Big, elaborate, sit-down meals are a part of Thanksgiving and Christmas, but for sheer pleasure, we vote for the appetizers that come before the main event. When looking for appetizer recipes, keep in mind that bite-sized treats give you all the flavor of the holidays without the full belly, and it's often easier to be creative when you're serving small portions. Endive leaves make elegant little spoons for crab salad, or whip up a batch of easy-to-make blinis and serve a small dollop of crème fraîche and caviar on top. Don't worry about calories - aim for sparkle. After all, it's the holidays!
Prepare this simple appetizer in just 15 minutes, then grill a few minutes more. Serve with a variety of fresh fruits.
These traditional Jewish potato-onion fritters, often served on Hanukkah, have tender centers and lacy rims. Top them with sour cream or applesauce.
Oysters pop open in the oven as they roast, making it easier to remove the delicious meat. Chopped onion and tomato become the tasty garnish.
These little bite-size appetizers, shrimp perched on a light filling atop a pastry of sour cream and sharp cheddar cheese, are easily assembled and delightfully pretty.
Resembling ornaments to trim a tree, these cream cheese appetizers are rolled in red sweet pepper, green cilantro, and toasty brown pumpkin seeds to colorfully fill bowls and platters on buffet tables.
Stuffed red mini peppers make these appetizers pop on your party tray.
Keep the ingredients on hand so you can make these pastry pockets at the last minute. Better yet, make them ahead, freeze, and reheat for unexpected guests.
Halloween party fun begins with these edible pretzel snacks that kids can easily make. A little bit of American cheese spread acts as "glue" on the graham cracker treats.
For a ghoulish treat, these small sandwiches stand upright on a bed of cream cheese. The chicken salad snacks are hauntingly delicious.
Shredded pork? Shrimp? Smoked chicken? You can top this versatile appetizer a variety of ways.
The colorful layers in this Italian-style appetizer will make it a hit at your holiday party.
When it comes to tart making, frozen puff pastry is truly a miracle ingredient. Just be sure to thaw the pastry according to package directions. Should you wish to cut a few calories from this cheesy fresh tomato tart, you may use Neufchatel cheese instead of full-fat cream cheese.
Rillettes, similar to pates, are tasty, protein-based spreads. Try this nutritious slow cooker salmon appetizer for your next dinner party.
Red sweet peppers and green onions add color to this smoky cheese dip. Serve it as an appetizer with bread cubes or tortilla chips.