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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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Bacon Cheese Wreath

Bacon Cheese Wreath

Bacon Cheese Wreath

My grandmother makes this smoky bacon and Parmesan spread for parties and holiday get-togethers. For a pretty yuletide presentation, accent the cream cheese wreath with parsley and pimientos.

Calico Clams Casino

Calico Clams Casino

Calico Clams Casino

A few years ago, I came across this recipe in the back of my files when I was looking for a special appetizer. Everyone raved about it. Now it's often-requested dish. —Paula Sullivan, Barker, New York

Fontina Asparagus Tart

Fontina Asparagus Tart

Fontina Asparagus Tart

This lemony cheese and veggie tart is easy to make but looks pretty impressive. Be advised…your guests will be vying for the last tasty slice.
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Gouda Melt with Baguette Slices

Gouda Melt with Baguette Slices

Gouda Melt with Baguette Slices

This fun appetizer is guaranteed to wow guests! It takes just moments to whip up this melty delight. —Susan Lewis, Reading, Pennsylvania

Herb Mix for Dipping Oil

Herb Mix for Dipping Oil

Herb Mix for Dipping Oil

We combine a blend of herbs to create this mouthwatering mix. Plumping the herbs in water before stirring into olive oil enhances the flavor.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Herbed Cheese Rings

Herbed Cheese Rings

Herbed Cheese Rings

This savory cheese loaf is great sliced in thin wedges to go with soup, salads or casseroles. I've served it to large crowds and received many compliments. One year, I gave it to our neighbor for Christmas. -Evelyn Bear, Kingston, Idaho

Honey Garlic Ribs

Honey Garlic Ribs

Honey Garlic Ribs

When you want a more "meaty" appetizer for your holiday buffet, reach for these finger-licking-good ribs!

Hot Collards and Artichoke Dip

Hot Collards and Artichoke Dip

Hot Collards and Artichoke Dip

Anyone can pull off spinach and artichoke dip - so brighten it up using collard greens for a Southern twist. Serve this dish with warm garlic Naan or tortilla chips. —Billie Williams-Henderson, Bowie, Maryland

Mamma's Caponata

Mamma's Caponata

Mamma's Caponata

Great as an appetizer, but you can easily turn this into a meal. Instead of topping bread, serve over warm pasta. —Georgette Stubin, Canton, Michigan

Maple Jalapenos

Maple Jalapenos

Maple Jalapenos

Craving something sweet with a little bit of heat? Try these creamy, sweet, hot and savory treats. One bite, and you won’t be able to stop! —Nicole Larson, American Fork, Utah

Mini Beef Wellingtons

Mini Beef Wellingtons

Mini Beef Wellingtons

I discovered this lovely starter at a wedding I attended. After sampling one, I decided I had to try duplicating the recipe at home. I think my version is a bit easier and faster to prepare, but just as elegant in appearance and just as crowd-pleasing.—Annie De La Hoz, Delta, Colorado
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