35 Christmas Appetizers for a Deliciously Festive Feast

These snacks are so tasty, your guests might fill up before dinner even starts.

Holiday parties just got a little bit more fun. Serve up these hor d'oeuvres, dips and platters for major flavor in bite-sized portions.

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Sweet Pea Spread

You can follow this veggie-packed recipe for pretty canapés, but try swirling it with sour cream for a quick dip too. 

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Johnny Miller
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Sweet Potato Croquettes

The secret to these fried mashed potato bites? Coat them with panko instead of Italian breadcrumbs for a lighter and crispier crunch. 

Mike Garten
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caprese bites
Caprese Bites

Save space in the oven for the roast and go with no-cook skewers instead. Make the glaze ahead of time and you can pass off assembly to other helping hands. 

Jon Komar
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Pretzel Bites

With only three ingredients, you'll want to whip up these salty snacks on a regular basis. The key is stocking up on store-bought pizza dough. 

Mike Garten
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Comfort Food

When the cocktails are a-flowing, even the adults will want some kid favorites. Keep people of all ages happy by serving up taco tartlets (with crushed Doritos!) alongside orzo mac and cheese.

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Johnny Miller
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Christmas Queso

Chips and dip get a lot more lively in a festive color scheme. The key is a red jalapeño and cilantro garnish.

Ethan Calabrese
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Mini Cheese Popovers

They're cheesy, fluffy and adorably tiny. What more could you possibly want?

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Blue Cheese, Pear and Honey Crostini

A plate of mini toasts can curb appetites until the cooking's done. This version mixes salty and sweet flavors for a true crowd-pleaser.

Ethan Calabrese
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Baked Brie With Honey And Rosemary

A 15-minute, three-ingredient appetizer is a hostess's dream come true. Serve it with crackers, pita chips or even sliced apples for scooping all of that melty goodness.

Ethan Calabrese
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Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

Get ahead of the game. Roll asparagus in prosciutto (or thinly-sliced bacon) a few hours before, and then pop the spears in a frying pan just before dinner time.

Eat Drink Paleo
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Sunchoke Chips with Warm Blue Cheese Dip

Sunchokes, also called Jerusalem artichokes, actually come from sunflowers. The tubers taste like a sweeter, nuttier version of your typical potatoes.

Andrew Purcell
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Cranberry and Brie Bites

Only two layers of puff pastry can stand up to melted cheese and sticky sauce. Although extra napkins wouldn't be a bad idea either.

Kitchen Sanctuary
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Hot Crab Dip

Sometimes the canned stuff just won't cut it. This recipe recommends using two whole Dungeness crabs, but king crab will also work in a pinch.

Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
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Smoked Mozzarella Dip

You can never have too many recipes for melted cheese. Olive Garden's Smoked Mozzarella Fonduta actually inspired this copycat version.

Love Grows Wild
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Crostini Platter

Whip up a variety of these tasty bites with a unique set of adornments, including blueberry and jalapeño.

Brian Woodcock
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Cheddar Crab Puffs

Crab puffs are already delicious, but adding cheddar cheese takes them to the next level.

Kate Mathis
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Prosciutto-Wrapped Breadsticks

Anything wrapped in prosciutto automatically gets a thumbs-up in our book, so breadsticks are clearly no exception.

Kate Mathis
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Spiced Yogurt Cheese Balls

As tasty as they are colorful, these spiced cheese balls have a yogurt base and can easily be made ahead of time.

Beatriz Da Costa
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Cocktail Meatballs with Creamy Cranberry Sauce

Nutmeg and cranberry preserves make this dish especially appropriate for the holiday season.

Kate Mathis
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Prosciutto and Fig Crostata

Pie crust is an unexpected star in this recipe, which has a unique taste thanks to dried figs.

Charles Schiller
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Crispy Loaded Hasselback Potato Bites

These are not your average potatoes. They're loaded with cheese, sour cream and bacon.

The Comfort of Cooking
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Christmas Pull-Apart Tree

A starter that's easy to make (and eat), this pull-apart tree is something even the pickiest of eaters won't mind nibbling on.

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Cranberry Pecan Brie Crostinis With Maple Sugar Glaze

These crostinis have a dollop of brie, plus cranberries, pecans and maple sugar glaze.

Chef in Training
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Brie Bites With Sugared Cranberries

Sugared cranberries make add unexpected flavor (and a really pretty topping) to these bites.

Daisy's World
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Baked Goat Cheese

Dress up this crowd-pleasing cheese with roasted cranberries.

Honey & Birch
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Mini Bean and Cheese Molletes

This mini twist on molletes is made complete with some colorful veggies.

So Munch Love
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Christmas Palmiers

Red pesto and spinach give this vegan dish a seasonal look.

Demuths
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Caprese Meatballs

These crispy meatballs are filled with mozzarella, creating a killer texture-and-taste combination.

The Cozy Apron
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Kale and Lentil Salad Spoons

Kale and lentil salad tastes even more delicious when piled into a crispy pita shell.

I Sugar Coat It!
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Cranberry and Brie Puff Pastry Swirls

Let your guests indulge in a little bit of sweetness at the beginning of the meal.

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