Easy Holiday Appetizers Guests Will Rave About

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Fans of festive holiday appetizers, here are some quick, go-to recipes to make your holiday party a hit. These easy appetizers are attractive, yet simple to create. This holiday season, I put together a list of ten easy appetizers sure to be a hit. There are even a few keto-friendly options on this list. From a party host who prefers to socialize with guests rather than work frantically in the kitchen, here are the party appetizers you’ve been looking for!

A Huge Fan of Savory Appetizers

If you socialize with me at a holiday party, you will most likely find me hovering around the appetizers. I have a shameless weakness for them. Yes, I also crave sweets, but savory appetizers are what I most long for. I raided my own recipe files as well as my Pinterest account to gather these ideas. I’ve responsibly begun the list with the more healthy options. Sit back and let your taste buds start anticipating the flavors which await.

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Festive Dried Fruit

Dried fruit in a basket

Serve up a selection of dried fruit. You could dry berries, pineapple, apples, apricots, or cherries. There are many other possibilities. If you would like to read about the details of drying fruit in a food dehydrator, I wrote about an assortment of foods that are great to dry.

Crispy, Crunchy Delightful Dill Pickles

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Some may not consider dill pickles to be an appetizer, but I beg to differ. Homemade dill pickles are a finger food that gets raves from my guests every time I serve them. Here’s my favorite recipe for Super Easy Quick Dill Pickles. Keto-friendly, low in calories, dill pickles are the perfect appetizer.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Sweet and sour meatballs

What is a holiday party without meatballs? The party is even better when the meatballs can be simmered in a crockpot. This delicious easy holiday appetizer features my dad’s delicious shortcut meatballs, which involves a bag of frozen meatballs and Mr. Yoshida’s Sweet Teriyaki Cooking Sauce. That’s it! Just put the meatballs in a crockpot, pour the sauce over the meatballs and set the heat to low. Heat the meatballs for about 3 hours, then put them out for your guests to devour.

It’s a winner, and you don’t need to let anyone know the meatballs were frozen. Your guests will love them no matter what.

Little Smokies

Little Smokies
Little smokies simmering in their sweet, savory sauce

This appetizer is a family favorite, and it couldn’t be easier. Here are the ingredients:

1 package little smokies smoked sausages

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/2 cup ketchup

Simmer together in a saucepan on low or a little crock pot on low. Serve when warm. Yummy and easy!

Clam Dip

Easy appetizers clam dip in a bowl

Another favorite easy holiday appetizer, this recipe has been in my family for years. In addition to being part of a great holiday spread, it’s also a terrific item for picnics at the beach. I should never be left alone with this dip. It’s too tempting! Here’s the recipe:

1 8 ounce block of cream cheese, at room temperature

1  6.5 ounce can of chopped clams

1/2 to 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, to taste

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon pepper

A few drops of hot pepper sauce, to taste

Drain clams and reserve clam juice. Mix clam juice with cream cheese, a little juice at a time, until a smooth consistency is achieved. Add the seasonings and mix well. Finally, add the drained clams. Enjoy with your favorite chips or crackers.

Smoked Salmon Cheese Ball

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I adore this recipe. Its simple ingredients and beautiful presentation make it a lovely addition to any party. To view the recipe, go to my post about Smoked Salmon Cheese Ball. You will not regret it!

Easy Seafood Dip Supreme

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This easy recipe was recently shared with me by my husband’s cousin, and it’s quickly become a favorite. It contains many of my favorite ingredients, and it’s delicious. I’ve tried it with crackers, chips, bread, celery sticks and it’s a standout. To learn how to make it, go to my post called Easy Seafood Dip Supreme.

Homemade Salsa

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I grow tomatoes in our garden for one main reason: This salsa recipe is a winner. I try to make enough of this easy canned salsa to last until the next growing season. Sometimes, we run out before I make the next batch. I usually have a few jars on the shelf for holiday entertaining, though. Here’s the recipe for Easy Canned Salsa. If you would like, you could save this recipe for the summer, when you might have home-grown ingredients on hand. Then you could make some to have in your pantry for next year’s holiday season.

Mom’s Special Guacamole

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When people first taste this homemade guacamole, they know there’s something different about it. Its flavor is like no other. Since I grew up eating it, all other guacamole recipes pale in comparison. Here’s how to make my mom’s special guacamole. You can increase the spiciness as much as you like.

