Keep things simple and bite sized.
When hungry guests arrive for the holiday feast, greet them with quick and easy appetizers that won’t ruin their appetite for the main event. A refreshing cocktail and a selection of small-bite appetizers will keep friends and family content until it’s time to sit down to mouthwatering main dishes, savory sides, and show-stopping desserts.
Baked Brie Bites
Recipe: Baked Brie Bites
These bite-sized appetizers are incredibly delicious, with flaky phyllo dough shells surrounding creamy, tasty Brie cheese. Simple to make, these easy holiday treats come together in under 20 minutes.
Recipe: Party Poppers
Satisfy hungry houseguests with a spicy two-bite appetizer stuffed with chicken-cream cheese filling and wrapped in some hickory-smoked bacon.
Cranberry-Goat Cheese Canapés
Recipe: Cranberry-Goat Cheese Canapés
The perfect appetizer for those who like to plan in advance, the cranberry mixture can be made up to three days ahead of time. Assemble the canapés the day of your party.
Mexican Shrimp Cocktail
Recipe: Mexican Shrimp Cocktail
For a fresh swap for heavier, creamy appetizers, try this bright and flavorful dip, which can be made up to 24 hours in advance.
Black-eyed Pea Pâté
Recipe: Black-eyed Pea Pate
Make this Southern twist on pâté up to a day ahead of your party. The addition of country ham adds a salty, smoky taste that is sure to keep your guests satiated until the big meal.
Sweet Potato and Chorizo Sausage Bites
The addition of sweet potatoes to the recipe gives a delightful and tasty Southern twist to this classic holiday appetizer, while chorizo sausage lends a bit of spice.
Creamy Shrimp Dip with Crispy Wonton Chips
This flavorful, no-cook shrimp dip is prepared, chilled, and ready to go in under an hour. This is also delicious spread on crostini.
Smoked Trout Crostini with Radishes and Dill Cream
Replace half of the smoked trout with smoked salmon for a more colorful presentation.
Stuffed Endive with Herbed Goat Cheese
These vegetarian appetizers may be big on flavor, but they won’t spoil your appetite for dinner. You can substitute your favorite herb for the tarragon, and even add a bit of spice for a Southern twist.
Pimiento Cheese Gougères
Recipe: Pimiento Cheese Gougeres
We put a decidedly Southern accent on this classic French hors d'oeuvre. If you are planning ahead, make the recipe and freeze completely cooked gougères in zip-top plastic freezer bags for up to one month.
Recipe: Shrimp Nana
Prepare this appetizer a day or two in advance to give the shrimp ample time to marinate. You could also serve the shrimp on slices of toasted baguette for something that's a bit heartier.
Benne-Maple Roasted Pecans
Recipe: Benne-Maple Roasted Pecans
These pecan treats have a short prep time of just 15 minutes, and you can even make them a day in advance and store them in the refrigerator.