Holiday Appetizer Buffet Recipes

Whether you're hosting a holiday open house or going to a holiday potluck, these special recipes are sure to make your gathering a success.

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Cream Cheese and Yogurt Fruit Dip
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.

Pesto-Provolone Terrine

    Provolone cheese, a creamy pesto spread, and fresh basil tops toasted baguette slices.

Greek-Style Stuffed Mushrooms

    Mushroom caps make a natural home for ripe olives, feta cheese, and chopped tomato. Savory herbs add bite.

Marinated Cheese

    Make these flavorful cheese cubes up to three days ahead. Serve one-third as a nibble for a few friends, toss a third with a salad, and serve the remainder with fresh fruit for a healthful dessert.

Tomato Quiche Tartlets

    Elegant and festive, these bite-size tarts are filled with dried tomatoes, basil, and cheese -- and are ready in less than 30 minutes.

Double-Quick Shrimp Cocktail

    We show you how to make this classic crowd-pleaser work for a larger holiday crowd.

Bacon-and-Cheese-Stuffed Dates

    A creamy blend of blue cheese, bacon, green onion, and garlic fills these sweet date halves. The bite-size goodies are sure to be a hit with your holiday guests.

Asiago Cheese Dip

    Toasted baguette slices make the perfect dippers for our rich and cheesy asiago dip.

Balsamic Cranberry Drizzle

    Drizzle this sweet-tart mixture over cheese and fruit -- or serve it as a dip for crusty French bread.

Olive-Cherry Bruschetta

    Top toasted bread with goat cheese, prosciutto, and a spoonful of olive-cherry tapenade, which is flavored with fresh lime and basil.

Pomegranate-Pepper Preserves

    For a tasty appetizer, serve this sweet-spicy mix with breads and cheeses. The preserves are also a brilliant topper for meats, poultry, and crepes.

Mini Spinach Calzones

    Lightly stuffed with spinach, the simple filling of these savory nibbles also features chopped green onion, Parmesan cheese, and cream cheese.

Dried Tomato and White Bean Dip

    This fiber-filled appetizer can help if you're planning a light dinner. Tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and green onions add fresh tang.

Mexican Fondue

    A mixture of spicy chorizo sausage, chipotle peppers, and lots of melted cheese makes the perfect dip for toasted bread cubes, fresh vegetables, and tortilla chips.

Wild Mushroom and Pancetta Tart

    Impress holiday guests with this rich dish featuring fresh mushrooms, fontina cheese, and Italian pancetta. To save time, make it with store-bought pastry.

Herbed Shrimp and Tomatoes

    The lively seasonal pairing of red and green plays out deliciously in this sophisticated appetizer. Saute ahead of time and serve with our zesty Basil Dipping Sauce.

Wild Mushroom Dip

    This slow-cooker recipe combines rich, wine-soaked mushrooms with cream cheese and mozzarella for gourmet flavor without the fuss. Fresh mushrooms add meaty texture.

Spicy Cajun Shrimp

    These easy appetizers pack a delightful kick and take just 30 minutes to make.

Herb-Baked Olives

    Toss an assortment of olives in olive oil, orange peel, snipped rosemary, garlic, and parsley for a delightful (and simple) cocktail-party appetizer.

Cranberry-Barbecue Meatballs

    A mixture of cranberry jelly and bottled barbecue sauce makes these classic cocktail meatballs better than the rest.

Shrimp and Tomato Pizzettas

    Layer plum tomatoes, shrimp, oregano, and mozzarella cheese on refrigerated pizza dough for a quick and easy appetizer your guests love.


    This traditional Italian topper, featuring tomatoes, capers, olives, and onion, is delicious on crusty Italian bread. Cayenne pepper adds a touch of heat.

Herbed Feta Cheesecake

    Serve small slices of this savory cheesecake for a starter your guests won't soon forget. Make it the night before for minimal fuss the day of your holiday party.

Cranberry-and-Apricot Chutney

    This chutney gets better as the flavors blend. Chill it for up to four days and let it come to room temperature before serving.

Fruited Cheese Log

    This creamy appetizer is packed with dried fruits and Monterey Jack cheese. Serve it with crackers or fresh apple slices.

Shrimp Pinwheels

    These shrimp bites are filled with avocado, spinach, lemon peel, chili powder, and a zippy bite of horseradish.

Easy Bruschetta

    With this recipe, we show you fresh toppings to dress up this favorite Italian appetizer, including tomato and olives, shrimp, and basil pesto and white beans.

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