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32 Easy Appetizers for Christmas Potluck & More

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Holiday season is just around the corner.. which means it’s time to share our favorite appetizers for Christmas potluck party, holiday dinner party, and all the festivities you might find yourself in this year!

If you’re looking for fun recipe ideas to try this year, here are 32 easy and delicious appetizers you can make and take to your next Christmas potluck. From savory to sweet and everything in between, we made sure there’s something for everyone.

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Best Dips for Christmas Potluck Appetizers

Holiday Favorite Creamy Cranberry Dip

Creamy cranberry dip

Serve this Holiday Favorite Creamy Cranberry dip for a quick appetizer your party guests can dip into, literally!
This recipe pairs extremely well with crackers, tortilla chips, fresh vegetables and more.

It’s also dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly, making it a fantastic allergy-friendly alternative to traditional cheese spreads.

Extra Cheesy Hot Nacho Dip

Extra cheesy hot nacho dip

Every holiday party needs a deliciously cheesy dip to dig into.

This Extra Cheesy Hot Nacho Dip is our favorite cheesy dip of all time. It takes just 10 minutes to make, and pairs well with soft pretzels, chips, crackers, and much more!

It’s the best last-minute holiday dip recipe!

Herbed Garlic Dip 

Herbed garlic dip

For a delicious and allergy-friendly dip recipe, try this creamy Herbed Garlic Dip. It’s gluten-free, dairy, free, and vegan – hands down the best vegan alternative to cheesy spreads!

This recipe is a must-make if you’re doing a charcuterie board this year and have guests with dietary preferences.

Blueberry Balsamic Goat Cheese Appetizer

This Blueberry Balsamic Goat Cheese dip by Liz Scheer is fabulous paired with mini baguette slices.

The balsamic vinegar lends an exciting flavor twist to this dip – it’s creamy, fruity, tangy, and savory all at the same time.

A great option for people who love goat cheese appetizers.

Sambal Aioli (Hot Chili Aioli) Dipping Sauce

Sambal Aioli (Hot Chili Aioli) Dipping Sauce Pinterest Pin

Another dip recipe we absolutely love is the Sambal Aioli Dipping Sauce recipe. It takes just 5 minutes to whip up and requires just 4 ingredients.

It works great with chicken wings, french fries, and so much more!

7-Ingredient Simple Marinara Dip

bowl of marinara dip

It wouldn’t be a complete list of easy appetizer recipes without our favorite 7-ingredient marinara dip recipe!

Pair this dip with a platter of homemade soft pretzel stick or garlic bread for a filling, crowd-pleasing appetizer.

Once you realize how simple it is to make your own, you’ll never go back to the store-bought stuff again!

Best Savory Appetizers for Christmas Potluck

Feta and Spinach Puff Pastry

This recipe by Linger combines savory garlic, artichoke, and cheeses baked into a golden brown puff pastry to make a scrumptious and perfect appetizer for your Christmas potluck party.

The good thing about this recipe is you can buy just about all the ingredients from your local grocery store!

PRO TIP: cherry tomatoes also make for a delicious addition, if you have some on hand.

Spinach Dip Cups

Trust me when I say these spinach dip cups are crazy good!

It takes the best parts of a homemade spinach dip and crispy wonton cups to make one of the best one-bite Christmas appetizers!

Candy Cane Caprese Board

Don’t let the name fool you, this Candy Cane Caprese board by Recipe Girl is a completely savory Christmas appetizers.

It’s essentially deconstructed slices of a caprese toast: tomatoes, mozzarella, balsamic drizzle, basil, and crusty bread, arranged in the shape of a candy cane.

It’s definitely a fun build-your-own crostini appetizer board to have at a Christmas potluck!

Christmas Tree Mini Pizzas

What is more festive than pizzas in the shape of a Christmas tree? Julie’s Eats & treats shares her Christmas tree mini pizzas recipe.

It’s an especially great idea that can double as a whole family activity too. I like to make a buffet of pizza dough, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and different topping options.

In our house, we provide fresh arugula, pepperoni, bacon bits, sun-dried tomatoes, red bell pepper, mushrooms, red onions, chopped chicken, and much more.

