Easy Last-Minute Holiday Appetizers

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The holiday season always feels like a mad rush through the New Year, no matter how far in advance we start preparing. From gift giving to decorating to party hosting, there seems to be a never-ending list of things to do. That’s why we’ve got a few simple and festive recipes for the last-minute holiday entertainer in all of us.

Crackers, cheese and chutney are a classic three-ingredient combo for holiday entertaining. This homemade Cranberry Jalapeño Chutney adds a sweet and spicy kick, mixing perfectly with the nutty, mellow flavor of our Grand Cru®. Even better, it all comes together in a quick 15 minutes!

Put your guests to work with these Roll-Your-Own Chèvre Balls, an interactive, FUN party appetizer using our fresh Plain Chèvre goat cheese. Roll the balls in whatever sounds tasty: spicy chili flakes, crushed candied nuts, hot cocoa mix, cinnamon, your choice! Then enjoy smeared on crackers with champagne for toasting.

A party isn’t a party without Spinach Artichoke Dip. This is the one dip that is a guaranteed crowdpleaser, no matter where or who you’re celebrating with. The addition of our award-winning Original Grand Cru® makes it extra special. Plus, it takes just 30 minutes from start to finish!

Speaking of crowdpleasers: Mac and Cheese Bites. These make for the most family-friendly appetizer, combining two of everyone’s favorite foods: carbs and our Original Grand Cru® cheese. Keep things simple by making them in a mini muffin tin for perfectly poppable bites.

You can never have too many party dips. They’re what everyone wants to snack on before the big Christmas dinner, and this Buttermilk Blue® & Walnut Cheese Spread is no exception. Crumbles of Buttermilk Blue® add a sharp, earthy tang while a touch of honey adds sweetness. Spread on sturdy, seedy crackers for maximum deliciousness.

Cinnamon Baked Apples with Creamy Chèvre

Cinnamon is the spice of the season, and these Cinnamon Baked Apples with Creamy Chèvre toasts are fancy-feeling yet require little effort. Apple slices are baked with seasonal spices, then piled high atop toasted bread and a thick schmear of whipped Plain Chèvre goat cheese. Sweet, tangy, warm, cool, and satisfying.

Easy Jalapeño Cheese Ball

Who doesn’t love a cheese ball? If you’re in the mood for something spicy this holiday, our Easy Jalapeño Cheese Ball should do the trick. Made with our creamy Jalapeño Havarti, it takes seven ingredients and less than 10 minutes to make.