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10 Holiday Appetizers You Need This Season

Updated: Dec 10, 2020


I've teamed up with 9 of my favorite food bloggers to bring you 10 holiday appetizers that you need in your life! You're sure to find something you and your family will enjoy on this list. Be sure to scroll down to see all of the other bloggers' apps!

My contribution to this tasty round up are my Fried Mac n Cheese Bites. The idea for these came from trying to reinvent my Thanksgiving leftovers. After the Thanksgiving sandwiches, quesadillas & crunchwraps, I still had mac n cheese on my hands. So why not make little balls and fry them up?

And man oh man are they tasty!


Fried Mac n Cheese Bites


  • 3-4 cups leftover mac n cheese

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • 3 cups frying oil (vegetable, canola or grapeseed oil will do)

  • Flaky sea salt to finish


  • Beat eggs in a small bowl

  • Combine panko breadcrumbs and seasoning in a small bowl

  • Start with cold mac n cheese, a thicker cheese sauce will be best for this recipe

  • Roughly chop the mac n cheese

  • Using a cookie or ice cream scoop, tightly pack a scoop of mac n cheese into a ball

  • Gently dip in egg mixture and then panko mixture

  • Place on a plate and freeze for at least 30 minutes

  • Heat frying oil in a small saucepan to 350 degrees

  • Fry in batches as needed until golden brown

  • Transfer to paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with flaky sea salt


Now let's get to the other ladies' appetizers!


Sweet & Savory Baked Brie

Dina & Bruce from The Perks of Being Us

IG: @the_perkofbeingus


Easy 5 Minute Leftover Cheese Balls

Sara from White Kitchen Red Wine

IG: @whitekitchen_redwine


Simple Spicy Tuna Tartare

Jessie from Straight To The Hips, Baby

IG: @straightothehipsbaby


Baked Cream Cheese Wontons

Renee from Thai Caliente

IG: @thaicaliente


Spinach Tomato & Feta Stuffed Bread

Kellie from Champagne & a Sippy Cup

IG: @champangeandasippycup


Goat Cheese with Green Olive Gremolata

Ashley from Millennial Kitchen

IG: @millennial_kitchen_


Hot Shrimp Cocktail

Krista from Desocio In the Kitchen

IG: @desocio_in_the_kitchen


3 Cheese Pesto Dip

Elle from My Tiny Spirits

IG: @mytinyspirits


Muhammara Pinwheels

Rania from Hungrily Homemade

IG: @hungrilyhomemade


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