64 Best Holiday Appetizers

From crostini 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

Bleu Cheese & Honey Toast

“I really enjoyed this with a few glasses of Tree-Free Chardonnay, it paired well. I softened my blue cheese and spread it because I had very thinly sliced baguette on hand and I didn't want there to be too much cheese. It was very delicious.”

-Chele B

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.

Marinated Cheese Appetizer

"This recipe is incredible! I had it at a party the other evening and couldn't stop eating it. I can't wait to make it for my family for Christmas! It is such a lovely addition to the assortment of appetizers."

-Marg CaymanDesigns

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."


Buffalo Chicken Dip

“This was so good! I think this will be my new 'go to' dip, when I need to bring a dish. I made it exactly as described, and it turned out perfectly. Brought it to a friends, and it was inhaled!”


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.

Perky Olive Penguins

"These came out so cute that everyone said they felt bad eating them. To speed up the prep time, I used flavored onion and chive cream cheese instead of taking the time to mix filling ingredients. I also cut very thin strips of roasted red pepper to add little scarves!”

-Foofoo Sullivan

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."


Roast Beef Horseradish Spirals

“This is a great recipe! All of the flavors are made for each other, each adding a special layer of flavor and enhancing the next ingredient. The onions are also a pleasant surprise. Definitely a winner.”

-Miss Annie

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."


Toffee Dip with Apples

"Delicious! By the end of the get-together, we were spreading the leftovers onto brownies! So easy to make, and can be made the day before.”


Panko Fried Oysters for Two

"Wow! I've never been able to make these at home without flopping and throwing them away, until now! The breading was very very good.”


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."


Guacamole - Real Authentic Mexican "Guac"

“This was my first crack at making guacamole and we were so pleased with the results! For lack of a better comparison, I would say the flavor matches that of Chipotle's guacamole. Fresh flavors with great color and texture and I wouldn't change a thing when making it next!”


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

Spiced Sweet Roasted Red Pepper & Feta Hummus

"Oh man! I will be making this one again and again. What wonderful texture and taste. The cayenne and garlic give it a great bite, and the roasted bell pepper gives it a hint of sweetness. Scoop it with some toasted whole wheat pita triangles and you've got a winner.”

-Lisa Pizza

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."


7 Layer Dip

"This was easy, delicious, and traveled well! I mixed the taco seasoning up with the sour cream, and added a tablespoon of salsa to the beans to make them more ‘dippable’. I topped it with green onions!


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!"


Pizza Roll Ups

"Transfer a loaf of frozen bread dough from freezer to refrigerator in the morning and it will be ready to use by dinner time."


Mini Pigs-In-A-Blanket

“Such tasty little piggies! I sprinkle garlic and parmesan cheese on the crescent rolls when we are having Italian, and they make for great garlic bread!”

-Ginny Ax

Honey Barbecue Chicken Wings

"I like to cook for my mom, and we loved these. I use the sauce on snack trays with chicken nuggets. I add pineapple juice and occasionally passion fruit, and it turns out amazing every time!”

-Justin C.

Mozzarella Sticks

”I made these and fell in love! I put them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds before frying, so that they weren't too cold. The skillet size shouldn't matter as long as the cheese sticks fit on it.”


Homemade Boursin Cheese

“This recipe is exactly like the store-bought stuff. We made it, froze some of it, and ate the stuff we didn't freeze. When it thaws, it is still amazing. If you've gone this far to find this recipe, take the leap for this easy, delicious cheese spread. it'll be a hit at family or work parities for sure.”

-Michael W.