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.

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

Smoked Salmon Tartare

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

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Smoked Salmon Tartare

Tomato-Basil Skewers

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

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Tomato-Basil Skewers

Wasabi Crab on Endive

Spicy wasabi mayonnaise makes crab sing in these easy appetizers.

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Wasabi Crab on Endive

Caviar-Stuffed New Potatoes

Caviar lovers agree that the best presentations are the simplest.

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Caviar-Stuffed New Potatoes

Apricot Canapes

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

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Apricot Canapes

Garlic & White Bean Dip

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.

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Garlic & White Bean Dip

Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps

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.

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Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps

Clams Casino

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.

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Clams Casino

Garlic-Tomato Toasts

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.

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Garlic-Tomato Toasts

Ranch Dip & Crunchy Vegetables

Adults and kids alike love the tanginess of this ranch-style dip. By using nonfat buttermilk and low-fat mayonnaise for the creamy base we've cut the fat substantially and eliminated the saturated fat. It only takes 15 minutes to make and keeps for 3 days so it's perfect for a healthy snack in a pinch.

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Ranch Dip & Crunchy Vegetables

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