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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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Every Christmas Eve, I bring out a platter of my fresh-from-the-oven mushrooms. When you want a change, consider fixing the sausage and cream cheese filling all by itself—it's good spread on baguette slices and crackers. —Debby Beard, Eagle, Colorado
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Mini Phyllo Tacos

Mini Phyllo Tacos

Mini Phyllo Tacos

For a winning appetizer, serve crispy phyllo cups filled with taco-seasoned ground beef and zesty shredded cheese. The handheld munchies are sure to be named MVP of the menu.—Roseann Weston, Philipsburg, Pennsylvania

Fruited Feta Spread

Fruited Feta Spread

Fruited Feta Spread

Field editor Lucille Terry of Frankfort, Kentucky shares this chunky feta and cream cheese spread with a pleasing sweet-savory flavor.

Ranch Cheese Spread

Ranch Cheese Spread

Ranch Cheese Spread

This is a really crowd-pleaser. You really can't go wrong with ranch flavor and cheese. This delectable dip is perfect for vegetables or crackers.—Jenna Marty, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Olive Bruschetta

Olive Bruschetta

Olive Bruschetta

This convenient and colorful party classic from Linda Austin in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey, can be made several days in advance. In fact, it actually tastes better if prepared ahead so all the fresh flavors can blend together. Best served at room temperature with a crusty loaf of toasted French bread or your favorite crackers.

Hearty Cheese Spread

Hearty Cheese Spread

Hearty Cheese Spread

Using the red wax covering from gouda cheese, Vernie Nicolaisen of Cherokee, Iowa fashions a decorative "poinsettia" bowl in which to serve this treat.

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

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

Cucumber Shrimp Spread

Cucumber Shrimp Spread

Cucumber Shrimp Spread

Field editor Doris Heath of Franklin, North Carolina likes to serve this savory spread on rye bread, but it’s just as satisfying on crackers or bagel chips.

Dilly Cheese Ring with Spinach Dip

Dilly Cheese Ring with Spinach Dip

Dilly Cheese Ring with Spinach Dip

This is my daughter's favorite appetizer. Instead of serving spinach dip with ordinary bread cubes, you bake refrigerated biscuits into a delicious bread ring.

Cranberry-Brie Tartlets

Cranberry-Brie Tartlets

Cranberry-Brie Tartlets

My family hosts a holiday drop-in each year, and that's where these tartlets made their first appearance. They're easy to make, but look like a gourmet treat. —Cindy Davis, Bonita Springs, FL

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
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