15 Easy Holiday Appetizer Recipes – Quick Crowd Pleasing Snacks


Today we are presenting you 15 fantastic crowd pleasing holiday appetizers. These easy holiday appetizers make a great choice for your Christmas, New Year’s or Thanksgiving party. All the appetizers from our list are simple and easy to make ahead. If you are looking for some healthy appetizing snacks, this is a great list of recipes too!

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Christmas Wreath Appetizers 

A festive and super easy holiday recipe, Christmas Wreath Appetizers look fabulous on your appetizer table. Topped with cream cheese garlic spread, chopped veggies, and herbs, these irresistible bites will disappear in no time!


  • 2 cans crescent rolls, well chilled (rolled up dough)
  • 1 cup finely chopped vegetables*
  • 6 ounces spreadable herbed or garlic cream cheese (such as Boursin or Alouette)
  • 1 teaspoon dried herbs, such as dill, basil, tarragon

Brie & Cranberry Tear & Share Wreath a great centrepiece!

A sheet of puff pastry is half covered in cranberry jelly and Brie, folded in half, part sliced, bent round to form a wreath and then glazed with egg wash and scattered with chopped hazelnuts before baking.


  • 6 tsp cranberry jelly you could use sauce
  • 12 thinly cut slices of Brie about 140g, (round easier to cut & make sure it’s well chilled)
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • one egg whisked for egg wash
  • 20 g hazelnuts chopped
  • freshly ground salt

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Roast Beef Crostini

Need a simple yet elegant holiday appetizer? Look no further than this easy to make Roast Beef Crostini, perfect for parties!

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  • 1 baguette, sliced in 1/2″ pieces
  • 1/2 lb deli roast beef, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz chive & onion cream cheese
  • olive oil

Cranberry Brie Bites

Cranberry Brie Bites – A quick and easy appetizer perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas! Puff pastry topped with cranberry sauce and brie.


  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • one cup chunky cranberry sauce
  • 1 wheel brie cheese
  • Egg wash


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21 Day Fix Roasted Shrimp Cocktail with Cranberry Horseradish Chutney

This 21 Day Fix Roasted Shrimp Cocktail with Cranberry Horseradish Chutney is the perfect protein packed Thanksgiving appetizer!


  • 2 pounds (15- 18 count) raw shrimp, pealed and deveined with the tail still on
  • one tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups of fresh cranberries
  • 2 T water
  • two T tomato paste
  • 2 T honey
  • 1 T horseradish (plus more to taste…I added an extra tsp)
  • salt and pepper

Cranberry Wensleydale Toast – A cheesy appetizer with an English classic

Wensleydale is a semi-hard cheese traditionally produced in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire. It has a slightly sweet, milky flavour and a crumbly, creamy texture. From mature to blue or smoked, there are different types of Wensleydale available.

  • 10 slices toast
  • 75 g (1/3 cup) cream cheese, softened
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) Wensleydale, cut into small slices
  • 2 tbsp raspberry sauce
  • two tbsp cranberry sauce
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard


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Smoked Trout Mousse

This smoked trout mousse is a traditional British starter or appetizer. Smoked trout can be purchased in most major markets.


  • 8 ounces smoked trout skinned and boned
  • 6 ounces unsalted butter softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon horseradish prepared, not creamed
  • 3 Tablespoons whipping cream
  • three Tablespoons lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and white pepper to taste
  • Fresh chives finely chopped, (optional)
  • dill finely chopped (optional)

Brie With Caramelized Onions, Prosciutto, And Fig Jam

Brie with caramelized onions, prosciutto, and fig jam is an easy-to-make appetizer that works well for all occasions, from dinner parties to game day parties!

  • 12 ounces Brie
  • 1 onion caramelized
  • 4 ounces Prosciutto thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fig jam

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Blackberry Puff Pastry Bites with Brie and Pecans

The perfect last-minute holiday appetizer! These Blackberry Puff Pastry Bites are ready in about 20 minutes and bite-size making them simple for your guests to hold and enjoy.


