optional Italian seasoning, rosemary, and parsley in a small bowl. 
  • Pour your mixture in the cuts in the bread until the whole loaf is coated. 
  • Then, tuck your mozzarella cheese into the cuts of the bread until all sections are stuffed. 
  • Lastly, cover your bread with foil and put it in the oven. Allow it to cook covered for ten minutes and then remove the foil. Cook, uncovered for 10 additional minutes and then your appetizer is ready to serve!

Balsamic-Ginger Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

Balsamic-Ginger Grilled Portobello Mushrooms are the perfect appetizer to serve to mushroom lovers. One advantage when cooking with mushrooms is that they can soak up the flavors of whatever you add to them. In this case, you will be adding balsamic vinegar and ginger. 

Ingredients You Will Need for Balsamic-Ginger Grilled Portobello Mushrooms: 

  •  ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp of Spice World Ready-to-Use Minced Ginger
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 5 large-sized portobello mushrooms 
  • Optional additions:
    • For additional flavor, add a dash of sea salt, black pepper, and Italian seasoning

Cooking Instructions: 

Once you have gathered all the ingredients to make this appetizer, follow these instructions on how to prepare the dish:

  • First, combine your Spice World Ready-to-Use Minced Ginger, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil in a medium-sized bowl. 
  • Next, remove the stems of your portobello mushrooms and place the mushrooms in a ziplock bag. This will help the marinating process. Pour the balsamic vinegar and ginger mixture into the ziplock bag. (For a stronger flavor, you can sprinkle in the optional salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning). Allow the mushrooms to sit in the mixture for 15-20 minutes. 
  • While the mushrooms are marinating, preheat your grill to medium-high. 
  • After 15-20 minutes, add your mushrooms to the grill and allow them to cook for around 7 minutes or once you notice grill marks. 
  • Next, flip your mushrooms to the opposite side and allow them to cook for an additional 7 minutes. 
  • Remove the mushrooms from the grill and cut them into bite-sized pieces. Now they are ready to serve! 

Honey-Ginger Chicken Bites

Honey-Ginger Chicken Bites are a tasty and protein-packed appetizer that you can serve on any occasion. With ginger, honey, garlic, and soy sauce, these chicken bites are full of flavor and are a great treat for your guests to enjoy. 

Ingredients You Will Need for Honey-Ginger Chicken Bites:

  • 4 tsp of sesame seeds
  • Dash of salt and pepper 

Cooking Instructions:

  • In a gallon-sized ziplock bag, mix your chicken thighs, honey, Spice World Squeezable Minced Ginger, lemon juice, soy sauce, and Spice World Organic Peeled Garlic. Allow the chicken to marinate in the bag for 1-2 hours in the refrigerator. 
  • Once the chicken has marinated, preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. 
  • Put your chicken in a broiler pan and add sesame seeds, salt, and pepper if desired. 
  • Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. 
  • Pour your leftover marinade into a saucepan. Allow the mixture to boil for 5 minutes and discard any solids found. Add in the cornstarch and water. Allow this mixture to cook for 2 minutes while stirring. Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool. 
  • Once your chicken has cooked for 20 minutes, remove it from the oven and set the oven to broiler mode. 
  • While the oven is adjusting, pour the glaze over the chicken. 
  • Place the glazed chicken back into the oven and broil for 4-6 minutes. 
  • Remove from the oven and allow the chicken to cool down before serving. 

Make the Best Appetizers for Your Event

For an event your guests will never forget, try incorporating some of these delicious appetizers into your menu. Not only are they easy to make, but they are also the perfect dish to serve your guests while they wait for the main course. For more tasty recipes that you can serve while entertaining during the holidays, be sure to visit our site. Happy hosting!

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