I love baking and cooking for the holidays! I also love to entertain, so I have a list of fifteen favorite Christmas appetizers to help everyone get started. I try to keep my list pretty healthy so that we all can taste everything without feeling like we overate. See which ones are your favorites!
Skinny Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
The hardest part is roasting the red peppers until charred under the broiler. The rest is easy to do in the food processor. A great combination of chickpeas, garlic, red peppers, cloves, cumin and paprika with some oil and water.This turn into a smooth creamy spread that is delicious with
pita chips and fresh cut veggies.The recipe for Skinny Roasted Red Pepper Hummus is by
Spicy Soy Bar Nuts
This is a great combination of cashews, peanuts and almonds roasted in a wonderful mixture of flavors. You will need two pans to get started to roast the cashews and almonds separately then they may be mixed together for a final roasting with the peanuts. The nuts roast at different intervals so it is important to roast them alone.The light soy sauce, crushed red peppers, lime cannoli oil make a great spice and it only has a tsp. of granulated sugar to take out the bite. This recipe for Spicy Soy Bar Nuts was created by My Recipes.
Spinach Artichoke Cups
These are made in muffin cups and can be popped into the oven just before your guests arrive. There is nothing better than serving a warm delicious appetizer that is so easy. The cups are lined with a wonton wrapper then filled with a mixture of spinach, artichoke, lemon zest, garlic, a splash of hot sauce and some other seasonings. A little mayonnaise and sour cream to help it all stick together and bake in the oven for 12 minutes.These Spinach Artichoke Cups were created by Macheesmo.
Spinach Balls(Gluten Free)
Yes, I love spinach in my appetizers but i guarantee that they never taste the same. This simple recipe is easy to make and the Spinach Balls can be frozen. If you are in a hurry you can use frozen spinach as long as you drain it well.It is a mixture of cheese, spinach, eggs, cilantro and garlic salt. Use gluten free panko bread crumbs to roll them in and then bake. No frying involved so it keeps them pretty healthy. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. Recipe is by Sweet As Honey.
Baked Pears with Honey and Gorgonzola
These have a distinct taste with the cheese and honey and I have found I can do the same thing with apple slices. They look elegant and taste delicious.This is a simple task of cutting pears in half, preferably not too ripe. Then scoop the seeds out and drizzle with honey and bake until the pears are a little soft. After taking them out of the oven scoop some cheese on top, place some walnut pieces and drizzle with more honey. I like my cheese melted so I place the back in the oven for a few minutes. Recipe is by Happy Kitchen Rocks
Tomato Bruschetta with Garlic and Basil
I love a great bruschetta and this recipe does not ever disappoint me. I pick up a fresh baguette on the way home.Then sautee the garlic before adding it to the fresh ingredients of tomatoes,
onion and basil. A little lemon juice is added with salt and pepper to taste. The baguette is best when brushed with little bit of flavored oil and toasted lightly. When spooning the bruschetta on top with a little parmesan cheese. The flavors really compliment each other well. This recipe is by Life She Lives.
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Garlic Bacon Aioli
Over the last year my love for Roasted Brussel Sprouts has doubled and the fact that it is served as an appetizer with Garlic Bacon Aioli in this recipe makes it even better. I served mine with holiday toothpicks nearby to spear one of these delights. The brussel sprouts are oven roasted with a little oil and salt and pepper to taste. While those were baking I made the Aioli. I also cook some bacon for the crumbled topping on the aioli. This involves mayo, garlic, bacon, lemon juice, horseradish mustard (optional) and fresh thyme. Allow it to cool until ready to serve and garnish with crumbled bacon.This was created by The Real Foods rds.
Cranberry and Feta Pinwheels
This can be made in spinach wraps to look very festive and if you are having a crowd, look at the site to see how to line it up like a Christmas Tree. I love feta cheese and mixing it with dried cranberries, onion and cream cheese makes a nice creamy spread. Fill a spinach wrap to the edges and roll. Slice when you are ready to serve. The recipe for Cranberry and Feta Pinwheel is by The Girl Who Ate Everything.
Veggie Loaded 7 Layer Dip
This dip is every bit as good as the original 7 layer dip but without all the additional calories. It has a bean layer that is easy to make in the food processor, then an avocado layer and finishes with whatever fresh veggies you would like to chop for on top. I used tomato, cucumber , lettuce and onion. It has a layer of sour cream which you can use the light. I didn’t miss the cheese or the taco flavoring because the fresh veggies add so much flavor. Dip with your favorite pita chips and enjoy. The Veggie Loaded 7 Layer Dip was created by Little Broken.
Cranberry, Pecan, Goat Cheese, Sweet Potato Bites
It only takes about 25 minutes to make sweet potato rounds instead of a crostini. These are delicious topped with a whipped goat cheese and then topped with dried cranberry, pecans and drizzle with honey.This is a sweet and savory appetizer that pulls together that holiday sweet potato with a touch of sweetness. This recipe was created by the Recipe Runner.
Garlic Thyme Roasted Mushrooms
These have a great flavor and I used spray oil instead of butter. The creamy butter certainly gives it a richer flavor but I found them to be tasty and lighter with the spray oil. I also kept them warm in an electric skillet to be easy to keep warm and display for guests. A nice mixture of thyme, garlic, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, lime juice and oil with the spray oil butter flavored is what the mushrooms are sauteed in. Then sprinkled with breadcrumbs and toasted in the oven. I then put them in the electric skillet on low to stay warm. This recipe is by
Sugar Free Stovetop Candied Pecans
This recipe uses granulated monk fruit sweetener instead of sugar, which I had never tried but as a healthy alternative, it worked. So on top the stove,heat the monk fruit sweetener, vanilla extract, salt water and cinnamon. Then add the raw pecans and sautee and remove from heat and allow to sit for 2 minutes. These turned out to be so good I made double batches and put them in small mason jars as gifts.This recipe is by The Big Man’s World.
Spicy and Sweet Cranberry Jalapeno Dip
This is one of my favorites and it is easy to make. You might want to make a double batch because it goes fast.This recipe has quite a few of my favorite things for the holidays in it, starting with fresh cranberries. It has a jalapeno, green onion, cilantro and cream cheese. This is probably the only recipe on here that has a few more calories. I serve it with my favorite cracker.This recipe is by Sparrows and Lily.
Goat Cheese Stuffed Grape Tomatoes
I like these because they taste great and are very festive looking on your holiday table. I can usually buy good grape tomatoes no matter what time of year it is. Then it is easy to run a small paring knife inside the tomato to loosen up the inside and then scoop it out. Then I toast the panko crumbs. In a small bowl combine the goat cheese, honey, green onion and parsley. I then put the cheese mixture into a piping bag to fill the tomatoes. The last step is to sprinkle the toasted panko on top. These are delicious and easy.the recipe is by Peas and Crayons.
Crispy Parmesan Cauliflower Bites
This is easy to make and is so tasty. It uses a whole head of cauliflower, parmesan cheese, panko bread crumbs, garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste.The cauliflower pieces are dipped into an egg mixture and then into the seasoned panko. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.Then this recipe has a Garlic Ranch Dip with it for dipping. Even my children ate these bites. This recipe is by Whole Bite Blog.