Ultimate Holiday Appetizers


By Susan Baldani

Ultimate Holiday Appetizers

This holiday season, while family and friends are waiting on the turkey to roast or the ham to bake, bring out some of these special starters to hold them over until dinner time. Just be careful that they leave some room for the main course!

Healthy Holiday Appetizer
Healthy does not have to be boring. Serve these at your holiday parties and it’ll be anything but ho hum.

Butternut Squash and Feta Tartlets
These tarts are packed with so much flavor and goodness that guests won’t realize they’re actually good for them. The nuttiness of the squash combined with the tartness of the cheese will satisfy all palates.

Classic Party Appetizer
There’s a reason why this appetizer has been served at parties for many, many years. Guests are never disappointed to find this oldie but goodie laid out on the table.

Spinach Artichoke Dip
This beloved dip can be served with chips, crackers and a variety of vegetables. Include green and red vegetables, such as cherry tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers for a festive platter. To really jazz it up, serve in a round hollowed-out pumpernickel bread.

Quick and Easy Appetizer
Add this simple appetizer to your party menu and impress your guests. No one will ever know how easy it was to make.

Cranberry Brie Pull-Apart Bread
This flavorful bread is just perfect for the holiday table. Stuffed with tart cranberries and creamy cheese, it’s a combination that’s sure to please. And it’s just so much fun to pull it all apart.

Festive and fancy appetizer
Want to add a little elegance to your party? Serve this delicious offering on a beautiful china platter.

Goat Cheese Log with Cranberries, Chives and Black Pepper
Add holiday color to your cheese plater with this beautiful cheese log. Surround with holiday-shaped crackers to make it even more special.

Fun and festive finger food appetizers for children
This appetizer is so adorable and delicious, you might have a hard time keeping the adults away from the kids’ table.

Babybel Cheese Santa Pops
It doesn’t get much cuter than this Babybel Santa on a stick. So easy to make, and children will find it hard to eat just one of these healthy snacks. To make them even more special, have the kids make them with you.

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Written for Brentwood Lifestyle magazine in Brentwood, Tennessee.

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