10 Easy Holiday Appetizers


I love the holidays so much. The last three months of the year are just magical! To prepare for all the craziness…the food prep, the meals, the family gatherings, the naps after eating Thanksgiving dinner etc…you know, all the important things, I compiled a list of our family’s favorite holiday appetizers.

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10 Easy Holiday Appetizers

Holiday Cheese Ball

This cheese ball is perfect for work parties, football games, receptions and more. It is easy to make ahead and tastes delicious!

Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip

I invented this recipe a few years ago.  It is a crowd pleaser to be sure!  If you like Spinach Artichoke dip at restaurants, you’ll love this one even more because it is loaded with delicious ingredients.  Serve with tortilla chips.

Parmesan Potato Wedges

 Oh my, y’all! If you haven’t tried these potato wedges yet, wait no longer! Your family and guests will love you forever!

Pumpkin Dip

Everyone needs to try this dip.  It’s SO yummy with gingersnaps and Granny Smith apples!

Pepper Jelly Spread

When I worked at the furniture store Pepper Jelly Spread was a staple at work parties.  The ingredient list is unusual but the flavors together are delicious!  Serve with crackers!

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

*Not Health Food Alert* My Mom got me hooked on these meatballs…they are musty – you must have more. 🙂  Little Smokies are also wonderful fixed this way.

Layered Texas American Dip

This recipe is perfect year round, but the fresh ingredients are perfect to balance out the heavy food of holiday meals.  “Mexican” food is good anytime, right?

Cranberry Caramel Chex Mix

If you’re a nibbler or grazer like me, Chex Mix is a perfect appetizer. But it is also a perfect gift to give to neighbors and friends.  There are a million different flavors that you can make – sweet, savory or salty.

Corn and Bacon Dip

My family loves this recipe. It is light with a wonderful sweet and savory combination with the corn and bacon. Serve with crackers and chips!

Cream Cheese & Pepper Jelly Spread

I first tasted this spread at a holiday open house downtown. It was served with crackers and was just delicious!

What is your favorite holiday appetizer?



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  1. Thanks for the ideas! I’m just planning my menu for Hanukkah and I’m thinking about spin & artichoke dip like you have, hummus, and a cheeseball.

  2. These all sound wonderful! Pigs in a blanket is a family favorite for us as well. I usualy simmer my pigs in maple syrup before wrapping them and it makes them super yummy! I can’t wait to try some of the new (to me) recipies you posted 🙂

  3. Hi, How delicious looking. I just wonder about this Chex Mix (don’t know that, I am German living in Scotland), if you microwave the mixture, aren’t the pretzels getting soft? And we are talking about salted pretzels aren’t we? I have seen this mixture bfore with M&Ms in it as well and couldn’t believe that would be good, because they are sweet and the rest is salty… ???

  4. These all look so YUMMY! I can’t wait to try the spinach/artichoke dip one – we had some the other night at Applebees and LOVED it… were talking about needing to make some, and now I have a recipe! 😀

  5. Slobbering as I type. 🙂 Love you babe! All this stuff is delicious! I can’t wait till you make more. 🙂

  6. YUMMY! Pumpkin dip is going to our work party this year. I’ll take apples with it so we can pretend to be eating healthy. Thank you and Merry Christmas.

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