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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 20 culinary showstoppers.

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1. Spicy Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs

Sweet, salty and spicy: It’s the full package.

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2. Baked Brie with Figs, Pistachios and Orange

When it’s this good, don’t mess with a classic.

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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. 

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5. Classy Cheese Balls

You’ll win with one—or all three of these—flavors: everything bagel goat cheese ball, lemon-dill cheddar cheese ball or pomegranate blue cheese ball.

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6. Roasted Mixed Nuts

Practically impossible to stop at one handful. 

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7. Acorn Squash & Caramelized Onion Dip

It’s not a celebration without dip. 

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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 addicting crunchers.

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13. GOAT CHEESE STUFFED FIGS WITH PANCETTA

Warning: these go quick. 

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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 CHIPS

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 dip is versatile enough to pair with pretzels or sliced fruit.

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20. Prosciutto Bites

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

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Additional reporting by Alexandra Hough

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