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PART II - 73 Appetizer Recipes for an outstanding Christmas Dinner Menu!

After the first kick-off with 73 Appetizer Recipes for an outstanding Christmas Dinner PART I, we continue today with more Christmas appetizers for your fabulous Christmas dinner menu!

You will find a variety of unique recipes here.

  • Light appetizers for your Christmas menu
  • heavy appetizer recipes
  • mini appetizer recipes
  • simple appetizer recipes for a crowd
  • vegan, spicy, fruity, and cheesy appetizer recipes
  • healthy and allergy-free recipes

So as you can see, there’s something for every taste and diet this time too! Also, for today’s second part, you can easily download your PDF to have all the links at hand when it is time to cook!

Dive now into a world of appetizers! With all these recipes from PART I and PART II, you should never again worry about not finding a suitable appetizer for your delicious Christmas menu!

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Further 36 appetizer recipes for your Christmas dinner menu

1. Baked Mini Gluten-Free Vegan Mac & Cheese Bites (Allergy-Free)

A healthy & snackable way to enjoy your favorite comfort food! These Baked Mini Gluten-Free Vegan Mac & Cheese Bites are allergy-free & kid-friendly!
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A healthy & snackable way to enjoy your favorite comfort food! These Baked Mini Gluten-Free Vegan Mac & Cheese Bites are allergy-free & kid-friendly!

2. Recipe This | Quick Blend Avocado Devilled Eggs

Quick blend avocado devilled eggs. Whether you call them devilled eggs or not where you come from they are amazing as a healthy eggy snack.
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Quick blend avocado devilled eggs. Whether you call them devilled eggs or not where you come from they are amazing as a healthy eggy snack.

3. Grinch Kabobs (Grinch Fruit Kabobs) – Sula and Spice

These Grinch fruit kabobs will bring a smile to the face of young and old. Your grouchy relatives’ hearts will grow 3 sizes!
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These Grinch fruit kabobs will bring a smile to the face of young and old. Your grouchy relatives' hearts will grow 3 sizes!

4. Cranberry BBQ Crockpot Meatballs

With 4 simple sauce ingredients plus frozen meatballs, these sweet and sour crockpot meatballs in cranberry bbq sauce take just minutes to assemble for your easiest appetizer nibble ever. This is an updated take of the old grape jelly and chili sauce slow cooker meatballs recipe.
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With 4 simple sauce ingredients plus frozen meatballs, these sweet and sour crockpot meatballs in cranberry bbq sauce take just minutes to assemble for your easiest appetizer nibble ever. This is an updated take of the old grape jelly and chili sauce slow cooker meatballs recipe.

5. Jalapeno Popper Cheese Ball

This Jalapeno Popper Cheese Ball Recipe is full of all of your favorite jalapeno popper flavors like crisp smoked bacon, spicy minced jalapeno, sharp cheddar and smooth cream cheese. The holiday season is quickly approaching and everyone should have a few great appetizer recipes.
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This Jalapeno Popper Cheese Ball Recipe is full of all of your favorite jalapeno popper flavors like crisp smoked bacon, spicy minced jalapeno, sharp cheddar and smooth cream cheese. The holiday season is quickly approaching and everyone should have a few great appetizer recipes.

6. Smoked Salmon Parcels

These delicious Smoked Salmon Parcels are an elegant starter for a special occasion. It takes only 15 minutes to prepare them, then just place them in the fridge for two hours to firm up. So simple, and so delicious!
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These delicious Smoked Salmon Parcels are an elegant starter for a special occasion. It takes only 15 minutes to prepare them, then just place them in the fridge for two hours to firm up. So simple, and so delicious!

7. Christmas Tree Cheese Platter: Easy Christmas Eve Appetizer – Key To My Lime

This Christmas tree cheese platter is the perfect no-bake holiday appetizer! It’s festive, delicious, and easy for anyone to make. It’s a great recipe to make with kids, too!
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This Christmas tree cheese platter is the perfect no-bake holiday appetizer! It’s festive, delicious, and easy for anyone to make. It’s a great recipe to make with kids, too!

