Slideshow: 21 Recipes for Holiday Party Hors d'oeuvres

Black Olive Tapenade
Black Olive Tapenade
Simply add a bit of thyme and whole grain Dijon to add a hint of herbs and a slight bite to the briny saltiness of the tapenade.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Real French Onion Dip
Real French Onion Dip
This is not the stuff you've had before.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Provençal White Bean Dip
Provençal White Bean Dip
White beans, olive oil, fresh herbs, and the star—a head of roasted garlic—make for a buttery concoction.

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[Photograph: Kerry Saretsky]

Creamy, Three-Cheese Artichoke Dip
Creamy, Three-Cheese Artichoke Dip
The perfect version of the classic dip.

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[Photograph: Jennifer Olvera]

Boursin and Gruyère Spinach and Artichoke Gratin Dip
Boursin and Gruyère Spinach and Artichoke Gratin Dip
Tons of spinach and artichoke hearts are baked in a gratin with white wine, cream cheese, Gruyère, and ever-flavorful garlic and herbs Boursin. Tossed together in one bowl and baked in 15 minutes, this is a crowd-pleasing French take on the all-American spinach and artichoke dip.

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[Photograph: Kerry Saretsky]

Red Onion Jam
Red Onion Jam
Sweet, fruity, tart, and slightly crunchy. Perfect with meat or cheese.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Devils on Horseback
Devils on Horseback
The final dish features bites that are not only sweet and salty, but are also laced with bitterness from coffee, a gentle heat and spice from chiles, and added crunch and nuttiness from pumpkin seeds.

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[Photograph: Marvin Gapultos]

Pork Schnitzel Meatballs
Pork Schnitzel Meatballs
A simple blend of thyme, lemon zest, and parsley are combined with the ground pork, then formed into balls, rolled in flour, egg, and panko and then deep-fried until crisp.

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[Photograph: Marvin Gapultos]

Oysters Florentine
Oysters Florentine
If pressed for time, make the spinach mixture the evening before and simply shuck, top, and broil the oysters the next day.

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[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

Pearly Meatballs
Pearly Meatballs
Juicy meat covered in a delicate layer of starch, so light and fluffy that the whole thing sort of melts in your mouth.

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[Photograph: Chichi Wang]

Cheesy Papillons
Cheesy Papillons
Giant butterflies of crispy, salty, cheesy puff pastry.

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[Photograph: Kerry Saretsky]

Gougères
Gougères
These French cheese puffs are made with deliciously stinky Gruyère.

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

Cream Cheese and Chive Pastry Pinwheels
Cream Cheese and Chive Pastry Pinwheels
These need all of three ingredients—which are completely adaptable to what you have on hand. Plus they can be made ahead of time, and stored for a couple days or frozen and baked off as needed.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Cheese Buns
Cheese Buns
These may bear more resemblance to a biscuit, but straight out of the oven, these quick-to-assemble buns are soft and dotted with melted cheese.

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[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

Buttered Rum and Cranberry Popcorn
Buttered Rum and Cranberry Popcorn
Aside from being ready-made for the day's drinks, this popcorn is a light enough snack to munch on without being too filling; but its combination of sweet and salty, tangy and boozy is enough to satisfy.

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[Photograph: Marvin Gapultos]

Bourbon Old Fashioned Glazed Pecans
Bourbon Old Fashioned Glazed Pecans
After a few minutes toasting in a dry skillet, the pecans become fragrant and nutty. A toss in melted butter and a mix of brown sugar, salt, black pepper, and a touch of cayenne, then doused with bourbon and dotted with old-fashioned accoutrements of orange zest and cherries.

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[Photograph: Marvin Gapultos]