2 ripe medium-sized avocados

1-2 tablespoons ketchup

2 teaspoons bottled or fresh lemon juice

1-2 teaspoons dried, minced onion

1/2 to 1 teaspoon chili powder, to taste

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, to taste

A few drops of hot pepper sauce, to taste

Remove the skin and the pit from each avocado. Mash avocados, then add all other ingredients. For mashing the avocados, there’s nothing better than this round masher. Mine was given to me by a dear family friend, but here’s one exactly like it.

Stir to combine. Serve with tortilla chips or with your favorite taco, flauta, tostada or burrito recipe. Bliss!

Scrumptious Ham and Dill Pickle Dip

Ham appetizer

This final recipe in my list was shared with me by one of the secretaries at one of the schools where I teach. When it was served as an afternoon snack recently, I knew I had to have the recipe. I’m a huge fan of dill pickles, so there was no holding me back from this amazing creation. If you have some homemade dill pickles, this delicious dip is even better. Here’s the recipe.

1 9 ounce deli ham, or leftover cooked ham

1 16 oz jar of baby dill pickles

2 8 ounce bricks of cream cheese

Mix the cream cheese until smooth. Mix in 1-2 tablespoons of the pickle juice when doing this. Fold in chopped ham and pickles. Chill until ready to eat. Serve with your favorite crackers. How was this not in my life before? I am really looking forward to serving this easy appetizer at parties.

Mini Sausage Rolls

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These bite-sized savory gems are perfect for parties. They may be served warm from the oven or taken on a picnic. They are also a great addition to any tea party. Try the easy mini sausage roll recipe and watch your guests devour them.

Other Party Ideas You Might Enjoy:

Looking for some other fun and easy party ideas? Try hosting a raclette dinner party. Keep guests entertained with an easy DIY craft, like making an origami greeting card. You could even make a fish print t-shirt. Let your creativity shine!

Easy Holiday Appetizers

My Recipes to Try Pinterest Board

I’m always looking for new, easy recipes to try. I get many of my ideas from Pinterest. If I find a recipe I’d like to try, I save it to my Recipes to Try board. My family members have been beneficiaries of my many Pinterest experiments. Most of them have turned out well. Do you have a Pinterest account? If you like to collect easy recipes as well, I’d love to follow you.

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Have a fabulous day, and have fun serving up (and eating) easy holiday appetizers!

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15 thoughts on “Easy Holiday Appetizers Guests Will Rave About”

  1. These all sound amazing! I love appetizers at parties. I can make a meal out of them! I’d love to make the clam dip. My family would devour it. Thanks for the recipes– best kind of sharing 😉

    • Ana,

      I’m with you! A meal entirely of appetizers would be a dream come true. I’m glad you liked the clam dip recipe. Enjoy!


  2. These all sound delicious! I look forward to trying them.

    • Heidi,

      Oh I hope you do get to try them. They are super easy!


  3. Choices for everyone here! I love the zucchini crisps and I always enjoy salsa and guacamole with non GMOtortilla chips!

    • Cindy,

      I had healthy eaters like you in mind when I included the zucchini recipe. I’m glad you like the choices! Thanks for commenting.


  4. Cauliflower and zucchini seems great! A new way to try. Yummy recipes. Thank you so much.

    • Nilakshi,

      Yes, the cauliflower and zucchini are something new for me. I’m glad you liked the recipes and I hope you get to try them. Happy appetizing!


  5. You had me at meatballs and yoshidas! These recipes are wonderful, it 7:00 am and my mouth is watering! I will be trying a few of these over the holiday especially some of your dips! Tweeting this so I have it!

  6. Such great ideas! I’ll be hosting Christmas this year and will be using some of these easy appetizers ideas! Thank you for sharing xoxo

    • Michelle,

      If you use these recipes when you host, I’d love to know what your guests think. Thank you for commenting, and best of luck with hosting the Christmas gathering.


  7. You nailed this! I love appetizers during the holidays and these are very unique meal ideas. I really want to try the Sweat & Sour Meatballs. They look delicious!

    • Je’Ana,

      I’m glad you liked the ideas. I hope you’ll be able to try the sweet and sour meatballs. Thanks for your kind words, and have fun making appetizers!



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