25-Minute (or Less) Holiday Appetizers

Hosting a last-minute get together? These delicious party recipes whip up fast and are sure to delight your guests.

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Cheese Wafers with Pepper Jelly
Cheese Wafers with Pepper Jelly

    A food processor does the legwork on the cheese wafers -- just combine, roll, chill, and bake. Jalapeno pepper jelly adds a savory-sweet finish.

Sonoma Harvest Salsa

    Just 25 minutes and some chill time combine for a fresh holiday-worthy salsa made with chile peppers, cantaloupe, apples, and sweet peppers.

Five-Tomato Salad

    Kick up a plate of delicious sliced tomatoes with a spicy herb vinaigrette. A feta cheese topping adds creamy texture to the no-bake appetizer.

Avocado Quesadillas

    Four ingredients and 17 minutes start-to-finish provide a healthy, zippy appetizer that's perfect for grazing.

Fruit & Nut Chocolate Sticks

    These easy-to-eat treats are a cinch to make. Just roll dark chocolate cookie sticks in creamy peanut butter, dried cranberries, and toasted nuts.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

    Steamed asparagus is wrapped in provolone cheese and prosciutto, then drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Sweet Pepper Bruschetta

    Crusty Italian bread is topped with goat cheese, basil pesto, sweet peppers, and fresh basil.

Caper-Shrimp Phyllo Tarts

    Store-bought phyllo tarts are filled with dill dip and topped with shrimp and fresh dill.

Salmon Croustades

    Rye bread is topped with mashed avocado, salmon, arugula, capers, and onion.

Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps

    Delicate lettuce wraps are filled with coleslaw mix, water chestnuts, green onion, and fresh cilantro. Asian sweet chili sauce adds a delightful kick.

Party Nachos

    Tortilla chips are piled high with two different cheeses, green onion, tomato, diced green chile peppers, olives, and black beans.

Pear & Walnut Salad

    Fresh pear slices are topped with tangy blue cheese, toasted walnuts, and a zingy pear liqueur-mustard dressing.

Spinach Party Dip

    Sour cream dip is filled with spinach, Parmesan cheese, and cracked peppercorns.

Honey-Peppered Strawberries

    For a tangy twist, dip strawberries in honey, then salt and cracked black pepper.

Brunch Bites

    Smoked salmon, sour cream, cucumber, and chives make an irresistible cracker topping.

Baked Mozzarella & Tomato-Basil Antipasti

    With only 15 minutes of prep time, this rich spread for toasted baguette slices is easy to make and hard to resist.

Bacon-Wrapped Breadsticks

    Garlic breadsticks are topped with melted butter and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese, then wrapped with bacon before baking.

Beef & Blue Bites

    Horseradish spread, blue cheese, roast beef, and fresh dill tops your favorite snack cracker.

Cucumber Party Dip

    Sour cream dip is filled with cucumber, tomatoes, and fresh cilantro.

Lemon Supreme

    Put a tart-sweet twist on fresh strawberries by dipping them in creamy lemon curd, then freshly shredded lemon peel.

Mediterranean Treat

    Olive tapenade, capers, fresh parsley, and chopped pimiento make a mouthwatering cracker topping.

Deli Bites

    Honey mustard, smoked turkey, and fruit preserves top your favorite snack cracker.

Mojito Berries

    Strawberries are dipped in a mixture of honey and lime juice, then rolled in coarse sugar and snipped fresh mint.

Avocado Party Dip

    Avocado, red onion, and a dash of garlic salt are stirred into sour cream dip.

Praline-Topped Brie

    Brie cheese is baked with a topping of orange marmalade, brown sugar, and pecans.

Berry & Caramel Cream Bites

    This dessert is so easy you can make it in the microwave -- honey-graham rice cakes are topped with melted dark chocolate, light cream cheese, fresh berries, and a dash of cocoa powder.

Bagna Cauda

    Add pizzazz to fresh veggies with this quick dip made of olive oil, anchovies, and garlic -- it's ready in just 15 minutes.

Smoky Chipotle Fondue

    This zesty cheese fondue is even tastier with crusty French bread cubes or tortilla chips.

Mediterranean Nachos

    Hummus, pesto, and artichokes replace traditional chip toppings for a more sophisticated nacho.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Fondue

    Two classic favorites -- chocolate and peanut butter -- come together for this rich and creamy dessert. Serve it with fresh strawberries, sliced banana, and angel food cake.

Caprese Bruschetta

    A toasted baguette is topped with diced tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, red onion, fresh basil, and pepper tossed in olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Olive-Pepperoni Kabobs

    Thread (bare) rosemary stems with sliced provolone cheese, pepperoni, and Kalamata olives for a tasty appetizer the whole group will love.

Apple Crunch Mix

    In a time crunch? It takes just five minutes to make this snack mix of cinnamon-flavored oat square cereal, baked apple pieces, pistachio nuts, and golden raisins.

Italian Popcorn

    A sprinkling of Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and crushed red pepper jazzes up popcorn.

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