Christmas Appetizers Recipes

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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Goat Cheese Kisses

From EatingWell

Each of these bite-size savory treats has a bit of dried fruit tucked inside for a slightly sweet surprise. They make wonderful holiday gifts as well as elegant little hors d'oeuvres.

Goat Cheese Kisses

Roasted Beet Crostini

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The entire beet plant - roots, stems and greens - can be used in this stunning appetizer. The beets are roasted then pureed with goat cheese for a creamy ruby-red spread. The greens and stems are sauteed with olive oil and garlic for the topping.

Roasted Beet Crostini

Chard & Feta Tart

From EatingWell

Fragrant lemon zest, briny olives and salty feta balance the bitterness of the dark leafy greens in this Greek-inspired tart. The crackerlike crust is quite sturdy so you can serve this as finger food at your next party or alongside a mixed green salad for a light supper.

Chard & Feta Tart

Smoked Salmon Bites

From EatingWell

Wasabi mayonnaise really sets off the smoked salmon in these rice-cracker treats. If desired, you can set out the spread, salmon, ginger and rice crackers separately and let your guests build their own (but have plenty of extra salmon on hand if you do).

Smoked Salmon Bites

Toasted Pita Crisps

From EatingWell

A super scooper for your favorite dips.

Toasted Pita Crisps

Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops with Spinach

From EatingWell

This take on the classic bacon-wrapped appetizer uses prosciutto instead to wrap meaty scallops. High-quality Italian prosciutto, found at well-stocked supermarkets or Italian specialty stores, has an incomparable melt-in-your-mouth texture. It's more expensive, but you only need a little for this recipe. Make it a meal: Serve with an unoaked chardonnay and our recipe for Wild Rice Salad or whole-wheat orzo tossed with Parmesan cheese.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops with Spinach

Garlic-Tomato Toasts

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Pan con tomate, a classic Catalan tapa, is delicious alongside most soups or stews. Or serve with thinly sliced prosciutto and Manchego cheese for a tasty appetizer.

Garlic-Tomato Toasts

Rustic Pesto Tart

From EatingWell

Talk about easy! Almost everything in this pesto-cranberry tart is store-bought. Although the tart can be enjoyed shortly after it comes out of the oven, it's just as good served at room temperature.

Rustic Pesto Tart

Potato Salad in Radicchio Cups

From EatingWell

With a store-bought or leftover roasted chicken, this hearty curried chicken salad is ready in a snap.

Potato Salad in Radicchio Cups

Pear-Ginger Shooters

From EatingWell

Fresh ginger and fragrant cinnamon infuse this chilled pear soup. Serve it in large shot glasses. Guests may add a splash of vodka if they like.

Pear-Ginger Shooters

Mississippi Spiced Pecans

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Make plenty of these mildly sweet and salty nuts--they are great to have on hand over the holidays.

Mississippi Spiced Pecans

Caramelized Onion & Shrimp Bruschetta

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Caramelized onion and golden raisins add sweet balance to shrimp in this easy bruschetta. It can be assembled in just a few minutes if you make the onion spread ahead of time. For a vegetarian option, serve topped with crumbled feta.

Caramelized Onion & Shrimp Bruschetta

Clams Casino

From EatingWell

Lean Canadian bacon, Parmesan cheese and an aromatic blend of chopped vegetables and herbs give our baked, stuffed clams so much flavor and crunch that you won't even miss the 6 tablespoons of butter that typically goes into this classic appetizer. They make a fabulous starter for a dinner party or a light summer entree with a fresh salad.

Clams Casino

Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps

From EatingWell

Based on a popular Chinese dish, these fun wraps also make appealing appetizers for entertaining. Make it a meal: Serve with chile-garlic sauce and rice vinegar for extra zip; toss diced mango and strawberries with lime juice for a quick dessert.

Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps

Squash Rounds with Shallot-Cider Sauce

From EatingWell

A richly flavored caramelized shallot-cider sauce turns baked butternut squash rounds into a beautiful starter or side dish for a fall party.

Squash Rounds with Shallot-Cider Sauce

Turkey & Balsamic Onion Quesadillas

From EatingWell

Soaking onions in balsamic vinegar brings out their sweetness. Just don't use an expensive aged balsamic for this quick treat. To make these easy tortilla sandwiches into a meal, serve them with simple sauteed vegetables or a tossed green salad.

Turkey & Balsamic Onion Quesadillas

Figs Stuffed with Gorgonzola

From EatingWell

Gorgonzola cheese meets dried figs poached in port. The result: a thoroughly elegant holiday appetizer.

Figs Stuffed with Gorgonzola

Garlic & White Bean Dip

From EatingWell

For this simple-as-can-be dip, rich-tasting poached garlic is pureed with convenient canned beans, a little bit of onion and a dash of lemon juice. Use it as a dip for crudit's, a topping for bruschetta or even as a spread for a sandwich.

Garlic & White Bean Dip

Apricot Canapes

From EatingWell

These sweet and savory bites are like a cheese course in a bite.

Apricot Canapes

Caviar-Stuffed New Potatoes

From EatingWell

Caviar lovers agree that the best presentations are the simplest.

Caviar-Stuffed New Potatoes

Wasabi Crab on Endive

From EatingWell

Spicy wasabi mayonnaise makes crab sing in these easy appetizers.

Wasabi Crab on Endive

Tomato-Basil Skewers

From EatingWell

Skewering mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes makes them easy to nosh at a party.

Tomato-Basil Skewers

Smoked Salmon Tartare

From EatingWell

Smoked salmon gets an added crunch when served on radish slices.

Smoked Salmon Tartare

Muffin-Tin Crab Cakes

From EatingWell

We've taken the frying and fuss out of crab cakes by shaping and baking them in muffin tins. For the best taste, look for pasteurized crabmeat in the refrigerator case at your market's fish counter, a better choice than canned varieties. Make It a Meal: Try these cakes with some tangy tartar sauce and coleslaw.

Muffin-Tin Crab Cakes

Quick Guacamole

From EatingWell

Use a cup of the Fresh Tomato Salsa to make this easy guacamole. Mash a few avocados, stir in lemon juice and you're done! Guacamole will turn brown if allowed to sit and is best made shortly before serving.

Quick Guacamole

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