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Holiday Party Dishes to Try

Holiday Party Dishes to Try

The holidays are here at The Penrose apartments in Bozeman Mt. Are you planning on pleasing a hungry crowd at any holiday parties this season? Whether you’re hosting friends and family in your modern apartment or heading to theirs, don’t show up empty-handed!

One of the best ways to spread cheer, as we mentioned in an earlier blog, is by making something tasty to share! Here are some delicious holiday party dishes to try this season.

We’ve included some recipes for those of you who are looking to go all out, as well as more conservative cooks. Whichever recipe you choose, we’re certain that everyone will love it. Nothing tastes better than a meal made with love after all! Without further ado, here are our very favorite festive holiday dish recipes.

Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

Bacon-wrapped scallops holiday party appetizer | The Penrose luxury apartments

These bite-sized bacon-wrapped scallops are one of the best savory appetizers you’ll try. This crisp and juicy combination is the perfect cocktail party snack. Try them for yourself!

  • 1/4 cupSoy sauce or tamari
  • 1/4 cupOrange juice
  • 1/4 cupBrown sugar
  • 1.5 lbsLarge sea scallops
  • 18 oz can sliced water chesnuts
  • 1/2 lbThin bacon, cut into 3″ pieces
  • Toothpicks
Sriracha Aioli Dipping Sauce
  • 3/4 cupMayonnaise
  • 2 tbspSriracha
  • 1 tbspLime juice

In a small bowl combine soy sauce, brown sugar and orange juice. Add scallops to soy sauce mixture, toss to combine and allow refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to overnight.

Combine mayo along with sriracha and lime juice until smooth in a small bowl. Sriracha mayo can be made ahead and stored in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Working with one scallop at a time, lay bacon piece flat add a slice of water chestnut to the center of the bacon followed by a marinated sea scallop. Tightly wrap the bacon around the scallop and pierce with a toothpick to hold the bacon in place.

Place on baking sheet lined with a cooling rack and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until bacon is crispy. (For extra crispy bacon, broil for the last 2-3 minutes, just keep on eye on them!) Serve warm along with sriracha mayo.

Jalapeño Poppers

jalapeño poppers holiday party appetizer | The Penrose Luxury apartments
Photo Credit: The Modern Proper

A classic holiday party appetizer that you just can’t go wrong with is the Jalapaño popper. These cheesy boats of flavor with a little bit of spice are some of the easiest and tastiest snacks for any party. Get things heated up by trying out this holiday party recipe.

  • 10Fresh jalapenos
  • 8 ozParmesan cheese, shredded
  • 8 ozCream cheese, room temp
  • 4Pieces thick cut bacon, cooked and finely chopped
  • 2 tbspFresh chives, chopped
  • 2Cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tspSalt
  • 1/2 tspFreshly ground pepper
  • 2 tbspButter, melted
  • 1 cupPanko
  1. Preheat oven to 350° Lightly grease a baking sheet and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the parmesan cheese, cream cheese, crumbled bacon, chives, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  3. Using kitchen gloves or a plastic grocery sack to protect your hands, halve each jalapeño lengthwise. Remove seeds and membranes using a paring knife. Spoon cheese mixture evenly into each jalapeño half.
  4. Melt butter and pour over panko. Toss to coat. Sprinkle evenly over each popper. Place the peppers, cut side up, on a baking sheet and bake on the bottom rack until the cheese has melted, jalapeños have softened and panko is golden brown. About 30 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

No-Bake Cookie Butter Bottoms

no-bake cookies holiday party dish | The Penrose

Are you looking for an easy sweet option for your holiday party dishes to try? Check out these no-hassle cookies that you don’t even have to bake! How great is that?

  • 1 cup Biscoff creamy cookie spread
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 3 cups Rice Krispies
  • 32 milk chocolate kisses

In a large saucepan, combine cookie spread and corn syrup. Cook and stir over low heat until blended. Remove from heat; stir in Rice Krispies until coated. Shape level tablespoons of mixture into balls; place on waxed paper.

Immediately press a kiss into the center of each cookie. Let stand until set.

Layered Candy Cane Dessert

layered candy cane cake holiday party dessert | The Penrose

How much more holiday-themed can your holiday party dishes get than ones with candy canes in them? Try out this super easy layered combination of cookie and candy cane goodness.

  • 1 package (14.3 ounces) Oreo cookies
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 3/4 cup crushed candy canes (about 7 regular size), divided
  • 2 packages (3.3 ounces each) instant white chocolate pudding mix
  • 2-3/4 cups cold 2% milk
  1. Pulse cookies in a food processor until fine crumbs form. Add melted butter; pulse just until combined. Press onto the bottom of a 13×9-in. dish. Refrigerate while preparing the filling.
  2. Beat cream cheese, sugar, and milk until smooth. Fold in 1 cup whipped topping and 1/2 cup crushed candies. Spread over crust.
  3. Whisk pudding mix and milk 2 minutes; spread over cream cheese layer. Spread with remaining whipped topping. Refrigerate, covered, 4 hours. Sprinkle with remaining candies just before serving.


We hope these holiday desserts and dishes are real winners at your next holiday party. We would love to see the dishes you and your guests enjoy here at your Penrose luxury apartment. If you want to show off your cooking or baking skills, tag us on Instagram @livepenrose. Our mouths are watering just thinking about all the delicious holiday party dishes we’ll enjoy this year.


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