To kick off your holiday dinner, it’s always a good idea to tickle the taste buds with a few appetizers. While you’re putting the final touch on the first course, the rest of the family can start nibbling on some finger food and get into the ambiance. These ten simple but eye-pleasing Christmas appetizers are quick and easy to make and super tasty.
Grilled Zucchini Rollups stuffed with Lemon-Basil Ricotta and Slow Roasted Tomatoes
This appetizer is super healthy and also looks amazing with the quintessential colors of Christmas. The Mediterranean flavors add a bit of sunshine to your Christmas eve and are best served with a sparkling Prosecco or white wine.
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A Holiday Charcuterie Wreath
An eye-pleasing take on the traditional antipasti board is the wreath where you organize your bites in the shape of a wreath. You can be as creative as you like with sprigs of rosemary combined with tomatoes, mozarella balls and other delicacies. The boost of colors makes it a joy to look at.
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A Caprese Candy Cane Board
You can’t go wrong with a Caprese salad and crostinis but to make this classic a bit more exciting, why not serve it as a candy cane? It’s so simple!
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Mini croque monsieur with truffle mayonnaise
Cookie cutters are not just for making cookies. Use them to create these miniature grilled cheese appetizers. Use brie or cheddar, a slice of ham or prosciutto and that’s it! You can even add a teaspoon of cranberry sauce or apple chutney to make it extra Christmassy or serve them with a dip of truffle mayonnaise!
Mini Christmas Tree Pizzas
Everyone has a box of puff pastry in the freezer. There’s so much you can do with it, but the simplest recipe is to create miniature recipes in the shape of a Christmas tree.
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Mini Christmas cheese balls
All the flavours of Christmas are in these bite-size cheeseballs: the freshness of goat cheese, the sweetness of cranberries, the nutty flavor of pecan nuts.
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Grilled Figs with bacon and maple syrup
Figs go hand in hand with the holiday season. What I love about this recipe is how the sweetness of the maple syrup is combined with the salty bacon. You can have this done in a jiffy yet it’s so chic and sophisticated.
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Watermelon Mozarella canapes
Although it isn’t watermelon season in the northern hemisphere, this recipe is ideal if you’re celebrating Christmas in a tropical climate. You can even exchange the mozarella with feta cheese for a more balanced flavour of fresh and sweet and salty.
Beet dyed deviled eggs
Dye your deviled eggs in beet juice and this classic appetizer becomes an eye-catching bite. You can choose to either dye the egg white, or you can mix the yolk with beet.
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Crostinis are always a crowd pleaser. Top them with cream cheese, pistachio nuts, cranberries, tomato, figs or pastrami. The combinations are endless.
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