A holiday party is never complete without a delicious selection of hors d’oeuvres. To get you inspired (and prepared) for entertaining during this busy season, browse through this collection of our best holiday appetizer recipes.
Mini Cheese Ball Bites
This retro appetizer gets a fresh twist when you shape them into bite-sized portions. Roll these paprika-spiced cheese balls in crushed nuts, fresh herbs, seeds or go all out and cover them in bacon bits. Prep the day before your small gathering for simple setup and serving. For more options, try one of these fantastic make-ahead holiday appetizers.
Tourtiere Spring Rolls
If you can’t wait for the main event, bring your favourite pie to the party with these seasonal appetizers. All your favourite flavours and spices are here for a delectable meat-pie filling, only fried to perfection for a crunchy, savoury bite that’s worthy of celebrating.
Mini Acadian Meat Pies
Not looking for a full-meal meat pie commitment? These cute mini meat pies are a small taste of Acadian tradition found throughout the Maritimes, especially New Brunswick. Summer savoury and ground ginger pack these tiny pies with a powerhouse punch of flavour.
Turkey Quinoa Skewers
These meatballs get a nutritional boost with the addition of quinoa. The tart and tangy cranberry sauce served on top makes the entire dish sparkle.
Cranberry Brie Empanadas
Instead of the usual cranberry brie in puff pastry, enclose the stars of the show in a flaky, spiced empanada dough. Sweetened with a touch of honey, these tart, creamy and impossibly flaky empanadas will become a new-classic holiday staple.
Anna Olson's Savoury Hors D'Oeuvres
Using this recipe for Puff Pastry Dough, choose between three delicious flavours including sesame cheese, pesto and tapenage — or you can just make all of them!
Giada De Laurentiis's Turkey Waldorf Bites
These tasty little bites start out as an easy turkey meatloaf, which is then chilled, cut up into cubes and skewered with grape, celery and apple.
Mini Hasselback Loaded Potatoes
Cheese, bacon and sour cream-covered potato bites will impress your guests and tide them over until the main event.
Ketchup Chip Mac n’ Cheese Balls
Ever have the hankering to make macaroni and cheese a portable, handheld snack? If so, these mac and cheese balls will be your summer grab and go. Try a homemade ketchup chip seasoning to round out the flavours.
Broccoli Beef Skewers with Teriyaki Glaze
Serve the sweet and sticky sauce on the side so kids can dunk their broccoli and beef skewers to their heart’s content. Make these gluten-free by opting for tamari instead of soy sauce.
Almond-Crusted Baked Eggplant
Get out of here, chicken nuggets! These crispy little eggplant bites are your new favourite appetizer that’s ready to be dipped in thick marinara sauce.
Anna Olson's Spinach & Feta Spanakopita
Whether served as an appetizer or as a main, spanakopita is always a good choice. Anna gives these savoury pastries a special twist — finely grated lemon zest is incorporated into the spinach-feta filling.