Your Holiday Party Needs Pulled Pork Sweet Potato Bites

By Bob McCarthy

Festive music, pretty lights, the time spent with family and friends—this is a great time of year. But the best part of the holiday season isn’t the gift-giving or the gaudy sweaters. Nor is it sugar plums or figgy pudding. It’s the gatherings and get togethers. Specifically, it’s the finger foods served at those annual events.

Appetizers, hors devours, finger foods—whatever you call those tasty one-bite delights, no holiday party is complete without them. They’re the stocking stuffers of any gathering, a small but satisfying precursor to what’s to come.There’s nothing better than grabbing a drink and loading up a plate with a smorgasbord of hors devours—cheeses and dips and dumplings and scallops wrapped in bacon. Done right, it can be a culinary tour of all your favorite foods.

When it comes to hors devours, there are the classics—the tiny meatballs and mini hot dogs wrapped in dough that have been present at every party since the dawn of the crock pot. Yet they’re often more filler than killer. And cheese is great, but nobody has ever begged for the recipe to a mind-blowing block of gouda. Whether you’re hosting New Year’s Eve or bringing a dish to a holiday party, if you want props, you have to bring a little creativity and a lot of flavor.

These Pulled Pork Sweet Potato Bites check the box on both counts. Incredibly easy to make, yet undeniably tasty, they use leftover pulled pork in a way that will surprise many guests and have them reaching for more. Hitting all the right notes, it combines crispy and creamy textures while balancing sweet and savory flavors. The base is crisp baked sweet potato slice topped with goat cheese and a pulled pork then drizzled with your favorite BBQ sauce.

Since these are meant to be one-bite appetizers, you don’t need a lot of pulled pork—just a forkful for each sweet potato round. If you want to save money, or if cheese from anything but a cow scares you, you can substitute cream cheese for the goat cheese (while it’s less flavorful, it has the same creamy texture and a somewhat similar taste). Go light on the crushed red pepper, a little goes a long way and it’s just there to add a hint of heat under the sweet potato and cheese. If you want to layer in even more flavor, you can also top these with a dollop of coleslaw.

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