There is nothing like a good holiday appetizer to set the mood and kick things off to an epic Christmas Dinner. Whether you are looking for a classic cranberry and brie combo, a holiday charcuterie board, festive bite-sized treats for easy single serving, or a smooth and creamy dip that you can't get enough of, I have you covered. So if you are wondering what appetizers to make for Christmas, you are in the right place. We are sharing over 30 of our most popular best Christmas appetizers from all the classic holiday appetizer recipes to a handful of delicious new options that you might be making year after year.
Best Christmas Appetizers
Cranberry baked brie is a sweet and savory appetizer you need to try this holiday season. It's quick and easy, melty and gooey, and so delicious.
Fried mac and cheese balls are crispy on the outside, creamy and cheesy on the inside, and have the perfect crunch. Best way to use leftover mac and cheese.
Tomato bruschetta with balsamic glaze is an easy Italian appetizer topped with tomatoes, onions, garlic, basil and olive oil. Delicious, fresh and simple.
Take your party to another level with this easy to follow guide on how to make a charcuterie board, with a variety of cheese, cured meats, crackers, olives and dips. Add some sourdough crackers with sesame seeds to the board.
Marinated mozzarella balls is a delicious and simple yet stunning appetizer, made with fresh bocconcini soaked in olive oil, garlic, and fresh herbs.
Bacon cheddar cheese ball is an easy to make appetizer and delicious showstopper at holiday parties or game day. It's creamy, cheesy, and nutty.
Bacon wrapped brussels sprouts are the sweet, savory, and salty appetizer that you need at your next holiday gathering this fall. Simple and easy to make.
Smooth and creamy pesto hummus is a healthy, delicious and flavourful dip that is easy to make in just 5 minutes. It's vegan and gluten-free.
Whipped feta crostini with a herby olive topping is quick and easy snack or appetizer that is ready in less than 20 minutes — or 10 minutes if you’re fast.
The best quick and easy salted soft pretzels are buttery, salty, and so delicious. They are golden brown and chewy on the outside, yet warm and soft inside.
This homemade veggie tray is a quick easy healthy snack or appetizer to make for your next party, with a variety of colorful vegetables and delicious dips.
Warm, rich, creamy baked spinach dip is a delicious and easy appetizer that is baked until warm and melty. Easy to make ahead and a total crowd pleaser. It's one of my favourite Super Bowl recipes of all time.
Olive tapenade is a delicious, flavorful, easy dip that comes together in minutes, made with the perfect combination of sharp, tangy, salty, and savory.
Classic deviled eggs are a simple and easy to whip up, go-to appetizer for all your party, picnic or "just because" needs!
Mashed potato balls are a delicious appetizer that is crisp on the outside and soft, tender, and cheesy inside. Best way to use leftover mashed potatoes!
Whipped ricotta crostini is a fancy easy appetizer to make in just minutes or prepare in advance and assemble before serving. A total crowd pleaser.
Candied pecans are a delicious, crunchy, and sweet snack during the holidays or great topped on salads and more. Made with five pantry staple in 10 minutes.
Whipped feta is light, airy, and fluffy. It's an easy yet impressive recipe that takes only 5 minutes to make in a blender with 3 simple ingredients.
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites
Bacon wrapped chicken bites are one of the best appys ever — well seasoned tender juicy chicken is wrapped in bacon and oven-baked to crisp perfection.
These vegetarian stuffed mushroom caps make sophisticated bite-size appetizers to keep your guests impressed and satisfied.
Flaky cornmeal cheddar biscuits are simple, buttery, cheesy, and so delicious. These savoury biscuits with perfect golden tops are quick and easy to make.
Make creamy pumpkin hummus in under 5 minutes with a few pantry staples including canned pumpkin. It's the best healthy and delicious fall appetizer.
Caramelized onion dip is creamy, flavorful, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. This easy appetizer is perfect for entertaining, on game day, or for a snack.
Soft garlic breadsticks are fluffy, airy, buttery, and delicious. They're an easy recipe that is perfect for beginners at baking bread.
Curried white bean crostini with toasted pepitas is the perfect, sophisticated holiday appetizer that is ready to serve in under 15 minutes.
More Christmas Recipes
Once you have selected the thanksgiving appetizers that you want to serve on your Christmas Dinner Menu, let's tackle the other items on the menu:
- 25 Best Christmas Mains and Entrees
- 50 Best Christmas Side Dishes
- 25 Best Christmas Dessert Recipes
- 30 Best Christmas Cookies
Christmas Dinner Tips
- Plan your menu ahead of time. It's important to plan your menu ahead of time so that you aren't scrambling for ingredients on the last day. Get your shopping list organized and pick up all the ingredients you need well in advance.
- Prep as much as possible. Once you have decided on the dishes to serve, prepare as much as you can in advance. Although the warm Christmas appetizers are best served fresh out of the oven, you can prepare some of the ingredients ahead time. There are also some appetizers that can be made up to a day or more in advance (such as all the cold dips). Some can stored in an airtight container for a few days at room temperature or in the refrigerator, and some can even be frozen (hello mac and cheese balls), according to recipe directions.
- Set the table the night before. Take out the fancy dinnerware, flatware, glasses, placemats, and napkins and set the table the night before. It's one less thing to worry about on Christmas.
Did You Make Any of These Christmas Appetizers?
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