15 Festive Christmas Appetizers

Are you planning to host a crowd this Christmas season? These easy, festive Christmas appetizers will be the hit of your holiday party. Find recipes here for classic holiday hors d’oeuvres that make the most of seasonal tastes, including make-ahead appetizer ideas for a stress-free hosting experience.

1. Cranberry Brie Bites

Flaky puff pastry bundles filled with tangy cranberry sauce, Brie, and crunchy honey-glazed walnuts make the perfect seasonal appetizer for Christmas cocktail parties and other winter holiday celebrations.

2. Stovetop Apple Kielbasa

Flavor tender, juicy sausage bites with applesauce, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, and garlic for an easy, crowd-pleasing appetizer that’s ready in 20 minutes. Serve with toothpicks for guests to help themselves.

3. Fontina, Spinach, and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

Load up mushroom caps with a savory filling of fontina cheese, crispy bacon bits, sauteed onions, and wilted green spinach, for a tasty bite-sized party app.

4. Spinach Dip Christmas Tree

Create a show-stopping dip for your holiday buffet table with this creative spinach dip Christmas tree. The “tree” is actually a pull-apart bread you make with store-bought puff pastry sheets, filling these with a tasty, garlicky spinach dip, plus melted mozzarella cheese.

5. Smoked Salmon Crostini

Smoked salmon crostini are always a hit at parties, especially at Christmas time. Fresh herbs make all the difference in flavor for these delectable little toasts, which you can assemble easily at the last minute if you pre-toast the bread rounds.

6. Mini Crustless Broccoli Quiches

Mini crustless quiches studded with festive broccoli and red and green bell peppers are a great choice for serving at Christmas parties. Prepare them easily in muffin tins and freeze in airtight containers for a foolproof make-ahead appetizer.

7. Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs

Prepare enough of these saucy cranberry cocktail meatballs to feed a big crowd with this essential holiday app that bakes up easily in your oven. Recipe includes tips for a crockpot version, if you prefer that to the stovetop.

8. Baked Vegan Sweet Potato Fries

Vegan baked sweet potato fries deliver all the salt and crispiness you crave in French fries without the oil from deep-frying. Serve in miniature, take-out style paper cartons that guests can easily pick up and carry.

9. Caramelised Garlic Tart

Famed Israeli chef Yotam Ottolenghi has an inspired way of coaxing amazing flavor from humble vegetables and this outstanding recipe for a caramelized garlic tart is no exception. Serve warm and sliced into slim wedges as an elegant party hors d’oeuvre.

10. Beet Hummus

Beets are a sweet winter treat that can be enjoyed in so many recipes. Use them to add gorgeous color and flavor to classic hummus, along with chickpeas, lemon, garlic, cumin, and tahini. Serve with pita bread triangles for dipping.

11. Festive Party Cheese Ball With Pecans

Sweet dreams are made of cheese! Delight holiday guests with a retro-inspired party cheese ball that you roll in pecans for a crunchy exterior. It makes a delicious spread for crackers and toasted bread rounds.

12. Savory Spinach and Mushroom Strudel

Store-bought puff pastry is the key to this spinach and mushroom strudel that makes an excellent vegetarian appetizer when sliced into rounds. The recipe yields two strudels, which you can make a day ahead for storing in the fridge and reheat at party time.

13. Greek Leek Pie

This flaky, buttery Greek phyllo strata is a wonderful seasonal version of classic spanakopita. Fill store-bought pastry sheets with a mixture of leeks, Greek cheese, eggs, and milk, before baking until golden brown. Cut into squares for a tasty, hand-held appetizer.

14. Baked Sugared Pecans

Set out a bowl of irresistible crunchy sugared pecans at your holiday party and watch them disappear! They can be stored up to two weeks at room temperature or four weeks in the fridge sealed in an airtight container, so it’s a great snack to make ahead.

15. Baked Thai Chili-Garlic Shrimp

Every cocktail party needs a great seafood appetizer and these spicy Thai-inspired shrimp are sure to please. They take about five minutes to bake in your oven and are loaded with flavor without the calories of breaded, fried shrimp. Serve with toothpicks and cocktail napkins.

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