Run out of ideas for Christmas party appetizers for your party? No worries! Here are some of the best recipes for appetizers that are going to be a hit amongst your guests...
No occasion is complete without a party. The same applies for Christmas as well. Food is an integral part of any celebration. A beautifully arranged party usually ends with a four-course meal, beginning with appetizers.
Appetizers can be made using ingredients easily available in your home which will be ready in a jiffy. Depending on the number of guests and their taste, you can dish out delicious appetizers. Here are some lip-smacking Christmas party appetizers that you can serve to your guests.
Try out these appetizers for your party. These recipes are easily made and are quite hassle free. In the end, they will turn out to be finger-licking and yummy that may keep your guests asking for more.
Tiny Chicken Turnovers
Cooked chicken meat, shredded, 2 cups
Chicken stock, ¼ cup
Cream cheese, diced, 1 package
1 medium-sized onion, chopped
All-purpose flour, 1½ cups
Butter, 1 cup
Poultry seasoning, ½ teaspoon
Water, ¼ cup
Garlic salt, ¼ teaspoon
Paprika, ½ teaspoon
Freshly ground black pepper, ¼ teaspoon
Salt to taste
Cooking Instructions Take a large iron skillet and melt three tablespoons of butter in it. Once the butter has warmed, transfer the chopped onions and saute them till they become translucent.
Add the shredded chicken, chicken broth, poultry seasoning, cream cheese, pepper and garlic salt and stir till the ingredients combine properly. Once it is done, remove the skillet from the heat and keep it aside.
For making the outer crust, take a mixing bowl and sift the flour, salt and paprika together. Transfer the remaining butter and with a fork, combine all the ingredients together till coarse crumbs are formed. Add the water gradually while mixing the dough with a fork to form a ball. Sprinkle dry flour on a flat surface and roll the dough into a pastry.
With the help of a cookie cutter, cut the pastry into circular shapes. Spoon in the filling and roll the top making a half moon shape. Seal the edges and press down with a fork. Place these turnovers on a greased baking tray and bake it in a preheated oven at 190 ºC for about 20 minutes till they turn brown.
You can serve these chicken turnovers as Christmas Eve appetizers. This is one of the easy appetizers to make for a Christmas party planned at the last minute.
Medium-sized cucumbers, 6
Lemon hummus, 1 cup
Red pepper hummus, 1 cup
Chives, finely chopped, ½ cup
Cooking Instructions Peel the cucumbers and cut them into thick rounds (approximately ¾ inches). Cut stripes using a vegetable peeler or citrus zester on the outer portion of the cucumber. Using a spoon, scoop the seeds and form a well.
Now, with the help of a tablespoon, scoop the red pepper hummus into the well, covering half of it. Cover the remaining portion with lemon hummus. Place the prepared cucumber cups on a tray and garnish with finely chopped chives before serving. You can also place a cherry on top, along with a mint sprig for garnish.
Fresh medium-sized shrimp, with shell, 2 pounds
Green onion, snipped, 1 cup
Tarragon vinegar, ¼ cup
Celery (finely chopped), Shredded lettuce, ½ cup
Catsup, 2 tablespoons
Horseradish mustard, 2½ tablespoons
Salad oil, ½ cup
Paprika 1½ teaspoons
Cayenne pepper, ¼ teaspoon
Salt to taste
Cooking Instructions Cook the shrimp in boiling salted water for about 5 minutes. After the shrimp is cooked drain the water, remove the shells and devein the shrimp. You can also use frozen shrimp in place of fresh shrimp. But make sure that you thaw the frozen shrimp before making this appetizers.
Now take a medium-sized bowl and mix the vinegar, catsup, cayenne, horseradish mustard, paprika and salt and blend them properly. Add the salad oil to this mixture while beating continuously. Transfer the green onion and celery and stir. Now pour this sauce on the shrimp and mix them with hand.
Allow the shrimp to marinate for about 5 hours in the refrigerator. Just before the party begins, remove the shrimp from the fridge. On a serving tray prepare a bed of shredded lettuce and place the seafood shells along with the shrimp and sauce. This is one of the best Christmas party appetizers that can be served with cocktail.
Pastry Morsels with Manchego and Chorizo
Frozen puff pastry, thawed, 24
Manchego cheese, shredded, 1 cup
Chorizo, chopped, cooked and drained, 3 oz
Toasted red peppers, chopped, ½ cup
Egg, large, 1
Small-sized purple onion, minced, 1 cup
Freshly ground black pepper, ½ teaspoon
Cooking Instructions Before making this appetizer, preheat the oven to about 180 ºC. Take a medium-sized bowl and stir the chorizo, manchego cheese, minced onion, roasted pepper egg and pepper together till all the ingredients are combined. Remove the puff pastry from the sheet and place them in the greased muffin cups.
Spoon in the filling into the pastry and bake them in the oven for about 15 minutes. Remove them from the oven after they are cooked and allow them to cool on a wire rack. Garnish these pastries with finely minced fresh parsley and serve these appetizers with wine or champagne.
These were some mouth-watering and easy-to-make recipes for Christmas party appetizers. So if you are hosting a Christmas party serve these appetizers and enjoy lavish praises from your guests. Have fun! Bon Appetite! Merry Christmas!