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Christmas Appetizers

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Popcorn Nut Crunch

Meet the Cook: Our brood - five children from 16 to 23 - says it's not Christmas here until I make this. I usually double the recipe so I can put some in tins or baskets for hostess gifts when we're invited out. As long as it's kept in a dry place, Popcorn Nut Crunch will last - up to 3 weeks if you seal it in a tin. -Midge Stolte, Blackfalds, Alberta
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Chicken Ham Pinwheels

Chicken Ham Pinwheels

Chicken Ham Pinwheels

These pretty pinwheels have been a part of our annual Christmas Eve appetizer buffet for many years. I love them because they can be made a day in advance and taste great alone or served with crackers. —Laura Mahaffey, Annapolis, Maryland

Holiday Cranberry Chutney

Holiday Cranberry Chutney

Holiday Cranberry Chutney

A chunky chutney like this one makes a great gift for friends and neighbors. I give them the chutney in a decorated jar with a package of cream cheese and a box of crackers. It makes a lovely snack and is just as good alongside a main dish. —Cheryl Lottman Stillwater, Minnesota

Flying Chicken Wings

Flying Chicken Wings

Flying Chicken Wings

These golden wings are finger-licking favorites at every festive family get-together. Delicious hot or cold, they're easy to make, and they "fly" off the plate whenever I serve them!

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.

Holiday Salsa

Holiday Salsa

Holiday Salsa

You know it’s an amazing salsa when your guests hover around the serving bowl ’til it’s scraped clean! This boasts fresh cilantro, cranberries and just a hint of heat. —Shelly Pattison, Lubbock, Texas

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.

Reindeer Snack Mix

Reindeer Snack Mix

Reindeer Snack Mix

Don't forget the reindeer! Rudolph and his pals will be dashing, dancing and prancing to gobble up this savory snack mix. Humans also will enjoy the buttery, perfectly seasoned and wonderfully crunchy combination.

Old-Fashioned Fruit Compote

Old-Fashioned Fruit Compote

Old-Fashioned Fruit Compote

A perfect partner for your Christmas goose, this warm and fruity side dish can simmer while you prepare the rest of your menu, or make it a day ahead and reheat before serving. —Shirley A. Glaab, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Seafood Dip

Seafood Dip

Seafood Dip

"I got this recipe from my sister-in-law, who's an excellent cook," reports Marilyn Dick of Centralia, Missouri. "She makes this dip every Christmas Eve for our annual 'appetizer meal'."

Appetizer Blue Cheese Logs

Appetizer Blue Cheese Logs

Appetizer Blue Cheese Logs

Three kinds of cheese and some curry powder make this cheese log a little more lively than most.

Spicy Almonds

Spicy Almonds

Spicy Almonds

Our family takes many adventurous hikes in the Selquirk mountain range surrounding our summer lake cabin. These nuts never tasted better than when we enjoyed them together at the peak of an amazing hike. Almonds are extremely nutritious, and, when dressed up with a wonderful blend of spices, they go from ordinary to extra-ordinary! —Gina Myers, Spokane, Washington
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