10 Easy Last Minute Christmas Appetizers

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10 Easy Last Minute Christmas Appetizers

We often spend so much time baking and planning the menu for our festivities, that we forget the finger foods. This year try one of these tasty appetizers that can be whipped-up in a snap.  They're guaranteed to keep the guests happy while they're waiting for the main event.

Ham and Hash Brown Casserole

This casserole is a potluck lovers dream.  Most recently I made it and took it to my son's "Thankful Breakfast" at school.  I think it's perfect for breakfast, brunch or serve it as a side dish for any meal.  It's super convenient as it can be prepared in advance, then baked just before serving.

While growing-up my Parents work revolved around church.  It would be impossible for me to recollect just how many church potluck dinners we attended.  I love them, not just for the fun chatter and laughter and miles of  delicious food choices but, for the sense of community that potlucks stand for.  Dishes like this ham and hash brown casserole were made for such an event. Without a doubt it will disappear in a flash.

German Chocolate Pie

I absolutely love this pie.  I've had it on my "to do" list for some time and just got around to preparing and photographing it for my blog.  If you love German chocolate cake, this pie is definitely for you. Variations are endless.  I've seen some recipes that use flour or corn syrup in the filling.  I've made it several ways, but for me this pie works the best using cornstarch to bind the filling, with little fuss.

As with the coconut-pecan icing I use for my German Chocolate Cake, I love mixing granulated sugar and brown sugar together for the depth of flavor it lends to the filling.  Smooth like velvet. Serve it with a dollop of fresh whipped cream or slightly warmed with a drizzle of chocolate and a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it's scrumptious.

Stuffed Pizza Rolls


During the holiday season we cooks have to be ready to serve foods that will suit every guests taste. That's no small fete and it's always a challenge. Especially when it comes to the youngest ones and the picky palates around the table. Every gracious host and hostess knows the importance of planning special memorable dishes for everyone to enjoy. Don't we all associate special meals and favorite dishes with the loved ones who made them? It's one of the most heartwarming parts of my family's holiday meal celebrations.

Knowing that even the pickiest eaters in our family love pizza, gives me the perfect opportunity to make it extra special using Sister Schubert's Parker House rolls in place of the crust. These stuffed pizza rolls can be assembled the night before then tightly wrapped and stored in the fridge. Unwrap and brush liberally with seasoned butter then sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese just before baking. You can serve them hot straight from the oven as an appetizer or along with the main dish meal. They're so tasty that everyone will be reaching for one of these gooey and delicious stuffed pizza rolls.

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