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You’ve got the cocktails covered. Now it’s time for the Christmas party appetizers, aka the real reason everyone loves a good gathering so much. Complement your festive fête with these 60 culinary showstoppers.

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1. Spicy Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs

Sweet, salty and spicy: They're the full package.

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2. Baked Brie with Figs, Pistachios and Orange

Orange cuts through the creaminess of the brie, so this dish won't weigh you down.

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3. French Onion Cups

Your favorite cheesy soup, now in bite-size form.

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4. Roasted Cauliflower

Our favorite vegetable does it again. Plenty of Parm takes it over the top.

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5. Classy Cheese Balls

You’ll win with one—or all three. Take your pick from everything bagel-goat cheese, lemon-dill cheddar or pomegranate blue cheese.

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6. Roasted Mixed Nuts

Warning: It's practically impossible to stop at one handful.

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7. Acorn Squash & Caramelized Onion Dip

Caramelized onion dip is a must-have party appetizer; acorn squash is the fresh twist you didn't know you needed.

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8. Crispy Parmesan Brussels Sprouts Bites

Dish them up with tangy dipping sauce and toothpicks.

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9. Caramelized Onion, Spinach and Cheddar Pastries

So flaky, so savory.

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10. Easy Skillet Mushroom and Gouda Fondue

We will eat cheese dip anytime, anywhere. Double up on the crostini.

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11. Artichoke Dip Bites

Almost too cute to eat.

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12. Roasted Herbed Veggie Chips

Sneak in a serving of vegetables with these addictive crunchers.

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13. Goat Cheese-Stuffed Figs with Pancetta

Careful, these will disappear fast.

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14. Crispy Mushrooms

So much umami.

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15. Bacon Blue Deviled Eggs with Roasted Garlic and Asparagus

This one’s all about presentation.

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16. Baked Mac and Cheese Bites

No offense to our beloved Kraft box, but these delectable bites take our forever favorite to a whole new level.

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17. Zucchini Ranch Parmesan Cups

Baked to perfection.

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18. Grilled Cheese Crostini

A simple way to dress up Brie.

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19. Caramel Dip

Fact: Guests love dipping stuff in other stuff. Good thing this salty-sweet star is versatile enough to pair with pretzels or sliced fruit.

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20. Prosciutto Bites

Don’t mind us. We live under the appetizer table now.

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21. Brie-Stuffed Pretzel Bites

Skip the neon nacho cheese dip. These salty gems are stuffed with creamy Brie instead.

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22. Bacon, Onion and Asiago Fondue

How can you go wrong with a skillet of melted cheese? Skip the skewers and serve with crackers, bread and Granny Smith apple slices.

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23. Carrot Pigs in a Blanket

Make sure your guests don't lose their appetites before dinner with this vegetarian alternative to cocktail weenies.

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24. Cranberry-Brie Pie Crust Bites

Because the recipe calls for store-bought dough and prepared cranberry sauce, this starter will only take you 15 minutes to pull together.

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25. Cheesy Polenta Bites with Brussels Sprouts and Pancetta

Tangy goat cheese is just the match for crispy, cornbread-like baked polenta rounds.

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26. Baby Blooming Onion Recipe

Your local steakhouse will miss you. The dipping sauce will taste amazing on fries, too.

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27. Boursin Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Bacon

The hardest thing you'll have to do is wait for the onions to caramelize.

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28. Slow-Cooker Chicken Potpie Soup

Even the coldest December weather is no match for this hug in a bowl.

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29. Christmas Guacamole

Pomegranate seeds and toasted pepitas give this classic app a holiday makeover.

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30. Mushroom Bruschetta with Brie, Sage and Truffle Oil

It's the most elegant starter you'll ever serve—and one of the best uses for crusty bread we've come across.

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31. Easy Candied Walnuts

Who knew you could make something this addictively delicious in 10 minutes?

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32. Healthy French Onion Dip with Leeks and Shallots

Go ahead and prepare a second batch. The first will only last about 30 seconds.

