The holiday season is quickly approaching, and it is definitely one of the more hectic times of the year. With parties and gatherings almost every weekend, it is hard to think about what you are going to bring or serve at an event.

Fear no more! I have collected a few of my favourite finger food recipes for your upcoming holiday parties. These recipes are easy, quick and simple to make—and the best part, they look fabulous!

1. Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

This tasty little morsel from Eat, Drink, Paleo is more than meets the eye. Super quick to prepare, and it looks so fancy (and tastes even better!) The salty and savoury flavours compliment each other very well.

finger foods, asparagus, prosciutto

Prosciutto Asparagus Wraps from eatdrinkpaleo.com.au

You will need:

– 12 asparagus spears

– 6 prosciutto slices/strips

– A little ghee or butter for frying

Instructions:

– Wash asparagus and cut 2 cm off the ends. Cut prosciutto strips into two halves, going lengthways, you should end up with 12 strips.

– Place each prosciutto strip on a chopping board at a 45 degree angle. Place one of the asparagus spears on top of the meat, perpendicular to it. The tip of the asparagus should be lined up with the bottom of the prosciutto strip. Wrap the bottom end of prosciutto over the asparagus and holding the meat tight, start rolling the asparagus up. The prosciutto strip will wrap around the whole length of the spear because it’s on an angle. You can try a different wrapping method but I find this is a very quick to do it. Don’t worry if parts of the asparagus spears are not covered completely.

– Heat some ghee in a large, flat frying pan to sizzling hot. Fry wrapped asparagus spears for 1-2 minutes on each side or until prosciutto is brown and crispy.

2. Spinach Puff Pastries

These little puffs from Pics-Hut are delectable! The spinach with the creamy cheese is delicious, much better than any store bought version. I can guarantee there will not be any left by the end of the evening.

spinach puff pastry

Spinach Puff Pastry from Pics Hut

You will need:

– 1 store bought Puff Pastry

– 250 g Frozen Spinach

– 1 tbsp. Sour Cream

– 3 tbsp. Cream Cheese

– 3 garlic cloves

– 1 Cup Cheese, grated (your choice, I like mozzarella in this recipe!)

– Salt and Black Pepper to taste

– 2 tbsp. oil

Instructions:

– First chop the garlic. Heat a non-stick skillet to medium low heat, sprinkle with some cooking oil. Add garlic and cook for few seconds, then add spinach and cook until all water vaporized. You can also add a little bit of grated fresh ginger; it will give an amazing aroma to the spinach. Leave cooked spinach on the side to cool down.

– Combine cooled spinach with sour cream, cream cheese and grated cheese; add some salt and black pepper to taste.

– Divide puff pastry into 8 pieces. Press each of the dough pieces into a muffin tin. Using a spoon, fill each cup with the spinach mixture.

– Heat the oven to 200°C, and bake the cups for about 20 minutes, until golden brown.

3. Cinnamon Roll-ups

A sweeter dish, this is a fabulous dessert from Fashionably Foodie is perfect to bring to your next gathering. It’s easy, delicious and super easy to make. I’m sure you have all the ingredients in your kitchen right now!

cinnamon cream cheese rollups

Cinnamon Roll-ups from fashionablefoodie.com

You will need:

– 1 loaf (16 ounces) sliced white bread, crusts removed

– 1 package (8 ounces) of cream cheese, softened

– ¾ cup of icing (confectioners) sugar

– 1 cup of white sugar

– 1 ½ teaspoons of ground cinnamon

– ¾ of butter, melted

Instructions:

– Pre-heat oven to 350°

– Flatten bread with a rolling pin.

– In a bowl, combine cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar.

– In another bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon; set aside.

– Spread about 1 tablespoon of cheese mixture on each slice of bread.

– Roll up, jellyroll style.

– Dip in melted butter, then in cinnamon-sugar.

– Place on an un-greased baking sheet.

– Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

4. Healthy Spinach Dip

This creamy, irresistible dip from SFGD is made with Greek yogurt and tofu, packing it with protein. The dip is full of flavour and you will not even notice the healthy swaps! (And neither will your guests)

spinach dip

SFG Diary Spinach Dip

You will need:

– 1 cup of Greek yogurt

– 3 cloves of garlic, chopped

– 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

– 2 packages of frozen spinach, thawed and drained

– 1 14-ounce package of soft tofu, drained

– 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

– 2 cans of artichoke hearts, chopped

– 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated

– 1/3 cup feta cheese

Instructions:

– Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

– Place chopped garlic, tofu, and artichokes in a food processor. If you don’t have one, you can chop by hand. Then place these ingredients into a large mixing bowl.

– Add the rest of the ingredients, saving the spinach for last. Mix together until well blended and then place in an oven safe serving dish.

– Bake for about 25 -30 minutes and serve piping hot!

5. Rolo Bites

The last recipe from Glorious Treats is probably one of the sweetest and easiest recipes on the list. These little bites are very addicting; it is hard to contain yourself to just one!

rolo bites

Rolo Bites from Glorious Treats

You will need:

– Rolo candies (or any store bought chocolate and caramel candies)

– Square shape pretzels

– Pecan halves

Instructions:

– Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.

– Lay the pretzels on a parchment paper covered baking sheet.

– Place one unwrapped Rolo on each pretzel and bake for 2-4 minutes.

– Remove from oven and gently press a pecan half on top of each Rolo.

– Place in the freezer to cool.

Happy Holidays!

Miranda Marie

Check out these sites for more great holiday recipes:

– http://eatdrinkpaleo.com.au

– http://pics-hut.blogspot.ca

– http://fashionablyfoodie.com

– http://www.skinnyfatgirldiary.com

– http://www.glorioustreats.com