What better way to get your holiday started off right than with these festive Christmas appetizers? If you need to satisfy a crowd before your holiday dinner, keep them happy and snackin' on these deliciously filling apps until you're ready to serve up the main meal. From bite-sized snacks to table centerpieces, there's a holiday appetizer for everyone here.
If you're all about the holiday classics—no stress, we've got you covered. Our cranberry brie bites, sweet potato bites, and sausage balls never fail to ring in the holiday right. Looking to get extra festive? We've got dishes that not only taste amazing, but look incredible too (edible centerpiece, anyone?). Whip up our pull-apart Christmas tree, pigs in a blanket wreath, and bacon brie crescent wreath for apps that are sure to be the talk of your Christmas celebration. If you're planning a fancy celebration, bacon-wrapped dates, spinach puffs, and crab artichoke dip really up your app game.
If you're entertaining a wide variety of guests, you may need to have some apps for specialty diets too. Don't worry—we've got you. Many of these appetizers are vegetarian—baked feta bites, spiced candied pecans, stuffed mushrooms—or can easily be made so. Gluten-free and keto friends need not fear—we've got plenty of delicious recipes for you too!
Whether you've got time to prepare a holiday spread or simply are looking for the easiest last-minute appetizer, look no further than these festive recipes. Searching for more holiday eats? Try our best ever Christmas cookies and holiday cocktails, too!
Our love for crescent roll recipes is no secret. Why make dough from scratch when everyone loves the canned stuff?! These are a fan favorite every fall. They always disappear within minutes, probably because the combo of salty, creamy brie, sweet-tart cranberry sauce, and crunchy pecans is PERFECT.
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Baby bella mushrooms are stuffed with garlicky, herby bread crumbs and plenty of cheese. Honestly, what could be better? Stuff them ahead of time and bake them off when you're ready to serve!
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This adorable holiday app will become an instant legend to all of your family and friends. It's a centerpiece worthy of your holiday table—plus one that you can eat—which is the best kind of centerpiece in our opinion.
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Now this is the ultimate Christmas app. Super-cheesy and herby, this centerpiece appetizer has the looks and taste to impress. Plus, it's ready in under an hour!
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Sweet potato casserole is a classic at any holiday celebration, so we decided to turn the staple dish into a bite-size app! When you don't have time to cook up a whole casserole, put marshmallow, pecans, and maple syrup on top of your sweet potatoes for a super-simple, satisfying alternative.
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Baked brie is a classic app that pleases all around: It's versatile, delicious, easy to make, and requires a pretty short cook time. We filled ours with raspberry jam, but whatever your favorite is will work (you could even go with some pumpkin butter 😍). Drizzle it with some honey, and you have a warm, cheesy app that feels extra fancy in no time at all.
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These easy bites are perfect for any occasion. We love their little pretzel handles, but feel free to leave them out if you'd prefer to put them on top of crackers. If prepping them the night before, refrigerate until 1 hour before serving, then remove from the fridge and let come to room temperature.
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In many households, sausage balls are a classic holiday appetizer. But many of you might be thinking: "Wait, what even is a sausage ball?!" The answer: savory, cheesy bites of cooked pork sausage, cheddar, and Bisquick that will be the most popular appetizer at your party.
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When hosting a party, a hot and cheesy dip is an absolute must in our book. This rich dip may seem fancy, but actually comes together in just 35 minutes. The best part? Most of that time is just letting the skillet dip bake and do its thing while you get to sit back and relax.
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This recipe turns leftover mashed potatoes into magical, fried bites of savory deliciousness. Ready in 25 minutes, these delish creations are a perfect last-minute appetizer when you want something a bit different than your average mashed potatoes, or simply need a fun take on classic comfort food.
Oh so cheesy, these little guys are scary good. Just as the zucchini becomes tender, the cheese is getting melty and delicious. If you want a little extra color on your bites, switch the oven to broil on medium and cook them a couple minutes more. (Just keep an eye on them.) For a quick party trick, try making these in the air fryer!
If you’re a fan of our cranberry brie bites, we’ve got news for you: There’s a new holiday app in town, and it’s inspired by another fan fave, baked feta pasta. This cheesy finger food features the flavors you know and love, all nestled into bite-sized cups of golden crescent dough.
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Loaded with cucumbers, tomatoes, and feta, this dip has plenty of the flavors of a Greek salad, plus a smooth, fluffy consistency thanks for yogurt, cream cheese, and feta. Full disclaimer: This recipe makes a lot of dip and can easily be halved (but we've never had a problem demolishing it).
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We think crunchy, peppery red radishes are underrated, so we decided to give them the spotlight in this fresh crostini. How to balance that strong peppery flavor? Queue sweet, caramelized brown butter, whipped into an unctuous cloud: the perfect foil for paper-thin radish rounds. While it may sound fancy, it all comes together in under 30 minutes for an app to impress.
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These cheese puffs (aka gougères) are a triple threat: easy to make, impressive looking, and insanely delicious. And the good news is you probably already have most (or all) of the ingredients.
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Sticky, crisp, and crunchy, the neutral flavor of the water chestnut soaks up the sweetness of the syrup and brown sugar in this classic app. Add in the savory notes of the garlic powder, herbs, and spices, and these are a surefire winner. Go wild with the dipping sauces; we suggest honey-mustard, but really, anything would work!
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This is the ultimate tear and share appetizer that's perfect for any party, or when you're just craving a bit of garlic bread. Plus, it's so fast and easy to whip up: Ready in 30 minutes with very minimal dishes, this pull-apart bread is the last-minute app of our dreams. The cheese pulls are just begging to be Instagrammed.
A cheese board is one of the best appetizers to serve at a holiday gathering because it's easy to execute, shareable, and totally customizable. What's better than a gorgeous wooden board piled high with a variety of high-quality cheeses, cured meats, silky spreads (like fig jam!), nuts, fruit, and more?
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Your favorite spinach and artichoke dip made in a wheel of brie? You better believe it! Hollow out your wheel of brie and mix the cheese with all the goods and then stuff it back into the wheel. Pack it all back in tight and pile it on top—it may ooze a little but will all stay in the pan for dipping perfection.
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Shrimp cocktail is a classic, and it couldn't be easier. We've updated this party standby with a zesty homemade sauce that packs a flavorful punch thanks to ketchup, chili sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. The secret ingredient? A small amount of celery salt ties it all together.
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