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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Phyllo-Wrapped Brie with Caramelized Onions

Better Homes and Gardens

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

Crunchy Cereal Wreaths

Parents

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

Sugar Plums

Parents

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

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.

Golden Cheese Wheel

Better Homes and Gardens
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