Christmas Appetizers

Typical Christmas party appetizers range from traditional to fancy. This collection of Christmas appetizers combines easy, make-ahead dips and kabob recipes with splurge sensations like seafood and holiday breads.

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Holiday Brie en Croute

Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry

This pastry-wrapped soft cheese, topped with cranberries, apricots and almonds, is great for the holidays but it can also be served year-round.

Total: 2 hrs

Holiday Hosting: 10 Crowd-Pleasing Christmas Appetizer Recipes

The Christmas season means guests, and lots of them. The best way to feed a holiday crowd? Christmas appetizers.

Roasted Oysters

Better Homes and Gardens

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.

Pizzazzy Little Pizzettas

Better Homes and Gardens

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

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.

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.

Golden Cheese Wheel

Better Homes and Gardens

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.

Curried Spinach Soup

Better Homes and Gardens

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

Total: 30 mins

Fried Chicken Kebabs

Food & Wine

Hemant Oberoi makes kebabs with ground chicken, herbs, spices and cheese (cheddar stands in here for the Amul cheese he uses). He fries the round kebabs until crisp and golden brown and serves them on sugarcane skewers to add a little sweetness, although any kind of skewer will work.

Total: 45 mins

Salt Cod Croquettes

Food & Wine

Known as bolinhos in Portuguese ("little cakes"), these croquettes are Daniel Boulud's take on a classic Brazilian bar food. Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, with plump chunks of salt cod, they are a terrific match for zippy caipirinhas.

Total: 2 hrs 15 mins

Hidden Valley Torta

Hidden Valley®
Total: 4 hrs 35 mins

Herbed Antipasto Kabobs

Better Homes and Gardens

A tangy marinade, salty prosciutto, and fragrant basil work magic on a bounty of colorful vegetables. Use rosemary skewers for a presentation your guests will not soon forget.

Salmon Croustades

Better Homes and Gardens

Bright pink salmon and green arugula make these appetizer triangles perfect for Christmas gatherings.

Smoked Corn Cakes with Tomato and Sour Cream Sauce

Midwest Living

Make these savory pancakes and serve as a side dish to grilled meats. Or set them out on a platter and serve as an appetizer.

Hot Chocolate-Banana Wontons

Midwest Living

These sugar-coated fried appetizers are served with a refreshing mango-pineapple sauce.

Total: 40 mins

Pork-and-Kimchi Dumplings

Food & Wine

You can use gyoza wrappers instead of making dumpling dough.

Total: 1 hr 15 mins
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