On Christmas Eve, holiday appetizers, games and Yankee swap, with the immediate family, are traditions at my childhood home. There is not a dinner, just lots of delicious appetizers, all serve yourself. Friends and extended family are invited to stop by for a time at their leisure. It is a Christmas Eve open house with food, drink, and family.
I still keep this tradition alive at my house, anyone considered ‘family’ are invited for a casual, family-style, get together. Here are some of the usual treats we serve to friends and family.
Cranberry Pepper Jelly Dip
Simple, sweet and popular! Put this yummy sweet and savory dip out with some crackers and it will be gone the next time you look! If you have early visitors or a hot appetizer takes too long, put this out and no one will be looking for anything else! If you can find real cranberry pepper jelly use that, it is worth it!
Get the recipe at Life with the Crust Cut Off.
Gruyere, Mushroom, & Caramelized Onion Bites
A holiday appetizer you can serve any time of year and they look fancy! These little bites are quick and easy to make and make you look like an amateur chef. Put them together ahead of time, then when you need them, pop them in the oven and serve.
Get the recipe from Little Spice Jar.
Pomegranate and Cranberry Bruschetta
Fresh cranberries are abundant, and available fresh from the bog in my hometown, this time of year! At holiday time serve more than just cranberry sauce! Beautiful, festive and completely delicious, these Pomegranate and Cranberry Bruschetta are going to fly off the table! The fresh fruit is a sweet addition to savory serving board.
Find the recipe at Tabler Party of Two.
Hot Artichoke Dip
Traditional, popular, warm and delicious! This artichoke dip is always the rock star holiday appetizer of the party buffet! Serve it with crackers, fresh vegetables or bread pieces.
Get the recipe at The Food Gays.
Baked Brie with Honey and Rosemary
Bake this gooey, sweet and savory, treat. Serve with crackers, crostini or fruit. Brie is a wonderful cheese to serve at holiday gatherings, especially when baked and warm. Or, put all of the ingredients into a puff pastry crust and cut it into bite size pieces after baking to serve.
Get the recipe at Delish.
Bacon Wrapped Trio
By the ocean, scallops are a fresh and delicious, yet expensive, holiday treat! Every year we make a trio of bacon wrapped holiday appetizers, scallops, chicken and beef tenderloin. Adding the chicken and beef makes this appetizer go further for less money. We usually serve smaller amounts of these at different times throughout the gathering, or they disappear quickly!
Get a recipe for Bacon Wrapped Tenderloin Bites with Creamy Horseradish Sauce from Joyful Healthy Eats.
Get a recipe for Scallops Wrapped in Bacon from Emeril Lagasse at Food Network.
Get a recipe for Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Bacon Chicken Bites from The Gunny Sack.
Grape Jelly BBQ Cocktail Meatballs
Simply the easiest! Put frozen meatballs, grape jelly, and BBQ sauce in the crockpot, turn it on and you have addictive cocktail meatballs in no time! Definitely not healthy, or sophisticated, but no one will say anything (or notice), they are that good!
Get a recipe at Wishes and Dishes.
Simple Smoked Salmon Appetizer
This is my favorite holiday appetizers to make! It is simple, quick and makes you look like a genius! Basically, it is lox on pumpernickel crostini with dill, capers, chives, or pickled onions. Feel free to make it your own.
Find a recipe at A Food Lover’s Delight.
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
Salty and delicious these asparagus appetizers will not last long! I add shredded parmesan cheese and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to really make these pop (but they don’t need it). Use prosciutto, it does make a difference.
Get a basic recipe at Eat Drink Paleo.
Cranberry & Brie Bites
On a chilly winter night there is never enough brie! These little bites are popular at my house. Make these beautiful bites and please everyone in the house! Set up two batches and serve them at different times, they go fast!
Get the recipe at Kitchen Sanctuary.
Be prepared for all of your holiday entertaining with these quick and easy recipes! With a holiday theme and fresh winter ingredients your appetizer line up will impress all of your guests! Or, just pick one, and bring it to a party for a delicious hostess gift!
Your turn! If you have a favorite holiday appetizer you want to share, let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear what you’ve got!