Easy appetizers and starters for Christmas

Huma Qurashi By Huma Qurashi

When it comes to planning the Christmas menu, the most daunting task often lies in selecting the starters or appetizers to kick off the meal. In reality, this happens to be the easiest part of the Christmas lunch or dinner, given that many of them can be prepared a day in advance. This allows us to shift our focus to the more intricate aspects—the main dishes.

To infuse your Christmas feast with vibrant colors and delightful flavors, it’s a breeze. All you need to do is peruse the myriad ideas and combinations provided in this article: over 80 types of appetizers to make a statement at Christmas in your home.

Each option serves as an excellent choice to impress your guests. I am confident that they will contribute to the success of your Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, or Epiphany celebrations—a guaranteed triumph. Moreover, we plan to enrich this collection of Christmas starters, appetizers, and canapés each year.

Canapes with puff pastry, previously made

In this case, my maxim is to make as little effort as possible and leave everything prepared in advance to be able to enjoy all of us. A lot.

puff pastry

Canapes with puff pastry

I present to you a selection of 5 types or assortment of puff pastries whose fillings I can make in advance and which, once assembled, are baked in a single batch.

puff pastries

Puff pastry volovanes for Christmas

I present to you four options or ideas for starters presented in filled puff pastry volovanes . These are light combinations that will not make us lose our appetite to be able to enjoy the rest of the meal, but they will make us enjoy some delicious bites.

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Puff pastry volovanes for Christmas

Salad puff pastry and various tuna

These savory puff pastry with various tuna are perfect for a daily aperitif, for the weekend vermouth, for a celebration at home, and for the moment when you feel like a snack. You will see that they are very easy to prepare, filled with tuna and the ingredients that you like the most.

Salad puff pastry

Vegetarian appetizers with puff pastry

Vegetarians in the family who come to eat at Christmas? I present to you how to make vegetarian appetizers with puff pastry to succeed on these dates even with those who are not vegetarians , to enjoy all together. A perfect alternative to surprise your guests with this tasty and easy recipe.

Vegetarian appetizers with puff pastry

Easy Christmas Snack Tray

These 4 easy appetizers always succeed at any of the Christmas celebrations, a great proposal if you don’t have much time and want to look like a queen or king. There are never too many,… they fly.

Easy Christmas Snack Tray

Vegetarian snacks for the whole family

Delicious vegetarian appetizers with which you can surprise your family, enjoy them all even if you are not vegetarian, because they are delicious. Your guests will be amazed by these very simple and very tasty recipes, with fantastic results. Do you dare to try them?

Vegetarian snacks for the whole family

5 appetizers for Christmas that you can make in advance

Five easy ideas to succeed with your guests without overwhelming you.

Five easy ideas

Super easy and surprising appetizers

Surprise your guests this Christmas with simple and inexpensive appetizers and I assure you that you will be a success at your table this time of year.

surprising appetizers

Christmas snacks for children

Thinking about the little ones at home, I present ideas and suggestions to prepare with them, recipes for fun, original and tasty appetizers and starters for children at Christmas.

Spreadable creams and pates for dipping

The advantage of these creams or pates is that they can be ready beforehand, you just have to take them out of the refrigerator and onto the table. You can even prepare them days before (they last perfectly in the refrigerator) or freeze. They can be defrosted the night before in the refrigerator and are ready to eat. They are all cold or warm creams.

Spreadable creams and pâtés are the easiest starters to prepare, extremely simple , since you just have to beat and that’s it… and everyone likes them. Lebanese, Arabic, very Mediterranean creams, some with a spicy touch, from Mexico or a classic:

Mexico

Quick and easy mussel pate

A recipe that is possibly “the best appetizer in the world”, and I say this because it is a dish that is prepared in 5 minutes, it is cheap, there is no need to cook and on top of that it is delicious.

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Salmon Pate

If you fancy a quick and easy appetizer, nothing better than this salmon pâté. You don’t have to be a chef to make it, but the result is wonderful.

Salmon Pate

Hummus or chickpea cream

A cream, pate or chickpea puree that is a classic of Mediterranean cuisine, hummus or chickpea cream. I assure you that this recipe is a delicious dish available to everyone, cheap, simple and where the chickpea is… but it doesn’t seem like it.

Hummus or chickpea cream

Cream of peppers with walnuts

Simple to prepare, with easy-to-find ingredients and with all the flavor of our land since we are all Mediterranean, you will succeed.

