If you’re planning a winter wedding and have just started choosing foods for the reception, skip the traditional appetizers you can get any time of the year. Instead, go for savory treats that are perfect for the winter season. Winter reception appetizers feature ingredients that are the freshest in the winter, so they go great with the flavors of the holidays.
1. Spiced Pear and Pomegranate Crostinis
Summer fruits like strawberries and apricots are out of season, but there are plenty that find their peak in winter. These sweet and savory crostinis feature two winter favorites: pears and pomegranates.
2. Cranberry and Brie Pastry Swirls
Of course, when you think of winter fruits your mind likely goes to cranberries. Embrace this winter berry by having cranberry and brie pastry swirls at your reception. They’re sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, so they’ll be a favorite with wedding guests who have a sweet tooth.
3. Swedish Meatballs
Winter is all about comfort food, but most comfort dishes are a little difficult to eat as an appetizer. Meatballs are the exception. Guests always love these little bite-sized bits of flavor. Jazz them up with garnishes like pickled cucumber.
4. Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip
Dips are the quintessential event appetizer. Go for a party favorite, like a creamy and hearty spinach artichoke dip. The warmth from the dip will help offset the chill in the air outside your winter reception.
5. Toasted Ravioli with Cheesy Marinara Sauce
If you want guests talking about your wedding reception for years to come, just serve this tasty toasted ravioli appetizer. Have your guests dip them into a delicious cheesy marinara sauce that pairs perfectly with the ravioli.
6. Baked Brie and Prosciutto Rolls
Baked brie is on the top of most winter appetizer lists, but it’s time to make this classic dish even more party-friendly. Make them handheld by wrapping the brie in prosciutto and phyllo dough before baking. It’s an instant party hit!
7. Onion-Herb Focaccia
Bread is a simple yet great option to serve as an appetizer, especially when you make it savory and bake it with onions and herbs. Cut this onion-herb focaccia into bite-sized squares so guests can still mingle while they munch before dinner.