  • 1 13.2 Puff Pastry Sheet*
  • 3 Oz Brie Cheese Chopped into Cubes
  • 2/3 Cup Blackberries
  • Tsp Honey
  • one Tbsp Water
  • 1 Pinch Salt
  • 3 Tbsp Chopped Pecans
  • 1 Tsp Fresh Sage* Finely Minced

Ritz Bites with Ham, Brie and Cranberries

The perfect fast and simple appetizer recipe. These Ritz Bites with Ham, Cranberries, and Brie require no cooking and are the perfect sweet and salty party and holiday food!


  • 48 Ritz Crackers
  • 8 Oz Brie Sliced into 1/2 Inch Pieces
  • 1 Heaping Tsp Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce EACH
  • 6 Slices Ham Sliced into Eighths
  • 1 Pinch Fresh Thyme EACH- Optional

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Pear Blue Cheese Puff Pastry Bites

Pear Blue Cheese Puff Pastry Bites ~ 2 bite-size golden, flaky puff pastry topped with maple bacon onion jam, sweet caramelized pears and salty, bold blue cheese. A simple, elegant appetizer as festive as the holidays.


  • 1 sheet store bought frozen puff pastry thawed
  • 2 pears
  • two tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup Maple bacon onion jam **
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese

Optional Garnishes

  • fresh thyme leaves
  • pomegranate seeds

Easy Spanokopita Bites

Traditional Greek flavors of the classic phyllo, spinach, and feta pie in a portable hand-held cup… Easy Spanokopita Bites come together so quickly with the help of ready-made phyllo cups, and taste like you worked on them all day… a perfect tapa for your party!


  • 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed (see notes)
  • 2 leek (white part only), cleaned, sliced lengthwise, then 1/2″ slices (see notes)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 3 large eggs, whisked
  • 8 ounces feta, crumbled or grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh herbs (dill, parsley, oregano, rosemary, thyme), (see notes)
  • a few grinds pepper
  • 45 phyllo (filo, fillo) shells, (see notes)
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Oysters With Bacon, Blood Orange, and Jalapeño Mignonette

Sweet, smoky, salty, spicy… all in a little bite of the ocean! Oysters With Bacon, Blood Orange, and Jalapeño Mignonette is a simple and elegant starter course for adventurous foodies…


  • 1 dozen oysters in their shells


  • 1 blood orange, zest and juice, substitute orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • 1 shallot, finely minced
  • one small jalapeno, finely minced, (see notes)
  • 2 strips lean bacon, fried crisp, and crumbled
  • several grinds cracked pepper
  • sea salt, to taste
Mixed Olive Tapenade Crostini with Grilled Bread


Savory, salty umami flavor with fresh herbs and hints of heat and acidity make this easy Mixed Olive Tapenade Crostini with Grilled Bread perfect for a casual game day snack or elegant enough to serve as an appetizer for your special occasion menu!


  • 3 cups mixed pitted olives (see notes)
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 5 cloves garlic preferably roasted
  • 1 small shallot quartered
  • 2 whole anchovies or 2 teaspoons paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper more or less to taste
  • one tablespoon fresh herbs thyme, basil, oregano, parsley
  • 1 lemon zest and juice
  • one tablespoon sherry vinegar (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil as needed
  • one baguette 1/2″ slices
  • olive oil for brushing
  • cheese (see notes)
  • fresh herbs, peppers, grilled citrus, crushed red pepper garnishes (see notes)


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Sweet Potato Goat Cheese Appetizer

Sweet potato rounds with goat cheese are the perfect easy holiday party appetizer! This sweet potato goat cheese appetizer is beautiful and easy to make topped with creamy goat cheese, crunchy pecans, sweet dried cranberries and drizzled with honey.


  • 3-4 medium sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2″ slices
  • olive oil
  • sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon cream or half and half
  • one tablespoon honey
  • quarter cup chopped candied pecans
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
  • honey for drizzling