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.

See Popular Christmas Appetizers Recipes

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cumin-Caraway Rounds

Better Homes and Gardens

These quick-to-make crispy appetizer crackers, with dough made in a food processor, have caraway seeds. They're similar to rye bread--but with a crunch!

Mushroom-Artichoke Soup

Better Homes and Gardens

Blue Cheese and Walnut Bites

Better Homes and Gardens

Chorizo Poached in Red Wine

Food & Wine

Jim German and his wife, Claire Johnston, make wonderfully simple snacks to accompany his cocktails. A favorite at their restaurant, Jimgermanbar, is this smoky Spanish sausage with garlic, cooked gently in red wine until it's plump and juicy.

Total: 40 mins

Salmon Croustades

Better Homes and Gardens

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

Hot Chocolate-Banana Wontons

Midwest Living

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

Total: 40 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.

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.

Pork-and-Kimchi Dumplings

Food & Wine

You can use gyoza wrappers instead of making dumpling dough.

Total: 1 hr 15 mins

Christmas Pizza Rolls

Fleischmann's Yeast, Argo, Karo

Get baking success every time with recipes like the following, from Fleischmann's Yeast.

Total: 1 hr 30 mins
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