Holiday Appetizer Buffet Recipes

Start your holiday feast with a bounty of delicious appetizer recipes. Classic party appetizers like shrimp cocktail and meatballs should make an appearance, along with a few fresh Christmas appetizer ideas like bacon-stuffed dates and Greek-style skewers.


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    • Butternut-Sage Crostini

      These decadent, creamy bites are perfect for the holidays, thanks to a dab of seasonal squash and a sprinkle of fresh sage on top. Savory cayenne-spiced ricotta in between adds richness to one of our favorite Christmas appetizers.

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    • Avocado Pesto-Stuffed Tomatoes

      Let these adorable cherry tomato appetizers steal the show thanks to their tasty avocado, cream cheese, pesto, and lemon juice filling. To keep the mini apps standing upright, cut a thin slice from the bottom of each tomato, creating a flat base.

    • DIY Pimento Cheese

      You're only 15 minutes away from a party-ready cheese spread to pair with your favorite crackers. Watch the video to learn the secret to this super easy recipe.

    • Two Tomato Bruschetta

      Feta cheese, roma tomatoes, and other delicious ingredients grace slices of a whole grain baguette to create an Italian-inspired holiday appetizer. Guests can't help but love this recipe, which is quick to make for a crowd (score!).

    • Olive Pepperoni Kabobs

      This two-step recipe combines provolone cheese, pepperoni, and pitted Kalamata olives on fresh rosemary stems for a festive low-carb appetizer.

    • Blue Cheese and Pine Nut Puffs

      Light, rich, and crisp, this truly delightful holiday appetizer will impress your guests. Using a pastry bag, pipe the blend of Roquefort and Gruyere cheeses into pretty star shapes, and bake.

    • Mini Party Quiches

      These bite-size cheesy quiches will tide holiday guests over until dinnertime. A crumbly Parmesan crust holds the warm egg filling and fresh tomato or herb topper.

    • Chinese Cola Wings

      Sit back and watch these saucy wings fly off the plate. Ginger and red pepper team up with classic cola for a sweet-and-spicy party appetizer recipe that's downright irresistible.

    • Mini Souvlaki Skewers with Fennel-Yogurt Dip

      Tender pieces of pork loin stack with grape tomatoes and cucumber slices for a light and savory party appetizer. Keep a bowl of our refreshing yogurt dip nearby for dunking.

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      Bacon-Filled Medjool Dates

      With a little crunch and over-the-top savory flavor, bacon is the perfect match for chewy and sweet Medjool dates. Before serving, drizzle the dates with honey and top the Christmas appetizers with snipped fresh thyme.

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      Gorgonzola-Thyme-Stuffed Olives

      Delight your guests with bite-size holiday appetizers. A mixture of cream cheese and Gorgonzola gets flavored with thyme and pepper and piped into salty green olives.

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      Creamy Stuffed Peppers

      Gently spiced cream cheese cools off jalapeno peppers for a flavor-loaded appetizer recipe. If you're not a fan of spicy Christmas buffet ideas, sub sweet peppers for jalapenos.

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      Irresistible Cheesy Pizza Bites

      Who can turn down these scrumptious pizza cheese bombs? (No one!) Here's the step-by-step recipe.

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      Asiago Cheese Dip

      Toasted baguette slices or fresh veggies make the perfect dippers for our rich and cheesy Asiago dip. The slow cooker appetizer recipe makes almost 30 servings.

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      Greek-Style Stuffed Mushrooms

      Mushroom caps make a natural home for ripe olives, feta cheese, and chopped tomato. Savory herbs add bite to this Mediterranean-inspired appetizer recipe.

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      Olive-Cherry Bruschetta

      Top toasted bread with goat cheese, prosciutto, and a spoonful of olive-cherry tapenade. Fresh lime and basil give this party appetizer extra wow factor.

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      Spicy Italian Meatballs

      No party is complete without a batch of juicy meatballs. Our meatball recipe is made with Italian sausage and pepperoncini peppers for extra kick. Best of all, you can prepare them in the slow cooker, making them one of the easiest Christmas buffet ideas.

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      Cream Cheese and Yogurt Fruit Dip

      This simple and sweet party appetizer takes only 15 minutes of prep and five ingredients. Serve with cantaloupe melon balls and green grapes to add color to your buffet table.

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      Double-Quick Shrimp Cocktail

      Two dip options make this shrimp cocktail doubly popular among other Christmas appetizers.

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      Mini Spinach Calzones

      Lightly stuffed with spinach, the simple filling in these savory appetizers also features chopped green onion, Parmesan cheese, and cream cheese. Premade pizza dough makes this party recipe so easy to make.

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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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