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33. Eggnog Bread

Call it breakfast, call it dessert. Either way, the eggnog glaze will win your heart at first bite.

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34. Brussels Sprout and Apple Tart with Walnut Pesto

Don't worry about making homemade puff pastry. The produce is what makes this starter shine.

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35. Maple Pecan Baked Brie

Just combine five ingredients and bake until the Brie is soft.

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36. Mini Mason Jar Chicken Potpies

Admit it: You've never seen a casserole this tiny (or adorable).

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37. Instant Pot Spicy Thai Butternut Squash Soup

Do you always have a tough time cutting squash? A few minutes in the microwave will make it soft and a breeze to chop.

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38. Bleu Cheese Stuffed Figs

A 15-minute appetizer that sounds like something you'd order at a fancy restaurant? Check.

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39. Kale Salad with Persimmons, Crispy Chickpeas and Fried Shallots

Sure, you could make kale Caesar salad. Again. Or, you can upgrade to baked chickpeas, dried apricots and persimmons, aka a winter fruit that's almost like a cross between a roasted sweet pepper and a mango.

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40. Prosciutto and Fig Salad Board

Don't let all the good stuff get stuck at the bottom of the serving bowl. A pretty cutting board can fix that.

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41. Bacon, Fig and Ricotta Tartines

The only thing easier than baking this half-hour wonder? Devouring it.

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42. Baked Brie with Cranberries and Pomegranate

Between the pecans, pomegranate arils, orange zest and rosemary, this app simply screams Christmas.

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43. Winter Citrus and Pomegranate Salad

You'll want something light to serve before the glazed ham and mashed potatoes hit the table.

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44. Slow-Cooker French Onion Soup

Set it and forget it never sounded this promising.

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45. Ginger Fig Tart with Chestnut-Almond Crust

It's vegan, gluten-free and filled with the nuttiest, spiciest vanilla-ginger cashew cream.

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46. Cranberry-Brie Puff-Pastry Pops

These grown-up lollies are made with frozen puff pastry, prepared cranberry sauce and Brie, so all you'll have to do is assemble and bake.

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47. Winter Cheese Board

It's got everything from kumquats to aged cheddar to pistachios. But the best part of this cheese board is that it's no-cook.

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48. Stuffed Fig Focaccia Bread

This golden-brown loaf is studded with figs, blue cheese, prosciutto and herbs.

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49. Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage

A soul-warming starter that costs less than $5 per serving? Don't mind if we do.

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50. The Best Damn Tomato Soup

You so don't need to settle for the canned stuff. Especially when making it from scratch is this simple.

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51. Harvest Cranberry, Persimmon and Burrata Salad

Sure, it sounds delicious already. But just wait until you taste the cranberry-balsamic dressing.

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52. Mini Apple Tarts

Want to know our secret to making the cutest tiny tartlets you ever did see? Baking them in mason jar lids.

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53. Mashed Potato Fritters with Smoked Salmon and Chives

They'll get snatched up in no time during cocktail hour. But they'd also make a killer impression at Christmas brunch.

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54. Cheese Crostini with Cranberry Fig Jam

The homemade jam is as simple as combining cranberries, dried figs and pantry basics over the stove until thick and shimmery.

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55. Delicata Squash Rings with Garlic-Lemon Sauce

It's not like this autumn gourd goes out of style come December. In fact, it's striped skin makes these handhelds timeless.

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56. Brussels Sprouts Latkes

In case your Christmas party could use a hint of Hanukkah.

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57. Persimmon, Fried Sage and Goat Cheese Bites

Five ingredients + 15 minutes = sweet-and-salty bliss.

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58. Beet, Carrot and Pomegranate Salad

The dressing couldn't be more basic. It lets the vibrant winter produce speak for itself.

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59. Eggplant Parm Bites

The kids' favorite dinner, only poppable and twice as crunchy.

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60. Christmas Cookie Dough Dip

Scoop it up with cookies, graham crackers, pretzels or fruit. Did we mention it'll only take you 5 minutes?

Additional reporting by Alexandra Hough

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