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”

Ruth Reichl

8. Apricot, Cherry, and Candied Walnut Baked Brie | Recipe

This simple yet elegant and impressive appetizer is perfect for get-togethers, small parties, and holidays. With apricot preserves, dried cherries, and candied walnuts nestled in a flaky, buttery puff pastry on top of warm, gooey brie cheese, this indulgent appetizer makes for a well-rounded, flavorful snack that everyone will love. The richness of the cheese, sweetness of the jam, tartness of the cherries, and nuttiness of the walnuts creates a perfect contrast both in flavor and texture.
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This simple yet elegant and impressive appetizer is perfect for get-togethers, small parties, and holidays. With apricot preserves, dried cherries, and candied walnuts nestled in a flaky, buttery puff pastry on top of warm, gooey brie cheese, this indulgent appetizer makes for a well-rounded, flavorful snack that everyone will love. The richness of the cheese, sweetness of the jam, tartness of the cherries, and nuttiness of the walnuts creates a perfect contrast both in flavor and texture.

9. Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

These goat cheese stuffed dates have the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors. Fresh chives and crunchy pecans complement the richness of the goat cheese and sweetness of the dates. They’re easy to make and can be prepared in advance.
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These goat cheese stuffed dates have the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors. Fresh chives and crunchy pecans complement the richness of the goat cheese and sweetness of the dates. They’re easy to make and can be prepared in advance.

10. Sweet Potato Rounds

These Sweet Potato Rounds are easy to make with just a few ingredients including: sweet potatoes, olive oil, bacon bits, plain greek yogurt and fresh rosemary. They are a simple, yet elegant appetizer perfect for a party. The sweet potato chips can also be served alongside burgers or just about any main dish.
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These Sweet Potato Rounds are easy to make with just a few ingredients including: sweet potatoes, olive oil, bacon bits, plain greek yogurt and fresh rosemary. They are a simple, yet elegant appetizer perfect for a party. The sweet potato chips can also be served alongside burgers or just about any main dish.

11. Raspberry Baked Brie: Simple Baked Brie Recipe with Jam and Puff Pastry

Made with warm and flaky puff pastry dough and flavorful raspberry jam, this “gift-wrapped” raspberry baked brie is the perfect appetizer– and it’s so easy to make, too. Enjoy it by itself or with crackers, apples, or pear slices!
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Made with warm and flaky puff pastry dough and flavorful raspberry jam, this “gift-wrapped” raspberry baked brie is the perfect appetizer– and it’s so easy to make, too. Enjoy it by itself or with crackers, apples, or pear slices!

12. Bacon Wrapped Asparagus – iFOODreal.com

This easy Bacon Wrapped Asparagus bundles are oven roasted in under 30 minutes, until crispy, tender, and juicy. When finished with a drizzle of lemon juice and a sprinkling of salt, these low carb appetizers are irresistible!
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This easy Bacon Wrapped Asparagus bundles are oven roasted in under 30 minutes, until crispy, tender, and juicy. When finished with a drizzle of lemon juice and a sprinkling of salt, these low carb appetizers are irresistible!

13. Buffalo Chicken Dip!

If you love buffalo chicken wings, then this buffalo chicken dip is for you! Shredded chicken is mixed with cream cheese, hot sauce, ranch dressing, and topped off with cheese and served hot and melty. Only 5 ingredients and you’ve got a winning appetizer perfect for tailgate parties, backyard get-togethers, and more.
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If you love buffalo chicken wings, then this buffalo chicken dip is for you! Shredded chicken is mixed with cream cheese, hot sauce, ranch dressing, and topped off with cheese and served hot and melty. Only 5 ingredients and you’ve got a winning appetizer perfect for tailgate parties, backyard get-togethers, and more.

14. Pull-Apart Christmas Tree Homemade Bread Rolls

Making pull-apart homemade bread rolls in a Christmas tree shape adds that extra special touch around the holiday season.
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15. Pomegranate Salad — Salt & Baker

If you’re looking for a festive Christmas appetizer salad then this pomegranate salad is for you! Packed with pomegranate seeds, candied pecans, Gorgonzola cheese, apples, cooked quinoa, and a delicious pomegranate salad dressing, this salad is healthy, festive, and oh-so tasty!
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If you’re looking for a festive Christmas appetizer salad then this pomegranate salad is for you! Packed with pomegranate seeds, candied pecans, Gorgonzola cheese, apples, cooked quinoa, and a delicious pomegranate salad dressing, this salad is healthy, festive, and oh-so tasty!

