Top 40 Holiday Party Appetizer Recipes

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    Holiday Party Recipes

    Pimiento Cheese Spread
    Southern Pimiento Cheese Spread. Diana Rattray

    Holiday Party Food Tips

    Food is always the focal point of a successful holiday party, and New Year's Eve, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are times we like to gather with family and friends. 

    Buffet-style serving is easy on the host. Set up a buffet table where guests can help themselves to snacks and dips and have a slow cooker or two for hot dips, meatballs, wings, and cocktail franks. A warming tray or buffet server might be a worthwhile investment if you plan to have several warm appetizers.

    Ha...MOREve napkins, toothpicks, and utensils ready in containers, and have some wet napkins available if you're serving particularly messy finger foods.

    If you plan on offering a breakfast dish in the wee hours of the morning, this easy breakfast casserole can be made up to a day ahead of time. Or bake a quiche and reheat it in a 350 F oven for about 15 minutes, or until hot.

    Here are some of my favorite party recipes for New Year's Eve parties and holiday entertaining .

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    Apple Pie Chips and Dip

    apple pie dip with pie crust chips
    Diana Rattray

    This delicious deconstructed apple pie is a fabulous sweet dip. The apple dip is served with cut-out pie crust chips. It will be the hit of the party!

    Apple Pie Chips and Dip 

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    Fontina, Spinach, and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

    Spinach, Bacon, and Fontina Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
    Stuffed Mushrooms With Fontina Cheese, Bacon, and Spinach. Diana Rattray

     Melted fontina cheese throughout the simple fresh spinach and bacon filling makes these stuffed mushrooms as delicious as they are easy. 

    Fontina, Spinach, and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

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    Hot and Spicy Baked Chicken Drumettes or Wings

    Hot and Spicy Drumettes or Wings
    Hot and Spicy Drumettes. Diana Rattray

     This is my go-to recipe for chicken wings. They crisp up nicely in the oven, and the hot and spicy coating is amazing. Make it as hot as you like with extra cayenne pepper.

    Hot and Spicy Baked Chicken Drumettes or Wings

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    Southern Pickled Shrimp with Fresh Dill

    Pickled Shrimp with Dill
    Southern Pickled Shrimp. Diana Rattray

    Pickled shrimp make an easy and tasty appetizer and a nice alternative to shrimp cocktail. Serve them with cream cheese spreads and baguette slices or serve them as is with toothpicks for guests. 

    Southern Pickled Shrimp with Fresh Dill

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    Tortilla Pinwheels with Cream Cheese Filling

    Tortilla Roll Ups
    Tortilla Roll Ups. Diana Rattray

     These tortilla pinwheels are always a hit at holiday parties. Serve with salsa, a  ranch style dressing, sour cream, guacamole, or use your own favorite dip ideas.

    Tortilla Pinwheels with Cream Cheese Filling

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    Shrimp Cakes With Sriracha Mayonnaise

    Shrimp Cakes
    Diana Rattray

    Shape the shrimp mixture into mini cakes or balls and serve them along with sriracha mayo and remoulade sauce. 

    Shrimp Cakes With Sriracha Mayonnaise

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    Southern Pimiento Cheese Spread

    Pimiento Cheese Spread
    Southern Pimiento Cheese Spread. Diana Rattray

     Serve this pimiento cheese spread as a spread with grilled bread or crackers or use it to fill party sandwiches or celery sticks. 

    Southern Pimiento Cheese Spread

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    Cheddar Bacon Puffs

    Bacon Cheese Puffs
    Cheddar Bacon Puffs. Diana Rattray

     These tasty cheese puffs are made with a simple choux pastry. Cheddar cheese and bacon give them rich and smoky flavor. And they freeze well.

    Cheddar Bacon Puffs

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    Super Easy Mini Pork Quiches

    Mini Shredded Pork Quiches
    Mini Shredded Pork Quiches. Diana Rattray

    Use leftover pulled pork in these mini quiches or use purchased fully cooked shredded pulled pork. I used round dumpling wraps to make these, but mini tart shells or phyllo cups may be used as well. Serve them with ketchup or barbecue sauce.

    Super Easy Mini Pork Quiches

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    Clam Dip with Cream Cheese

    Clam Dip With Crackers
    Clam Dip With Crackers. Diana Rattray

     The simple clam dip is delicious as it is, but feel free to add some sour cream, grated onion, or onion powder to the mixture. The dip may also be made with sour cream instead of cream cheese.

