Like a lot of folks, I’m always searching for Christmas appetizers that will tantalize taste buds and add a festive touch to holiday celebrations.
Over the past few years, I’ve posted many recipes that do just that. This collection highlights some of the Christmas appetizers that my family and friends and I have especially enjoyed. Each delectable treat is part of joy-filled holiday moments that begin with creating and serving and end with eating and savoring.
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Christmas Appetizers: Classics with a Twist:
Roasted Parmesan Garlic Shrimp
If you’re looking for a traditional Christmas appetizer that’s exceptionally delicious and easy to make, this is it. To punch up their flavor, toss medium-sized shrimp in olive oil, spices, Parmesan, and fresh garlic. Then roast the shrimp in the oven and serve them with cocktail sauce.
These Tortilla Roll-Ups are the perfect Christmas appetizer recipe. Stacked into a tree shape and served with salsa, they are an easy-to-make, crowd-pleasing snack.
Really Good Jalapeño Dip
The recipe for this dip came from my dad’s wife. The recipe name is an understatement. It truly is the best jalapeno dip I’ve ever tasted. It has just the right amount of heat, but you can make it hotter if you like.
Mini Cheese Truffles
My fondness for cheeseballs is widely known. (Find all of my cheeseball recipes here.) These Mini Cheeseballs/Cheese Truffles are a cute and delicious take on this ever-popular Christmas appetizer. What’s especially great is that the presentation stays neat and lovely throughout your event.
Everything Bagel Cheeseball
Speaking of cheeseballs, this Everything Bagel Cheeseball is one of the most popular recipes on Inspired by Charm. While I originally created it to look like a pumpkin, you can shape it into a ball to suit any season.
Christmas Appetizers – Forever Favorites:
The addition of cranberry sauce in the glaze nicely complements the onion and other seasonings in these meatballs. Your guests will ooh and aah about them and immediately go back for more!
Really Good Veggie Dip
Although veggies are tasty on their own, this dip will take them to another level. To me, this veggie dip is the “best of the best.” I was lucky enough to get the recipe from the deli in my hometown.
Artichoke Wonton Wrappers
My mom has often made these for family Christmas Eve get-togethers. I love the look and taste, and recently found out how easy they are to create. A Christmas appetizer triple win!
More Merry & Bright Christmas Appetizer Bites:
Christmas Tree Cheeseball
Deck the halls with cheese and fun! This colorful tree-shaped cheeseball is a show-stopper that is also a delight to put together. (IBC readers know how much I enjoy decorating Christmas trees!)
This recipe is a fan-favorite probably because it’s super easy and oh-so tempting. It uses store-bought ravioli and three ready-made sauces for dipping. I even recorded a video to show you what to do.
Walnut Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
These mini-portobello mushrooms are divine! Their rich and hearty flavor and convenient bite-size make them a perfect nibble. I promise your guests will be begging for the recipe.
If you’re bored with the classic taco dip, switch things up and try this BLT Dip recipe. It’s a personal favorite!
Want more tasty Christmas treats? Try these:
- The Best Christmas Cocktail Recipes
- My Favorite Christmas Cookies
- Cheeseball Recipes for Every Season
I hope this round-up of ultimate Christmas appetizer recipes has inspired you.
Which recipes will you be making for your next big party? Which ones will you be surprising your friends or family with on a quiet evening at home during the holiday season? I’m confident everyone will love the Christmas appetizers you create.