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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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Christmas Meatballs

Christmas Meatballs

Christmas Meatballs

Cranberry sauce and brown sugar create a tangy glaze for moist meatballs that are good as an appetizer or as a main dish over rice. "We love them so much, I prepare them year-round," says Joyce Bentley of Redlands, California.

Cascading Fruit Centerpiece

Cascading Fruit Centerpiece

Cascading Fruit Centerpiece

"It's exciting and fun to build this pretty centerpiece, which I have made for holidays, weddings and showers over the past 20 years," notes Ellen Brown of Aledo, Texas. "The ginger dip is wonderful, or you can fill the fruit cups with other favorite dips, flavored yogurt or whipped topping.

Blue Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

Blue Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

Blue Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

A rich, warm and cheesy recipe for classic stuffed mushrooms, this attractive appetizer is perfect for your next dinner party or special event. —Kristen Woodburn, Atlanta, Georgia
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Cheddar-Veggie Appetizer Torte

Cheddar-Veggie Appetizer Torte

Cheddar-Veggie Appetizer Torte

A line forms quickly behind this quiche-like torte at family gatherings. The wedges are easy to eat as finger food, plus it's delicious hot or cold. — Barbara Estabrook, Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Rustic Tomato Cheese Tart

Rustic Tomato Cheese Tart

Rustic Tomato Cheese Tart

My fresh tomato tart is perfect when you want a taste of summer any time of year. The crust stays nice and crisp and the toppings are bursting with garden-fresh flavor! —Moji Dabney, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey

Baked Spinach Dip in Bread

Baked Spinach Dip in Bread

Baked Spinach Dip in Bread

This is the only way my kids will eat spinach! The dip can be made ahead and chilled. Place in the bread shell and bake just before company arrives.—Shauna Dittrick, Leduc, Alberta

Shrimp Appetizer Spread

Shrimp Appetizer Spread

Shrimp Appetizer Spread

There's no secret to this creamy seafood appetizer—it's simply delicious! I first tasted it at a friend's house and liked it so much, I requested the recipe. It's since become a family favorite! —Brenda Buhler, Abbotsford, British Columbia

Tomato-Herb Focaccia

Tomato-Herb Focaccia

Tomato-Herb Focaccia

With its medley of herbs and tomatoes, this rustic bread will liven up any occasion, whether it’s a family dinner or a game-day get-together. It never lasts long! —Janet Miller, Indianapolis, Indiana

Christmas Cheese Ball

Christmas Cheese Ball

Christmas Cheese Ball

"This rich cheese spread is delicious and wonderfully attractive," says Esther Shank of Harrisonville, Virginia.

Sesame Chicken Bites

Sesame Chicken Bites

Sesame Chicken Bites

These bites have been a party favorite at our house for many years. You can make the sauce the night before to make day-of prep even easier. —Kathy Green, Layton, NJ

Pina Colada Fruit Dip

Pina Colada Fruit Dip

Pina Colada Fruit Dip

A taste of the tropics will be welcomed by your holiday guests. The cool and creamy dip can be served as an appetizer or a dessert. —Shelly Fisher, Hermiston, Oregon
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