Ho, ho, ho! Here are 12 of our favorite Christmas appetizer recipes. Whether it’s classic deviled eggs or our famous cheese ball, find some great ideas that go from the appetizer staples to elegant hors d’oeuvres.
They’re perfect for a special Christmas dinner, Christmas party, or Christmas eve celebration! Take a look…
12 Christmas Appetizer Recipes
Carmelized Onion and Bacon Tarts
The trick to this scrumptious recipe is to be patient with the onions. Cook them slowly on a low heat to let their natural sugars emerge. It’s a perfect tart for brunch!
Individual Party Quiches
These delicious quiches are highly customizable, making them the perfect addition to any holiday party.
Braised Short Ribs With Horseradish Creme
This humble meat dish becomes an appetizer people will be talking about long after the Christmas lights have come down. Serve over cooked rice for a rich cold-weather meal.
Roasted Prociutto-Wrapped Asparagus
This is essentially a two-ingredient dish, and it is always a hit. If you do have any left over, serve it chilled in a salad.
Tartare is not just for the fancy restaurants! Make sure you use fresh, sushi-quality tuna.
Polpettini on Spoons (Meatballs)
Mini meatballs served with tomato sauce and fresh parsley. What’s not to love?
Polpettini on Spoons. Photo Credit: Sam Jones/Quinn Brein.
Ricotta and Smoked Salmon Bruschetta
Smoked salmon is a Scandinavian delight, and when combined with the Italians’ ricotta and bruschetta, it’s even tastier!
“We serve this at our special Holidays Evening, just before the holidays. The ball tastes better made a day ahead.” –Weld Inn, Weld, Maine.
Tasty, easy to make, and a great “snackable” appetizer. You’d better grab a handful while you can!
Pickled Pink Shrimp
Get that regular old shrimp cocktail out of here! Pickling is a great way to prepare a more unique shrimp dish for your holiday parties.
Classic Deviled Eggs
You can’t go wrong with classic deviled eggs. Prepared in as little as 20 minutes, these savory treats are packed with protein, too.
Herbed Goat Cheese Tartlets
For this simple appetizer recipe, use the best cheese you can buy. In our version of the tart, a locally-made, garlic and chive-flavored Monterey chevre was used.
More Christmas Recipe Collections
- Christmas Breakfast and Brunch Recipes
- Christmas Dinner Recipes: Main Dishes, Sides, and Soups
- Christmas Dessert Recipes
- Christmas Cookie Recipes for Kids
- Holiday Drink Recipes
- Holiday Party Recipes
What are your favorite holiday appetizers? Let us know in the comments!