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Between trimming the tree, wrapping gifts, helping Santa stuff those stockings and drenching your house in as many lights as your poor little exterior outlet can handle, you’ve (somehow) got to eat! And the Christmas season is party season! Which means you don’t just have to feed yourself—chances are you’ve got to put some finger food out for other people, too. And a store-bought tub-o-hummus isn’t going to cut it at a Christmas party. No way. Christmas appetizers need to be just as dazzling as the reflection of vintage bubble lights in the tinsel on your Christmas tree! So pop some Andy Williams on the turntable, and spend a little—and we promise, it’ll just be a little—time in the kitchen. We’ve rounded up our top Christmas appetizer recipes right here for your holiday nibbling and noshing pleasure, so whether you’re looking for easy appetizers for a Christmas party or simply the very BEST Christmas appetizer to serve to your nearest and dearest on Christmas Day, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for here.
This adorable holiday app will become an instant legend to all of your family and friends (who doesn’t love pigs in a blanket!?). It’s a centerpiece worthy of your holiday table—plus one that you can eat, which is the best kind of centerpiece in our opinion.
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Now this is the ultimate Christmas app. Super-cheesy and herby, this centerpiece appetizer has the looks and taste to impress. Plus, it’s ready in under an hour!
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These scrumptious little chicken and brie bites take less than 30 minutes to make, but taste like you spent hours in the kitchen preparing them. Fig, roasted apple, melted brie and tangy garlic mayo are like a sweet-and-savory symphony. Add bright red cranberries and green spinach for festive flair.
Crostini is perfect for holiday entertaining. Simply grab a loaf of your favorite artisan bread and top with any number of yummy spreads and cheeses.
I like to use baguettes for this because they make the perfect little bites, with a sturdy crust all the way around. These bites are elegant, delicious, and guaranteed crowd-pleasers.
Cranberry Brie Bites made with flaky puff pastry, gooey melty brie, and sweet cranberry sauce is loaded with sweet and savory flavor. These holiday appetizers are quick and easy to make with 5 ingredients, can be made days ahead, and are freezer-friendly too.
Plus, they look stunning in a spread and taste unbelievably good. Become the hit of the holiday season by whipping up a batch or two of these Cranberry Brie Bites before your next gathering. You might never make another appy for Christmas again!
When the holidays come around, one of our favorite traditions ever is to make Christmas pizza: that is pizza in the shape of a Christmas tree! We’ve had this tradition with our nieces and nephews, and after we’ve become parents, it’s a tradition we’ve continued with our son Larson! Make your dough into a Christmas tree, top it with pesto and mozzarella “snow”, and add veggie ornaments.
There’s nothing we love more than getting in the holiday mood with this tasty dinner (while watching the movie Elf, of course!).
Enjoy street vendor roasted chestnuts at home in three different ways — roast in the oven, cook over the stove, or in the air fryer.
Roasting is one of the best ways to enjoy chestnuts. Bitter when raw, roasted chestnuts have a delicate and slightly sweet flavor with a soft texture similar to sweet potato. They’re especially popular around the Christmas holidays and really easy to make at home.
These elegant bite-size pastry puffs are a delightful way to welcome guests during the holidays. The tangy Dijon sauce adds just enough zip, while the peppery bite of fresh arugula pairs perfectly with thinly sliced smoked salmon and nutty Asiago cheese.
Using cranberries instead of tomatoes might seem like an odd choice here, but I promise I haven’t just gotten into my Nana’s boozy Christmas Cake!
Given that cranberries are more tart than they are sweet, they make such an incredible flavor change when mixed with the jalapeños and onions.
The color is out of this world! Serve with cream cheese and crackers.
These flaky cheese-filled twists made with frozen puff pastry bake to a crispy golden brown. Double up on batches for big family get-togethers because they’ll disappear before you know it.
Calling all pesto lovers! Smooth and creamy pesto hummus is a healthy, delicious and flavourful dip that is easy to make in just 5 minutes. This keto and gluten-free appetizer is made with a handful of traditional ingredients including chickpeas, tahini, garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice, with the addition of basil pesto. Make extra because this stuff is crave-worthy.
I love all of the holiday party food this time of year, but I especially love the appetizers! However, when I see a cheeseball being served at a party, I usually don’t eat any. I always feel a little awkward digging into this giant ball of cheese with a cracker or a spoon, especially when there are people behind me in line! Maybe I’m weird, but it’s true.
Then, I saw this amazing idea on Pinterest–cheeseball hacking problem solved! These little mini cheese ball bites are not only cute, they’re totally practical. You can still serve them with crackers on the side, and they’re super easy for guests to enjoy!
There are probably hundreds more ideas. These are a few of our favorite.
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