25 Holiday Appetizers: Delicious Ways to Start the Party

These no-fail holiday hors d'oeuvres will start your Christmas party on a memorable note.

  • Baked Brie With Raspberry Preserves

    Keep holiday guests satisfied while they wait for dinner to begin with this warm appetizer. Baked Brie always impresses, but its preparation couldn't be easier. Get the recipe.

  • Tempting Crab Dip and Crostini

    Creamy Lump Crab Dip

    Fold creamy mascarpone cheese with large chunks of crabmeat and sweet corn, then bake together until bubbly and hot. Serve with toasted crostinis. Get the recipe.

  • Pesto and Tomato Baguette Appetizer

    Pesto Tomato Bruschetta

    This classic Italian appetizer is as simple to make as it is hearty and filling.

  • Shrimp Cocktail Served in a Martini Glass

    Shrimp Cocktail

    Always a favorite, the classic shrimp cocktail is a quick and easy appetizer. Pair the shrimp with its perfect complement: horseradish cocktail sauce.

  • Crostini With Herbed Cream Cheese

    This simple, rustic appetizer is a great way to get any fall or holiday gathering started. The flavors are a little sweet and a little savory, and the textures shine with toasted bread, crunchy nuts and a delicious creamy topping. Get the recipe.

  • Quesadillas

    Goat Cheese Quesadillas

    Combine goat cheese with guava jam for a tasty creation that can be made in minutes.

  • Prosciutto Wrapped Figs

    Prosciutto-Wrapped Figs Stuffed with Stilton Cheese

    Simple to make, yet always a big crowd-pleaser. The figs are cooked in port wine for added flavor, then stuffed with cheese and wrapped with prosciutto for a savory combination.

  • Black Truffle Artichoke Dip

    Black truffle paste (available in gourmet stores or online) adds a decadent touch to a party favorite. Get the recipe.

  • Pistachio Soup

    This spiced winter soup can be served warm or at room temperature. For an open house or cocktail party, serve petite portions in shot glasses or small mugs. Get the recipe.

  • Delicious Meatball Appetizer

    Keftethakia Cocktail Meatballs

    These Greek-inspired meatballs can be made ahead of time and reheated. Perfect for a last-minute party.

  • Creamy Smoked Salmon Roll

    This appetizer version of the traditional salmon and cream cheese breakfast combination can be made up to two days ahead of time for super-easy party prep. Get the recipe.

  • Blackened Tuna Bites

    Crisp cucumber slices take the place of crackers in this sushi-inspired, bite-sized party appetizer. Get the recipe.

  • Carrot-Ginger Soup Shooters

    This spicy, vegetarian carrot-ginger soup can be served hot or at room temperature. Spoon single servings into shot glasses for the perfect party-sized portion. Get the recipe.

  • Watermelon-Mint Skewers

    Simple, fresh watermelon and feta appetizers flavored with red wine vinegar and mint pair perfectly with bubbly champagne. Get the recipe.

  • Green Salad With Blood Oranges, Almonds and Dates

    Pefect for sit-down holiday meals, in-season blood oranges bring unexpected color to this simple salad. Get the recipe

  • Chocolate-Caramel Kettle Chips

    Super-crunchy, salty, kettle-fried potato chips are the perfect canvas for the addition of sweetness and chocolate. A thin layer of caramel and chopped nuts makes this chip satisfy all your cravings at once. Get the recipe.

  • Flavorful Herb Puffs

    Smoked Gouda and Herb Puffs

    These bite-sized balls of smoked, cheesy, herby goodness are the perfect appetizer for a dinner party. Just be careful — they’re so addictive that it’s impossible to eat just one or two (or three)! Get the recipe.

  • Oysters Rockefeller

    Oysters Rockefeller

    This classic holiday appetizer is deceptively simple to make. We got the Jekyll Island Club Hotel in Jekyll Island, Ga., to share its popular version. Get the recipe.

  • Party Bruschetta

    Date and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

    Sweet dates and creamy goat cheese taste even better together. Mix up the citrusy date topping a day or two before your party, then assemble just before guests arrive. Get the recipe.

  • Salmon Lollipops

    Three ingredients are all you need to make these party-perfect appetizers. Simply cover balls of cream cheese in salmon and sprinkle with chives to create irresistible and savory hand-held treats. Get the recipe.

  • Maple-Nut Popcorn

    The sweet-and-spicy snack mix is seriously addictive. Place bowls of this nutty mix around your holiday party and watch it disappear. Get the recipe.

  • Spicy Breaded Shrimp Toast

    Spicy Shrimp Toast

    These decadent, bite-sized shrimp toasts are crisp, super savory and bursting with flavor. Coupled with the sweet chile sauce, this is the perfect cocktail party appetizer. Get the recipe.

  • Salmon Tartare Amuse-bouche

    Salmon Tartare in Wonton Cups

    Cool and crisp, this lighter holiday appetizer is the perfect foil to the season's richer offerings. Use a mini-muffin pan to create these wonton cups, then fill with chopped salmon and cucumbers in a spicy sauce. Get the recipe.

  • Mini Quiche Florentine

    The classic combination of spinach and Swiss cheese paired with the fresh thyme and Parmesan make these bite-sized quiches an instant hit with even the pickiest eaters. Get the recipe.

  • Taleggio and Apple Crostini

    A few high-quality ingredients really shine atop crisp crostini. Try creamy taleggio cheese paired with apples, thyme and honey — simple and delicious.

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