25-Minute (or Less) Holiday Appetizers

If your holiday appetizers are often an afterthought, start here for quick and easy bite-size delights that take less than a half-hour to prepare. Whether you prefer rich and gooey baked Brie or sweet and crunchy kettle corn, these holiday party recipes aim to please a crowd.

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    Warm Brie with Fig and Pistachio Tapenade

    Baked Brie is a holiday favorite known for its melty, gooey goodness. Plus, all it takes to prep is a quick pop in the oven before topping with a dried fig and pistachio tapenade. Balance this warm appetizer's sweet honey flavor with a sprinkle of sea salt.

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    Edamame and Ricotta Toasts

    Frozen peas and sweet soybeans become a tasty toast topper when blended with bright lemon and garlic. Spread the mixture onto baguette slices along with creamy ricotta cheese for tempting quick bites.

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    Feta, Honey, and Date Spread

    You'll need just 20 minutes before your holiday party to throw together this sweet, salty, and spicy spread. But the best part? You can make this creamy dip up to three days before serving -- and it tastes even better for the wait!

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    Walnut-Apricot Baklava Bites

    These crunchy walnut mini tarts are bound to become a finger-food favorite for holiday guests. A trio of crystallized ginger, honey, and nutmeg flavors these petite, fruit-and-nut-filled phyllo treats.

    Bonus! If you don't have 10 minutes to spare, prepare these appetizers up to 48 hours in advance.

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    The Simple Appetizer You Must Know!

    Display gorgeous tomatoes and fresh basil with flavorful, simple-to-make bruschetta. We'll show you how to make this fancy, party-friendly plate.

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    Two-Tomato Bruschetta

    Dried and roma tomatoes add holiday color to this easy homemade bruschetta recipe. Top the appetizer with feta cheese for a Mediterranean twist on the classic.

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    Garlicky White Bean Dip

    Provide holiday guests with a healthy snacking option by blending low-calorie white beans with garlic cloves and olive oil. This skinny dip recipe is ready in a flash and pairs well with a variety of crudites.

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    Olive-Pepperoni Kabobs

    Why serve appetizers on wooden skewers when fresh rosemary sprigs do the job with added holiday flavor? Simply peel off the sprigs along the branch, leaving a few at the top, then stack with pepperoni, Kalamata olives, and provolone for an antipasto that's easy to prepare and even easier to devour.

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    Extra-Easy Spiced Kettle Corn

    Using microwave popcorn as the base for this 15-minute appetizer makes it extra easy, no doubt. But what makes it memorable is the unique spice mixture: a combo of sugar, salt, and garam masala!

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    Display Party Apps with Style

    With kraft paper and a permanent marker, you can transform your appetizer spread from simple to sublime. We'll show you how it's done!

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    Skillet Vegetables on Cheese Toasts

    To make this mouthwatering main dish into an appetizer, swap the bread slices for thin cuts of baguette. Pile high with seasonal veggies, and add silky texture to the toothsome toasts with creamy goat cheese.

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    Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

    Five ingredients are all you need for an impressive (and delicious!) holiday starter. Simply wrap skillet-roasted asparagus spears with provolone and prosciutto, then drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

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    Goat Cheese Toasts

    As if a velvety goat cheese-honey mixture weren't enough, we've stacked these toasts with juicy slices of grapefruit and salami for the ultimate blend of sweet and savory. And best of all, they're ready in 15 minutes.

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    Toasted-Almond Doughnut Pops

    Make store-bought doughnut holes special with a sweet homemade glaze. Just add lollipop sticks, finish with oven-toasted almonds, and voila! Editor-approved cake pops.

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    Two-Step Hummus!

    Measure. Blend. It's just that easy. Watch our quick video to learn how to make this delish, party-perfect dip -- and pick up some ideas for flavor variations, too!

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    Roasted-Pumpkin Guacamole

    Transition a traditional Mexican dip into the holidays with seasonal veggies. Chunky cubes of roasted pumpkin and a kick of red chile pepper dress up this colorful, 20-minute guacamole.

