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.
Figs Stuffed with Gorgonzola
Gorgonzola cheese meets dried figs poached in port. The result: a thoroughly elegant holiday appetizer.
Toasted Pita Crisps
A super scooper for your favorite dips.
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.
Latin American Empanadas
These savory pastries were created by Mariana Velasquez, a Test Kitchen intern who grew up in Bogot, Colombia.
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).
Smoked salmon is always a cocktail party favorite.
Sweet dates and salty prosciutto combine in a tasty bite.
Dried herbs and crushed garlic dress up your favorite olives.
Fennel & Parmesan
Top fennel slices with shaved Parmesan for a tasty treat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Smoked Salmon Tartare
Smoked salmon gets an added crunch when served on radish slices.
Skewering mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes makes them easy to nosh at a party.
Wasabi Crab on Endive
Spicy wasabi mayonnaise makes crab sing in these easy appetizers.
Caviar-Stuffed New Potatoes
Caviar lovers agree that the best presentations are the simplest.
These sweet and savory bites are like a cheese course in a bite.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gingered Cranberry-Raspberry Relish
Unlike cranberry sauce, a relish involves no cooking. Here, plump raspberries add a juicy freshness, while crystallized ginger provides sweetness and warmth. It is best served cold. Hold the mayo on your post-holiday sandwiches--use this relish instead for a real treat.
Lemon-Garlic Marinated Shrimp
Marinating precooked shrimp in garlic- and lemon-infused oil is a simple yet elegant appetizer.
Top 25 Slides in Christmas Appetizers Recipes
- Figs Stuffed with Gorgonzola
- Toasted Pita Crisps
- Goat Cheese Kisses
- Latin American Empanadas
- Sizzled Citrus Shrimp
- Salmon Classic
- Date Wraps
- Herbed Olives
- Fennel & Parmesan
- Mushroom & Leek Galette
- Turkey & Balsamic Onion Quesadillas
- Quick Guacamole
- Muffin-Tin Crab Cakes
- Smoked Salmon Tartare
- Tomato-Basil Skewers
- Wasabi Crab on Endive
- Caviar-Stuffed New Potatoes
- Apricot Canapes
- Garlic & White Bean Dip
- Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps
- Clams Casino
- Garlic-Tomato Toasts
- Ranch Dip & Crunchy Vegetables
- Gingered Cranberry-Raspberry Relish
- Lemon-Garlic Marinated Shrimp