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Christmas Appetizer Recipes

The Best Christmas Appetizer Recipes

Christmas Appetizer RecipesThe best Christmas appetizer recipes can be very creative as well as tasty. Appetizers are what gets the party started. They are a nice touch at the beginning of the evening when you are waiting for all your guests to arrive. It gives your guests something to munch on and something to do until dinner is served.

I know of one family that has dispensed with the big Christmas meal and they all bring big batches of appetizers when they get together at Christmas time. They just decided they all liked appetizers and it was less work.

Many times the event might not be one where a dinner is served. It might be a meeting that happens to occur during the Christmas season or another kind of informal get together. I’ve been to gatherings like this where we all bring appetizers. Some people get very creative with their Christmas appetizer recipes and it’s fun to see what people bring.

Here are some fun Christmas appetizer recipes that I hope you enjoy.

Photo Credit: Cheese ‘n’ Crackers ‘n’ Sausage by Steve Snodgrass, on Flickr

Do You Have a Favorite Christmas Appetizer Recipe?

Christmas Relish Tray

If you want a Christmas appetizer recipe that’s easy but beautiful you might want to try this classic relish tray. It’s just a matter of choosing colorful vegetables and arranging them so they look nice. You can make some fancy garnishes if you want but it’s not necessary. An added bonus is that this is healthy. Just place a bowl of your favorite dip for vegetables near the relish tray and you’re set.

How to Make a Relish Tree – Another Idea for Relishes

Get a 9 inch styrofoam cone and cover it with red or green foil from the craft store.

Put the cone on a plate or tray and use small veggies like cherry tomatoes, green olives, black olives, cauliflower florets, broccoli florets, little pickles, carrot coins, and whatever else you can think of that would look nice.

Attach the veggies to the foil covered cone with toothpicks.

You can arrange them in a swirling line from the top to the bottom like a garland, or just arrange them randomly.

When you have it full, fill in the spaces by tucking in sprigs of parsley or curly lettuce.

Serve with a vegetable dip.

Everyone loves this Christmas appetizer recipe and they sure disappear fast!

Bacon Wrapped Cocktail Weiner Recipe
Summary: Combining bacon, cocktail wieners and brown sugar, this recipe makes lovely Christmas appetizers, which are savory yet sweet as well, and pleasantly crunchy. Serve these hot for the best result.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Appetiser
Serves: 8
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  • 1 lb Bacon
  • 1 lb Cocktail Weiners
  • ¾ cup Brown sugar packed
  • Toothpicks
  1. Using your kitchen shears cut the bacon strips into thirds crosswise.
  2. Wrap a bacon strip around each cocktail weiner and skewer with a toothpick.
  3. Place half of the brown sugar on a baking sheet.
  4. Place the bacon wrapped weiners on the sugar.
  5. Place the remaining sugar on top of the cocktail weiners.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes.

Photo Credit: Bacon-Wrapped Smokies by uos?? McArthur, on Flickr
Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
Summary: Stuffed mushrooms are not hard to make and they are a favorite with many people. There are a lot of variations to this recipe too. You can make stuffed mushrooms with crab, cheese, or creamed spinach and those are wonderful too.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Appetiser
Serves: 8
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  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 lb mushrooms
  • 1 lb ground sausage
  • ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Clean the mushrooms and remove the stems (save them for something else).
  3. Brown the sausage and drain off the fat, then stir in the cream cheese.
  4. Saute the mushroom caps in butter for a few minutes.
  5. Put some sausage mixture into each mushroom cap then bake on a lightly-oiled baking sheet for 25 minutes.

Photo Credit: Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms by alanagkelly, on Flickr

Cheese and Crackers

An Easy Christmas Appetizer Recipe

Cheese and Crackers

Sometimes the ordinary recipes are the best. This isn’t really a recipe, just an appetizer idea. A plate of cheese always goes over well. The old standby cheeses are great cheeses but what about branching out a bit? Try some brie wedges and some Irish Cheddar. What about some Greek Kasseri cheese or some Maytag Blue Cheese? There are lots of great cheeses out there to try.

Kasseri is particularly good with French bread. Serve sliced baguettes and some nice crackers. Milton’s multi grain crackers are our favorite.

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Beautiful Recipe Binders

For Your Christmas Appetizer Recipes

Keep your Christmas Appetizer Recipes in one of these binders. Recipe binders are a great for keeping your recipes all in one place. If you are one of those people (like me) who has recipes jotted down on scraps of paper and clipped out of newspapers and scattered all over the place, you need a recipe binder! I love mine and now all my recipes are in one place. I can always find the one I want because it’s in my recipe binder! You can slip the newspaper clippings ones into a page protector and you will at least know where they are!

A page protector in a recipe binder is a great place to save recipes that you want to try. If you like the recipe after you try it, you can give it it’s own page. If not, just chuck it. But until you’re ready to try it, it will be safe in your recipe binder! These winter themed recipe binders are so pretty!

Recipe Binders for Your Christmas Appetizer Recipes

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Yummy Winter Delights Recipe Binder binderRed Bow Christmas Binder binder

red and gold ornaments notebook binderChristmas Memories - Binder binder

These binders are great not only for recipes but you can use them to organize your Christmas holiday. Get some page protectors and organize your Christmas card list. Keep special Christmas cards in here. Keep notes on your Christmas party so you know what you’d like to do again next year and what not.


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