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Holiday party season is here - whether you are hosting just a few or a large shindig, the last thing you want to do is to be sweating and stressing in the kitchen over your appetizers. So we've rounded up some of our favorite, make-ahead apps that are delicious and won't have you stressing when your doorbell rings. Make up one of these the night before and don't forget to whip up a special cocktail.

Time-saving appetizers can be prepped ahead of the party

After too many parties where I was frantically trying to finish plating individual butternut squash and cranberry brushcetta toasts for a crowd (really, what was I thinking?) or cooking up the filling to this endive stuffed with warm pears and blue cheese, I've decided stress is not a good party look for me. So I've been compiling a collection of party appetizers beyond the traditional dips and cheese platters that I can prep ahead of time and take no or minimal work in the kitchen minutes before guests arrive. 

Here are a five of my favs - but I'm always looking for more! Share your favorite make-ahead apps in the comments below.

Make ahead appetizer Brussle Sprouts

Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Garlic Aioli Recipe

Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Garlic Aioli this is my new favorite app of the season. I can't say that I'm a Brussel sprout lover, but I could eat an entire bowl of these. Granted, it's probably the yummy garlic-y aioli sauce. The sprouts are easy to cut into quarters and roast in advance - this recipe is best room temp. I've also added some halved baby potatoes which are also quite tasty in the aioli too. (Photo: Costa Kitchen)

Make ahead appetizer - proscuitto melon

Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon Recipe

Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon - this is a classic and delicious flavor pairing that is easy for the kids to help with (melon ballers make it fun!). Wrap honeydew or cantaloupe melon with a strip of prosciutto. Secure with a toothpick and pop in the fridge until you're ready to serve. (Photo: Bellalimento)

Make ahead appetizer - spicy shrimp
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Make ahead appetizer holiday meatballs

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Make ahead appetizer caprese stack

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Caprese Stacks- if you can still find tasty cherry tomatoes, this app comes together in a few minutes. Buy mozzarella balls and either wrap with a basil leaf as show in the picture or just add it to the toothpick. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar right before serving.

What are your favorite make-ahead appetizers?

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