Heidi of Foodie Crush has endless ideas for spreading holiday cheer and welcoming dinner guests, beginning with offering small plates of tasty appetizers. Providing several food options early in the evening will avoid a rush to sit down for the main entrée and allows plenty of time to conversate with friends and family.
Start with a tray of fresh-baked Spinach and Feta Hand Pies, set out as guests arrive, to warm chilly fingers and silence empty stomachs. The comforting flavors of spinach, Wisconsin Feta and pine nuts wrapped in flaky phyllo dough make these pies a family favorite.
While everyone begins to mingle, offer a platter of Mini Blue Cheese Balls with sliced red apples. With the help of toothpicks, these rich bites of Wisconsin Blue Cheese are easy to eat without interrupting the socializing and small enough to provide sustenance without ruining an appetite.
And just before the main course is primed for serving, attract diners to their seats with a warm loaf of Smoked Mozzarella Pizza Bread. Preslice the bread into big cubes for an easy-to-pass, shareable plate. The melted Wisconsin Mozzarella with fresh herbs makes these bites of bread ideal for dipping into marinara.