The holiday season is finally here! With lots of visits from friends and family, this time of year can can be exciting and a tiny bit stressful. All those hungry loved ones are waiting for you to deliver the main course. In the meantime, you’ve got to give them something to snack on. Enter the appetizer.

Take some of the stress off your plate with easy starters like these simple bean appetizers. This way you can move on to the more complicated issues, like finding out where you stored the folding chairs.


White Bean and Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

Crunchy slices of baguette are slathered with creamy ricotta cheese and adorned with a mixture of white beans and colorful heirloom tomatoes. It makes for a pretty appetizer with lots of fresh flavor. This is an easy make-ahead appetizer that you can confidently whip out of your fridge when your guests arrive.


Zucchini White Bean Bacon Fritters

These white bean and bacon fritters may sound decadent, but they’ve got vegetables lurking inside. Zucchini gives bulk and nutritional value while the bacon and luscious basil aioli makes it a sumptuous holiday treat.


Spicy White Bean Dip

Bean dip is always a fan favorite and easy to whip up. This dip features a hint of heat from cayenne and red pepper flakes, which means you’re hit with both immediate heat as well as a gentle back heat. This dip is fantastic with fresh vegetables like carrots or cauliflower. If you’ve got leftovers, this also makes a tasty sandwich spread.


Don’t worry about what to serve at your next holiday party. You’ve got the appetizers covered when you serve beans first.

Meatless Monday is so much more appealing when incorporating this tasty dish featuring Randall Beans Great Northern Beans.