Then just let your family members and friends make their own custom mini pizzas for a super customizable and easy Christmas appetizer.

Bacon Jalapeño Popper Cheese Balls

What’s a holiday party without a proper cheese ball?

This Bacon Jalapeño popper cheese balls by Eat Well 101 takes the classic recipe up a notch by adding bacon bits and jalapeno for an incredibly delicious combination!

This recipe uses just a few simple ingredients and makes for the perfect addition to your holiday spread this Christmas season.

Honey Glazed Bacon Wrapped Smokies

For all the bacon lovers out there, these honey glazed bacon wrapped smokies by Play Party Plan is a great way to bring the party to your next Christmas dinner – and one your carnivorous party guests will love!

Made with lil smokies, bacon, hot honey, and brown sugar, this tasty appetizer is a sure crowd pleaser and surprisingly easy to make.

Crispy and Baked Toasted Ravioli

If you’re looking to bring the perfect appetizer that can double as a main course, you’ll want to try this crispy and baked toasted ravioli recipe by Jess Keys.

Make this appetizer for your next Christmas potluck dinner, and make it again and again for weeknight meals too – it’s that good!

French Onion Tartlets

Feeling fancy? These French Onion tartlets by Girl Versus Dough make for delicious Christmas potluck appetizers.

They look great, and more importantly, taste amazing!

And the good thing is, these tartlets are hit at just about any event: holiday parties, office party, you name it!

Viral TikTok Mac And Cheese

For a super simple recipe guaranteed to please, make this viral TikTok Mac and cheese recipe. It uses a combination of different cheeses to create a deliciously decadent dish – and the best part is you just need one pot from start to finish!

It’s one of my favorite side dishes ever, and you can serve it in individual paper cups for a great addition to your holiday appetizers table!

Feel free to also change up the cheese if you like. Cheddar cheese, pepper jack cheese, Monterey Jack cheese all work great!

PRO TIP: Like it spicy? Add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper before baking!

Salami Pinwheels

I’ve always loved making pinwheels because they are such easy appetizers to make! Plus, pinwheels come in such fun shapes that it’s hard not to love them!

This salami pinwheels recipe by The Savvy Sparrow is a great recipe that takes very little time to make. You can even change up the ingredients if you have another delicious combination in mind!

This particular recipe requires just 3 ingredients and is low-carb! Plus, depending on how large you make the pinwheels, they can even become a main dish.

Risotto Stuffed Mushrooms

If you’re hosting a fancier Christmas party this year, try making these risotto stuffed mushrooms to wow your guests.

Perfectly cooked mushrooms are stuffed with fluffy risotto and topped with green onions and cracked pepper for a memorable holiday appetizer.

Easy Hummus Wreath

This hummus wreath recipe by Two Healthy Kitchens is an easy recipe for a healthier festive appetizer.

You can make your own hummus, or buy it from the grocery store. Just arrange on a round platter, drizzle with olive oil, top with fresh herbs (like parsley) and chopped cherry tomatoes, and voila!

When I’m not using crackers, I love cutting up some bell peppers, carrots, and cucumbers and serving them in the middle.

Chicken Crescent Wreath

Taste of Home has this amazing Chicken Crescent Wreath recipe that will make for a show-stopping appetizer.

In our family, we love serving this with a cup of Sambal Aioli Dipping Sauce in the middle of the wreath!

Plus, with how festive this edible wreath looks, this holiday appetizer can double as one of your Christmas decorations on the table. Win-win!

Authentic Polish Borscht Recipe for Christmas Eve

For a more adventurous holiday potluck party, try serving this authentic polish borscht recipe!

Typically eaten on Christmas Eve, this recipe can be served as an appetizer or light main dish. I like to serve it with a side of sour cream and lots of crusty bread to dip!

I can’t think of anything else that represents classic party appetizers than mini quiche, so of course, we had to add it to this list!

Culinary Hill shares 4 ways to make these yummy appetizers, but feel free to add different combinations too!

Love red onions? Add it in! How about sausage crumbles? You bet. What about a cheddar cheese and ground beef combo? Go for it!

This wonderful appetizer is so versatile and a classic crowd favorite – the options are truly endless.

