10 Holiday Appetizers that Will Disappear from Your Table

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Whether you’re entertaining a cozy gathering or a large crowd, here are 10 fantastic holiday appetizers that your guests will rave about. From sweet to savory, these simple holiday classics will keep the conversation around the appetizer table. Most of these recipes are ready in about 30 minutes or less, so you can spend time with your guests and not in the kitchen. 

1Whole Wheat Pretzel Bites Recipe with Sweet Herb Mustard

My Whole Wheat Pretzel Bites recipe is absolutely out of this world. I make it a few times each holiday season, and they are always a huge hit. If you’ve never made homemade pretzels before, don’t worry — they are unbelievably easy, no fancy baking equipment required. The pretzels are great by themselves, but the sweet herb mustard dipping sauce really takes this appetizer to the next level.

2Caprese Skewers With Balsamic Drizzle

I’ve made these delicious caprese skewers with balsamic for parties before and they are a huge hit. They are simple and quick to make, require no cooking (that’s right, no cooking!), and can be prepared a day ahead of time and refrigerated. Skewer cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls, and basil on a toothpick, and drizzle with a balsamic reduction. Impress your guests with very little prep.

3Apricot-Glazed Party Meatballs

Grab a fork and enjoy these easy apricot-glazed meatballs before they disappear. I’ve made these fantastic party meatballs before, and you won’t believe how simple they are. Just heat frozen meatballs with apricot jam and chili sauce for the easiest, tastiest appetizer ever. They’re a little salty, a little sweet, and totally irresistible,

4Creamy Hummus With Whipped Feta

Dip away with this irresistibly creamy whipped feta hummus. A perfect appetizer for a small gathering or a large crowd, this recipe is easy to double or triple. The luscious dip comes together in just 15 minutes. Serve with crusty bread, pita, crudité, or crackers.

5Olive Wreath Holiday Appetizer

Elegant meets simple with this gorgeous olive wreath appetizer. On a large platter, arrange mixed olives with sprigs of rosemary, marinated mozzarella, and tomatoes. I love that you can use any olives that you prefer: blue cheese-stuffed olives, kalamatas, castellanos, or large green olives stuffed with garlic. The more the merrier with this festive edible wreath. 

6Air Fryer Ravioli With Marinara Dipping Sauce

Transform plain refrigerated ravioli into a crowd-pleasing appetizer with these great air fryer raviolis with marinara. If you’ve never tried fried ravioli before, you have to make it to believe it. Crispy, flavorful, and loaded with cheesy filling, these bite-size appetizers are great dipped into a warm, tangy marinara sauce.

7Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball

You’re six ingredients away from a delicious holiday cheese ball recipe that you can make in 15 minutes. As a Midwesterner, I am all about the cheese ball appetizers — my family puts one out for every holiday and every fancy occasion. This easy homemade cheese ball looks impressive and labor-intensive but only takes a few minutes (and a few ingredients) to come together.

8Mini BLT Sliders

Turn a classic sandwich into bite-size appetizers with this simple BLT sliders recipe. The oven does all the work: Cook the bacon on a sheet pan, and then assemble and bake the sandwiches in the hot oven. The ‘bread’ for sliders is store-bought crescent roll dough, which is a great hack for saving time. This recipe also includes a basil mayo you can drizzle or dip the sliders in.

9Loaded Deviled Eggs

What do you get when you mix a loaded baked potato with deviled eggs? The most delicious deviled egg recipe ever that has all the toppings. This loaded deviled eggs recipe is topped with chives, sour cream, bacon bits, and cheese for the ultimate party appetizer. A fun modern twist on classic deviled eggs.

10Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Savory, salty, and a little sweet, these goat cheese stuffed baby bella mushrooms are a totally decadent treat for your holiday table. The goat cheese filling combines honey, dried cranberries, walnuts, and chives for a complex flavor combo. This recipe makes 24 mushroom bites, but can easily be scaled up if you are cooking for a crowd.

Tags: Baking, Christmas, holiday baking, holiday season, vegetarian

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Kelly Jensen

Kelly is a librarian, homesteader, recipe creator, and beekeeper. See Full Bio

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