Holiday Appetizers

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!

Baked Brie with Fruit

Midwest Living

Prepare this simple appetizer in just 15 minutes, then grill a few minutes more. Serve with a variety of fresh fruits.

Potato Latkes

Midwest Living

These traditional Jewish potato-onion fritters, often served on Hanukkah, have tender centers and lacy rims. Top them with sour cream or applesauce.

Creamy Goat Cheese Ornaments

Better Homes and Gardens

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.

Holiday Shrimp Rounds

Better Homes and Gardens

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.

Mini Cherry Pepper Quiches

Better Homes and Gardens

Stuffed red mini peppers make these appetizers pop on your party tray.

Herbed Deviled Egg Bruschetta

Better Homes and Gardens
Total: 45 mins

Tipsy Tombstone Sandwiches

Better Homes and Gardens

For a ghoulish treat, these small sandwiches stand upright on a bed of cream cheese. The chicken salad snacks are hauntingly delicious.

Roasted Pepper Pastry Pockets

Better Homes and Gardens

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.

Pizzazzy Little Pizzettas

Better Homes and Gardens

Shredded pork? Shrimp? Smoked chicken? You can top this versatile appetizer a variety of ways.

Night Eyes

Better Homes and Gardens

Chicken Lady Fingers with Romanian Romesco Dipping Sauce

Better Homes and Gardens

Homemade chicken strips become "fingers" to dip in a tasty sauce for a memorable Halloween appetizer.

Deli Bites

Better Homes and Gardens
Total: 10 mins

Gougere Salad

Midwest Living

Gougeres are essentially cheesy popovers. These salty, cheesy puffs filled with the first crisp greens of spring and a tangy vinaigrette make irresistible appetizers.

Golden Cheese Wheel

Better Homes and Gardens

Pumpkin-Peanut Butter Soup

Parents

Curry powder spices up this bright orange pumpkin soup. For a pretty presentation, add a swirl of plain yogurt on top.

Total: 10 mins

Slow-Baked Tomatoes with Garlic and Mint

Better Homes and Gardens

Curried Spinach Soup

Better Homes and Gardens

This quick vegetable side dish soup is high in fiber and vitamin A.

Total: 30 mins
Holiday Appetizers  Recipes: Take your pick!
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