Let’s be honest: Holiday meals are great, but everyone knows the appetizers are the real star. In fact, killing time until dinner by grazing on bite-sized goodies is almost a pastime unto itself.
The secret to a perfect appetizer is all in the format. You should be able to eat it in one or two bites, with one hand, without making a mess of your nicest outfit. (As much as we love dips and spreads, they can get messy; bite-size is key.) And, of course, it needs to be delicious. We think these appetizer recipes tick all the boxes and then some.
White Clam Flatbread with Herbs
This super-easy flatbread is basically a white clam pizza with loads of herbs—plus some bacon for good measure. Cut it into wedges or slices for optimal snacking.
Easy Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms
Stuffed mushrooms are as easy to make as they are to eat—and they’re very easy to eat. This version features a rich seafood filling loaded with clams, crabmeat, herbs, and parmesan cheese. Pro tip: To cut down on prep, stuff the mushrooms the day before. When it’s party time, all you have to do is get them out of the fridge and into the oven.
Individual soufflés aren’t the best choice for a big crowd, but if you’re keeping things intimate this year, they’re just the ticket. Creamy, rich, and fluffy all at the same time, these soufflés are a crab-lover’s dream.
Chicken of the Sea Perfectly Crisp Shrimp
Did you know that Chicken of the Sea sells a wide selection of fried shrimp appetizers? These are ideal for entertaining—just heat them up and watch them disappear. With flavors like Creamy Garlic and Spinach Crispy Stuffed Shrimp and Creamy Jalapeño Crispy Stuffed Shrimp to choose from, you’re sure to find something everyone will love.
Tuna Salad Cheese Board
When it comes to bite-sized, choose-your-own-adventure party snacks, cheese boards are king. This version adds a bowl of classic tuna salad to the usual spread of cheese, fruits, and garnishes for something a little different.
Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Crackers
Think outside the bagel and serve these delicious, super-easy cracker snacks at your next holiday party. The lemony dill spread pairs perfectly with smoked salmon and buttery crackers for a truly habit-forming appetizer.
Crab Appetizers with Cocktail Sauce
Sweet, delicate crab goes with cocktail sauce just as well as shrimp—and it’s much easier to fit on a cracker or bite-sized piece of bread. A smear of herby, lemon pepper-y cream cheese adds just enough creaminess to tie everything together.