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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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Mini peppers are so colorful and they're the perfect size for a two-bite appetizer. They have all the crunch of a pita chip, without the extra calories. —Christine Hanover, Lewiston, California
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Spinach Cheese Triangles

Spinach Cheese Triangles

Spinach Cheese Triangles

Filled with three kinds of cheese and lots of spinach, these light little bites pack a delectable punch. They may look fussy, but these starters come together quickly. —Sherri Melotik, Oak Creek, Wisconsin

Bacon-Stuffed Mushrooms

Bacon-Stuffed Mushrooms

Bacon-Stuffed Mushrooms

I first tried these bubbly treats at my sister-in-law's house. The tender mushroom caps and creamy filling were so fabulous that I had to get the recipe. It's hard to believe how simple, fast and easy they are. —Angela Coffman, Kansas City, Missouri

Christmas Cheese Ball

Christmas Cheese Ball

Christmas Cheese Ball

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

Cheese Meatballs

Cheese Meatballs

I often rely on these rich, cheesy meatballs for party appetizers. Or I serve them alongside a tossed salad for a quick meal in minutes. —Rachel Frost, Tallula, Illinois

Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

“Mushroom caps plump with crabmeat make a wonderful appetizer for entertaining,” suggests Tonya Farmer, Iowa City, Iowa. She suggests using the recipe as a light entree, served on salad greens or with pasta.

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

Fiesta Pinwheels

Fiesta Pinwheels

Fiesta Pinwheels

Whenever I serve this make-ahead pinwheel recipe, they disappear fast. When a friend at the office shared them with me, I knew in one bite I'd be taking her recipe home for the holidays. —Diane Martin, Brown Deer, Wisconsin

Hot Bacon Cheese Spread

Hot Bacon Cheese Spread

Hot Bacon Cheese Spread

This creamy spread, made with Monterey Jack and Parmesan cheeses, is sure to warm up your next holiday party. Guests never wander too far from the table when I put out this fragrant dip. —Bonnie Hawkins, Elkhorn, Wisconsin

Marinated Mozzarella

Marinated Mozzarella

Marinated Mozzarella

I always come home with an empty container when I bring this dish to a party. It can be made ahead to free up time later. I serve it with pretty frilled toothpicks for a festive look. —Peggy Cairo, Kenosha, Wisconsin

Almond-Bacon Cheese Crostini

Almond-Bacon Cheese Crostini

Almond-Bacon Cheese Crostini

For a change from the usual toasted tomato appetizer, try these baked bites. If you like, slice the baguette at an angle instead of making a straight cut. —Leondre Hermann, Stuart, Florida
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