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.

Caramelized Onion-Blue Cheese Dip

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Caramelized Onion-Blue Cheese Dip

Chevre-Fig Spread

This spread recipe is the perfect make-ahead appetizer especially when entertaining for Christmas. Sprinkle toasted walnuts over spread before serving with baguette slices or crackers.

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Chevre-Fig Spread

Cheddar-Beer Weenies

Prepare these weenies and cheddar-beer sauce the day before so all you have to do is warm in a slow cooker with a car adapter on game day.

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Cheddar-Beer Weenies

Shredded Pork Tamales

This popular fiesta food is served in dried cornhusks which makes a smashing presentation if you're having a party with a Mexican flair. Use the make-ahead directions to ease party planning.

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Shredded Pork Tamales

reuben dip

What happens when you mix the ingredients for a Reuben sandwich in a casserole? You wind up with this yummy hot dip. Serve the appetizer with rye crackers or party rye bread.

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reuben dip

Maple-BBQ-Bacon Skewers

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Maple-BBQ-Bacon Skewers

Shrimp with Two Sauces

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Shrimp with Two Sauces

Trio of Dips

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Trio of Dips

Ham Skewers with Pink Aioli

Aioli, the garlicky mayonnaise from Provence, serves as a tasty dipping sauce for these ham-and-potato appetizers. The pink color comes from roasted red peppers.

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Ham Skewers with Pink Aioli

Jalapeno Poppers

Treat hot chile devotees to these deep-fried cheddar cheese-stuffed peppers.

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Jalapeno Poppers

Nutty Cream Cheese-Stuffed Celery

Ad these celery sticks filled with a savory cream cheese and walnut spread to a relish tray or serve them by themselves.

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Nutty Cream Cheese-Stuffed Celery

Moroccan Chicken Wings

These baked chicken wings are an appetizer with attitude. Toasting the spices that are used in the marinade intensifies their flavor so don't skip that step.

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Moroccan Chicken Wings

Spinach-Souffle-Stuffed Mushrooms

Put your food processor to work when making these tasty appetizers. Whirl the spinach, cheese, eggs, and seasoning until the eggs are beaten and the cheese is chopped.

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Spinach-Souffle-Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed Grape Leaves

You'll need a steamer basket to make this Greek recipe. The bite-size grape leaf rolls are filled with a mixture of ground beef, rice, and mint and steamed until fork tender. A lemon-dill dressing gives the appetizer just a hint of tang.

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Stuffed Grape Leaves

Potato Chip Nachos

Potato chips replace the standard tortilla chips in this quick and easy appetizer recipe.

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Potato Chip Nachos

Chicken Nachos

Turn nachos into a main-dish recipe by adding chicken and black beans to the mix of toppings. It also makes a hearty appetizer.

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Chicken Nachos

Eggplant Caviar on Crostini

For a make-ahead appetizer, prepare this eggplant caviar. This sophisticated treat can be made up to a week in advance.

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Eggplant Caviar on Crostini

Cream Cheese-Stuffed Celery Sticks

Celery stalks stuffed with cream cheese and chutney and topped with pecans make a flavorful addition to a relish or appetizer tray.

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Cream Cheese-Stuffed Celery Sticks

prosciutto-topped mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms go Italian with these tasty morsels. The bite-size appetizers, bursting with proscuitto, dried tomtoes, Parmesan, and oregano, make a delightful start to a pasta dinner.

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prosciutto-topped mushrooms

Pineapple Chicken Skewers

These Polynesian-style skewers are a great make-ahead appetizer for a holiday party. The tropical flavors of ginger and pineapple provide a pleasant escape on a snowy night.

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Pineapple Chicken Skewers

pissaladiere

This appetizer recipe comes from southern France. It's rather like a pizza but it's topped with sauteed onions, anchovies, and olives and sprinkled with herbes de Provence.

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pissaladiere

Roasted-Pepper Hummus

Hummus, the Middle Eastern spread made with pureed chickpeas, makes a tasty snack or appetizer. Roasted red peppers and roasted garlic enhance the nutty taste that comes from chickpeas. To save time, the garlic is roasted in the microwave oven.

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Roasted-Pepper Hummus

Deviled Eggs

Try this favorite picnic recipe using the classic mustard and egg yolk filling, but instead of halving the eggs, fill whole eggs and stand them on end. Of course, if you prefer, you can halve the eggs and fill them the traditional way.

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Deviled Eggs

Fire and Ice Shrimp

Add this spicy shrimp appetizer to your party or potluck menu. It's the perfect make-ahead recipe for any gathering.

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Fire and Ice Shrimp

Cheesy Crab Dip

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Cheesy Crab Dip

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