How to Host an Elegant Dinner Party Buffet

From easy appetizers to decadent desserts, these holiday dinner recipes will help you create a delicious and appetizing spread with something for everyone.

Of course, the holidays are all about catching up with family and friends—but they’re also a great excuse to whip out your favorite recipes and throw a big dinner party. These recipes are designed to wow the crowd—and might even become a new holiday tradition around your house. - How to Host an Elegant Dinner Party Buffet

Pear & Camembert Crostini

Up your appetizer game with this fruit-topped cheese crostini recipe. Warm preserves give the pears a shiny glaze and prevent them from browning.

Makes: 12 servings

Active Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

To Make Ahead: Refrigerate cooled crostini (Steps 1-2) airtight for up to 1 day.



12 diagonal slices whole-grain baguette (1/2 inch thick)

Olive oil cooking spray

12 slices Camembert or Brie cheese (1/4-inch; about 3 ounces)

1 medium firm ripe pear, cut into 24 slices

2 tablespoons apricot or plum preserves, warmed

1 cup watercress or arugula

Freshly ground pepper to taste

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Arrange baguette slices on a baking sheet and coat both sides with cooking spray. Bake, turning once, until toasted, 10 to 12 minutes. Top each with a slice of cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted, about 2 minutes more.
  3. Top each crostini with 2 pear slices, brush with preserves and top with greens and a generous grinding of pepper.

Per serving: 90 calories; 2 g fat (1 g sat, 1 g mono); 5 mg cholesterol; 15 g carbohydrate; 1 g added sugars; 3 g total sugars; 4 g protein; 2 g fiber; 159 mg sodium; 43 mg potassium.