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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, but also make room for fresh appetizer ideas like bacon-stuffed dates and Indian-style pitas.


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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 makes them even more rich.

    • Blue Cheese and Pine Nut Puffs

      Light, rich, and just crisp, treat your guests to a truly delightful holiday appetizer. 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 irresistable.

    • Dress Up Store-Bought Appetizers

      Fool everyone with these easy party appetizers that start with store-bought ingredients.

    • 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.

    • 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 with snipped fresh thyme.

    • 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.

    • 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, sub sweet peppers for jalapenos.

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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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      Tandoori-Spiced Chicken Pita Crisps with Cilantro Sauce

      Marinating chicken in yogurt and a blend of ginger, garlic, onion, and tumeric gives it traditional Middle Eastern flavor your family will love. Pile the chicken onto oven-baked pitas, and top it off with our spicy cilantro sauce.

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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 make them in the slow cooker.

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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.

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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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      Easy Bruschetta

      Dress up classic bruschetta with your pick of toppings. Our fresh ideas include tomato and olive, shrimp, or pesto and white beans.

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      Freezer-Friendly Holiday Cookies

      These Christmas cookies don't mind waiting around in the cold one bit. Get a leg up on holiday preparations by taking advantage of Christmas cookies' affinity for freezing. Each Santa-special treat can freeze for up to three months.
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