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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Golden Cheese Wheel

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

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.

Crunchy Cereal Wreaths

Parents

Green icing color tints the marshmallow mixture that combines with the coconut and rice cereal for these festive holiday snacks.

Jack Cheese and Smoky Chipotle Fondue

Midwest Living

Red sweet peppers and green onions add color to this smoky cheese dip. Serve it as an appetizer with bread cubes or tortilla chips.

Snowflake Mix

Midwest Living

Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

Midwest Living

Assorted tomatoes add a splash of summer color and garden freshness to this easy puff pastry tart appetizer.

Phyllo-Wrapped Brie with Caramelized Onions

Better Homes and Gardens

Apricot-flavored spreadable fruit adds sweetness to this creamy-filled phyllo appetizer.

Sugar Plums

Parents

Make these sweet sugar plums for a Christmas dessert platter. Or bring them to a cookie exchange for unique gifts.

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