15 Easy Christmas Appetizers You’ll Love

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As a kid we celebrated Christmas Eve at my mom’s house with a big spread of Christmas appetizers rather than a formal dinner. It was so festive and fun and I looked forward to it every year.

Whether served on Christmas itself or Christmas Eve, it’s safe to say I have a soft spot for a good Christmas appetizer recipe. From dips to finger foods, I am all the way in on Team Appetizer.

Here we’re sharing some of our favorite appetizers for the holiday season. From big parties to small family gatherings, we’ve got you covered.

  1. Cherry Goat Cheese Crostini with Thyme and Almonds Recipe
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    • This recipe for cherry goat cheese crostini with thyme and almonds is a simple yet elegant Christmas appetizer perfect for all of your holiday celebrations.
  2. Smoked Salmon Avocado Cream Cheese Pastries Recipe
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    • Homemade avocado cream cheese combined with smoked salmon, fresh herbs, and capers makes for the ideal appetizer – this one is perfect for brunch, too!
  3. Sandwich de Mezcla Recipe
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    • Sandwich de Mezcla is the perfect party food! Filled with a tangy spread made with ham, cheese and pimiento, these Puerto Rican sandwiches are super tasty.
  4. Baked Goat Cheese with Harissa Recipe
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    • Spicy, cream and savory, this baked goat cheese appetizer is one you’ll make again and again.
  5. Hanky Panky Recipe
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    • This hanky panky recipe combines sausage and cheese on top of pumpernickel bread in a classic appetizer recipe that’s sure to be a hit.
  6. Guacamole Wontons Recipe
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    • Crispy, flakey wonton wrappers encase pillows of warm guacamole in this unexpectedly delicious appetizer your crew will love.
  7. Garlic Herb Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe
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    • Mushrooms stuffed with creamy goat cheese and sprinkled with herbs are a super simple yet sophisticated appetizer.
  8. Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix Recipe
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    • Elevate the classic cereal snack mix with this sweet and spicy version sure to be a crowd favorite.
  9. Pear Thyme Feta Tarts Recipe
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    • Puff pastry studded with feta and thyme are festive, savory and slightly sweet – a winning combination!
  10. Harissa Goat Cheese Deviled Eggs Recipe
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    • These harissa goat cheese deviled eggs are made with goat cheese for creaminess and harissa for a little kick. These elevated deviled eggs are perfect for the holidays.
  11. Meyer Lemon Baked Ricotta Recipe
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    • A delicious appetizer for Christmas and beyond, this combination of ricotta and Meyer lemon is unbeatable.
  12. Marinated Olives Recipe
    • Briny, salty and delicious, these marinated olives make a great appetizer on their own or as part of a larger cheeseboard.
  13. Olive Garden Lasagna Dip Recipe
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    • Homemade lasagna dip is an easy, delicious appetizer with layers of marinara sauce, sausage, beef, and cheeses.
  14. Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe
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    • A combination of casual and elegant, this smoked salmon dip is spread over bagel chips and tastes delicious any time of the year.

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