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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.

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

Apricot Ham Balls

Apricot Ham Balls

Apricot Ham Balls

My family requests these ham balls for our annual Christmas Eve open house.

Warm Crab Dip

Warm Crab Dip

Warm Crab Dip

Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay is known for crabs, and they’re a big favorite of ours. When fresh crabmeat is available, we’ll use it in this dip, but canned works just as well. This appetizer is nice for any holiday or gathering.
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Cran-Orange Fruit Dip

Cran-Orange Fruit Dip

Cran-Orange Fruit Dip

Tart, sweet and nutty flavors all blend together beautifully in this quick-to-fix, chunky fruit dip. I like it best with slices of apples and pears.

Bacon Cheese Swirls

Bacon Cheese Swirls

Bacon Cheese Swirls

When you want a real crowd-pleaser, turn to these cheesy little bites made with refrigerated crescent dough. The flaky swirls have great onion flavor and a creamy filling.

Pepperoni Pinwheels

Pepperoni Pinwheels

Pepperoni Pinwheels

These golden brown rounds from field editor Vikki Rebholz of West Chester, Ohio, have lots of pepperoni flavor. "They're easy to make, and really good!" says Vikki.

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

I’ve been making these tasty tidbits at Christmastime for years. Use Italian sausage if you’d prefer a little more zing.

Sharp Cheddar Turnovers

Sharp Cheddar Turnovers

Sharp Cheddar Turnovers

These savory little snacks are so good, it's hard to eat just one! With cheddar cheese peeking out from the golden brown pastry, they're irresistible.

Cheddar Crab Bites

Cheddar Crab Bites

Cheddar Crab Bites

These are perfect for any occasion and everyone loves them. They also freeze well too so I can store some for later.—Elaine Anderson, New Galilee, Pennsylvania

Smoked Salmon Tomato Pizza

Smoked Salmon Tomato Pizza

Smoked Salmon Tomato Pizza

This quick and easy appetizer comes in handy when you find yourself in a time crunch. Natalie Lodes from Plantation, Florida says her "honey" likes this recipe so much that he can almost eat the entire thing by himself.

Mandarin Fruit Dip

Mandarin Fruit Dip

Mandarin Fruit Dip

With all the heavy foods around the holidays, fruit is a refreshing change of pace. For more kid appeal, our home economists pair fruit with a sweet and creamy dip.
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