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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. Continue reading

Fancy Caviar Stuffed Eggs

Stuffed eggs are easy to make but a lot of fancy appetizer recipes are easy to make and taste sublime. If you are on a budget but you still want to serve something special, like caviar, you can stretch it by combining it with other ingredients, like in the following fancy appetizer recipe. You can make really fancy appetizer recipes by combining fancy ingredients with basic ones to make something special. Use mayonnaise instead of sour cream if you want to.

The mixture of caviar, chives, and parsley goes nicely with the sour cream to make a great egg filling. Serve fancy appetizer recipes like this one chilled and on a bed of lettuce or arugula. If you are serving this at a sit-down dinner, you can serve two egg halves per person.

This recipe makes a nice centerpiece if you are having a buffet and it looks great in amongst the seafood appetizers, shrimp appetizers, holiday appetizer recipes and other easy party appetizers. Stuffed eggs is always a great recipe to use and everyone will be tempted to try one of these tasty little morsels. Continue reading

How to Make Mince Pies

Mince pies are so easy to make and holiday appetizer recipes like this one are ideal for thanksgiving or Christmas. You can make regular sized ones or “petit fours” sized minced pies using a canapé-sized muffin tin with smaller holes. These British style festive sweet pastries are filled with mincemeat, which is an apple, spice and dried fruit preserve, and encased in delicious pastry. You can use white sugar in this recipe if you can’t find golden sugar.

So, what is the history of mince pies? Actually they date back to the Middle Ages and originally contained ground meat along with spices and fruit to add flavor and preserve the meat. King Henry V was given a mince pie in 1413 at his coronation and they used to be known as wayfarer pies because their small size meant they made a good appetizer recipe for guests. Modern mince pies do not contain ground meat but they do contain suet so they are not suitable for vegetarians.

Serve mince pies with a glass of champagne or fruit punch or arrange them on a serving platter at a buffet. If you are looking for holiday appetizer recipes which are sweet, traditional and simple to make, you might like to make mince pies. You can even use pie filling instead of the mincemeat to make your own version of this delicious appetizer recipe. Continue reading

Christmas Pigs in Blankets and Chestnut Stuffing Balls

Serve these pigs in blankets and Christmas stuffing balls together, perhaps with cranberry sauce on the side for dipping. Mayonnaise mixed with mustard would also make a tasty dip for these holiday appetizer recipes. The pigs in blankets are simply sausages wrapped in bacon. First they are fried to crisp them up, and then they are baked. If you wanted to make mini pigs in blankets you could cut the sausages and bacon in half and make double the amount. Pigs in blankets in the UK refers to bacon-wrapped sausage. In the United States the bacon is often replaced with bread.

The stuffing balls are full of flavor. If you want to prepare make ahead appetizers, you can make them as per the recipe, then just before drizzling over the oil, transfer them to a sealable container. Chill them for up to two days. You can also freeze the mixture (without the egg) for up to a month. To use them, just thaw them the day before at room temperature, and then add the egg to the mixture.

The chestnut stuffing recipe and pigs in blankets recipe pair really well, or you could just make one of these holiday appetizer recipes. If you are looking for traditional Christmas appetizer recipes, these are really wonderful to make. If you want to stuff a turkey with stuffing, this mixture makes enough to stuff a twelve pound turkey plus make an additional twelve stuffing balls. Continue reading

Brandy Snaps with Whipped Cream

Brandy snaps are a traditional Christmas food and they are especially well loved in the UK. These crunchy treats make easy party appetizers. You can also serve them with a coffee or as dessert. Brandy snaps are really mouthwatering and you can either roll them into tubes or into cone shapes, before filling them with cream. If you are looking for sweet appetizer recipes and the best holiday appetizer recipes you might want to consider this tasty recipe.

Of course, like all the best holiday appetizer recipes, you can serve brandy snaps at other times if you like. They are too good to save for only Christmas. Why not surprise your guests with these easy party appetizers the next time you have a buffet or even if you just have some people over for coffee. If you make cookies or cakes to serve with coffee, these brandy snaps can make a welcome change.

You can use any type of brandy for making this recipe because you only need a teaspoon of it and the brandy is for flavor. If you don’t want to use it, you could use brandy essence or even leave it out altogether, although obviously this will change the flavor of these easy party appetizers. Continue reading