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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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Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs

Flaky salmon and creamy sauce go so well over hard-boiled eggs. Drizzle the sauce or serve it on the side; it's great either way. —Marinela Dragan, Portland, Oregon
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Grits 'n' Shrimp Tarts

Grits 'n' Shrimp Tarts

Grits 'n' Shrimp Tarts

This deliciously different appetizer showcases two Mississippi staples--grits and shrimp. I know your family will enjoy them as much as mine!

Apple & Blue Cheese on Endive

Apple & Blue Cheese on Endive

Apple & Blue Cheese on Endive

This elegant appetizer features a creamy blue cheese and apple spread inside crunchy endive leaves. You can use pears instead of apples or use the spread to top crackers.—Katie Fleming, Edmonds, Washington

Snowman Cheese Ball

Snowman Cheese Ball

Snowman Cheese Ball

This frosty fellow is always welcome at a winter gathering, according to Susan Seymour of Valatie, New York. He's very tasty, too--and gets a little zip from horseradish and garlic.
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Jamaican Shrimp

Jamaican Shrimp

Jamaican Shrimp

Zesty jerk seasoning is a nice complement to sweet mango in this crowd-pleasing appetizer. Although this delicious dish takes time to prepare, it's conveniently made ahead and refrigerated until ready to serve.

Salmon Party Spread

Salmon Party Spread

Salmon Party Spread

"We're proud to serve our delicious Alaskan salmon to guests," says field editor Kathy Crow of Cordova, Alaska.

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

Mini Chicken Empanadas

Mini Chicken Empanadas

Mini Chicken Empanadas

Refrigerated pie pastry makes quick work of assembling these bite-sized appetizers loaded with chicken and cheese. I've made them several times since receiving the recipe from a friend.—Betty Fulks, Onia, Arkansas

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

Chili Cheese Ball Spread

Chili Cheese Ball Spread

Chili Cheese Ball Spread

“Easy to make and easy to spread, this spicy cheese ball was my favorite appetizer that Mom made while I was growing up. Now, I enjoy serving it at my own parties and at potlucks.” Jerrie Denson - Hobbs, New Mexico

Nutty Stuffed Mushrooms

Nutty Stuffed Mushrooms

Nutty Stuffed Mushrooms

Basil, Parmesan cheese and mushroom blend together well, while buttery pecans give these treats a surprising crunch. Our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren always ask for them!

Broccoli Cheddar Spread

Broccoli Cheddar Spread

Broccoli Cheddar Spread

In Graysville, Alabama, Beth Parker has contributed this rich creamy spread to family get-togethers for years. "I was able to lighten up the original recipe with out loosing any of the terrific flavor," she says.
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