11 Easy Holiday Appetizer Recipes

Do we really need to pre-eat before the big holiday meal? Absolutely! Devour all or one of these delicious appetizers as you wait for the main event.

  1. Slow cooker snack mix – I dare you to keep your hands out of the bowl of this Chex Mix favorite.
  2. Cheese Plate – The Food Network goes into great detail on how to set up a proper cheese platter, or you can just arrange a couple types of cheese, crackers, salami and grapes on a plate.
  3. Pumpkin Pecan Baked Brie – Ooey, gooey perfection.
  4. Spiced Olives – Martha Stewart knows how to jazz up store-bought olives with rosemary, red pepper flakes and some orange and lemon slices.
  5. Cranberry Pepper Jelly Dip– So easy and delicious. Top cream cheese with a mixture of cranberry sauce and pepper jelly. Serve with crackers and you’ve got yourself a hit.
  6. Smoked Salmon Crostini with Creme Fraiche – Toasted baguettes topped with smoked salmon and creme fraiche make a very classy bite.
  7. Apple Cinnamon Bacon Bites – Oh my! A sweet treat of apples and cinnamon wrapped in bacon. These will disappear quick!
  8. Crunch Roasted Chickpeas – Toss a can of rinsed chickpeas with olive oil and your choice of spices, bake at 400 for 30 minutes or until golden brown – simple!
  9. Pumpkin Dip –  Pumpkin, cream cheese and Cool Whip served with apple slices of graham crackers. Serve this seriously delicious sweet dip to your guests and everyone will be happy.
  10. Cheesy Garlic Pull-apart Bread – Cheesy garlic goodness in every bite. Cut a pattern into the top of a loaf of crusty bread, pile on the garlic butter and cheese and heaven awaits.
  11. Veggie and Pickle Platter – A platter of fresh veggies, a dip such as hummus and some crunchy pickles give your health conscious friends a light options while still enjoying the festivities.

Find all of the recipes here.

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