Holidays & Events

It’s time to celebrate! Get inspired to go above-and-beyond with our special recipes for holidays and events that take you from appetizers to dessert.

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    Sweet and Savory Deviled Eggs

    My Grandma Phyllis' sweet and savory deviled eggs are unrivaled by any of the ones I've tried. The sweetness of the cherries balances the heat of the jalapeno; celery and pickles give a nice crunch. These snacks are always a party pleaser. —Adrienne Vradenburg, Bakersfield, California

    Artichoke & Jalapeno Crab Dip

    This has always been a great potluck dish—I haven't found anyone yet who hasn't loved it! The rich and creamy...


    Shrimp and Cucumber Canapes

    These cute stacks really stand out in a holiday appetizer buffet. Tasty, cool and crunchy, they come together in a...


    40 Appetizers for an Unforgettable Galentine’s Day Party

    Chock full of dips, small bites and spreads, this list of delicious appetizers will have you and your friends wishing...


    Tangier Island Virginia Crab Cakes

    4 reviews

    I grew up eating these crab cakes, which are crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. They're absolutely...

    Blue Cheese Heart Tarts

    —Rita Cox, Round Rock, Texas


    Cranberry Endive Appetizers

    You can pack a lot of flavor into an elegant appetizer just by using the right combination of ingredients. I...

    Pomegranate-Glazed Turkey Meatballs

    1 review

    A splash of pomegranate juice turns ordinary meatballs into something extraordinary. I love the sweet lightness of the glaze combined...


    Swiss Souffle Mushrooms

    Here's a fresh take on stuffed mushrooms. Each one is topped with a delicate Swiss cheese souffle. These will make...


    Meatballs in Cherry Sauce

    A ruby-red cherry glaze made with pie filling gives homemade meatballs festive color for a Christmas get-together. Everyone will love...


    Pear-Walnut Tea Sandwiches

    1 review

    These satisfying tea sandwiches boast crunchy walnuts, chopped pear and deli chicken. Use white, pumpernickel and rye bread for variety....

    Pesto-Pepper Cheese Spread

    1 review

    I get tons of recipe requests whenever I bring this zippy spread to a party. Use convenient store-bought pesto or...


    Li’l Lips

    4 reviews

    My kids just loved helping put the marshmallow "teeth" between the apple slices when I made these years ago. I...


    Cherry Cream Cheese Spread

    1 review

    Dotted with pretty maraschino cherries, this spread is an attractive complement to your holiday table. —Ruth Hastings


    Steak and Blue Cheese Crescents

    1 review

    Grilled steak, blue cheese and bacon make my crescents some of the heartiest, most satisfying starters you'll ever eat. I...


    Savory BLT Cheesecake

    7 reviews

    Did you know that cheesecake could be savory instead of sweet? Tomato and green onions mixed with cream cheese is...

    Spinach Artichoke-Stuffed Tomatoes

    These are sure to be a delicious addition to any buffet table. They are so wonderful and will impress everyone...


    Sweet ‘n’ Sour Appetizer Meatballs

    2 reviews

    Since a friend shared this recipe with me several years ago, I've fixed it many times. The tangy meatballs also...


    Creamy Olive-Bacon Dip

    When I had just 15 minutes to prepare something for a party, I combined the ingredients I had on hand...


    Marinated Mushrooms and Cheese

    From Mendota, Illinois, Kim Marie Van Rheenen shares a simple but scrumptious recipe with make-ahead convenience. “I like to serve...


    Artichoke & Mushroom Toasts

    1 review

    Our winters can get cold here, so I like to warm up holiday guests with oven-fresh appetizers. Crunchy bread slices...


    Greek Party Pitas

    These dainty mini sandwiches are easy to make with store-bought deli turkey. Greek vinaigrette and olives give them a Mediterranean...


    Nutty Artichoke Spread

    I keep a can of artichoke hearts in my pantry so I can quickly make my signature appetizer at a...


    Greek Crostini

    Here's a spin on traditional bruschetta. Greek vinaigrette and ingredients make these crostinis one of a kind.—Mary Shivers, Ada, Oklahoma

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    Light Seafood Tartlets

    These are delightful little nibbles to add to a buffet. The warm tarts have a rich crab flavor and are...


    Cranberry Feta Cheesecake

    “I modified a cheese spread into a cheesecake by lightening the filling with part skim ricotta, crushed cranberry and orange...


    Honey Nut Spread

    This simple cream cheese treat goes over big at all my ladies' luncheons and parties. No one guesses that the...


    Hearty Mushroom Canapes

    This appealing appetizer from Sue Huebner of Wausau, Wisconsin shapes up nicely for Valentine's Day—or any special holiday. "I cut...


    Cuke Heart Appetizers

    2 reviews

    From Sylmar, California reader Norma Thune comes this zesty appetizer she regularly whips together for company. You can serve her...


    Blue Cheese Dip

    1 review

    This tasty dip with blue cheese and pecans is excellent with assorted vegetables or sliced apples and pears. —Taste of...