16. Arancini Recipe (Rice Balls): An Appetizing Finger-Food

Arancini rice balls are a fun take on risotto. They’re crunchy rice balls with a gooey, delectable center that oozes mozzarella and Parmesan cheese when bitten into; perfect for get-togethers!
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17. Raspberry Cranberry Jello Salad – Easy Budget Recipes

This Raspberry Cranberry JELLO Salad is an easy and festive side dish or dessert. It keeps well and can be made up to three days in advance.
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This Raspberry Cranberry JELLO Salad is an easy and festive side dish or dessert. It keeps well and can be made up to three days in advance.

18. Easy Vegan Mushroom Crostini • Happy Kitchen

These festive vegan mushroom crostini recipe is an easy and impressive appetizer perfect for holidays. Crunchy baguette with grilled vegan mozzarella topped with sweet caramelized onions and mushrooms with a hint of balsamic and Dijon mustard will surely be a show stopper.
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These festive vegan mushroom crostini recipe is an easy and impressive appetizer perfect for holidays. Crunchy baguette with grilled vegan mozzarella topped with sweet caramelized onions and mushrooms with a hint of balsamic and Dijon mustard will surely be a show stopper.

19. Mini Potato Bites

Mini Potato Bites are so fantastically simple and delicious, and are a go-to appetizer that satisfies everyone. Mini potato bites are a great recipe for those who are looking for a quick, easy, and family friendly (yet finger food for a party or holiday gathering.
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20. Vegan Cheese Ball with Cranberries and Pistachios – Pink Fortitude, LLC

It’s not a party until the cheese spread comes out. It’s the perfect appetizer for any holiday gathering, game day, ladies brunch, or party in general. This vegan cheese ball is dairy-free, is covered with cranberries and pistachios, is easy to make, and is absolutely delicious.
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It’s not a party until the cheese spread comes out. It’s the perfect appetizer for any holiday gathering, game day, ladies brunch, or party in general. This vegan cheese ball is dairy-free, is covered with cranberries and pistachios, is easy to make, and is absolutely delicious.

21. Instant Pot Cranberry Cornbread Jingle Bells

Instant Pot Cranberry Cornbread Bites shaped like Christmas Jingle Bells, pair up for the perfect bite of sweet and tart spiced cranberries.
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Instant Pot Cranberry Cornbread Bites shaped like Christmas Jingle Bells, pair up for the perfect bite of sweet and tart spiced cranberries.
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22. Homemade Red Pepper Jam Goat Cheese Crostini | Sip Sanity

Serve Red Pepper Jam Goat Cheese Crostini at your next gathering and watch your guests keep going back for more. There is nothing better than tangy, pungent goat cheese contrasted with this sticky, sweet, and a tad spicy, jam.
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Serve Red Pepper Jam Goat Cheese Crostini at your next gathering and watch your guests keep going back for more. There is nothing better than tangy, pungent goat cheese contrasted with this sticky, sweet, and a tad spicy, jam.

23. Vegan Spinach Artichoke Cups

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Cups ~ a crowd favorite tucked inside a crispy and flaky shell.
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Vegan Spinach Artichoke Cups ~ a crowd favorite tucked inside a crispy and flaky shell.

24. Easy Cranberry Brie Bites

These easy cranberry brie bites make the perfect appetizer that tastes and looks fancy! Gooey melty cheese with tart cranberry sauce wrapped in a golden, buttery, and flaky puff pastry, to make these bite-sized snacks or appetizers for your next holiday gathering!
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These easy cranberry brie bites make the perfect appetizer that tastes and looks fancy! Gooey melty cheese with tart cranberry sauce wrapped in a golden, buttery, and flaky puff pastry, to make these bite-sized snacks or appetizers for your next holiday gathering!

25. Christmas stuffed mushrooms

These delicious Christmas stuffed mushrooms with walnuts, cranberries and goat’s cheese make a perfect vegetarian alternative on Christmas Day.
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These delicious Christmas stuffed mushrooms with walnuts, cranberries and goat's cheese make a perfect vegetarian alternative on Christmas Day.

26. Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip

This Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken dip is affordable and easy to make. This spicy, creamy dip is loaded with chicken and cooks up in just minutes in your pressure cooker.
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This Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken dip is affordable and easy to make. This spicy, creamy dip is loaded with chicken and cooks up in just minutes in your pressure cooker.

27. Easy Prosciutto Wrapped Pears with Arugula – Whole30 – Cook At Home Mom

This is the perfect no-cook appetizer for your next holiday party or get-together! Prosciutto Pears with Arugula Salad are deliciously sweet AND savory – plus they’re Whole30, Paleo & Gluten Free!
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This is the perfect no-cook appetizer for your next holiday party or get-together! Prosciutto Pears with Arugula Salad are deliciously sweet AND savory – plus they’re Whole30, Paleo & Gluten Free!

