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You can whip up these go-to holiday starters quickly, plus they’re a whole lot more special than a wedge of cheese and some crackers -- not that there’s ever anything wrong with that!
Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp with Smoked Paprika
Prosciutto is an Italian dried cured ham with a nice salty flavor. It can be eaten uncooked, but is also great as a substitute for bacon in various recipes, such as these festive jumbo shrimp hors d’oeuvres.
Cannellini Bean Dip with Lemon and Parmesan
This dip is super quick to make (with the help of a food processor or blender), plus it’s also really inexpensive. It can be made a couple days ahead of time and refrigerated, but is best served at room temperature. Pair with pita or tortilla chips or raw vegetables.
Island Chicken Bites
If you have time, make the marinade for this dish early, and let the chicken sit for several hours to deepen the flavors. Also, line your baking sheet with parchment for easy clean up.
Hot Crab and Corn Dip
Lump crab meat is the most expensive kind of shelled crab meat you can buy, but there are other less pricey options. This recipe works with whichever one fits your budget. Serve with crackers or slices of toasted baguette.
Radicchio and Endive Crostini with Aged Goat Cheese and Balsamic Glaze
You can choose to serve all endive or all radicchio, if you like, but the two lettuces work nicely together, while the sweet balsamic glaze balances the bitterness of the leaves. The sauteed lettuce mixture can be made ahead of time, and then gently reheated before topping the toasted baguette.