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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.

Tasty Cheese Spread

Tasty Cheese Spread

Tasty Cheese Spread

We especially like to use this dip for Christmas gift-giving. It can be packaged in small holiday tins or pint-size jars and tied with ribbons.—Lynda Hensley, Lima, Ohio

Lightened-Up Salmon Spread

Lightened-Up Salmon Spread

Lightened-Up Salmon Spread

Growing up in a small coastal town on the Washington Plate Peninsula, my daily staples were fish and shellfish. I'm always asked to bring this dip to family events. It's also great the next day on grilled sourdough bread with olives and tomatoes.—Susan Pettett, Vancouver, Washington

Party Cheese Balls

Party Cheese Balls

Party Cheese Balls

These tangy cheese balls are guaranteed to spread cheer at your next gathering. The ingredients create a colorful presentation and a savory combination of flavors. As a grandmother who loves to cook, I send many pantry presents off to college.
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Holiday Cheese Ball

Holiday Cheese Ball

Holiday Cheese Ball

Andrea Bolden from Unionville, Tennessee writes, "With its colorful flecks of green onion and pimiento, this cheese ball is great as a Christmas or New Year's appetizer. It can be made with fat-free cheeses without sacrificing the zesty Italian taste."

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.

Nuggets with Chili Sauce

Nuggets with Chili Sauce

Nuggets with Chili Sauce

Whenever field editor Diane Hixon serves these crisp golden bites of chicken, her husband is all smiles in Niceville, Florida. "He prefers them to fast-food versions," she says.

Easy Smoked Salmon

Easy Smoked Salmon

Easy Smoked Salmon

"A reader shared this recipe in another Reiman magazine years ago...and it has become my favorite way to prepare salmon," writes Norma Fell from Boyne City, Michigan.

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.

Cranberry Meatballs and Sausage

Cranberry Meatballs and Sausage

Cranberry Meatballs and Sausage

Years ago, I found a version of this recipe in a cookbook. At first taste, my family judged it a keeper. The tangy saucy meatballs are requested by our friends whenever I host card night. We also take the yummy dish on camping trips.

Marmalade Soy Wings

Marmalade Soy Wings

Marmalade Soy Wings

Whether I use drumettes or chicken wings, these savory bites are always popular. I keep the pretty glazed appetizers warm during parties by serving them in my slow cooker. —Carole Nelson, Parkville, Missouri

Coffee Cream Cheese Spread

Coffee Cream Cheese Spread

Coffee Cream Cheese Spread

Even folks who don't care for coffee can't resist this mild-flavored spread. It's a fun way to dress up homemade breads. —Ruth Hastings, Louisville, Illinois
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