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6 Crowd-Pleasing Appetizers to Bring to That Last-Minute Potluck

Photo credit: Dietz & Watson

Photo credit: Dietz & Watson

During the holiday season, folks fall into two different categories: those who cook the eight-course feast, toiling away in the kitchen days before the main event and those who, well, eat the eight-course feast. It’s unlikely you’ll be tasked with a last-minute bacchanal, but a cocktail party or gift exchange? Those are definitely possible scenarios. 

If a five-star chef, you are not, don’t fret! You can entertain a crowd with the help of these super-straightforward Dietz & Watson-inspired recipes. Using deli products, streamline your holiday cooking and surprise guests with your newfound culinary prowess by whipping up six easy appetizers.

Prosciutto Crostini // Requiring only five ingredients, these bites make ready use of ingredients like Dietz & Watson Prosciutto, soft goat cheese and fig jam. The best part? They can be prepared in bulk if you’re expecting a large gathering.

Basil Shrimp With Bacon // Your guests will be grabbing these crispy hors d’oeuvres by the handful. Sweet, salty and slightly herbal thanks to a leaf of basil, these mini-skewers can be assembled quickly if you’re in a pinch.

Ham & Cheese Crescent Roll-Ups // It doesn’t get easier than these comforting roll-ups. Using Dietz & Watson Black Forest Ham and Dietz & Watson Yellow NY C-Sharp Cheddar Cheese, these morsels are perfectly hand-held.

Buffalo Chicken Dip Bites // Elevate your standard party dips by allowing guests to nosh on individual servings. Stuffed with Dietz & Watson Buffalo Style Chicken Breast, Dietz & Watson Crumbled Blue Cheese and Dietz & Watson Chipotle Mayo, the cups are super-flavorful, while diced celery adds a refreshing crunch.

Spiral Sliced Ham // Though ham is often considered an entrée, it doesn’t mean you should rule it off your appetizer menu. In fact, because the Dietz & Watson Spiral Cut Ham comes precooked, this uncomplicated recipe only needs a honey glaze before being heats. Serve it on a generous tray and we promise party attendees will clamor. (Psst: If you have leftovers, you can use it for sandwiches all week long.)

Sausage and Herb Stuffing Cups // Alter this crowd-pleasing stuffing by turning it into napkin-ready single servings. Rather than using a 9×13-inch baking dish, scoop the stuffing (it includes savory Dietz & Watson Italian Chicken Sausage!) into a muffin pan, and bake for 18 minutes rather than 25 minutes.

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