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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.

Continental Cheese Spread

Continental Cheese Spread

Continental Cheese Spread

Anyone watching their fat intake will be surprised that they can indulge in this spread with little guilt. Any leftovers can be spread on toasted bagels for alight lunch or snack. —Mrs. Thomas Wigglesworth, Absecon, New Jersey

Cranberry Meatballs

Cranberry Meatballs

Cranberry Meatballs

Meet the Cook: Since we raise hogs, pork's plentiful at our place. If my husband's able to identify cranberries in a dish, however, he won't eat it. So, the first time I made these meatballs, I was thrilled when he raved about them. Our children - 5 and 2 - also consider them a favorite. And I've had many people request the recipe. But I really knew I had a "winner" when my grandmother asked me for it! -Tammy Neubauer, Ida Grove, Iowa
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Stuffed Celery Stalks

Stuffed Celery Stalks

Stuffed Celery Stalks

This is a favorite side dish of my family's. They are also a great snack for after school.—Alpha Wilson, Roswell, New Mexico

Sesame Chicken Wings

Sesame Chicken Wings

Sesame Chicken Wings

Many times I've taken this dish to church dinners and I'm always asked for the recipe. It's a super appetizer for any gathering.

Asparagus Appetizer Spread

Asparagus Appetizer Spread

Asparagus Appetizer Spread

The first time I made this spread was for a potluck get-together. It bought such great comments that I've been making it ever since. My husband and I have two children, 15 and 12. We live in a country home. Every year, we grow a garden, and we're both 4-H advisers.

Pecan-Date Cheese Ball

Pecan-Date Cheese Ball

Pecan-Date Cheese Ball

Says Sue Broyles of Cherokee, Texas, "This lightly sweet cheese ball is great to have on hand when we crave something creamy or if company drops by. It's even nice enough for the holidays."

Fireside Cheese Spread

Fireside Cheese Spread

Fireside Cheese Spread

When our family and friends get together for holidays or other occasions, I serve this appetizer. It's always a success. If you prefer, try a Swiss cheese spread instead of the cheddar. And, if you enjoy garlic, substitute a small clove of minced garlic for the garlic powder. —Debbie Terenzini-Wilkerson, Lusby, Maryland

Potluck Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

Potluck Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

Potluck Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

Pennsylvania is often referred to as the "Mushroom Capital of the World." This recipe's a delicious appetizer and is always the hit of the party. —Beatrice Vetrano, Landenberg, Pennsylvania

Cucumber Party Sandwiches

Cucumber Party Sandwiches

Cucumber Party Sandwiches

This is one of my favorite appetizers. We have lots of pig roasts here in Kentucky, and these small sandwiches are perfect to serve while the pig is roasting.

Italian Snack Bread

Italian Snack Bread

Italian Snack Bread

Meet the Cook: This snack bread's very versatile - I've served it with spaghetti, as an appetizer and as a main dish. Because it stays so moist, I often bake it a day before. I have been an avid cook ever since my husband and I were married...that was 29 years ago. We have two children - a son 22 and a daughter 19.
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