8 Holiday Appetizers That Think Outside the Box

Scrambling for an appetizer to bring to your next holiday party? Try one of these outside-the-box recipes for something a little different, like Greek meatballs or curried chickens salad!

Have you been tasked with bringing the appetizer to a holiday party? Or maybe you’re the host and desperately need some inspiration beyond the go-to recipes in your repertoire?

Enter these eight out-of-the-box holiday appetizers!

We’ve included a good mix of ideas here, from sausage rolls to satisfy pre-dinner cravings to lighter fare, like yogurt dip, that won’t fill you up. Some of them have seasonings that will fit right in with a big holiday spread, while others reach beyond the customary holiday flavors to give you something new.

Happy holidays!

Swiss Chard Tzatziki

Whether you’re serving this dip with pita chips or alongside a crudité platter, the zippy, bright flavor will please. You can thank fresh mint and a hit of lemon for that!

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Sausage Rolls Recipe

These are a like a grown-up version of pigs-in-a-blanket. Make them with fresh pizza dough (store-bought or homemade) wrapped around good quality sausage. Serve with mustard.

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Pimento Cheese in bowl surrounded by crackers

Although Southern in its origins, cheese is an international language most of us understand. Here, cream cheese, Monterey jack, and cheddar combine with paprika and canned tomatoes for a spreadable, dippable delight.

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Greek Meatballs on serving plate

Spicy meatballs made from lamb and pork served with cool Greek yogurt for dipping. Mini in size, they’re also easy to make ahead and reheat just before serving.

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the best potato latkes on a blue platter with sour cream

Potato latkes may not be the first thing to come to mind when it comes to party appetizers, but they're the kind of warm, crispy, salty snack that people can't stop eating. Serve them with sour cream or applesauce for dipping!

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avocado and Edamame Dip

I’m a firm believer that there’s no such thing as too much dip, especially one that’s chockablock with healthy ingredients. This one gets a triple dose of green, with edamame, avocado, and cilantro.

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Curried Chicken Endive Salad

These look like fancy catered bites, especially fanned out on a serving platter. No plate needed!

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Shrimp Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

Spring rolls! Why not?! These rolls are not only pretty on a platter, but they make a light, refreshing start to any meal – holidays included. Precooked shrimp means these spring rolls come together in a snap.

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Carrie Havranek

Carrie Havranek is a former Associate Editor of Simply Recipes and the author of the cookbook Tasting Pennsylvania (2019). She lives in Easton, Pennsylvania and goes out of her way for farmers' markets, new ingredients, yoga, and walks in nature.

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