These Heat-and-Serve Holiday Appetizers Are So Good No One Will Know They Came Out of the Freezer
Between wrapping presents, welcoming house guests, and watching seasonal movies, there’s little time left during the holidays to make flawless appetizers from scratch. Luckily for us all, grocery stores are here to help with quick, convenient, and surprisingly delicious frozen appetizers to heat up at home, so no friend or family member will know the difference. Here are our top four places to buy ready-to-reheat holiday apps — plus specific recommendations on which goodies to grab.
TJ’s rarely fails to fulfill our entertaining needs with whimsically tasty treats, and its bite-size appetizers are no exception. Our favorites are the gooey Mushroom & Black Truffle Flatbread With Mozzarella Cheese ($4), which you can slice into smaller pieces; the flaky, golden brown Spanakopita Filled With Spinach, Ricotta, and Feta Cheese ($4); the spicy and crispy Mini Chicken Tikka Samosas ($4); the Mini-Frank-Filled Parmesan Pastry Puffs ($4); and the tangy yet sweet Pastry Bites With Feta Cheese and Caramelized Onions ($5). Buy them all for an exciting, affordable spread that will please any palate.
If you’re throwing (or attending) a huge holiday party, you can’t go wrong with a Costco run. Embrace an around-the-world theme with Cuisine Adventures Spinach and Feta Spanakopita ($15), Sukhi’s Potato Samosas With Cilantro Chutney ($11), and TigerThai Jumbo Tempura Shrimp ($13). For cheese lovers, we recommend The Perfect Bite Co. Five-Cheese Mac and Cheese Bites ($10) and Caramelized Onion and Gorgonzola Pastry Bites ($13), as well as Brazi Bites Brazilian Cheese Bread Bites ($13), which taste like cheesy clouds.
Classic appetizers include Phillips Mini Crab Cakes ($20) and Cuisine Adventures Pigs in a Blanket ($12) and Florentine and Cheese-and-Bacon Mini Quiche ($13). Can’t decide on a single appetizer? We don’t blame you. Feed a crowd with the hearty Schwan’s Appetizer Variety Pack ($95), which has roasted chicken wings with barbecue sauce, cheddar and bacon potato skins, and mozzarella sticks.
Sam’s Club is another one-stop shop for hefty quantities and crowd-pleasing flavors. For easy-as-can-be app shopping, snatch up a variety of Member’s Mark items, such as Crispy Cheese and Spinach Spanakopita, Cream-Cheesy Crab Rangoons, both vegetarian and bacon-filled Mini Quiche, Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp With Pepper Jack Cheese, and Four-Cheese Mac and Cheese Bites With Bacon and Hatch Chilies — all $10 a pop.
Want to keep your holiday indulgences on the healthier side? Run to Whole Foods (or shop the chain on Amazon) for a host of simple finger foods, such as Royal Asia Boom Boom Shrimp With Sriracha Aioli ($5), Kim & Scott’s Bavarian Soft Pretzels ($6), Feel Good Foods Gluten-Free Chicken Egg Rolls ($5), 365 Organic Mozzarella Sticks ($5), and a Whole Foods Mini Quiche Trio ($7). Add some green to the scene with Spinach and Cheese Spanakopita ($5), Buttery Artichoke, Kale, and Swiss Chard Bites ($4), and Potato and Pea Samosas ($3), or slice up a wood-fired Stracchino and Arugula Pizza ($6).
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(Photos via Sara Cagle/Brit + Co, Sam’s Club, and Whole Foods)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)