Christmas Appetizer Recipes

We have great Christmas appetizer ideas, including dips, spread and finger food recipes. Try our crab salad canapes, spiced pecans, and bacon-wrapped dates. Or, try one of our finger food ideas, like smoked trout with garlic cream on rye toasts, wasabi deviled eggs, goat cheese crostini with fig compote, artichoke turnovers (a tasty takeoff on artichoke dip), or fried mozzarella and sausage-cheddar balls.

Staff Picks

Slow-Cooker Bacon Jam

Rating: 3.47 stars
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Spread this savory bacon jam on bread for a holiday appetizer and send your guests home with a jar.

Broiled Oysters

Rating: 3.45 stars
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Oysters take very little time to cook. Our pan-broiled hors d'oeuvre, which consists of oysters tossed with herbs and showered with olive oil and Parmesan, spends just minutes in the oven; serve with crusty bread for soaking up the sauce.

Sausage-Cheddar Balls

Rating: 3.34 stars
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This reinterpretation of meatballs combines breakfast sausage, cheddar cheese, and onion for a very flavorful holiday appetizer, enough for a crowd of hungry folks.

Hot Spinach Dip

Rating: 3.17 stars
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This rich, creamy dish makes the perfect party dip. Otherwise, you might devour it all yourself.

Italian Seafood Salad

Seafood is a must for the Feast of the Seven Fishes, an Italian Christmas Eve tradition. This salad with squid, shrimp, mussels, and crab is a delicious way to kick off the meal.

Bacon Jam

Rating: 3.5 stars
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A savory, chunky jam you can spread on a baguette.

Spanish Chorizo Balls

A tasty Spanish twist on the classic Swedish meatballs, these half-pork, half-chorizo meatballs are rich and tasty at room temp, or you can serve them hot in a fondue pot. Either way, you're going to want to serve them alongside plenty of crusty bread to sop up all of the delicious citrus-spiked tomato gravy.
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Baked Brie with Pecans

Rating: 3.13 stars
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Toasted pecans and maple syrup complement the creamy Brie in this hors d'oeuvre. For the best texture, let the cheese cool before topping it with the syrup mixture.This recipe is by Everyday Food reader Kathy Quinn of Montclair, New Jersey.

Bacon-Wrapped Ginger Shrimp

These festive, easy appetizers will get the party started.

Warm Fennel-and-Parmesan Dip

Rating: 3.62 stars
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A warm, golden dip always tempts guests to dig in. This one uses Parmesan cheese to season caramelized fennel and garlic.

Spiced Nuts

Rating: 3.1 stars
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A perfect spicy snack for the holidays.

Classic Shrimp Cocktail

Rating: 2.96 stars
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One of Martha's favorite entertaining strategies is to serve a pared-down—but still special feeling—menu. Her classic shrimp cocktail is a perfect example: it's an easy but elegant starter that shines because it calls for the very best ingredients—including a quick homemade cocktail sauce. When preparing this spread, use high-quality, sustainably sourced shrimp, and plan on about three to six shrimp per guest.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Lighter Appetizer Recipes

We've gathered some of our favorite recipes for lighter appetizers that ease up on the fat and have plenty of colorful vegetables and bright, refreshing flavors.

Fondue Recipes

Fondue is an easy, fun, crowd-pleaser of a party food. The most traditional fondue recipe is made with Emmental or Gruyere cheese, but endless recipe variations are possible. In addition to our selection of cheese fondue recipes, you'll also find a rich caramel dessert fondue.

Flavored Cheese Balls

Rating: 3.57 stars
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Make all 3 flavors of cheese balls or prepare just 1 or 2, adjusting the ingredients accordingly.