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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Bacon-Stuffed Mushrooms

From Midwest Living

Cream cheese and cheddar cheese make a creamy filling for these hot appetizers.

Bacon-Stuffed Mushrooms

Mini Italian Beef Sandwiches with Pepperoncini Slaw

From Midwest Living

These little beef sandwiches make a great appetizer for a party. And you can put them together in just 20 minutes.

Mini Italian Beef Sandwiches with Pepperoncini Slaw

Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Blue Cheese and Bacon

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Blue Cheese and Bacon

Zesty Bean Dip & Chips

From EatingWell

Stirring salsa into versatile canned refried beans makes a quick and healthy bean dip. It also works well as a sandwich spread with your favorite vegetables and a sprinkle of cheese.

Zesty Bean Dip & Chips

Scallop & Shrimp Dumplings

From EatingWell

People along the Yangtze River enjoy dumplings with a variety of fillings, from seafood to red meat, eggs to vegetables. In Wuhan, dumplings may be served at any meal. Crisp, pan-fried dumplings don't have to be loaded with fat. Cooking them in a mix of water and oil makes them crisp on the bottom, tender and juicy inside.

Scallop & Shrimp Dumplings

Lion's Head Meatballs

From EatingWell

This is a famous dish along the Yangtze, with regional variations. In Shanghai, the sauce will be sweet and sour. In Chongqing, it will be hot and spicy. And in Wuhan...well, it will depend on the season and the mood of the chef.

Lion's Head Meatballs

Garlic & Herb Pita Chips

From EatingWell

You can make your own tasty pita chips in a matter of minutes. Just cut pita bread into wedges (stale pitas work very well), brush them with a little olive oil and bake. Not only do homemade pita chips save you money, you'll also cut calories by 16 percent.

Garlic & Herb Pita Chips

French Onion Dip

From EatingWell

In our homemade version of French onion dip, we simmer chopped onions in broth and use reduced-fat sour cream and yogurt for the familiar rich and creamy flavor. All told, our version has 12 grams less fat and nearly 50 percent less sodium per serving than the original.

French Onion Dip

Shredded Root Vegetable Pancakes

From EatingWell

Red beets and golden carrots look especially festive in these zesty horseradish-and-bacon-flecked cakes. Avoid parsnips, which need to be cored, in this recipe, as trying to shred the smaller cored pieces might result in nicked knuckles. Try the pancakes with seared steaks or make them bite-size for a beautiful appetizer.

Shredded Root Vegetable Pancakes

Tuna-Stuffed Peppers

From EatingWell

These tuna-stuffed peppers are ubiquitous in delis all over Susa, Italy.

Tuna-Stuffed Peppers

Roasted Eggplant & Feta Dip

From EatingWell

This roasted eggplant and feta dip gets a kick from a fresh chile pepper and cayenne pepper. There are countless variations on this classic meze (appetizer) in Greece. Out-of-season eggplant or eggplant that has been heavily watered often has an abundance of seeds, which make the vegetable bitter. Be sure to taste the dip before you serve it; if it's a touch bitter, you can remedy that with a little sugar. Serve with toasted pita crisps or as a sandwich spread.

Roasted Eggplant & Feta Dip

Boneless Buffalo Wings

From EatingWell

Even though boneless Buffalo wings are made with healthy white-meat chicken, they're usually deep-fried and drenched in hot sauce laced with butter. The solution: chicken tenders are dredged in seasoned whole-wheat flour and cornmeal, pan-fried in only a small amount of oil and then drizzled with a tangy hot pepper sauce. With a fraction of the fat, calories and sodium, these boneless wings are reason enough to throw a party.

Boneless Buffalo Wings

Middle Eastern Chickpea Platter

From EatingWell

This recipe combines the flavors of two Middle Eastern favorites--hummus and baba ganouj--in one easy dish. Serve it family-style, letting diners take their own favorite combination of ingredients. Serve with tabbouleh or a green salad tossed with lemon vinaigrette.

Middle Eastern Chickpea Platter

Crab Quesadillas

From EatingWell

These quesadillas have an irresistibly creamy filling. They also make great appetizers. Make it a meal: Serve with your favorite salsa on top and a cup of black bean soup topped with chopped avocado.

Crab Quesadillas

Serrano Ham with Crusty Tomato Bread

From EatingWell

For this classic tapas morsel, sweet and garlicky tomato spread is the perfect companion for thin slices of salty, dry-cured Spanish ham. Plum tomatoes are called for because they contain less water and therefore have a more intense flavor when they are slow-roasted.

Serrano Ham with Crusty Tomato Bread

Sherried Mushrooms

From EatingWell

Tapas are not always fancy--usually they're just a few simple ingredients prepared well, like these tender, juicy mushrooms. Just place a dish of toothpicks next to the serving dish and let guests help themselves.

Sherried Mushrooms

Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

From EatingWell

Roasting tomatoes brings out their inherent sweetness.

Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

Five-Spice Scallops

From EatingWell

You could also serve the scallops over Asian salad greens dressed with sesame oil and rice vinegar for a simple dinner.

Five-Spice Scallops

Roast Beef & Blue Cheese Spears

From EatingWell

Deli roast beef and a simple blue cheese cream top Treviso in a simple, pretty appetizer.

Roast Beef & Blue Cheese Spears

Smoked Trout Crackers with Lemon-Dill Mayonnaise

From EatingWell

A simple lemon-dill mayonnaise adds a touch of sophistication to smoked trout on crackers.

Smoked Trout Crackers with Lemon-Dill Mayonnaise

Feta & Herb Dip with Crudites

From EatingWell

Lots of freshly chopped herbs add zing to our white bean dip. Serve with assorted vegetables, such as baby carrots, bell pepper strips, radishes, snow peas, broccoli and caulifower florets.

Feta & Herb Dip with Crudites

Lemon-Garlic Marinated Shrimp

From EatingWell

Marinating precooked shrimp in garlic- and lemon-infused oil is a simple yet elegant appetizer.

Lemon-Garlic Marinated Shrimp

Spicy Lamb Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

From EatingWell

These succulent meatballs can be served on little plates with plenty of bread for sopping up the rich tomato sauce or simply with toothpicks (and a napkin!). They are best served warm.

Spicy Lamb Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Sweet-and-Sour Fish Mini Smorrebrod

From EatingWell

Sweet-and-sour fish and cherry tomatoes top thinly sliced rye bread in this delicious appetizer. Smorrebrod--which translates in Danish to "buttered bread"--are endlessly creative open-face sandwiches, meant to be eaten with a knife and fork as a light meal. Here we make appetizer-size smorrebrod, perfect for entertaining.

Sweet-and-Sour Fish Mini Smorrebrod

Green Olive & Almond Spread

From EatingWell

Serve this simple but unique spread with zucchini or cucumber rounds or fire-toasted thin baguette slices.

Green Olive & Almond Spread

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