It's like a cookie swap, but more grown-up. Uncork the Champagne, nibble, and trade.
Simple, festive idea that will make everyone smile: Guests bring homemade appetizers for eating at the party, with enough
so that everyone can take home some for their own holiday soirées. Some tips for swapping:
Bake and freeze these bites up to a week in advance. Try a trio of flavors like a fig jam and goat cheese filling, or finely
chopped apples tossed with honey and cinnamon.
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The filling can be made and refrigerated up to a day in advance, then brought to room temperature before filling the cups.
Phyllo shells come conveniently prebaked, so they're ready to fill once thawed.
View Recipe: Creamy Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Cups
A favorite flavor combination makes this appetizer perfectly munchable. Set a timer to remind you of the nuts toasting in
View Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Nut and Pretzel Mix
If you don't have a pastry cutter, use the rim of a drinking glass to cut rounds from the puff pastry. The light, fresh flavor
of these tarts will be a hit with swappers.
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Our polenta squares are an impressive and tasty item to bring to the swap. These are also tasty with chopped, dried figs or
cranberries in place of the currants.
View Recipe: Polenta Squares with Gorgonzola and Pine Nuts
Love the flavor of potato gratin? How about a handheld mini version brought to you by delicious, flaky puff pastry? Either
baby Dutch or fingerling potatoes work well here.
View Recipe: Potato-Gruyère Tartlets
Start making the phyllo stacks about 30 minutes after you put the cheese mixture in the refrigerator. Or make the cheese mixture
a day ahead, and assemble prior to the party.
View Recipe: Phyllo Cups with Ricotta, Chèvre, and Thyme
You can either thaw the puff pastry in the fridge overnight or leave it out at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours until it's
pliable. These palmiers look a bit more complicated than the tarts, but don't be alarmed. Just roll each side in a jelly-roll
fashion until they meet in the middle. Be sure to chill dough for 20 minutes before cutting.
View Recipe: Sun-Dried Tomato Palmiers
Sweet-tangy chutney pairs beautifully with pungent blue cheese and toasty pecans. You can make the chutney up to three days
in advance; assemble bruschetta shortly before serving.
View Recipe: Pear Chutney Bruschetta with Pecans and Blue Cheese