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Over 40 Homemade Holiday Appetizers

The holidays can be hectic. But don't let your party planning get the best of you. Here is a collection of easy and delicious Homemade Holiday Appetizers that will keep your Thanksgiving and Christmas guests satisfied until the main course is served!

The holidays can be hectic. But don’t let your party planning get the best of you. Here is a collection of easy and delicious Homemade Holiday Appetizers that will keep your Thanksgiving and Christmas guests satisfied until the main course is served! This collection includes many holiday themed appetizers as well as traditional appetizers that may be served during any occasion. (post updated 11/23/15, originally published 11/12/13)

This week my good friend Paula (Call Me PMc) and I are bringing you four delicious roundups to help you plan your holiday party and/or feast! Today we are sharing appetizers and main dishes. On Friday, we will be sharing sides and desserts. You can find the homemade holiday appetizers in this post (as if I needed to point that out!) and you can find the homemade holiday main dishes over at Paula’s blog right here. We know how important it is for many people to make homemade appetizers, meals and desserts so we wanted to give you a one stop shop for all of these homemade goodies.

Visit Paula’s 14 Homemade Holiday Main Dishes Roundup by clicking here.

I love entertaining. While my boyfriend and I don’t often have a lot of people over to our house, whenever we do have company, we like to make food. Heck, I like to make food when it’s just the two of us. On Superbowl Sunday, I often make a variety of appetizers while Ken grills or smokes some meats. The holidays are no exception. We head to my mom’s place for Thanksgiving, to his family’s place for Christmas and we spend New Years at home. I made a ton of food to take to mom’s, a side or a dessert to take to Ken’s family’s place and appetizers and other goodies for New Years. It really doesn’t take a lot of time to make some good appetizers. All of these appetizers can be made in less than 30 minutes and many of them can be prepped the night before. For spinach and other dips, mix your ingredients the night before, assemble and bake the next day. Hummus can be prepared the night before your event. Bruschetta and Crostini are super simple to prepare right before your event. Enjoy these recipes!

Homemade Holiday Appetizers

Hot Seafood Artichoke Dip | This Gal Cooks

Hot Seafood Artichoke Dip

Sausage Cheese Cups | Call Me PMc

Sausage & Cheese Cups by Call Me PMc

Prosciutto, Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini | Joyful Healthy Eats

Prosciutto, Fig & Goat Cheese Crostini by Joyful Healthy Eats

Cranberry Pino Noir Meatballs | Julie’s Eats and Treats



Copycat Trader Joe’s Hummus | The Haas Machine

Trader Joe's Hummus by The Haas Machines

Spinach Balls | The Kitchen is My Playground

Spinach and Artichoke Wontons | This Gal Cooks

Garlic Pistachio Cranberry Tarts | Spabettie

Apple Butter Bacon Wrapped Shrimp | Nutmeg Nanny

Spicy Stuffed Mushrooms | Rachel Cooks

Artichoke Roasted Garlic Dip | Wonky Wonderful

Artichoke Roasted Garlic Dip by Wonky Wonderful

Avocado Bruschetta | What’s Cooking, Love?

Avocado Bruschetta by What's Cooking, Love?

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus | Cooking on the Front Burner

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus by Cooking on the Front Burner

Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip | Center Cut Cook

Warm Spinach & Artichoke Dip by Center Cut Cook

Cranberry Port Goat Cheese Log | Noshing with the Nolands


Eggnog Dip | Wine and Glue

Two Ingredient Easy Cranberry Salsa | Rachel Cooks

Apple Pie Baked Brie | The Cookie Rookie

Tortilla Espanola Bites with Manchego | Always Order Dessert

Blackberry Brie Bites | Inside BruCrew Life

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad | This Gal Cooks

This is my favorite chicken salad recipe and the only recipe I use anymore! | This Gal Cooks

