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!See Popular Holiday Appetizers Recipes
Get our holiday appetizer recipes in one delicious recipe collection guaranteed to please at your Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings.
Endive never needs to be washed! Already you're ahead of the game if you need a Christmas appetizer -- like right now! But New Year's is coming up fast, so pay attention to how easy you'll have it with these easy and elegant recipes for holiday appetizers.
This pastry-wrapped soft cheese, topped with cranberries, apricots and almonds, is great for the holidays but it can also be served year-round.
Prepare this simple appetizer in just 15 minutes, then grill a few minutes more. Serve with a variety of fresh fruits.
The Christmas season means guests, and lots of them. The best way to feed a holiday crowd? Christmas appetizers.
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.
Nothing compares to the fresh taste of homemade feta. Traditionally made with sheep's milk, this Greek cheese is equally delicious when made from store-bought cow's milk. What gives it the distinctive sharp taste and crumbly texture is a week or more spent soaking in a brine. To achieve the correct level of saltiness, be sure to weigh the salt.
For a ghoulish treat, these small sandwiches stand upright on a bed of cream cheese. The chicken salad snacks are hauntingly delicious.
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.
Shredded pork? Shrimp? Smoked chicken? You can top this versatile appetizer a variety of ways.
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.
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.
These traditional Jewish potato-onion fritters, often served on Hanukkah, have tender centers and lacy rims. Top them with sour cream or applesauce.