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30 make-ahead appetizers for stress-free holidays


A little advance prep to beat the holiday hustle? Here are 30 make-ahead appetizers so you can sit back and relax while hosting this year.

Multi-seed savory crackers

Mix 2 egg whites with flour, melted butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add poppy seeds and sunflower seeds and drop them in small heaps on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 °F until browned.

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Craving sweet? This rustic cherry tart is easy, quick and delicious!


  • 1 shortcrust pastry
  • 3 cups / 750 g. of cherries
  • 1/3 cup / 60 g. of sugar
  • 2/3 cup / 60 g. of almond flour
  • 4 tbsp. of brown sugar
  • Pistachios
  • A dash of milk


  1. Mix the cherries and sugar together. Let stand 20 minutes.
  2. Spread or roll out the shortcrust pastry, sprinkle with almond powder and brown sugar.
  3. Place the cherries in the center of the dough, leaving about 2 inches of free dough on the edges. Fold in the edges.
  4. Brush with milk (this will make the crust go golden), sprinkle with brown sugar and bake for 20 minutes at 350°F/180°C.
  5. Top with a handful of chopped pistachios, and serve!

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