5-Minute Hosting Starters for the Holidays

5-Minute Hosting Starters for the Holidays

It’s the season of dinner parties, endless brunches, and holiday events, which means it’s the season for hosting! La Brea Bakery offers decadent solutions to enhance your hosting experience in just 5 minutes. Let’s explore some appetizer recipes that will cater to your busy schedule and your guests’ palates.

Southerwestern Bruschetta


with La Brea Bakery’s Take & Bake Ciabatta Rolls

Slice La Brea Bakery’s Take & Bake Ciabatta Rolls into manageable pieces and toast until crisp. Top with a mixture of diced tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. This quick and easy bruschetta starter is a timeless crowd favorite that celebrates the simplicity of fresh ingredients—perfect for holiday brunches and dinner parties! Tip: Elevate it even more by adding soft, creamy burrata cheese, using a flavored olive oil, and sprinkling with a mild or spicy bruschetta salt blend.

La Brea Bakery's Sourdough Loaf

Caprese Avocado Toast

with La Brea Bakery’s Sourdough Loaf

Start with a slice of La Brea Bakery’s Sourdough Loaf, toasted to perfection. Top it with ripe avocado slices, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. This Caprese Avocado Toast is a beautiful 5-minute quick bite that will leave your guests craving more!

Smoked Salmon Crostini

Smoked Salmon Crostini

on La Brea Bakery’s French Baguette

Slice La Brea Bakery’s French Baguette into bite-size pieces and toast them lightly. Spread cream cheese on each slice and layer with high-quality smoked salmon. Garnish with capers, red onion, and a sprinkle of dill. These Smoked Salmon Crostinis are a sophisticated and effortless appetizer for holiday parties and gatherings! Tip: Take the flavor up a notch by topping with caviar or salmon roe to make it extra special for the holidays.

Honey Toast with Fresh Ricotta and Pistachios

Honey Toast with Fresh Ricotta and Pistachios

with La Brea Bakery’s Sourdough Baguette

Top sliced and lightly grilled La Brea Bakery Sourdough Baguette with fresh ricotta cheese, top with crushed pistachios, and drizzle with honey. Finish with a pinch of salt and lemon zest. This slightly sweet treat will be sure to dazzle your guests whether served as an appetizer or dessert!

La Brea Bakery's French Twin Pack Baguette

Spinach Artichoke Dip Cheese Bread

with La Brea Bakery’s French Twin Pack Baguette

Preheat oven to 400℉. Slice La Brea Bakery’s French Baguette in half lengthwise and set aside. Spread store-bought spinach artichoke dip onto the insides of the baguette and sprinkle evenly with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Bake until golden brown and serve warm. 

La Brea Bakery's Rosemary Olive Oil Loaf

Grilled Cheese and Bread Skewers

with La Brea Bakery’s Rosemary Olive Oil Loaf

For a fun twist on a charcuterie board, try these Grilled Cheese and Bread Skewers! Cut La Brea Bakery Rosemary Olive Oil Loaf into cubes and thread onto skewers, alternating with jarred sundried tomato quarters and Monterey jack cheese cubes. Grill until cheese melts and bread is toasted. Tip: If you have the time, add even more delicious flavor by first tossing the bread cubes in a mixture of oil from the sundried tomatoes, olive oil, minced garlic, and salt until well-coated. Then complete the recipe as above.


Every great holiday gathering begins with better bread. La Brea Bakery’s artisan breads serve as the perfect canvas for creating quick and trendy recipes that will make an impression on your guests. Take less time prepping food and savor the moments that matter most this holiday season with your family and friends.


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