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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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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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Parmesan-Coated Brie

Parmesan-Coated Brie

Parmesan-Coated Brie

This is such a wonderful appetizer! Your guests will be impressed. A golden exterior gives way to warm, melty cheese, making this perfect for sliced French bread or crackers. —Karen Grant, Tulare, California

Roasted Red Pepper Triangles

Roasted Red Pepper Triangles

Roasted Red Pepper Triangles

Full-flavored meats, cheeses and veggies top a golden crust in this appetizing recipe sent in by Amy Bell of Arlington, Tennessee. ”I recommend using marinara sauce for dipping,” she says.

Sausage Pizza Loaf

Sausage Pizza Loaf

Sausage Pizza Loaf

Savory slices of this bread make a favorite Saturday night meal for my family. Just like pizza, it can be eaten as a fun finger food. Guests can't stop nibbling when I serve it at parties. Plus, it's good warm or cold.

Savory BLT Cheesecake

Savory BLT Cheesecake

Savory BLT Cheesecake

Did you know that cheesecake could be savory instead of sweet? Tomato and green onions mixed with cream cheese is like an irresistible form of gazpacho. Served on lettuce, the BLT version is great on its own, but it's also a tasty appetizer when served with crackers. This is a flexible recipe, so use other cheese in place of the Gruyere, and add olives, crab meat, cooked mushrooms - whatever strikes your fancy. —Joni Hilton, Rocklin, California

Slow Cooker Cheese Dip

Slow Cooker Cheese Dip

Slow Cooker Cheese Dip

I brought this spicy cheese dip to my guild, where it was a huge hit. It's a terrific take-a-long appetizer. —Marion Bartone, Conneaut, Ohio

White Chocolate Brie Cups

White Chocolate Brie Cups

White Chocolate Brie Cups

Try these unique little tarts as an appetizer before a special meal, or save them for a surprisingly different dinner finale. They’re sweet, creamy and crunchy—and very addictive!—Angela Vitale, Delaware, Ohio

Baked Cheddar Bacon Spread

Baked Cheddar Bacon Spread

Baked Cheddar Bacon Spread

Potlucks at work just aren't the same without this deliciously rich spread. —Kathy Fehr, Fairbury, Illinois

Apricot Chicken Wings

Apricot Chicken Wings

Apricot Chicken Wings

Simple-to-make appetizers are the key to easy entertaining. A five-ingredient marinade flavors these juicy and tender chicken wings.—Robin Spires, Tampa, Florida
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