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    Savory Baked Pita Chips

    For your next crunchy craving, try baked pita chips. Not only are they a low-calorie snack, but they also take just 12 minutes to bake. Brush with a garlic powder mixture or sweet cinnamon-sugar.

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    Smoked Salmon Zucchini Bites

    Flaky smoked salmon is the star of this holiday appetizer. Combine with cream cheese and wrap in zucchini strips for quick, protein-packed bites.

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    Ginger Broil

    Two minutes under the broiler and these sugar-coated grapefruit slices are ready to enjoy. Top with plain yogurt and a sprinkle of candied ginger.

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    Avocado with Prosciutto

    You can make the herby, lemony dressing for these elegant nibbles up to two days beforehand. When it's holiday party go-time, just wrap your avocado slices with prosciutto and lightly drizzle with dressing. Easy-peasy!

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    Herbed Goat Cheese Spread

    Whipped cream and fresh herbs keep this goat cheese spread light and fluffy. Lemon, shallots, and garlic season the mixture. Serve with toasted baguette slices or crudites.

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    Cucumber Burrata Sandwiches

    Ten minutes is all it takes to prepare these delectable tea sandwiches. Stuffed with rich burrata, a type of creamy mozzarella, the bite-size appetizers get a crunchy bite and splash of holiday color from cucumber and radish slices.

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    Ricotta, Gorgonzola, and Honey Spread

    A drizzle of honey offsets the tartness of Gorgonzola in this easy-to-make spread. Top with walnuts and fresh apple slices for a pretty holiday appetizer.

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    Rosemary Roasted Nuts

    These nuts are a triple threat -- salty, spicy, and sweet -- thanks to a blend of fresh rosemary, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper. Our recipe calls for pepitas, walnuts, and almonds, but prepare it with any nut you prefer.

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    Gorgonzola-Thyme Stuffed Olives

    No time? No problem. These party-ready snacks can be made up to a week in advance. Just fill whole pitted green olives with a thyme-Gorgonzola spread and spear with toothpicks.

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    Herbed Crab Salad

    Amp up purchased crab salad with toasted almonds and fresh parsley. Place on pumpernickel bread for an easy, four-ingredient party pleaser.

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    Crab Dip in Minutes

    Experiencing buyer's remorse after your last crab purchase? Watch as we reveal the secret to buying the right crab for less and the technique that guarantees tender chunks of meat in every bite.

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    Creamy Stuffed Peppers

    Your guests will love these low-calorie stuffed peppers. A spicy cream cheese spread packed with chipotle peppers, green onion, and tomato fills this top-rated recipe.

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    Chipotle Kettle Corn

    Chipotle chile and sugar make this stove-top popcorn both spicy and sweet. For even faster preparation, microwave two bags of kettle corn and toss with the spice mixture.

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    Baked Mozzarella and Tomato-Basil Antipasti

    Bring your holiday crowd together with a brimming bowl of gooey mozzarella cheese and your choice of favorite pasta sauce. With only 15 minutes of prep time, this rich spread for toasted baguette slices is easy to make and hard to resist.

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    Edamame-Lemongrass Hummus

    Sweet edamame soybeans take the place of chickpeas in our easy hummus recipe. Green onions, lemongrass, and fresh ginger add bright flavors to this smart party dip that pairs perfectly with your favorite crunchy vegetable dippers.

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    Double-Quick Shrimp Cocktail

    Running short on time AND bowls? Not to worry! In 15 minutes, you'll have a pretty party platter of shrimp accompanied by two dipping sauces -- and we'll even tell you our secret for snuggling the sauces side by side.

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    Crowd-Pleasing Holiday Casserole Recipes

    Beat the chaos of the holidays with a delicious, hearty casserole recipe (or two). Casseroles are easy to make ahead, and you can save the leftovers for dinner the next day. We've picked our favorite cozy casseroles so there's something for everyone, including cheesy pasta bakes, classic tuna casserole, and green bean creations.
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