Christmas Favorites: Five Favorite Appetizers for Holiday Parties

Everywhere you go these days people are looking harried with last-minute holiday preparations.  Around here I’m getting ready to go visit some of my favorite kids for Christmas, so there hasn’t been a lot of cooking going on.  I thought for the next few days I’d share some favorite ideas for Christmas foods before I take a few days off from the blog.  (You haven’t planned your whole week of Christmas menus yet have you?  I didn’t think so.)  Let’s start with five favorite appetizers I’d love to serve for a holiday party, beginning with this Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade with Garlic and Herbs, something I’ve made many times for parties that’s always been a hit.

If you put these Marinated Fresh Mozzarella Balls with Herbs out on a table filled with rich holiday foods, I’m betting these will be one of the first things to be gone.  You could add some chopped roasted red peppers if you wanted to make this more red and green colored.

I loved Roasted Chickpeas as a snack, and one of my favorites is these Chickpeas Roasted with Tamari and Sea Salt.

If you made Slow Roasted Tomatoes this summer, you can turn some of them into Roasted Tomato, Basil, and Goat Cheese Holiday Spread.  (If you don’t have roasted tomatoes, there are suggestions for substitutes in the recipe.)

And last, but definitely not least, this White Bean and Artichoke Dip with Whole Wheat Tortilla Chips is something that will keep you coming back for more, and it might help you stay away from the holiday sweets as well.

What’s your favorite healthy appetizer for holiday parties?  If you have good ideas, please let us know about them in the comments.

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22 comments on “Christmas Favorites: Five Favorite Appetizers for Holiday Parties”

  1. Thanks so much for the great recipes! (There's no link for the white bean and artichoke dip!) 🙂

  2. Jodi, thanks so much; just fixed it. Must be too much Christmas stress. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.)

  3. Well, darn. I was just going to toss some cheese and crackers, dips and chips on the table but now I can't…these look too good not to try one or two. The mozzarella balls with herbs and the sun-dried tomato tapenade, I think. Yum.

    Soooo…off to the market in the morning for the fixins'.

  4. I'm going to have to try the roasted chickpeas – those sound great. Hope you catch some "heavenly peace!"

  5. OMG I love roasted chickpeas, thanks for reminding me!

  6. "Harried". That is definitely the word I would use to describe myself.

    These appetizers look delicious! Especially all those dips! I am totally a sucker for a good dip.

  7. Everuthing is amazing Kalyn. Rnjoy all the treasure that the holidays bring.

  8. Wow – those all look delicious, and definitely do-able for me – although I DID eat all the oven roasted tomatoes I made this summer. Thanks so much!

  9. I'm not surprised to hear I'm not the only one who's feeling harried. Glad people are liking these easy ideas.

  10. Beautiful appetizers!
    I just posted my brie en croute… it is a perfect compliment to your party.

  11. Sandi, I love Brie! (Please do not tell the South Beach Diet police!)

  12. These look great, thanks for posting. I love your blog! 🙂

  13. Thanks Rachel. It always makes my day to hear that someone is enjoying the recipes!

  14. Great post; it's all about snacks and dips and spreads this time of year, it seems. Yours look and sound scrumptious, every one of them. I gotta roast chickpeas again soon—those are so wonderful.

    Happy holidays!

  15. Thanks Lisa, and Happy Holidays to you too!

  16. Ohh awesome recipe ideas! Thank you for sharing!

  17. Now I'm hungry. Those all look so good. Mama Mia!

    Sometimes I toss the mozzarella balls with basil or pesto from the freezer. You're right. They go fast. I have an open jar of piqillo peppers too. I know what I'm making for x-mas eve.

  18. Great post! I love putting out snacks and appetizers on Christmas Day so everyone can nibble as they please. I'll put out a few healthy dips and snacks. Your artichoke and white bean dip sounds delicious! Happy Holidays!

  19. Jeanette, happy holidays to you too!

  20. I'm a huge fan of the chickpeas — now a permanent part of my repertoire — and I'm always looking for new appetizers, so I'm bookmarking this post. Thanks so much.

  21. What great & tasty appetizers! I especially love the sundried tomato tapenade with garlic & herbs,..looks fascinating!!

    MMMMMMM,..I wish you & your family a Happy & fun 2011 filled with joy, good health & good food!

  22. Sophie, thanks and all the best to you in 2011 as well.

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