CHRISTMAS APPETIZERS

Yeah, a little Christmas Party never killed nobody! But it’s almost impossible to have a good party without good food. That’s why I have brought lots of recipes for Christmas appetizers to avoid running your wonderful party.

The list is quite diverse and contains different kinds of dishes, so it has something for everyone in here. Your guests will be pleased, and the holidays will be a real fairytale for them.

Let’s discover the miracles waiting for us!

 

ADDICTIVE AND DELICIOUS SAUSAGE BALLS’

For me, this snack is an inseparable part of the Christmas table. It’s the quickest way to make your table shine with the fascinating balls.

They are very juicy, delicious, and super quick. What you need for making it is a ground pork sausage, shredded cheese, Bisquick, and of course, some spices including salt, pepper, parsley, and paprika. You will also need an egg to brush the balls before cooking them.

What you need to do for baking this super meal is just taking a large mixing bowl and combining there all the ingredients (except for the egg, of course). So put there 1 lb. sausage, add 4 cups shredded cheese, 2 cups of Bisquick, a pinch of kosher salt and black pepper, and 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley. What refers to cheese, you can use your favorite kind. I usually make this appetizer with parmesan or cheddar, as they are my favorite ones.

When you add all the ingredients, mix them carefully. Preheat the oven beforehand and line the baking sheet with the parchment. Then make little balls from the sausage and cheese mixture and arrange the balls on the baking sheet in a single layer. Brush their tops with eggs and transfer the baking sheet into the oven.

Bake the balls for 25 to 30 minutes under the temperature 350°. When the balls are golden, take the baking sheet from the oven and garnish the balls with some chopped parsley or other seasonings. That’s all, serve the balls!

CRANBERRY BRIE BITES

Let’s also decorate your holiday menu with some cranberry bites. These small cute bites are so delicious and inviting that they disappear from the table immediately after serving. It seems that everyone is waiting for them.

The ingredient list for this meal includes a tube crescent dough,  brie, cranberry sauce, pecans, and springs of rosemary. You will also need some flour for the surface and some cooking spray to spray on the pan. For this purpose, you will need a muffin pan.

So, first of all, preheat the oven to 375° and grease the muffin pan with cooking spray. Lightly flour the surface, take a crescent dough and roll out it on the floured surface. Cut into squares (you can decide the size and quantity for the squares). Place them in the slots of the muffin pan. Take a wheel of brie and cut it into small pieces. Place the pieces into the dough. Chop the pecans and rosemary springs. Add a spoonful of cranberry sauce in the slots and then top them with pecans and a small piece of rosemary spring.

Transfer the baking pan into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until the dough becomes brown. They smell fantastic, don’t they?

 

ANTIPASTO SQUARES

With these antipasto squares, your Christmas party will be as amazing that you have never imagined before. A 15 minutes preparation time; 6 ingredients, some spices, 45 minutes of cooking, and this dish will fill your party with adorable scent and taste.

So the ingredients you need to make it include crescent dough, ham, pepperoni, provolone, parmesan, and mozzarella cheese, pepperoncini, cooking spray, and some spices like oregano.

Coming to the preparation process, first of all, we should preheat the oven to 350°. Then take a deep baking sheet and grease it lightly with cooking spray.

Roll the first crescent dough and arrange single layers of deli ham, pepperoni, sliced mozzarella and provolone, and a cup of sliced pepperoncini

When you have finished with the ingredients, cover them with the second dough and pinch together the seams with the first one. Brush the top with the oil and sprinkle shredded parmesan cheese on top. Sprinkle also some oregano. Put the baking sheet into the oven and bake for half an hour. The dough should become golden, but if it becomes golden very quickly, cover with some foil.

When the dish is cooked, take it from the oven and let it cool for some minutes. Then slice into squares and serve.

CRISPY BACON CRACKERS

It is the easiest way to bring some joy to your party. Bacon parm crackers are so yummy and super quick!

It requires a ten minutes’ preparation time and three ingredients. These ingredients are crackers, bacon, and parmesan. In the end, you can also sprinkle on them black pepper. It would be great if you serve it with some sauce or ranch to dip crackers into it before eating.

