Holiday Appetizer Cheese and Nut Board

#HolidaysWithHeinens: Holiday Entertaining Shopping List

This recipe and photos were provided by Sally Roeckell of Table and Dish and were originally published at

If you’re planning a festive party or just have people stopping by unexpectedly it’s easy to pull together a great spread if you stock up on a few items over the holidays. From Thanksgiving to New Year I usually always have a selection of go-to refrigerated and pantry on-hand so that, at any given moment, I can pull out a cutting board and lay out a selection of nibbles that would please just about anyone. If you keep just a few of these items in your kitchen you’ll never be without an appetizer when friends stop over.

Holiday Appetizer Spread

Check out my basic list of staples to have on hand and then click here for a few simple ways to use these items to create mouthwatering party appetizers.

From Your Pantry


  • Almonds
  • Sugared pecans and pistachios
  • Marcona almonds dusted with Herbs de Provence


  • One gluten-free option
  • Rice crackers
  • Rainforest Fig Crackers
  • Ready to bake loaves of French bread

Dried Fruit

  • Apricots
  • Cherries
  • Dates
  • Cranberries


  • Olive oil
  • Honey
  • Jams like sour cherry or fig
  • Quince jam or quince paste

Crackers and Dip

From Your Refrigerator


  • Goat cream cheese
  • Spreadable Borsin cheese
  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Ready-made smoked Gouda cheese dip
  • Brie
  • Selection of hard cheeses such as Manchengo


  • Red or green grapes
  • Somsutra oranges
  • Pomegranates
  • Pears
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Lemons and limes


  • Prosciutto
  • Salami rolls
  • Crab cakes
  • Salmon


  • Baby parisian cucumbers
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Sliced peppers
  • Radishes
  • Mushrooms, etc.
  • Colorful ridicio or endive


  • Dips
  • Jams
  • Beet Hummus
  • Fresh Rosemary Tree

Charcuterie Board

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