Have a Festive Feast Must-Try Holiday Appetizers

Key Takeaway

Immerse your loved ones in a merrier celebration filled with unforgettable tastes and moments.

Immerse your loved ones in a merrier celebration filled with unforgettable tastes and moments.

As the twinkling parols light up the streets and the soft chorus of Christmas carols fills the air, there's no mistaking that the season of joy is upon us here in the Philippines. The Noche Buena and Media Noche—the beloved yuletide tradition—sees families gathering around the table for a midnight feast that celebrates both heritage and the spirit of the holidays. If you're looking to sprinkle a bit of extra magic onto your feasts this year, why not dazzle your loved ones with a spread of appetizers that are as easy to make as they are delightful to the palate?

From the savory sophistication of Parmesan truffle potato wedges to the refreshing zest of a cold tomato gazpacho and the comforting sweetness of cinnamon hot chocolate, these Noche Buena and Media Noche food ideas are sure to bring smiles all around. So, apron up, and let's get cooking!

Parmesan Truffle Potato Wedges

Imagine the earthy aroma of truffles mingling with the crisp, golden exterior of freshly baked potato wedges. This dish is a symphony of flavors that's surprisingly simple to create. The key ingredient? The luxurious Umbria White Truffle oil.


  • 3 to 4 medium or large potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 2 tablespoons Umbria White Truffle oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  2. Toss the potato wedges with the truffle oil, salt, and pepper, ensuring each piece is well-coated.
  3. Arrange the wedges on the baking sheet in a single layer so they crisp up nicely.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and fork-tender.
  5. While still hot, sprinkle with grated Parmesan and parsley before serving.

Pair these indulgent wedges with a light dip or simply enjoy them on their own. They're the quintessential finger foods for Noche Buena and Media Noche that everyone will reach for!

Cold Soup with Hida

Balance the richness of your appetizers with a refreshing gazpacho. The Hida Cold Tomato Soup offers a hassle-free start with its perfect blend of tomatoes and vegetables, providing a base that is both delightful and convenient.


  • 1 bottle Hida Cold Tomato Soup (Gazpacho)
  • Fresh cucumbers, diced (for topping)
  • Croutons (for topping)
  • A drizzle of olive oil (for garnish)


  1. Chill the bottle of Hida Cold Tomato Soup in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  2. Pour the cold soup into individual bowls or shot glasses for a fancy touch.
  3. Garnish with diced cucumbers, croutons, and a drizzle of olive oil.

This light and tasty gazpacho is the perfect palate cleanser and will keep your guests curious about what's coming next in your Noche Buena and Media Noche feast.

Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

End your appetizer round with a comforting cup of elevated hot chocolate made with Chek Hup Kokoo Chocolate Drink. This warm beverage paired with crunchy Gullón crackers creates a cozy atmosphere that your loved ones will cherish.


  • 4 cups milk (or a dairy-free alternative)
  • 1 pack Chek Hup Kokoo Chocolate Drink
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Whipped cream (for topping)
  • Gullón crackers (for serving)


  1. In a saucepan, gently heat the milk on medium flame but do not let it boil.
  2. Whisk in the Chek Hup Kokoo Chocolate Drink and ground cinnamon until well combined and smooth.
  3. Once hot, pour the hot chocolate into mugs.
  4. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired.
  5. Serve with a side of Gullón crackers for a treat that satisfies the sweet tooth.

Festive evenings like noche buena and media noche in the Philippines are about sharing love and joy, and what better way to do that than passing around mugs of homemade hot chocolate with a side of delightful crackers?

And there you have it—three simple yet spectacular appetizer recipes that will elevate your holiday feasts to a merry celebration. Each offers a unique flavor profile from the savory, earthy notes of truffle and Parmesan to the fresh and zesty gazpacho, and ending with a sweet, comforting cinnamon chocolate drink. These recipes not only add variety to your table but also bring warmth and joy to your gathering.

Wishing you a festive and flavorful celebration, from our hearts to your home. — (TGM)

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