So, to make this wonderful snack, preheat the oven firstly, as we mostly do at the beginning. Take a large baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. Arrange the crackers on it and sprinkle shredded parmesan on each of them. Then take a piece of bacon and wrap the crackers in it. Place the wrapped crackers on the baking sheet seam-side down. When you finish the wrapping process, sprinkle some more parmesan on the top of the crackers and place the baking sheet into the oven.

Bake some 45 minutes until bacon is cooked, take out the baking sheet from the oven and sprinkle black pepper on them. Serve with sauce or ranch for dipping.

 

MASHED POTATO BALLS

This crispy and delicious snack is among my favorites. It’s one of the fascinating ways to make something very extraordinary and yummy with mashed potatoes.

So, how we make these addictive and awesome balls? For the beginning, take a large mixing ball and combine there mushed potatoes, cooked bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, some garlic powder, and sliced chives. Stir the mixture nicely until all the ingredients are incorporated. Then add seasonings in the mixture and continue mixing. Seasonings include salt and black pepper.

When the mixture is ready, make small balls with the help of a small spoon. Then dip the ball in the egg and coat it wholly with the bread crumbs. Transfer the balls in the frying pan and fry them for 5 minutes until the balls become brown. Drain the balls and serve.

 

PIGS IN A BLANKET

This recipe can become the favorite appetizer for your holiday. It is so delicious and addictive! That’s why they always disappear in a matter of minutes. You cannot make a party and have real fun without these small pieces.

The recipe is very quick, and it does not require too many ingredients. You need just some mini cocktail wieners, crescent dough, some salt, and butter, that’s all. And in the end, you can serve with a sauce or ranch to dip the pigs in it.

You should bake the pigs in the oven, so firstly, preheat the oven. Then lightly flour the surface and roll the crescent dough on it. Cut the dough into small triangles. Put a mini cocktail wiener on each triangle. Put them on the thick side of the triangle and roll the dough pieces. Then brush the top of the blankets with melted butter and sprinkle some salt.

Transfer the blanket into the baking sheet and put it in the oven. Cook for 15 minutes under the temperature 375º. The dough should get a golden color. After that, take out of the oven and enjoy them.

 

STUFFED MUSHROOMS

The stuffed mushrooms are among the most exciting appetizers. They are always demanded by my guests. They are enjoying the mushrooms with so much excitement and heartily that I always make them for the holiday parties.

Yeah, the recipe is not that easy, and it requires eight main ingredients, but you can trust me, it’s worth it. In the end, you will be so pleased with the results that you will not regret the time and money spent on this appetizer.

The ingredient list includes the following items; 8 Portobello mushrooms, block cream cheese (it should be softened), spinach, shredded mozzarella, cooked and chopped strips of bacon, tomatoes, parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, melted butter, and of course, several seasonings to make it tastier. The seasonings include salt, oregano, black pepper, red pepper flakes, parsley, and garlic. Wait, and don’t forget about cooking spray and olive oil for baking.

Now, that we have all the ingredients ready, we can start making the appetizer. Firstly, preheat the oven and lightly grease the baking sheet with cooking spray. Wash the mushrooms and remove the stems and gills. Place them on the baking sheet seam side down. Brush the tops with oil and transfer the mushrooms into the oven. Bake for 10 minutes under the temperature 400° until they get soft.

In a large mixing bowl, combine a block of cream cheese and a cup of shredded mozzarella, then add a package of frozen spinach, chopped stripes of bacon, quartered cherry tomatoes, two cloves of minced garlic, and dried oregano. Stir the mixture until all the ingredients are incorporated. Season with kosher salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes and continue mixing.

In another mixing bowl, combine 0.5 cup breadcrumbs, grated parmesan cheese, and melted butter. Stir the mixture carefully. Stuff the mushrooms firstly with cream cheese and mixture and then top with breadcrumbs and parmesan mixture.

Transfer into the oven and continue baking for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is melted. When the baking process finishes, garnish with some parsley and serve the mouth-watering cute mushrooms.

 

These were my favorite recipes for the Christmas party. The most delicious and addictive appetizers are waiting for you. Have a nice holiday and enjoy the baking process, why not also the eating process.