    Clam Dip with Cream Cheese

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    4 Ingredient Appetizer Meatballs

    4-Ingredient Slow Cooker Meatballs
    4-Ingredient Slow Cooker Meatballs. Diana Rattray

      These meatballs make a delicious appetizer for a party or game day gathering. Or take them along to the game if you're tailgating. Currant jelly and barbecue sauce make up the simple sauce.

    4 Ingredient Appetizer Meatballs

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    Pigs in a Blanket With Crescent Roll Dough and Cheese

    Crescent Roll Hot Dogs "Pigs in a Blanket"
    Crescent Roll Hot Dogs "Pigs in a Blanket". Diana Rattray

     These pigs in a blanket are wrapped with refrigerated crescent roll dough. These are quick and easy and perfect for parties and get-togethers.

    Pigs in a Blanket With Crescent Roll Dough and Cheese

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    Crock Pot Party Meatballs With Tangy Sauce

    crock pot party meatballs
    Party meatballs from your slow cooker. Diana Rattray

    These party meatballs are flavored with a sweet and tangy homemade barbecue sauce. I add a small amount of ground cayenne pepper to the sauce, but feel free to leave it out. 

    Crock Pot Party Meatballs With Tangy Sauce

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    Sweet and Hot Pork Meatballs

    Sweet and Hot Pork Meatballs
    Sweet and Hot Pork Meatballs. Diana Rattray

     These pork appetizer meatballs are cooked with a sweet and spicy sauce. Use ground beef or a combination of beef and pork.

    Sweet and Hot Pork Meatballs

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    Baked Potato Skins with Cheese and Bacon

    potato skins
    Potato Skins With Bacon and Cheese. Diana Rattray

     You can vary the toppings for these versatile baked potato skins. These are great with a dollop of sour cream or guacamole. Or serve them with fresh or store-bought salsa.

    Baked Potato Skins with Cheese and Bacon

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    Baked Chicken Wings With Spicy Peanut Sauce

    Chicken wings and peanut sauce
    Chicken wings with peanut sauce. Diana Rattray

    These chicken wings are coated with some of the easy homemade peanut sauce and then they're served with more of the sauce.

    Baked Chicken Wings With Spicy Peanut Sauce

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    Baked Ground Beef Nachos

    Beef Nachos
    Beef Nachos. Diana Rattray

     Add jalapeno rings or diced fresh jalapenos to these nachos to spice them up, and serve them with an optional garnish of sour cream and sliced green onions. 

    Baked Ground Beef Nachos

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    Stuffed Mushrooms With Spinach and Ham

    Stuffed Mushrooms With Ham and Spinach
    Stuffed Mushrooms With Spinach and Cheese. Diana Rattray

     Spinach, ham, and mozzarella cheese are combined with bread crumbs to make the savory filling for these stuffed mushrooms.

    Stuffed Mushrooms With Spinach and Ham

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    Quick and Easy Shrimp Dip

    Quick and Easy Shrimp Dip
    Quick and Easy Shrimp Dip. Diana Rattray

     This delicious shrimp dip takes just a few minutes to fix, and it is a delicious dip to serve with crackers, chips, or vegetables. 

    Quick and Easy Shrimp Dip

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    Party Ham Rolls

    party ham rolls or sliders
    Party ham rolls with cheese and mustard. Diana Rattray

     These popular little ham slider sandwiches are always a hit, and they are delicious! Use Hawaiian dinner rolls or other small, unseparated rolls. It's an easy way to make lunch sandwiches for a crowd.

    Party Ham Rolls

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    Maple and Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped Mini Hot Dogs

    Glazed Bacon Wrapped Mini Hot Dogs
    Glazed Bacon Wrapped Cocktail Franks. Diana Rattray

     Hot dogs or mini smoked sausages are wrapped in bacon and baked to perfection. The tangy maple and brown sugar sauce adds flavor to the hot dogs.

    Maple and Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped Mini Hot Dogs

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    Sausage Pinwheel Rolls

    Sausage Pinwheels
    Sausage Pinwheels. Diana Rattray

     These sausage pinwheels are made with puff pastry and breakfast sausage. They make a fabulous snack. The are terrific with eggs as well.

    Sausage Pinwheel Rolls

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    Baked Sugared Pecans

    Sugared Pecans
    Pecans baked with a brown sugar and vanilla coating. Diana Rattray

     These pecans are coated with a vanilla flavored egg white mixture. These crunchy meringue-coated pecans are fantastic party snacks.

