Popular 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.

Puff Pastry-Wrapped Mini Hot Dogs

These little appetizers are the grown-up version of pigs in a blanket. They take less than an hour including bake time—sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese or finely shredded Gruyere cheese on top for a warm, cheesy appetizer or snack.

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Puff Pastry-Wrapped Mini Hot Dogs

Pineapple-Black Bean Guacamole

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Pineapple-Black Bean Guacamole

Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Blue Cheese and Bacon

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Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Blue Cheese and Bacon

Dried Tomato and White Bean Dip

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Dried Tomato and White Bean Dip

Layered Greek Dip

Follow the make-ahead directions and prepare this yummy appetizer recipe a day ahead of time and it will be ready to serve when the party starts.

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Layered Greek Dip

Mediterranean Veggie Dip

Add a Mediterranean flair to your menu with this delicious vegetable dip. This make-ahead recipe can be prepared up to one week in advance.

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Mediterranean Veggie Dip

Chili-Sour Cream Dip

There's a triple dose of heat in this spicy appetizer. The hot stuff includes green chiles, chili powder, and hot sauce.

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Chili-Sour Cream Dip

Bonanza Bean Dip

Cojita cheese is a Mexican cheese that comes in a hard, dry form or in a moister version. This recipe uses the moister, crumbly version to add flavor to an easy, make-ahead appetizer dip.

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Bonanza Bean Dip

Hot and Chunky Guacamole

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Hot and Chunky Guacamole

Mini Party Quiches

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Mini Party Quiches

Greek Stuffed Meatballs

There's a surprise hiding inside these beef and lamb meatballs: a piece of creamy feta cheese. Simmer a batch in your slow cooker for a party-friendly appetizer or serve a few on a baguette for a super sub sandwich.

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Greek Stuffed Meatballs

Sweet-and-Sour-Glazed Chicken Sausage Bites

Flavorful and easy to prep, this slow cooker appetizer is fit for a crowd at a dinner party or tailgate. Serve with additional crushed red pepper so everyone can adjust the heat to their own preference.

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Sweet-and-Sour-Glazed Chicken Sausage Bites

Figs Stuffed with Gorgonzola

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

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Figs Stuffed with Gorgonzola

Toasted Pita Crisps

A super scooper for your favorite dips.

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Toasted Pita Crisps

Goat Cheese Kisses

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.

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Goat Cheese Kisses

Latin American Empanadas

These savory pastries were created by Mariana Velasquez, a Test Kitchen intern who grew up in Bogot, Colombia.

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Latin American Empanadas

Sizzled Citrus Shrimp

This quick Spanish-inspired saute is a lesson in simplicity. All shrimp really needs to dazzle is lots of garlic and a splash of lemon. Serve as a main dish or as a tapa (appetizer).

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Sizzled Citrus Shrimp

Salmon Classic

Smoked salmon is always a cocktail party favorite.

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Salmon Classic

Date Wraps

Sweet dates and salty prosciutto combine in a tasty bite.

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Date Wraps

Herbed Olives

Dried herbs and crushed garlic dress up your favorite olives.

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Herbed Olives

Fennel & Parmesan

Top fennel slices with shaved Parmesan for a tasty treat.

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Fennel & Parmesan

Mushroom & Leek Galette

Tote this savory tart to potlucks and holiday gatherings. It makes perfect party food because it is easy to eat while you are balancing a glass and grazing at a buffet. Serve as an appetizer or as a vegetarian main dish.

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Mushroom & Leek Galette

Turkey & Balsamic Onion Quesadillas

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.

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Turkey & Balsamic Onion Quesadillas

Quick Guacamole

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.

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Quick Guacamole

Muffin-Tin Crab Cakes

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.

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Muffin-Tin Crab Cakes

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