“Food is for eating, and good food is to be enjoyed… I think food is, actually, very beautiful in itself.”

Delia Smith

28. Caesar salad with home made dressing

Caesar salad makes a perfect appetizer for a Christmas dinner menu, especially if you plan an American-inspired Christmas dinner, as we did in 2020.
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Caesar salad makes a perfect appetizer for a Christmas dinner menu, especially if you plan an American-inspired Christmas dinner, as we did in 2020.

29. Shrimp Appetizers – Easy Party Appetizers-Healthy Life Trainer

These Candied Nuts are salty-sweet, perfectly crunchy, insanely moreish and satisfying. They’re super easy as they take less than 10 minutes to make, are made using basic ingredients and are made in a frying pan (not the oven). They’re vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar free optional, not too sweet, a good source of protein and fibre and are much healthier than the shop-bought version.
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These Candied Nuts are salty-sweet, perfectly crunchy, insanely moreish and satisfying. They’re super easy as they take less than 10 minutes to make, are made using basic ingredients and are made in a frying pan (not the oven). They’re vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar free optional, not too sweet, a good source of protein and fibre and are much healthier than the shop-bought version.

30. Vegan Mushroom Pâté (GF)

This Vegan Pâté is rich and meaty, smooth and silky and so easy to make. It’s nutritious and makes a great appetizer that everyone will love! Made with mushrooms and walnuts, it’s a delicious and elegant recipe that tastes just like a vegetarian version of French liver pâté!
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This Vegan Pâté is rich and meaty, smooth and silky and so easy to make. It’s nutritious and makes a great appetizer that everyone will love! Made with mushrooms and walnuts, it’s a delicious and elegant recipe that tastes just like a vegetarian version of French liver pâté!

31. Deep Fried Mac and Cheese

Creamy macaroni and melty cheese coated in a crispy, crunchy batter. Satisfy your craving with this tasty appetizer! Loved by kids and adults, this is true comfort food.
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Creamy macaroni and melty cheese coated in a crispy, crunchy batter. Satisfy your craving with this tasty appetizer! Loved by kids and adults, this is true comfort food.

32. Holiday Cheese Ball Trio

Caramelized onions, sharp white cheddar and minced garlic create the base for this Holiday Cheese Ball Trio decked out in fresh parsley, cranberries and almonds. It’s a holiday appetizer you’ll love!
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Caramelized onions, sharp white cheddar and minced garlic create the base for this Holiday Cheese Ball Trio decked out in fresh parsley, cranberries and almonds. It's a holiday appetizer you'll love!

33. The Best Cheese Roll Recipe

This cheese roll recipe is a twist on the traditional cheese ball. Make this cheese log as an appetizer for your next party!
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This cheese roll recipe is a twist on the traditional cheese ball. Make this cheese log as an appetizer for your next party!

34. Holiday Cheese and Appetizer Board | Amanda Wilens

A delicious board filled with cheeses, charcuterie, fruits, and snacks. The perfect appetizer platter to put out at your next gathering!
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A delicious board filled with cheeses, charcuterie, fruits, and snacks. The perfect appetizer platter to put out at your next gathering!
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35. Cranberry Brie Bites | crinkledcookbook.com

Cranberry Brie Bites are an impressive appetizer with vibrant colors and the perfect combination of sweet and savory. The ingredients are easy to keep on hand during the holiday season so you can prepare these in a snap.
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Cranberry Brie Bites are an impressive appetizer with vibrant colors and the perfect combination of sweet and savory. The ingredients are easy to keep on hand during the holiday season so you can prepare these in a snap.

36. Crispy Garlic Smashed Potatoes (Baked and Air Fryer!) – Urban Farmie

Crispy garlic smashed potatoes that are the perfect finger food appetizer to start your Christmas dinner! You can make them in an oven or an air-fryer, and it’s sure to be a hit with the whole family!
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Crispy garlic smashed potatoes that are the perfect finger food appetizer to start your Christmas dinner! You can make them in an oven or an air-fryer, and it's sure to be a hit with the whole family!

Looking for more recipe collections like this one? Check out the Christmas Appetizer Recipe Collection Part I, Christmas in July Party Food and Drink Recipes, Christmas Dinner Soup Collection, and the Christmas Dinner Main Course Recipe Collection for more inspiration!

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