Ho, ho, ho! Here are 12 of our favorite Christmas appetizer recipes. Whether it’s classic deviled eggs or shrimp cocktail, find some great ideas that range from appetizing plates to elegant hors d’oeuvres.
We’ve listed small dishes that could serve as an appetizer or starter or hors d’oeuvres for a Christmas meal. Whether you’re sitting down for a multi-course feast or attending a holiday potluck, we hope you find something delicious to enjoy!
12 Christmas Appetizers
Traditionally, many families start Christmas dinner with seafood plate. The classic shrimp cocktail is an easy one. We’ll show you how to perfectly poach your shrimp, plus make a tangy dipping sauce.
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.
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.
This red and green Caprese Bruschetta appetizer is so simple. The layers of bread, mozzarella, tomato, and basil stack up for one tasty morsel!
Credit: Sam Jones/Quinn Brein
Pass a tray of these at your next party and watch them disappear. Stuffed mushrooms are great to make ahead and reheat just before serving.
No holiday party is compete without a giant cheese ball! It will disappear before your eyes. Note: The cheese ball tastes even better when made a day ahead.
Photo by Sam Jones of Quinn/Brein.
Slather our cranberry chutney over melted brie on crackers, crostini—or, a baked round of brie. This chutney’s best if you make in advance (at least the day before).
(The chutney’s also a wonderful condiment with roasted pork or poultry.)
Salty bacon wrapped around sweet scallops is a luscious appetizer. They may look fancy but they’re easy to make.
Ever had homemade spiced nuts? The real spices mixed with sweetness taste amazing. It’s easy to make and addictive!
You can’t go wrong with classic deviled eggs. Prepared in as little as 20 minutes, these savory treats are packed with protein, too.
This Florentine Spinach Dip won first prize in The 2015 Old Farmer’s Almanac Recipe Contest!
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!