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13 of the Best Finger Foods to Add to Your Holiday Menu This Season

Because bite-size is always more fun.

It's officially the holiday season, and finger foods are the star of the show. When curating your menus this season, add some of these delicious appetizers to keep the party going. Whether you're throwing a big end-of-the-year party, or a more low-key corporate lunch, appetizers are the perfect food for picking at in any social situation. From classics like crostini and cheese platters, to empanadas and arancini, these apps have something for everyone.

Wooden platter displaying round, artisan flatbread baked with pumpkin puree, butternut squash, cranberries, smoked mozzarella, sage, and arugula, drizzled with honey.

Who says pumpkin is only for fall? We carry it over to the holiday season on this flatbread with butternut squash, cranberries, smoked mozzarella, sage, and arugula, drizzled with honey.

Several bite-sized poke bowls in black bean filo cups filled with ahi tuna, mango, seaweed salad, radishes, and fresh basil tossed in poke sauce with sesame seeds

Bite-size poke bowls. That is all.

Dark marble platter displaying gluten free appetizer of herb roasted potatoes topped with seared steak, caramelized onion peppercorn jam, and roasted heirloom tomato compote, garnished with rosemary sprigs

We love potatoes in all its glorious forms, and this appetizer is no exception. These steak canapés are perfect for the celiacs at your party. The use of thinly sliced potatoes may taste even better than the original flour canapés.

Wooden charcuterie cheese platter with assortment of seasonal cheese and sides of honey, fresh figs, candied walnuts, grapes, and Kalamata olives.

No holiday party would be complete without a cheese board with all the fixings. Ours comes with a side of honey, figs, candied walnuts, and Kalamata olives.

White platter displaying marinated, boneless chicken breast, grilled around asparagus spears and served with tandoori sauce.

Believe it or not, this is our most popular appetizer during the holidays. Marinated chicken breast is grilled around asparagus spears and served with our famous tandoori sauce.

White marble platter with various sushi rolls focused on sushi filled with imitation crab, asparagus, and cucumber, and topped with torched salmon.

Sushi is the perfect food for picking at. Our holiday platter comes with a variety of fish, vegetarian, and vegan rolls.

Platter atop a wooden table with empanadas stuffed with slow roasted chicken, potatoes, scallions, and tomatoes, and served with a small bowl of avocado aioli

These empanadas are no joke. They are wrapped and fried until golden brown and served with an avocado dipping sauce.

Rice paper spring rolls filled with tofu marinated in miring and rice wine vinegar, daikon, peppers, carrots, cucumbers, and green leaf lettuce arranged on a platter surrounding a bowl of ginger soy dipping sauce

Attention all vegans — This appetizer is for you. Tofu (or chicken, for our meat-eaters) is marinated with miring and rice wine vinegar with daikon, peppers, carrots, cucumbers, and lettuce and served with a ginger soy dipping sauce. Plus, they are super filling and full of protein.

Delicious chicken tenders coated with coconut flakes and fried until golden brown with a bowl of sweet chili sauce.

We don't care how old you are, you're never too old for chicken tenders. (And if you think you are— you're wrong). These are the perfect balance of sweet and spicy, from the sriracha and the coconut. Served with a side of sweet chili dipping sauce, these tenders are taken to a whole new level.

Woman picking up a single crispy rice ball seasoned with basil pesto, stuffed with vegan mozzarella cheese from a plate with six others served with a side of roasted red pepper sauce.

Another vegetarian option that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. These crispy arborio rice balls are seasoned with pesto, stuffed with vegan mozzarella cheese (though you wouldn't even notice), and served with a roasted red pepper sauce.

Black platter with arrangement of skewers filled with roasted chicken and caramelized sweet potatoes surrounding a bowl of pumpkin goddess dressing and garnished with rosemary sprigs

You really can't go wrong with skewers at your party, especially ones with sweet potatoes. These are also another delicious gluten-free option to include.

Large white plate covered with assortment of vegetable skewers of grilled zucchini, bell peppers, Cremini mushrooms, red onion, butternut squash, and grape tomatoes.

Another variation of skewers, but this time they're gluten-free AND vegan. These include grilled zucchini, bell peppers, Cremini mushrooms, red onions, butternut squash, and grape tomatoes and are served with tandoori sauce.

Wooden platter displaying one crostini with tomato, basil, and fresh mozzarella, one with roasted broccoli, cannellini beans, and ricotta, and one with goat cheese, cranberries, and honey.

Last, but not least, is holiday crostini trio, our personal favorite. Our holiday variation includes (1) poached Bosc pear and basil walnut pesto, (2) black Mission fig, brie, and chives, and (3) butternut squash, tarragon, and goat cheese.

These finger foods are, in our opinions, the perfect party additions this holiday season. No matter if you're throwing a huge end-of-year holiday bash, or a laid back lunch in the office, be sure not to forget about including some of these delicious appetizers. Our expert team is always here to assist with any questions when it comes to curating your perfect menu. Give us a call at 617-542-3663 or send us an email to get the party planning started.


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