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Whole Foods Market's holiday appetizer ideas

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) -- If you want to host a classy holiday soiree, you don't need to spend hours in the kitchen. Whole Foods Market has lots of great ideas for appetizers and nibbles that can be prepared in a snap so that you can get out of the kitchen and enjoy the party.

Dips, spreads and cheeses:

1. Arrange a few people-pleasing cheeses on a platter for an elegant and appetizing arrangement. Here I have a Spanish sheep's milk Manchego, Parrano, soft and creamy Delice de Bourgogne, and Stilton (blue). To finish the platter I have caramelized pecans, marcona almonds, olives and cornichons with some tasty crackers.
2. How about spreading water crackers with cream cheese and topping it off with a piece of smoked salmon and a sprig of mint?
3. Next I put together a platter of flavors from Greece. Giant lima beans, dolmas, roasted bell pepper, olives,  feta, egg and pita. These spanakopita are part of our 365 Everyday Value frozen line of products - just heat and serve.

For piping-hot nibbles in no-time:

1. Try our new 365 Everyday Value Trio of Three Cheese, Mushroom and Spinach Florentine Mini Quiches. No need for pie tins here - just pop these delicious morsels into the oven, you'll have a home-baked taste your guests will love in no time.
2. Add some 365 Everyday Value Mini Pizzas to the oven while the quiches are cooking. With 12 in every box and plenty of variety, you'll have something tasty for everyone to try.
3. How about Bacon figs? Figs with goat cheese, almonds and a drizzle of honey.
4. To satisfy a sweet tooth, offer your guests a delicious assortment of bite-sized gourmet treats - try Whole Foods Market Organic Truffles in Cappuccino, Chocolate or Caramel, or Whole Foods Market Truffled Roasted Walnuts. No assembly required, and smaller portions means you can have more than one!

DEMO: Spread your favorite pre-made pesto (either your favorite store brand or a go-to recipe), a pine nuts and Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value Goat Cheese on 365 Everyday Value Naan and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees for a delicious gourmet flatbread with a light crispy crust.  

Recipes for easy holiday entertaining at www.wholefoods.com.

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