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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Avocado Quesadillas

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

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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.

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

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

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Sweet Pepper Bruschetta

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

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Caper-Shrimp Phyllo Tarts

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

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Salmon Croustades

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

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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.

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Party Nachos

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

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Pear & Walnut Salad

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

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Spinach Party Dip

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

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Honey-Peppered Strawberries

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

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Brunch Bites

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

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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.

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Bacon-Wrapped Breadsticks

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

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Beef & Blue Bites

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

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Cucumber Party Dip

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

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Lemon Supreme

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

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Mediterranean Treat

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

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Deli Bites

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

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Mojito Berries

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

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Avocado Party Dip

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

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Praline-Topped Brie

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

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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.

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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.

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Smoky Chipotle Fondue

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

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Mediterranean Nachos

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

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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.

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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.

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Olive-Pepperoni Kabobs

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

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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.

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Italian Popcorn

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

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