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10 Unexpected Holiday Appetizers to Elevate Your Hosting Game

This holiday, step up your party game by mixing in one or two of these trendy riffs on classic appetizers. Why serve a plain old bowl of marinated olives when you could sprinkle them on top of a cheesy baking-sheet pizza instead? Or nix the crab dip and dish up our mouthwatering smoked salmon dip, complete with mini bagel chips. Catch our drift?

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Layered Smoked Salmon Dip with Mini Bagel Chips

Smoked trout dip? Pass. Crab dip? Meh. This stunner will be scarfed in two minutes flat.

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Crispy Parmesan Brussels Sprout Bites

Pair with creamy dipping sauce and cute toothpicks and then watch them disappear like magic.

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Bacon, Fig and Ricotta Tartines

This salty-sweet flavor combo is easy to make and even easier to devour.

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Pimento Cheese Stuffed Shishito Peppers

Like a trendy, classed-up version of jalapeño poppers.

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Baking-Sheet Pizza with Olives and Sun-dried Tomatoes

Instead of putting those marinated olives out in a bowl, use them to top a baking-sheet pizza. Cut it into bite-size pieces and win the true love of your friends forever.

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The Classiest Cheese Balls in the Universe

Coated in everything-bagel seasoning, pomegranate seeds and dill. Yum times three.

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Loaded Baked Potato “Chips”

Don’t skimp on the crispy bacon.

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Baked Brie with Cranberries and Pomegranate

Nothing brings your friends together like warm, gooey cheese.

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Baked Gorgonzola Bites

Just like monkey bread, but easier.

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Ultimate Cheese Plate with Roasted Grapes

Oh, hey, master chef. Your cheese board game is 100.

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