June 30, 2023
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There is an extra special layer of cheer in the air this holiday season after the COVID-19 spike muted last year’s celebrations. Many people are looking forward to getting back in the holiday spirit by hosting a Christmas party. No party is complete without a vast array of festive appetizers. Here are 10 of the best Christmas appetizers to consider making for your gathering this year.
They may not exactly be chestnuts roasting on an open fire, but these bacon-wrapped chestnuts make the perfect Christmas appetizer. This tasty treat is crunchy, savory, and sweet. The water chestnuts are wrapped in bacon and coated with a dressing of brown sugar, sweet chili sauce, and mayonnaise. A few minutes under the broiler adds a layer of crunchiness to these bite-sized morsels. You can also choose to substitute turkey bacon for regular bacon if you are looking to cut calories and fat.
These blue cheese and walnut stuffed mushrooms are sure to be a hit at your next holiday event. Bella mushrooms are stuffed full of crumbled blue cheese, chopped toasted walnuts, panko bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, cream cheese, garlic, and black pepper. These little delights are toasted until the insides become hot and gooey. They make a beautiful addition to any appetizer tray or even as an enhancement to a charcuterie board.
Looking for a fun dip to add to your appetizer spread? This creamy BLT dip is always a big hit at parties. The base of the dip consists of cream cheese and sour cream mixed with ranch dressing seasoning. The dip is topped with bacon, cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes. The green and red create a pretty and festive theme. You can also add green onions, avocados, and chives to the dip for more green. This dip is best served with toasted baguettes, chips, or raw vegetables.
This darling Christmas pizza recipe is a fun choice if you are hosting a party with kids. Using store-bought pizza dough, you simply cut out a triangle and add a rectangle for the trunk of the tree. The dough is topped with a green pesto sauce to replicate the color of a real Christmas tree. You can then use red onions and green peppers to represent the decorations on the tree. Not only does this pesto veggie pizza taste delicious, but it also makes a fun decoration for your table of holiday appetizers.
No holiday soiree is complete without the traditional cranberry brie bites. With only four primary ingredients of puff pastry, cranberry sauce, brie, and pistachios, this recipe is a breeze to pull together. You can also choose to mix it up by subbing out the cranberry sauce with pepper jelly or using a different type of nut as the topping. The choice is yours. Using store-bought frozen puff pastry takes the bulk of the work out of the preparation of this easy appetizer.
You can never have too many cranberry-inspired dishes over the holidays. Continue this theme with these cranberry and feta pinwheels. The sweet and tart cranberries are a tasty balance to the tangy feta cheese. While you can use any type of tortilla, the spinach variety will add a pop of green to match the red of the cranberries. Be sure to refrigerate the rolled tortillas for at least one hour prior to cutting. Get extra creative by stacking your finished pinwheels in the shape of a Christmas tree.
For something a little lighter to cut the heaviness of these winter apps, be sure to add this caprese candy cane board to your rotation. The beauty of this recipe is in its presentation. Simply alternate slices of fresh mozzarella cheese and red tomatoes to form a candy cane. Drizzle a bit of high-quality olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt on top of the cheese and tomatoes for the finishing touch. Around the “candy cane,” sprinkle bits of green basil and serve alongside toasted baguette slices and a side of balsamic vinegar for dipping. You can also take the same idea and form a wreath instead of a candy cane.
If you are looking for an appetizer idea that you can make ahead of time and freeze for later use, these olive balls will be the end of your search. Large pimiento olives are wrapped in a dough made with flour, butter, and sharp white cheddar cheese. You can make all of these balls and freeze them until right before the party. Simply pop them into the oven for a few minutes and you will have a quick and easy appetizer that seems elegant. You cannot go wrong with this appetizer idea for the holidays.
This savory cheesy and artichoke crostini recipe will soon become a family favorite. Crispy crostini toasts are topped with a mixture containing marinated artichoke hearts and three different types of cheeses to create a decadent topping. The crostini are then baked until golden and bubbly. Finish off each serving with a red pepper drop for a festive touch. This is another recipe that you can assemble ahead of time and then pop into the oven and bake right before the start of the party.
Retro foods are all the rage these days, making these classic deviled eggs a natural fit for your holiday bash spread. The hard-boiled eggs are stuffed with a mixture of mayonnaise, dijon mustard, pickle brine, the yolk of the egg, and salt and pepper. You can kick it up a notch by topping the eggs with a variety of additions. Good ideas include a bit of crispy bacon, a pickle slice, or red radish slices. It may seem simple, but these eggs are always guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.
These 10 appetizers are sure to put everyone in a festive mood. ‘Tis the season to gather together with friends and family and nosh on an array of party foods. Make it count by incorporating some of these ideas into your holiday party spread.
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