14 Appetizers for Your Holidays

One thing I can survive on during the holidays is appetizers. You know, those delicious little side dishes and finger foods that often involve cheese. Yes, I love most of them.

I’ve rounded up some really cute ideas that are pretty easy to make. So, if you’re in need of some tasty, fun food to feed family and friends this holiday season, try some of these.


I.   Pull-Apart Christmas Tree


A  fun and tasty appetizer with many cheesy bits.



pull apart christmas tree

Photo Delish




II.  Baked Brie with Cranberries & Pecans




Baked brie with a molten center paired with cranberries and pecans for a delicious taste. Serve with crusty bread and crackers.





Photo Baked Brie With Cranberries & Pecans





III.  Holiday Meatballs



This recipe screams the holidays with lean ground beef meatballs with cranberries in the sauce. Make it a day of head and just place it in a slow cooker several hours before the party for a hot delight.




Photo   Holiday Meatballs




IV.  Baked Coconut Shrimp



This easy baked coconut shrimp is crispy, crunchy, sweet-and-savory, and absolutely addictive.




sweet coconut shrimp on a platter dipping into sweet and spicy sauce

Photo The Modern Proper




V. Grinch Fruit Appetizers




This easy holiday fruit appetizer you’ve probably seen around the internet for years. Fresh strawberries, seedless grapes, a banana, and little marshmallows make an adorable fruit treat when arranged with a toothpick. Serve with a bowl of chocolate sauce.






  Photo    Grinch Fruit Appetizers






VI. Tortilla Roll-ups With Salsa



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.




Christmas Tortilla Roll-ups Appetizer recipe #christmas #appetizer #pinwheel #rollup #recipe

Photo  Inspired by Charm





VI. Crostini With Goat Cheese & Pomegranates




Crostini Appetizers with Goat Cheese and Pomegranates are perfect for holiday entertaining from Thanksgiving through the New Year.




Crostini with Goat Cheese, Pomegranate Arils, and Rosemary Served on Square Plates with a Drizzle of Honey

Photo Creative Culinary





VII.  Low-Carb Cauliflower Pizza Bites


These tasty, cheesy pizza bites are a great appetizer at a party. Low carb, this is a great little bite of happiness and it’s gluten-free.




Photo Low Carb Cauliflower Pizza Bites




VIII.  Cream Cheese Penguins Appetizers



Cream cheese and black olive penguins will liven up all your winter celebrations.  They’re fairly simple to make using 3 ingredients: black olives in 2 sizes, cream cheese, and a sliced carrot. No cooking required and you can make it ahead of time.





Photo   Cream Cheese Penguin Appetizers




X.  Spinach & Goat Cheese Tartlets



Are you looking for a delicious, festive, make-ahead and easy appetizer to serve at a Christmas or holiday party?  Look no further than Grits & Pinecone’s Spinach & Goat Cheese Tartlets.





Nine Spinach and Goat Cheese Tartlets on a white cloth.

Photo Grits & Pinecones





XI. Spicy Guacamole with Moringa




If your family and friends have to have chips, sneak in some healthy guacamole. A bowl of deceptively nutritious guacamole that no one can resist.  This spicy dish is usually used as an appetizer in a bowl with tortilla chips, but it can be served in small cups or pastry cups. 




Photo Spicy Guacamole with Moringa




XII. Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Medjool Dates


This appetizer’s exquisite combination of dates, cheese, and  bacon is fit for a 5 star restaurant’s menu. This dish is tasty and impressive on the appetizer table.




Photo  Bacon Wrapped Gorgonzola Stuffed Dates






XIII.  Savory Pumpkin Hummus



Hummus is my go-to when it comes to easy appetizers.  Make a bowl of your favorite flavor and add vegetables sticks, whole-wheat crackers, and chips.  For autumn through the holidays, it’s hard to beat savory pumpkin hummus.




Photo    Savory Pumpkin Hummus






XIV. Roasted Cranberry & Goat Cheese Flatbreads



 Roasted Cranberry Flatbreads with Goat Cheese are an easy and unexpected holiday appetizer. These easy savory, sweet and tart pizzas are made with cranberries, thyme, shallot and fresh goat cheese.




cut cranberry flatbread on a Black baking sheet

Photo Healthy Seasonal Recipes













I am wishing you a healthy, happy, and tasty holiday!













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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

19 thoughts to “14 Appetizers for Your Holidays”

  1. Ohh! The appetizers are one of the best things about Christmas. I love all of these ideas especially the pull apart Christmas tree and the Roasted Cranberry Flatbreads. Yum, yum! x

    1. Daniela it is a pleasure to have you visit again and leave such a wonderful comment. I sincerely appreciate you – wishing you a wonderful week.

  2. Carol these are wonderful!! I’ll make some of them just for us and friends, but I sure wish we still had wine tasting here at our resort. It’s been cancelled due to ongoing covid concerns, It used to be a monthly appetizers/finger foods potluck and any one of these wonderful recipes would have been perfect. We always made it our dinner on that night — I could eat like that all the time, I swear!

  3. I could also live on appetizers! You chose a wonderful selection. I’ve made many of these in the past fro community potluck gatherings and will have to try the pumpkin hummus next.

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