    Baked Sugared Pecans

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    Pizza Crostini

    Pizza crostini
    Crostini with pizza toppings. Diana Rattray

     These tasty crostini bites are made with pizza toppings. These are perfect for a New Year's Eve party.

    Pizza Crostini Recipe

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    Marinated Roasted Bell Peppers

    marinated roasted bell pepper strips
    Marinated roasted bell pepper strips. Diana Rattray

     The marinated pepper slices make a tasty appetizer. Serve them with French bread slices, or add them to salads, sauces, burgers, or sandwiches.

    Marinated Roasted Bell Peppers

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    Pizza Pinwheels

    Pizza pinwheels
    Pizza pinwheel appetizers with marinara sauce. Diana Rattray

     These little appetizer rolls are easily prepared with crescent roll dough, pepperoni, and cheese, along with other finely chopped additions. Serve them with marinara or prepared pizza sauce for dipping.

    Pizza Pinwheels

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    Classic Guacamole with Lime and Cilantro

    Guacamole with Cilantro
    Guacamole with Cilantro. Diana Rattray

     This basic guacamole can be made with or without diced tomatoes, and it's the perfect dip for parties or game day snacking.

    Classic Guacamole with Lime and Cilantro

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    Easy Bean Dip

    Easy Bean Dip
    Easy Bean Dip. Diana Rattray

     Top this simple bean and cheese dip with chopped fresh cilantro or green onions.

    Refried  Bean Dip

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    Seafood Dip With Crab, Shrimp, or Lobster

    seafood dip
    Seafood dip with crab meat. Emily Suzanne McDonald / Getty Images

     This is an extra special dip made with your choice of shellfish. It's perfect for Christmas or New Year's Eve.

    Seafood Dip With Crab, Shrimp, or Lobster

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    Easy Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

    Bacon Wrapped Scallops Appetizer
    Bacon Wrapped Scallops. Iain Bagwell / Getty Images

    This combination of scallops and bacon is a snap to prepare, and the presentation is impressive. It makes an elegant New Year's Eve appetizer.

    Easy Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

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    Simple Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

    Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp
    Easy bacon wrapped shrimp. Bob Ingelhart / Getty Images

    Prepare these bacon wrapped shrimp early in the day and refrigerate until it's time to broil or grill them.

    Simple Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

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    Spicy Cajun Style Chicken Wings

    cajun spicy wings
    Cajun spiced chicken wings with green onions. Diana Rattray

     Cajun spices season these juicy baked chicken wings. Add extra cayenne pepper if you like your wings extra spicy.

    Spicy Cajun Style Chicken Wings

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    Stuffed Mushrooms With Clams

    Stuffed Mushrooms With Clams
    Stuffed Mushrooms With Clams. Diana Rattray

     Minced clam flavor the bread crumb filling for these delicious stuffed mushrooms. 

    Stuffed Mushrooms With Clams

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    Cajun Spiced Pecans

    pecan halves
    Pecan Halves. Photo: Diana Rattray

     These spicy pecan halves are cooked in the slow cooker. Serve these savory nuts as a party snack or give them as gifts.

    Chrisanne's Cajun Spiced Pecans

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    Classic Cheese Straws

    Cheese Straws
    Cheese Straws. Ian O'Leary/Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images

     Cheese straws are another Southern favorite. Use sharp cheddar and plenty of cayenne.

    Classic Cheese Straws

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    Grape Jelly Meatballs Appetizer

    Grape Jelly Meatballs
    Appetizer Meatballs. Gabrielle Revere/The Image Bank/Getty Images

    This is an easy recipe and these meatballs are always a hit. They're perfect for tailgating, office parties, or a home game day gathering. Take them to a party or potluck and watch them disappear!

    Grape Jelly Meatballs Appetizer

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    Crock Pot Spicy Refried Bean Dip

    Spicy Refried Bean Dip
    Easy Spicy Refried Bean Dip. Diana Rattray

    This easy bean dip is made with taco seasoning mix, cheese, and chopped chili peppers.

    Crock Pot Spicy Refried Bean Dip

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    Slow Cooker Garlic Shrimp

    Slow Cooker Garlic Shrimp
    Diana Rattray

    Toss the peeled shrimp in the slow cooker with the delicious garlic sauce, and you'll have an instant appetizer! 

    Slow Cooker Garlic Shrimp 

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    Soft Homemade Pretzels

    Homemade Soft Pretzels
    Diana Rattray

     These homemade pretzels are sure to bring praise. They are topped with flaky sea salt and baked to perfection.

    Soft Homemade Pretzels