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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.

Chicken Taco Cups

Chicken Taco Cups

Chicken Taco Cups

For holiday parties and summer picnics, try these stuffed wonton cups with a Southwest-style chicken filling. You can freeze them, too. Just reheat after thawing. —Lee Ann Lowe, Gray, Maine

Sesame Salmon Spread

Sesame Salmon Spread

Sesame Salmon Spread

Alaska is known for its salmon, and this is one of our favorite appetizers. I pack the spread and crackers in our picnic lunch when my husband and I head out to harvest wood, which we do several times a year. We look forward to getting wood just to have this special treat!

Gooey Pizza Dip

Gooey Pizza Dip

Gooey Pizza Dip

Pepperoni, tomatoes and olives dress up this cheesy baked dip. I serve it with breadsticks and wedges of baked Boboli. You can even prepare individual servings in ramekins if you like. —Kitti Boesel, Woodbridge, Virginia
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Terrific Tomato Tart

Terrific Tomato Tart

Terrific Tomato Tart

This recipe is fabulous! Fresh, colorful tomatoes, feta cheese and prepared pesto perfectly complement the crispy phyllo dough crust. —Diane Halferty of Corpus Christi, Texas

Chutney-Topped Brie

Chutney-Topped Brie

Chutney-Topped Brie

This easy and elegant appetizer from Rebecca Irons in Lubbock, Texas has only four ingredients! “I first tasted something similar at a cheese shop,” she says. “Most any chutney flavor will work—from pineapple or mango to onion—for a toasty, melt-in-your-mouth treat on chilly days.”

Stuffed Butterflied Shrimp

Stuffed Butterflied Shrimp

Stuffed Butterflied Shrimp

These flavorful, baked shrimp can be an appetizer or entree. I've handed out this recipe to many friends and family.—Joan Elliott, Deep River, Connecticut

Chili Ham Cups

Chili Ham Cups

Chili Ham Cups

I like to entertain a lot and have used this recipe on several occasions as an appetizer. I also like how it is easy to switch around the ingredients to give it a different flavor.—Laura Metzger, York, Pennsylvania

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.

White Bean 'n' Olive Toasts

White Bean 'n' Olive Toasts

White Bean 'n' Olive Toasts

This appetizer is one of my favorites to serve to guests at holiday get-togethers.—Shirley A. Glaab, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Quick Coconut Shrimp

Quick Coconut Shrimp

Quick Coconut Shrimp

For a tropical taste guests are sure to find delightful, serve this crunchy coconut-coated shrimp with a sweet sauce. “This is an impressive appetizer or can be served as a main course,” says Debbi Barate of Seward, Pennsylvania. “For another easy dipping sauce, combine a favorite jam with some crushed red pepper flakes.”

Saucy Asian Meatballs

Saucy Asian Meatballs

Saucy Asian Meatballs

Go ahead and help yourself to these peppery, sauced-up meatballs. Ground turkey moves them to the lighter side. —Lisa Varner, El Paso, Texas
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