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12 Simple Appetizer Recipes to Impress your Guests this Christmas

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Do you have a list of simple appetizer ideas ? The one you created by haunting Pinterest? If you do, then you have will likely have no stress this holiday season.

By now you probably have a few tried and tested favorites that you know your guests will love.3 starter ideas to try

A starter, as you well know, is a snack that is served before the main meal. 

But, they’re also a great way to set the tone for the dinner to come. Easy appetizers, served hot or cold, tease the taste buds and leave guests looking forward to the main course.

Starters of finger foods also help to break the ice, especially if you have a variety of guests with different interests meeting for the first time.

But what if you need a little help with easy appetizer ideas to use for your next family celebration?

Don’t stress. This post gives you 12 easy peasy starters guaranteed to impress your guests.

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12 Simple Appetizer Ideas to Rock your next Dinner Party

Here are 12 easy appetizer ideas, some of which are vegan and gluten friendly,  that are quick and easy to make and too delicious to resist.  You will be sorely tempted to make a meal of each and every one of these starters.

Pair your finger-licking snacks with mocktails to take your celebration to the next level.

1. Seafood Party Platter with Three Dips

This stunning  appetizer is a real winner. Simple with bold flavors and colors, it is time saver as you can make it the day before. Whizz  the 3 dips in your favorite food processor, arrange on a pretty platter and you’re good to go.


Recipe for Seafood Party Platter with Three Dips
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2.Bourbon Meatballs

This is for you if you love Bourbon.  Use your slow cooker to make this rich, flavorful starter. So delectable even non-drinkers will be licking their fingers.

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Stephanie  of shares the recipe here.

3.Vegan “Mozzarella” Sticks

Simple appetizer ideas like these Vegan Mozzarella sticks are wonderful for guests who have food intolerances. Not only is it oil and gluten-free, but it is super healthy as it is baked and not deep fried. The crisp crumb topping makes this a winner. 


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4. Smoked Trout Platter

This is another make ahead starter recipe. If you want your dinner party to be a success, the last thing you want is to be busy in the kitchen sorting out your appetizer when your guests are already there.

Prepare the trout the day before to allow the flavors to come through. This is a wonderful dish that gives you the chance to enjoy the party too.


Recipe for Smoked Trout Platter
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Michele of shares the recipe here.

5. Sweet and Savory Sausage Appetizer

Two ingredients give this recipe its star quality – bacon and brown sugar. They transform the humble sausage to ‘meat candy

This is a simple starter to pop in the oven while your guests are exchanging their greetings. 


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You can find the recipe from Krystyn at

6. Baked Parmesan Carrot Fries

Want healthy fries without the oil? These carrot fries are crunchy, crispy and baked not fried.

Scores a great big A+ for taste  and flavor. This is one recipe that is likely to become a dinner party staple.


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The easy recipe is available from Nicky of

7.Oven-Baked Ravioli Bites & Balsamic Dipping Sauce

According to Gwyn, these ravioli bites are irresistible. Once you start dipping and popping, you won’t be able to stop.

Lighten your workload by using store bought ravioli and ensure they satisfy the health conscious by baking instead of frying them.

Why not give them a try the next time you’re h0sting a dinner party.


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Gwynn of shared the recipe here.

8.Creamy Cauliflower Hummus

This appetizer will be a drawcard for your Keto or low carb eating guests. So luscious and creamy, no one will ever guess that it’s made from cauliflower.

Absolutely addictive and totally satisfying.  So you should consider including this dish in your list of recipes to try for the holiday season.


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Kim of shares the recipe here.

9.Avocado Deviled Eggs

A classic but totally decadent starter. The green of the avocado piped in swirls into the empty boiled egg bases makes for a tempting dish.

Creamy, colorful and healthy avocado deviled eggs are a starter you must serve this festive season.


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10. Prosciutto Pears with Arugula Salad

This is another healthy appetizer that you must try this Thanksgiving or Christmas. The pluses to serving this starter – it’sPaleo and Gluten Free! The combination of the sweet pears and the savory prosciutto elevates this simple snack. 

It’s also another make ahead appetizer that allows you to enjoy your guests instead of toiling in the kitchen to get a hot starter out.

Recipe for Prosciutto Pears with Arugula Salad
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11. Easy Cheese Balls

This simple starter is great if you want to serve portions individually. Except for the cream cheese and the pecans, you’re likely to have all the other ingredients on hand.  So this is ideal if you’re looking for a quick but classy appetizer to serve this holiday season.


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Get the recipe from Jeanine of

12. Roasted Turkey & Black Currant Brie Bites

This is an award winning recipe that will become a go to when you want a quick and easy starter that uses seasonal fruit and left overs. It takes only 15 minutes to prepare. You can make it ahead of your dinner party and just heat up to serve. Worth trying, don’t you think?


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Terri of shares the recipe here.

Your Turn

So there you have it. 12 simple appetizer ideas to impress your guests this holiday season.  You’re sure to have many requests for the recipes.


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