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Christmas Appetizers

These appetizer recipes are perfect for family and friends to gather during Christmas. Find party-ready options for easy appetizers, finger foods, dips, spreads plus more Christmas appetizers and hors d'oeurves.

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Jalapeno-Pecan Cheese Spread

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Charolette Westfall
I like to shape this pepper jelly spread like a Christmas tree around the holidays, but this is a recipe I make year-round. —Charolette Westfall, Houston, TX
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Christmas Cheese Balls

Christmas Cheese Balls

Christmas Cheese Balls

Christmas at our house just wouldn't be complete without these rich cheese balls. Friends and family ask for them every year-and I can make three gifts from just one recipe. —Margie Cadwell, Eastman, Georgia

Artichoke & Mushroom Toasts

Artichoke & Mushroom Toasts

Artichoke & Mushroom Toasts

Our winters can get cold here, so I like to warm up holiday guests with oven-fresh appetizers. Crunchy bread slices are topped with mushrooms, artichokes and a blend of cheeses. —Nancy Mueller, Bloomington, Minnesota

Smoked Salmon Cherry Tomatoes

Smoked Salmon Cherry Tomatoes

Smoked Salmon Cherry Tomatoes

These bright red festive bites are a show stopping finger food during the holiday season, at Easter and for the Fourth of July. With the smoked salmon filling, these appetizers seem elegant...and they're convenient because you can prepare them ahead.
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Bourbon Ham Balls

Bourbon Ham Balls

Bourbon Ham Balls

Grandma Nette created ham balls. I make them salty-sweet with a bourbon and vinegar kick. Serve them alone, in a sandwich or over pasta or rice. —Kimla Carsten, Grand Junction, CO

Simple Salmon Dip

Simple Salmon Dip

Simple Salmon Dip

This is my go-to dip recipe for summer barbecues. The secret is the green chilies—they add just enough heat. —Susan Jordan, Denver, Colorado

Sun-Dried Tomato and Parmesan Spread

Sun-Dried Tomato and Parmesan Spread

Sun-Dried Tomato and Parmesan Spread

Garlic lovers will literally eat this up! Fresh basil gives it a lovely aroma; crushed red peppers offer a hint of heat; and sun-dried tomatoes make the creamy sandwich spread bright. Terrific on crackers, too. —Anndrea Bailey, Huntington Beach, California

Pomegranate-Glazed Turkey Meatballs

Pomegranate-Glazed Turkey Meatballs

Pomegranate-Glazed Turkey Meatballs

A splash of pomegranate juice turns ordinary meatballs into something extraordinary. I love the sweet lightness of the glaze combined with the ground turkey, herbs and spices. —Danielle D'Ambrosio, Brighton, Massachusetts

Jingle Bell Shrimp Spread

Jingle Bell Shrimp Spread

Jingle Bell Shrimp Spread

Ring in the holidays with this easy and appealing shrimp spread shaped like a bell. It takes only a few ingredients and whips up in no time at all, but folks seem to absolutely love it! I receive so many compliments whenever I bring it to a party.—Janet Thomas, Mc Kees Rocks, Pennsylvania

Salsa Cheesecake

Salsa Cheesecake

Salsa Cheesecake

After receiving this recipe from a friend several years ago, I made it for our family Christmas party. It's now one of our traditional holiday foods. It's a tasty spin on taco dip.

Warm Feta Cheese Dip

Warm Feta Cheese Dip

Warm Feta Cheese Dip

We’re big on appetizers, so this dip is a mashup of our favorite tastes, like cream cheese, feta, basil and sweet peppers. Serve with bread or chips. —Ashley Lecker, Green Bay, WI

Macaroon Fruit Dip

Macaroon Fruit Dip

Macaroon Fruit Dip

I rely on make-ahead dishes like this when entertaining. Serving the dip in a pineapple shell makes for a pretty presentation. —Jean Forster, Elmhurst, Illinois
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