Cream of peppers with walnuts

Moroccan bean cream

If you ask any Moroccan about this dish, you will surely brighten their day by reminding them of one of the most delicious appetizers you can find in their kitchen.

Moroccan bean cream

Vegetable Pie

A festival of colors and flavors that mix in a fantasy dish that everyone will love because it is fun and tasty.

Vegetable Pie

Smoked Salmon Cake

Preparing this simple recipe for a special occasion, which we can also have prepared in advance, is always a success. A way to enjoy your time and that of your guests.

Smoked Salmon Cake

Monkfish Tartare with Mango

A dish to surprise your guests. An appetizer with a fresh and refreshing flavor that is usually served warm and with some fried, toasted bread or with endives.

Monkfish Tartare with Mango

Tuna tartare

A classic on our website. In just over thirty minutes we will have an extremely appetizing and refreshing starter. The ingredients on which this recipe is based are tuna and avocado.

Tuna tartare

Cauliflower fritters

Ideal as an appetizer or as a garnish or accompaniment to meat or fish. An ideal way to prepare vegetables for everyone to eat at home, even the little ones who always get excited about the topic of vegetables and fish.

Cauliflower fritters

Smoked salmon toasts

They are a real lifesaver because they are very simple to prepare and look great in front of the most demanding guests as if it were a most sophisticated preparation, and their flavor is delicious.

Smoked salmon toasts

The most classic, traditional appetizers

Eggs Stuffed With Tuna

A Christmas classic that never fails when there is not much time to cook and we want some quick Christmas starters to easily fix the meal. Plus the little ones at home like them.

Eggs Stuffed With Tuna

Eggs stuffed with salad

It is a super simple recipe, but it will make you look very good. With a good presentation it can be a fantastic appetizer for these holidays.

Eggs stuffed with salad

Seafood Cocktail

It is about combining some type of seafood, be it prawns, prawns or even crayfish or lobster, if we want to look like kings and up, with basic ingredients such as pineapple, avocado, tomato and chives.

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Seafood Cocktail

Seafood splash

You can prepare this salpicón with the budget you have on hand, it can be a very expensive or very cheap recipe, it all depends on the ingredients you use.

Seafood splash

sea ​​splash

It is a simpler and more economical option than the classic salpicón where the presence of shellfish is less.

Croquettes

Of the many croquette recipes that we have on the blog, I have selected the ones that are most liked at home and I serve as a starter at any celebration or special occasion.

Croquettes

Cheese croquettes

These croquettes use Roquefort cheese . But if it is very strong and you want the little ones at home to eat it, we will have to try the proportion of cheese that best suits their taste, even with another type of cheese.

Cheese croquettes

Tigers or mussel croquettes

A very simple and grateful Christmas starter. It has the creaminess of bechamel and that sea flavor that Galician mussels give us. It is very important that they are of quality and in my opinion the ones from my land are the best.

Tigers or mussel croquettes

Ham croquette

This  timeless appetizer recipe , although it always triumphs at Christmas, “ham croquettes”, my grandmother’s recipe.

Ham croquette

Mushroom and prawn croquettes

As we are in the middle of wild mushroom season, this croquettes recipe is perfect for cooking the ones we collect or buy those we like the most.

Mushroom and prawn croquettes

Ham croquettes without gluten or lactose

A way for everyone, even those with intolerances, to enjoy one of the foods that they like the most at home and that succeed whenever we prepare them.

Bases for our appetizers

Bases for our appetizers

Homemade Blinis

Blinis are small  pancakes  or  pancakes  typical of Slavic cuisine made from flour, eggs, milk and yeast. They are an obligatory element in religious festivals in their homeland, Eastern Europe and mainly accompanied with sour cream, smoked fish and fish eggs.

blinis

Easy Scones or English Muffins

I leave you with the most classic version of scones that you can find in most bakeries in the United Kingdom. I hope you like them and that they are a special part of some luxury appetizers or canapés on your Christmas trays.

In summary…

If you’ve made it this far and have kept any of these Christmas appetizers, congratulations! You’ll see how this post will really help you succeed this Christmas and I’m happy to collaborate on it. Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

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Hi! I'm Huma Qurashi, an international educator and food writer, excited about bringing you traditional Pakistani recipes from across the country.
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