Is a Christmas party on the cards? It doesn’t matter if you’re invited to one or are hosting one, you gotta have some Christmas food before Christmas dinner. These savory and easy to make hors d’oeuvres are perfect to keep your guest’s appetite teased. Also, everyone will be busy snacking on these little bites and you can work on peace on the Christmas dinner.
All you have to do is, play a Grinch movie in the background and serve these appetizers with a Christmas cocktail, perhaps. And because Christmas is such a special time of the year, these hors d’oeuvres are beautiful and fancy enough to impress your guests and match the creative dinner table you have set.
Just because these appetizers look fancy doesn’t mean they’re hard to make. They are pretty easy to make and are tasty and delicious. You will just need a little bit of prep time to get some of these ready. You can also bust out your charcoal grill if you have one, as the smoky flavor that you’ll get is positively delish.
Tasty & Easy Christmas Party Food Ideas for this Holiday Gathering
1. Herbed Cheese Ball
You will seldom go wrong with a delicious, creamy cheese ball at a Christmas party. Top it off with nuts and you’re ready to impress. Here’s how to make this fancy food.
- 8 oz. goat cheese, at room temperature
- 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 tbsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1 tbsp. chopped fresh chives
- 1 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tbsp. finely grated lemon zest
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 c. toasted pine nuts
- Sliced baguette, for serving
- Beat all the different cheeses you have with the herbs, and lemon zest in an electric blender on medium speed until everything is combined. It will take you around a minute. Season with salt and pepper. Put it back into the chiller for about 30 more minutes, until firm.
- Place the pine nuts in a dish and roll the cheese mixture into a ball. Now, roll this ball in the tray with the pine nuts in it to fully coat the ball. Chill until completely firm, 1-2 hours, and serve with bread.
2. Ham Biscuit Sandwiches with Apricot Mustard
Buttery Cookies with Ham inside, how could one even go wrong. These fancy homemade recipes will leave your guests coming back for more.
- Ham Biscuit Sandwiches
- 3 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tbsp. baking powder
- 3/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1 1/2 tbsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/2 c. (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus 2 teaspoons melted
- 1 3/4 c. cold buttermilk
- Sliced ham
- Apricot Mustard (below), sliced extra-sharp Cheddar, and lettuce leaves, for serving
- Apricot Mustard
- 1/2 c. apricot jam
- 2 tbsp. whole-grain mustard
- 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
- Preheat your oven, to start with to 450F. Now, whisk the flour, baking soda, and other dry ingredients together in a bowl. Cut in cold butter to form coarse crumbs.
- Make the biscuits- Stir buttermilk into the flour mixture. Turn dough to a well-floured workplace and knead lightly, at least 3 to 4 times. Pat into rectangles and place onto a baking sheet. Brush with melted butter and bake for 18 to 20 minutes.
- Halve the cookies/biscuits that you just made and top with ham.
- Make Apricot Mustard- Whisk all the ingredients from the recipe above in a bowl and serve with the ham sandwiches.
3. Sweet and Salty Feta Cubes
A super simple appetizer using chopped pistachios as a dressing.
- Pistachios, finely chopped
- Dip cubes of feta in honey, allowing excess to drip off.
- Immediately coat with finely chopped pistachios.
4. Herbed Goat Cheese Dip
This dip is bursting with flavor and pairs perfectly with garlic breadsticks or grissini.
- 8 oz. crumbled goat cheese (about 1 cup), at room temperature
- 1/2 c. ricotta cheese
- 2 scallions, finely chopped
- 1/4 c. fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped, plus more for serving
- 2 tsp. lemon zest
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Olive oil, for drizzling
- Grissini or breadsticks, for serving
- Put the goat cheese and ricotta in a food processor and pulse until it reaches a smooth consistency. It won’t more than a minute or two. Now, fold in the parsley, lemon zest, and scallions. Season well with salt and pepper.
- Drizzle some olive oil and top with chopped parsley before serving.
5. Chorizo-and-Manchego Crostini
This is as easy as it gets. You’ll find that this recipe is mighty delish and mighty creative at the same time. The apricot jam really brings it home.
- Apricot jam
- Manchego cheese
- Fresh parsley, chopped
- Spread apricot jam on crostini.
- Top with Manchego cheese and sliced chorizo. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley.
Apart from all these scrumptious delights, there is one more thing you can try this Christmas. A Christmas Barbecue. With Venyn’s portable kettle charcoal grill and the Hibachi charcoal starter, you can easily pull the barbecue off like a pro grill master.
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