Butternut Squash Pomegranate Crostini | Foxes Love Lemons


Cranberry Pear Chutney | Spoonful of Flavor


Roasted Sweet Potato Pie Bites | Food Faith Fitness


Herbed Roquefort Stuffed Turkey Meatballs | An Edible Mosaic


Fig Prosciutto Brie Cracker Bites | Ari’s Menu

Strawberry and Blue Cheeses Pizettes | Oh Sweet Basil

Cranberry Pistachio Goat Cheese Truffles | The Gold Lining Girl

Spinach Dip | It Bakes Me Happy

Sweet Potato Hummus | The Kitchen is My Playground

Rosemary Infused Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms | The Plant Strong Vegan


Cranberry Brie Crostini | Neighborfood


Mushroom and Goat Cheese Crostini | Floating Kitchen


Spanakopita Tarts | With Salt and Wit


Pomegranate and Feta Pinwheels | Melanie Makes


Sweet and Savory Skellig Cheddar Potato Bites | Cooking on the Weekends

Sweet Potato Appetizer Bites | Kalyn’s Kitchen

Easy Cheese Ball | Yummy Healthy Easy

Spicy Asian Chicken Meatballs | This Gal Cooks

Puff Pastry Pizzettes | Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Steak Fajita Phyllo Cups | Nutmeg Nanny


Cranberry Brie Tart with Pancetta and Thyme | Bakerita


Thyme Garlic Baked Camebert | What’s Gaby Cooking?


Grilled Avocado Caprese Crostini | Cafe Delites


Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms | Call Me PMc


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35 comments on “Over 40 Homemade Holiday Appetizers”

  1. Looks great Julie! This is a great collection and great way to start the holidays! Pinned :)

  2. I love your selection of apps! Thanks for using mine – pinning and sharing!

  3. Yummy! What an awesome collection Julie!!

  4. Thanks for sharing..looks delicious. Especially the asparagus. Mmmm mmmm.

  5. I love how you and Paula are throwing out these ideas all week! Looking forward to the rest of what you two have in mind! Loving all of the spinach and artichoke recipes! (=

  6. Thanks for including my Dip Recipe! Have a great week :)

  7. Great collection my dear. It’s always a tough thing to come up with new ideas for holiday parties, it makes it easier to have some recipes like these.
    thanks for the collection.

    • Thank you so much, Ash! I’m glad you enjoyed the collection. On Friday, I’ll be sharing a collection of side dishes. Paula from Call Me PMc will be sharing a collection of desserts!

      Have a wonderful day, Ash!

  8. Wow. Awesome round up. It’s so great when you can come to one place for a variety of awesome dishes. Thanks.

  9. This is such a fabulous list, a perfect combination of different appetizers for the holidays! I’m with you, I tend to make a lot of food for a little amount of people. Appetizers are the perfect thing to whip up and bring to a holiday party, thank you so much for sharing the list!

    • You’re welcome, Ally! Thank you for stopping by. I’m glad you enjoyed this collection.

      Sometimes I find it fun to just make appetizers and eat those rather than a main course!

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  12. Another great round-up Julie! I got my eyes on the Spinach & Artichoke Wontons! YUM! :)

  13. A great collection of recipes — thank you Julie! :)

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  15. LOVE the ideas, I have some GREAT Pampered Chef products to display and make these items. Can’t wait to do them, If you want any PC just let me know.

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  17. Thanks so much for including my Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms recipe! <3

  18. These all look and sound delicious. Many thanks for linking to my Sweet and Savory Skellig Cheddar Potato Bites!

  19. What a gorgeous collection! I am all about the appetizers and I love that there’s something here to please everyone. Thank you so much for including me!

  20. Little meatballs are the best appetizer in my opinion, however, I’d probably fill up on them and would wind up not being hungry for the main event – lol!

  21. These appetizers look delicious! I will have to try them for New Year’s Eve. You can save on so many calories and additives by making more of our own food from scratch. In fact, Registered Dietician Sofia Abdelkafi wrote a great blog about how our cooking habits have changed in the recent years. If we simply took more time to make more of our own meals we would all be healthier. Here’s the link:

  22. Julie, these appetizers of yours definitely look crazy good! I’m drooling. Thanks for sharing, my friend. :) And, to you and yours… HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  23. I’ll be coming back just before our New Year’s party!