49 Best Holiday Appetizers

From crostinis to cheese puffs - these holiday appetizers will keep your guests mingling and satisfied until the main course is served.

Mushroom Puffs

"This is a great appetizer recipe. I love the mushroom filling; it is creamy and has great texture."


Chickpea Fritters with Spicy Aioli

"This is a nice, simple appetizer with interesting flavors. The mayonnaise can easily have a second life in sandwiches as well."

-Doug Mc

Potato Croquettes

"I added onion and bell pepper and these were even better!"


Cranberry and Brie Bites

Need a last-minute app? Look no further! Wrap brie cheese in puff pastry and garnish with cranberry sauce for a gooey, zesty treat.

Pesto-Stuffed Christmas Tree

Add Christmas spirit to your party table with this pesto and puff pastry creation.

Tater-Tot Potato Skins

"You can't beat this classic flavor combo. These are the perfect finger food."


Roasted Garlic Crostini

"These had a fantastic combination of flavors. They were such a hit, we ate them two days in a row."


Shrimp & Lime Tartlets

"These are the perfect party finger food, and they are delicious with a glass of bubbly."


St. Louis-Style Toasted Ravioli

"I tried this recipe tonight and it was a major hit! Really took me back to my St. Louis roots."


Smoked Ham Salad on Potato Coins

"The potato coins make a fabulous base for the salad. They are so different from the usual, expected crackers or bread."


Coconut Chicken with Apricot Chutney

"I have four words: Keep your paws off!"


Tomato Devils

"The flavor of this appetizer was wonderful. They were eaten very quickly."


Cheese Puffs

"These are quick, easy and they make an excellent appetizer."


Pepper & Feta Roll-Ups

"This was a great recipe. I cut the roll-ups into small slices and served them as appetizers."

-!Students Hope for cooking!

Gingerbread Man Calzone

The cutest way to eat your calzones this holiday season.

Chicken-Tahini Salad on Mini Pitas

"I really loved this chicken salad recipe. It was very fresh tasting and delicious."

-Dr. Jenny

Spicy Meatballs with Savory Jam

"The meatballs were packed with flavor, but the jam really put the dish over the edge."

-The Flying Chef

Chicken Caesar Salad Cups

"These were excellent served both hot and cold. The salad cups were easy to throw together and had a nice flavor and texture."

-Baby Kato

Bacon Deviled Eggs

"What a delicious combination of ingredients. I love the salty crunch that the bacon adds to this treat."


Scarecrow Chicken Sticks

"These are so easy to prepare. The shredded coconut adds a great taste and gives them a neat texture."

-Mary Jenny

Garlicky Bean & Ham Dip

"This dip is wonderful. It is so easy to make and goes great with pita or naan."


Mascarpone Crostinis

"This is a wonderful appetizer, and one that I will be making many times over."


Hummus-Filled Cucumber Logs

"The creamy center and crunchy outside went great together. Everyone really enjoyed these."

-Chef floWer

Salmon & Parmesan Cups

"These are so simple and would be an ideal dinner party starter."

-Peter J

Cranberry & Sausage Tartlettes

"These are great little appetizers. They are very easy to make and look pretty, too."


Spinach & Garlic Bread

"I made this bread for a party and it was a huge hit. Everyone asked for the recipe."

-nad smith

Pear & Smoked Gouda Snack

"These are not your average cheese and crackers. They have adult-appeal, yet kids will enjoy them too."


Eggplant & Feta Rolls

"These eggplant rolls are really easy to make and taste fantastic. We prepare them as part of our appetizer buffet at parties."


Goat Cheese & Apple Slices

"This is a great appetizer. All of the flavors come together well and they are pretty quick to make."


Mini Spinach Quiche Bites

"I served these at a Christmas party and before too long, the tray was empty."


Sundried Tomato Bruschetta

"These are delicious and easy little bruschettas. We love the goat cheese — it really complements the taste of the sundried tomatoes."

-Maïté G.

Smoked Trout & Cucumber Sandwiches

"This is a great low-carb finger food. I switched mine up a bit by using cucumber on the bottom instead of bread, and I really liked it."


Antipasto Bread

"These were outstanding. I made them for an appetizer party and they went over really well."


Mini Stuffed-Crust Pizzas

"This was an awesome snack, and so much healthier than store-bought pizza rolls."

-Mama's Kitchen (Hope)

Holiday Ham Balls

"These were fabulous. I used leftover ham from Christmas and served them with ballpark mustard."


Portabella Mushroom Fries

"These looked great and tasted great. I don't have a deep-fryer so I made them on the stove-top."


Tiny Quiches

"These are a perfect party appetizer. Everyone loved them."


Cajun Bourbon Chicken Bites

"These are a great appetizer. I used a little soy sauce and added a bit of cornstarch to thicken the sauce."

-Punky Julster

Cheesy Artichoke Crostini

"These went fast. Everyone loved the unique flavor of cashew cream on these crostinis."

-Kozmic Blues

Spicy Chicken Appetizers

"These were a hit. They have a wonderful spicy flavor and a crispy crust."

-Susie D

Brie Pastries With Artichoke & Prosciutto

"These are great! I have made them twice now and everyone loves them. They are wonderful with red wine!"


Focaccia With Fresh Herbs

"This was delicious! I had a whole bunch of fresh herbs to use up and this was the perfect way to use them."


Oven-Dried Tomatoes

"My sweet aunt gave me cherry tomatoes from her farm and this was the perfect way to use them. I love these tender little morsels; they just burst with flavor!"

-Balto Beth

Apple & Onion Flatbread Pizza

Cut this sweet and savory flatbread into wedges and watch it disappear on your holiday table.

Curried Chicken Tea Sandwiches

"Absolutely delicious and beautiful served on a bed of lettuce. Great for parties or just a light lunch."


Deep Fried Coconut Shrimp

"These are very tasty and extremely easy to fix. I served it with an orange marmalade, dijon mustard and horseradish sauce."

-Cheryl Woodall

Mediterranean Stuffed Mushrooms

"I just love this recipe! The flavors are incredible. I made them for a dinner party last night and they were a big hit."


Onion Chip Dip

"SO good! We've literally dipped everything in it: cheese straws, vegetables, crackers — my fiancé even wanted it on his sandwiches today!"


Chocolate Dipped Kettle Chips

"I really enjoyed the flavor of the spicy chips and chocolate together!"