12 easy festive inspired appetisers for 12 days of Christmas
Make these super easy Christmas appetisers with store-bought ingredients!
Hosting parties can be stressful during festive seasons especially when you have a very short time to prepare. But if you still want to prepare something to wow your guest with, try these super easy Christmas appetisers that you can put together with store-bought ingredients.
12 super easy Christmas appetisers you can make at home
1. Cold cut and cheese wreath
Make a quick pit stop at grocers and be sure to stop by at the deli and get some ham and cold cut meats. Serrano and Parma ham are great choices, but just about any ham would do. Also, don’t forget to buy two types of cheeses, preferably in contrasting colours. Add some grapes and sprigs of rosemary and you’ll have this easy Christmas appetiser ready to serve.
2. Antipasto plate
For a vegetarian option, try this antipasto instead. Switch out the hams and replace them with olives and cherry tomatoes. To keep with the theme, buy mini mozzarella balls and finish off with a sprinkle of salt, freshly cracked pepper and a drizzle of good quality balsamic vinegar. You shouldn’t need to sweat easy Christmas appetisers like these.
3. Cheese and almond pine cone dip
If you’re setting out to really impress your guests, they try making this show-stopping cheese and almond pine cone dip. Warrant you really will have to get your hands into it and make this masterpiece (especially shaping the cream cheese mix)! But having crunch toasted almonds are heavenly. Plus you can pretty much stir in whatever you like into your cream cheese. Popular choices include finely chopped bacon, spring onions, or just plain herbs. Either way, it would be delicious.
4. Cheese, olive and chilli wreath
More easy Christmas appetisers in the shape of wreaths! If you have one large round baking dish and a smaller ramekin, you can use the smaller ramekin as a place to hold your serving forks. Instead of just rosemary, add a medley of green herbs like mint, dill or even applemint leaves. Add heat by adding some birds eye chillis and don’t worry too much about it being too hot. The cheese will help cool off the spiciness pretty quickly.
5. Christmas tree cucumber sandwiches
This next inspiration is truly effortless. Just slice up some fresh baguettes, spread on a thin layer of cream cheese or even herbed butter. Then with a vegetable peeler, slice your cucumber into thin strips. Fold them until they resemble Christmas trees and hold it in place with a fancy toothpick. Just double check none of your guests are allergic to gluten or dairy.
6. Quick Christmas pull apart pesto twists
Have some frozen puff pastry lying at home? Then make this super easy Christmas tree pesto twist. Start by rolling two pieces of puff pastry separately into rectangles before cutting them into tall triangles. Use some dusting flour to keep the two from sticking with each other. Next spread the pesto evenly on one layer before covering it with the other piece of puff pastry. Cut equal short lines of both sides and then twist them. Bake until brown and garnish with some greens and red peppers.
7. Christmas tree cheese dip
This beautiful show stopper is pretty much like the pine cone cheese dip mentioned earlier, except this time it is covered with basil leaves and halved cherry tomatoes. To make this appetiser, mix in fillers like herbs, spring onions, chives or chopped bacon together with your cheese until it has the consistency that can be easily mouldable. Cover with basil leaves and let it set in the fridge. Stick the cherry tomatoes on with toothpicks just before serving.
8. Reindeer deviled eggs
These are actually just regular deviled eggs! The trick is actually in the decorating. Use pumpkin seeds as the eyes, cut sausages for the nose and place the dill strategically to resemble the reindeer’s antlers. They are so cute even the kids would love them!
9. Snowflake pesto bread
Another super easy twist and pull apart bread filled with pesto. But you can easily fill it with sweet options as well and change this into a dessert. Roll it into a round circle and cut them into 16 parts. Twist all of them and trim the ends if necessary. Bake until brown and serve immediately, but if you’re doing the sweet version don’t forget to give it a dusting of confectioner’s sugar.
10. Christmas tree cheese tray
Put those cookie cutters into good use and cut out other things like cheese slices, tortillas and bread! Then lay them like this into a shape of a Christmas tree. No need to be fancy at all. Just add some pomegranates as garnish and the wine cork as the unedible branch!
11. Festive appetiser tree
More Christmas tree ideas for you want to go all out and place everything on to a big platter. Brie, olives, sausages, cheese, water crackers, cherry tomatoes, more cheese, crackers, herbs and fruit preserves. Assemble them together like this and you will have one super colourful appetiser!
12. Santa’s Hat
More of a dessert than an appetiser, but who says we can’t have them anyways. These super cute Santa hats are so adorable and easy to make. Just slice the top part of the strawberry off and cover it with a sliced banana. Top it off with a mini marshmallow at the tip of the strawberry and you’re done.
Which one of these super easy Christmas appetisers would be your choice? Tag us if you make any these suggestions this Christmas! Remember, don’t stress, keep it simple and enjoy the holidays. Hosting should be fun!