20 easy & elegant appetizers for holiday parties

20 holiday party appetizers that are easy & elegant

Choosing a dish to bring to a holiday party can be daunting. It should be easy to eat, not messy, aesthetically pleasing and, ideally, somewhat simple to make (because who has the time, really?). Oh yeah — and it should taste good. Thankfully, these 20 holiday party appetizers (hors d’oeuvres) fit the bill. 

1. Grilled pear, goat cheese & prosciutto crostini

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You can’t go wrong with prosciutto. Throw in some seasonal fruit and crostinis — like Cookin’ Canuck did in this recipe — and you’ve got yourself a plate full of festive, appetizing finger food party guests will love.

2. Creamy Parmesan spinach dip

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It’s not a party without spinach dip. This one from Skinnytaste takes a lighter approach by using low-fat ingredients: only 79.4 calories per ¼ cup. Just make sure to save room for Christmas dinner.

3. Caprese salad bites

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All the goodness of a Caprese salad skewered onto a toothpick. All you need for these Caprese salad bites is cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, marinated artichoke hearts and basil leaves. Don’t forget to bring a small bowl for guests to dispose of their toothpicks!

4. Roasted tomato and ricotta crostini

Photo source: Bellalimento.com

Or take a different approach to the classic caprese combo of cheese, basil and tomatoes. This recipe from Bell’alimento uses roasted cherry tomatoes and ricotta cheese for a tasty twist on the traditional app. 

5. Light shrimp puffs

Photo source: iFoodreal.com

We’re about to blow your mind: These shrimp puffs have only 44 calories and 1.7 grams of fat each. Crazy, right?! The iFoodReal recipe uses spaghetti squash, shrimp and low-fat mozzarella cheese for a melt-in-your-mouth appetizer that you don’t need to feel guilty about.

6. Christmas tree cheese board

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Perhaps you want to be a little more literal with your hors d’oeuvres. Take the food festivity up a notch with this cheese board conveniently shaped like a Christmas tree. Doesn’t get much easier than this one, folks.

7. Christmas tree appetizers

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Christmas trees for everyone! For this Betty Crocker recipe, all you need to do is cut pita bread into wedges; insert the pretzel stick; spread with a mixture of fat-free sour cream, guacamole, parsley, garlic and pepper; and “decorate” each tree with chopped red bell pepper.

8. Skinny buffalo dip

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Greek yogurt comes to the rescue with this recipe from Wine and Glue, which cuts back on the fat by using the yogurt and light mayo. Top with  blue cheese for ultimate yumminess! 

9. Spanakopita bites

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This classic Greek dish can be made ahead of time, so you can easily work it into your chaotic holiday schedule! The crispy, flaky phyllo cups are loaded with a creamy mixture of spinach, shallots, garlic and feta. 

10. Creole spiced toasted pecans

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For those of you who can’t get enough of the sweet and spicy combo, these Creole spice toasted pecans from The Food Channel should hit the spot. And they only require six ingredients: butter, Louisiana-style hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Creole seasoning blend, pecan halves and brown sugar.

11. Sparkling cranberry brie bites

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Brie might be a holiday-party staple, but you can impress party guests by fancifying the stinky cheese with wheat crackers and sugared cranberries. In addition to being addictively good, these cranberry brie bites from Midwest Living also look Christmassy!

12. Crab-stuffed mushrooms

Photo source: Yummly.com

Everybody loves a good stuffed mushroom. And who doesn’t love a good crab cake? Combine the two favorites with this Yummly recipe. We recommend using light mayo to cut down on the calories and fat. 

13. Cucumber canapés with whipped feta, sun-dried tomato and basil

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These tasty cucumber canapés from Two Peas And Their Pod will blend right in with your holiday decorations — and they take only 15 minutes to make! Just place a dollop of whipped feta in the center of each cucumber slice, and top with sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil.

14. Baked brie sweet potato bites

Photo source: BigGirlsSmallKitchen.com

Just about anything in phyllo bite form is guaranteed to be a hit at parties, but these sweet potato & baked brie bites from Big Girls Small Kitchen are exceptionally scrumptious. Plus, you get bonus points for using the seasonal sweet potato.

15. Smoked salmon and cucumber appetizer

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Crostinis are the perfect party food. Give party-goers a New York-style treat with these crostinis from Roxy’s Kitchen that are topped with smoked salmon, cream cheese, cucumber slices and fresh dill. 

16. Bloody Mary shrimp cocktail

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For those of you have been dying for an opportunity to finally use your tasting spoon set, now’s your chance. This Bloody Mary shrimp cocktail app from Gooseberry Mooseberry gives the typical shrimp cocktail a kick with a little vodka and a snazzy presentation. 

17. Shaved Brussels sprout bites

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Brussels sprouts don’t deserve their bad rep — and we’re convinced more people love them than hate them. For all you Brussels sprouts lovers out there, try these bites from Authentic Suburban Gourmet: garlic, Brussels sprouts, TRUFFLE OIL, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese and marcona almonds all sittin’ pretty in mini fillo cups. 

18. Cranberry cheddar sausage bites

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With bright red cranberries and vibrant green shallots, these sausage bites from Running To The Kitchen will add some holiday flare to the party-food selection. 

19. Prosciutto-wrapped cantaloupe

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Prosciutto and cantaloupe might seem like an unlikely pair, but their different flavors and textures suit each other well. Add some mint leaves, skewer with toothpicks and you’re golden.

20. Greek chicken meatballs

Photo source: FoxesLoveLemons.com

Somebody’s gotta bring the balls, right? These Greek chicken meatballs from Foxes Love Lemons are a lighter alternative to the typical meatball dishes. Don’t leave out the Greek yogurt dill sauce for dipping!