I'm hosting Christmas Eve this year. What appetizers should I make?

We want to have a variety of appetizers for Christmas Eve. Please share any ideas, recipes, etc. We are looking for unusual dips etc. Thanks!!!


Asked by rcbrown at 2:31 PM on Dec. 9, 2008 in Food & Drink

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  • you are going to laugh but pigs in a blanket are a hit at our house for young and old(er)
    go to allrecipes.com and they have some really good ideas sometimes

    Answer by watersgirls at 2:35 PM on Dec. 9, 2008

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  • I usually make deviled eggs, pumpkin turnovers, homemade cookies, buy chips & dip and call it a night. My mil makes bruschetta.

    Answer by gemgem at 2:36 PM on Dec. 9, 2008

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  • I have ideas but no recipes to post off hand. Stuffed mushrooms, spinach dip, prosciutto on small pieces of toast with mozzarella...


    Answer by Apr1l at 2:40 PM on Dec. 9, 2008

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  • The site I love to use is www.allrecipes.com
    I am sorry, I can't think of any off hand, but this site is amazing!

    Answer by hibicent at 3:01 PM on Dec. 9, 2008

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  • I'm pregnant and always crave this stuff:

    Applebee's Hot Artichoke & Spinach Dip

    1 (10 ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed
    1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and roughly chopped
    1 cup shredded parmesan-romano cheese mix
    1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    10 ounces prepared alfredo sauce
    1 teaspoon minced garlic
    4 ounces softened cream cheese
    pepper (optional)

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Combine ingredients thoroughly in a bowl and spread mixture into a small baking dish (8" X 8" dish). Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheeses are bubbling and melted. Serve with chips or bread.

    Answer by heydooney at 3:09 PM on Dec. 9, 2008

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  • okay i feel terrible giving up my moms famous recipe but these little guys are sooo good

    whole canned water chestnuts
    hienz chili sauce
    thats all you need

    oven at 350 375ish
    since bacon is long cut it all in half. wrap a piece around a water chestnut then VERY CAREFULLY put the toothpick through the bacon so it holds everything together and it gives you something to grab onto when serving. like i said be careful the chestnuts break though the center easily
    pour half your chili sauce in a cake pan, set all the pieces in the sauce and pour the rest of the sauce on to coat all the pieces
    you can cover them with foil and then take it off towards the end so they get a little crispy
    i havent made these in a while so i forget how long it takes to make them

    trust me they are so good, people love them

    Answer by learae at 3:11 PM on Dec. 9, 2008

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  • i highly recommend kraftfoods.com they have a lotta holiday appitizers and desserts this month... everything is easy to make too

    Answer by AmaliaD at 3:15 PM on Dec. 9, 2008

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  • BLT bites. I made them once and was forced to swear I would bring them every holiday for the rest of my life. lol
    Cherry Tomatoes (I buy those on the vine ones because they are bigger and work perfect)
    Green Onion
    Shredded Parmesan Cheese (NOT the sketti stuff lol)
    Bacon (I use real bacon, bacon bits, its a cheater step lol)

    Cut the tops off the tomatoes and scoop out. A metal 1/4 tsp. measuring spoon works perfect. Set aside. Mix mayo, bacon, onion, and cheese together. Fill tomatoes with mixture. Refrigerate til cold. YUMMYY!! If you want the exact recipe pm me and I'll get it for you. Most of my IL's HATE tomatoes but they LOVE these. Idk why but they do! lol

    Answer by kfroz0415 at 3:42 PM on Dec. 9, 2008

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  • A couple of my favorites:
    8 ounces cream cheese
    8 ounces braunschweiger
    1/2 cup chopped green olives (with pimientos)
    1/3 cup chopped green onions
    2 tbsp worcestershire sauce

    Take the braunschweiger and cream cheese out of the refrigerator at least 20 min prior to making dip for best results. Using the paddle attachment of your mixer or even a wooden spoon, combine all of the ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Transfer to nice crock or serving bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Chill at least 4 hours, preferably overnight, for flavors to meld. Remove from fridge 15 min or so before serving. Serve with assorted crackers.

    Answer by jespeach at 4:35 PM on Dec. 9, 2008

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  • SpinachLESS Artichoke Dip

    1 1/2 cups artichoke hearts (marinated, in jar)
    1 tsp fresh ground white pepper
    1 cup mayonaisse
    8 ounces softened cream cheese
    1 cup shredded 4 cheese blend (parmesan, romano, asiago, provolone, or use any combo)

    Combine all ingredients until thoroughly mixed, and transfer into a glass casserole dish. Bake at 350*f for 30 min, until the edges begin to turn golden and the mixture is hot all the way through, and the cheese is melted. Serve with tortilla chips, baguettes, crostini, etc.

    I came up with this after having an artichoke dip at a local place that didn't have any spinach. I liked it so much better than the spinach ones, I had to figure out how they made it. :)

    Answer by jespeach at 4:40 PM on Dec. 9, 2008

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