How To Serve Holiday Appetizers Easy

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The holidays are a time for gathering with loved ones, sharing laughter, and of course, indulging in delicious food. But between the main course and the festive desserts, appetizers play a crucial role in setting the mood and satisfying those early hunger pangs.

This guide equips you with a variety of crowd-pleasing holiday appetizer recipes, each bursting with flavor and perfect for any festive occasion. From savory dips to bite-sized delights, we’ve got you covered, ensuring your guests are left wanting more.

+ Healthy-ish Appetizers for the Holidays - Feel Good Foodie
+ Healthy-ish Appetizers for the Holidays – Feel Good Foodie

1. Spicy Cranberry Brie Bites (Vegetarian)

These vibrant bites are a delightful explosion of sweet and savory. The creamy brie cheese complements the tartness of cranberries, while a touch of spice adds a delightful kick.

# Ingredients:

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed

  • 1 (8-ounce) package brie cheese, rind removed and sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 egg, beaten

  • # Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. Unfold puff pastry and cut into 1-inch squares.
    3. Place a brie slice on each square. Top with a sprinkle of cranberries, walnuts, chili flakes, and a drizzle of honey.
    4. Brush the edges of the pastry squares with beaten egg.
    5. Fold one corner of the pastry diagonally over the filling to create a triangle shape. Gently press the edges to seal. Brush the tops with remaining egg.
    6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and puffed.
    7. Serve warm.

    2. Creamy Goat Cheese and Fig Crostini (Vegetarian)

    This elegant appetizer is a perfect balance of sweet and savory. Creamy goat cheese is spread on toasted baguette slices and topped with sweet fig jam and a sprinkle of walnuts for added texture.

    # Ingredients:

    1 baguette, sliced diagonally into 1/2-inch slices

  • 4 ounces goat cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup fig jam
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

  • # Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Arrange bread slices on a baking sheet and toast for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown.
    2. Spread a generous layer of goat cheese on each toasted slice.
    3. Top with a dollop of fig jam and sprinkle with chopped walnuts.
    4. Serve immediately.

    3. Mini Caprese Skewers

    These bite-sized skewers are a vibrant and refreshing appetizer, perfect for any holiday gathering. Fresh mozzarella balls, cherry tomatoes, and fragrant basil leaves are skewered together, creating a burst of Italian flavor.

    # Ingredients:

    1 pound cherry tomatoes

  • 1 pound mozzarella cheese balls, mini size
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic glaze (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • # Directions:

    1. Wash and dry cherry tomatoes.
    2. Thread cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and basil leaves alternately onto skewers.
    3. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic glaze (optional).
    4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    5. Serve chilled.

    4. Spicy Shrimp Cocktail with Avocado Cream

    This flavorful shrimp cocktail takes a classic appetizer to a new level. Succulent shrimp are tossed in a spicy sauce and served with a creamy avocado dip, creating a delightful contrast in textures and flavors.

    # Ingredients:

    For the Shrimp:

    1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 1/2 cup cocktail sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • For the Avocado Cream:

    1 ripe avocado, mashed

  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • # Directions:

    1. In a bowl, combine cocktail sauce, lemon juice, chili flakes, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.
    2. Add shrimp and toss to coat evenly. Marinate for at least 30 minutes.
    3. In a separate bowl, mash avocado and combine with sour cream, lime juice, cilantro, salt, and pepper.
    4. Arrange cooked shrimp on a serving plate. Serve with avocado cream for dipping.

    Cooking the Shrimp:

  • Poach shrimp in boiling water for 2-3 minutes, or until pink and cooked through.