10 Easy Appetizers for Your Holiday Party

Looking for a good appetizer to take to your next party? Here are ten of our top favorites. Cranberry meatballs, baked brie, olive crostini, and more!

The holidays are upon us! Drinks, parties, ugly sweaters, and best of all, FOOD! So much glorious food!

It’s time to don your gay apparel and show up to that party in style. And don’t forget your appetizer!

Perhaps, you’re feeling a little fancy schmancy? Put on the little black number you’ve been waiting to wear and arrive with an elegant baked brie or some warm olive crostini. Decadence at its best.

I know it’s not all high heels and black ties around the holidays, though, and casual gatherings with close friends are just as much fun. For these more casual occasions, something casual but festive like Cranberry Glazed Meatballs or classic stuffed mushrooms will do the job just fine.

Indulgence can be a sign of the season, but for those of you interested in staying on the Nice list, I’ve also selected a few sides that fall on the lighter side. Forgo the ranch dip and replace it with a zippy Roasted Red Bell Pepper Dip or a creamy, fiber-rich hummus. Both are a healthier option for any holiday crudité spread.

No matter what kind of appetizer you want to bring, you are certain to find an appetizer in this list to fit your mood this holiday season!

Honey Hazelnut Baked Brie

1 Honey Hazelnut Baked Brie: Everything about this appetizer says, “I know what I’m doing in the kitchen.” It’s dressed to impress — just like you!

 

Cranberry Glazed Meatballs

2 Cranberry-Glazed Turkey Meatballs: Forget Swedish meatballs! These cheery little orbs are a perfect match for the season.

 

Goat Cheese Bacon Pops

Goat Cheese Bacon Pops: Goat cheese and bacon. Mic drop. Plus everyone loves bite-sized food you can eat from a toothpick. It’s a win win.

 

Golden Cheddar Cheese Crisps

Golden Cheddar Cheese Crisps: These crisps are best the day that they’re made, but you can also just pop them back in the oven if they’ve gone a little soft. They’ll crisp right up in time for your party!

 

Stuffed Mushrooms

Classic Stuffed Mushrooms: Who doesn’t love a classic? These little numbers are best served warm. They are a good choice for when the party is at your place since they’re best straight from the oven.

 

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Dip

6 Roasted Red Pepper Dip: This bright and festive dip will keep for days in the fridge., which makes it a great make-ahead appetizer for a weeknight party.

 

Caramelized Onion Tart

7 Caramelized Onion Tart with Gorgonzola and BrieAnything on puff pastry is an instant win around the holidays — especially when topped with a double dose of cheese and sweet caramelized onions!

 

Sour Cream and Bacon Deviled Eggs

8 Sour Cream and Bacon Deviled EggsAn elegant upgrade on a classic. So pretty on a plate, too!

 

Hummus

9 Hummus: Hummus is both budget-friendly and incredibly fast to whip up. It goes well with pita and vegetables, and can be dressed up for a holiday party with just a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of Za’atar .

 

Olive Crostini

10 Olive CrostiniTapenade on toast! Serve these bites straight from the oven for a midwinter taste of the Mediterranean.

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Summer Miller

Summer Miller is a freelance writer, recipe developer and author based in Nebraska. Her work has appeared in Bon Appetit, Eating Well, Grit, SAVEUR, and Every Day with Rachel Ray, among others. Her first book is New Prairie Kitchen (Agate Publishing, 2015).

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