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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!

avocado and Edamame Dip
Elise Bauer

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 (Yogurt Dip)

    Swiss Chard Tzatziki
    Elise Bauer

    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!

  • Sausage Rolls

    Sausage Rolls Recipe
    Sheryl Julian

    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.

  • Pimento Cheese

    Pimento Cheese in bowl surrounded by crackers
    Elise Bauer

    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.

  • Greek Meatballs

    Greek Meatballs on serving plate
    Elise Bauer

    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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  • Potato Latkes

    the best potato latkes on a blue platter with sour cream
    Latke photos by Alison Bickel; method photos by Sheryl Julian

    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!

  • Edamame Avocado Dip

    avocado and Edamame Dip
    Elise Bauer

    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.

  • Curried Chicken Salad with Endive

    Curried Chicken Endive Salad
    Elise Bauer

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

  • Shrimp Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

    Shrimp Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce
    Lisa Lin

    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.