Artichoke Bruschetta

You may have artichoke dip, and you may have had bruschetta, but have you tried artichoke bruschetta? Me neither, until a couple of months ago!
This easy recipe by Five Heart Home hits it out of the park with a homemade creamy artichoke spread that is broiled until bubbly and served on top of toasted baguette. Yum!

Spicy Deviled Eggs

I know deviled eggs can be a bit of a divisive appetizer (either you love it or you don’t), but I had to include these Spicy Deviled Eggs by Pinch and Swirl because they really are yummy.

The recipe calls for sriracha sauce, but it also works well with hot sauce. Either way, your egg-loving potluck guests will love it.

Plus, the great thing about this recipe is it’s a make-ahead Christmas appetizer so you never have to feel rushed!

Pizza Stuffed Crescent Rolls

What do you get when you put mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and crescent rolls together? An easy and delicious appetizer for Christmas potluck!

You really can’t go wrong with these Pizza Stuffed Crescent Rolls by Small Town Woman.

Plus, since all the ingredients are readily available at most grocery stores, you’ll be able to make these Mozarella Pepperoni Crescent Rolls quickly. No more fussing over homemade dough on this one!

Loaded Tater Tot Skewers

For a more laidback Christmas potluck, you’ll want to make these loaded tater tot skewers by One Little Project.

It’s comfort food at its finest – but with a little more finesse in its presentation.

And don’t hold back on the toppings. Go wild with bacon bits, cheese, and green onions. The more the merrier!

Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites

Move over Auntie Anne’s, these Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites by Two Peas and Their Pod is taking over!

If you have a bit more time on your hands, this homemade recipe makes for yummy finger food and one that pairs well with a ton of dip options!

I especially love pairing these pretzel bites with a Simple Marinara Dip or Extra Cheesy Hot Nacho Dip.

Baked Shrimp Toast

If you want to impress at your next Christmas potluck, check out this Shrimp Toast recipe by Small Town Woman.

The shrimp topping is made with a delicious combination of cream cheese, parmesan cheese, fontina cheese, shrimp (duh), onions, celery, garlic, and Cajun spices.

Just serve this over crusty bread and you have an appetizer!

Best Sweet Appetizers for Christmas Potluck

Caramel Apple Grapes

These Caramel Apple Grapes by Belly Full are the cutest little holiday snack! It looks amazing, tastes great, and is surprisingly easy to make.

All you need are some grapes, caramel, and toothpicks. That’s it!

You can also serve it as part of the dessert table.

Brie, Apple, and Honey Crostini

These crostinis taste like comfort in your mouth!

This appetizer makes me think of a bite-sized charcuterie sampler. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even add prosciutto on top!

Cranberry Brie Bites

Another delicious appetizer I love to make for a Christmas potluck dinner is this cranberry brie bites by A Taste of Koko.

These bites are an especially great appetizer for holiday festivities because it features classic winter-y ingredients like brie cheese and cranberry sauce served on top of deliciously warm and crispy puff pastry. It’s the perfect combination!

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

This Deviled Strawberries recipe makes a batch of cheesecake-stuffed strawberries.

Homemade cream cheese filling is piped on top of fresh sliced strawberries and topped with graham cracker crumbs. A real treat!

Honey Ricotta Peach Crostini with Crispy Pancetta

Technically, this appetizer belongs in the sweet-savory category. But this Honey Ricotta Peach Crostini with Crispy Pancetta is definitely more on the sweet side, so here it is!

Juicy peach slices are topped with crispy pancetta and placed on a bed of delicious ricotta cheese and bite-sized crusty bread.

It’s then drizzled with honey and balsamic glaze – the combination tastes so delicious!

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Sambal aioli in a bowl

32 Easy Appetizers for Christmas Potluck

DWELL by Michelle
If you're looking for fun recipe ideas to try this year, here are 32 easy and delicious appetizers you can make and take to your next Christmas potluck. From savory to sweet and everything in between, we made sure there's something for everyone.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, European
Servings 1 serving
Calories 257 kcal


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Calories: 257kcal
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  1. 5 stars
    These are such great recipes! I made the nacho cheese dip for a Christmas potluck and it was such a hit! I will make it again for our superbowl watch party!