When it comes to entertaining for Christmas, it’s important not to overdo it. The good news is, it’s possible to serve up a delicious and classy meal without spending hours in the kitchen! It all starts with these incredibly simple ideas for appetizers that you can serve on Christmas Day or any other gathering you may be having during the holidays.
This is one of the easiest, and most elegant appetizer ideas that you can serve during the holidays! Buy a package of frozen, cooked jumbo shrimp and let it defrost in the refrigerator overnight. The shrimp needs about twenty four hours total to defrost. As your company starts arriving, arrange the shrimp on a serving platter with a small dish of shrimp cocktail sauce.
Cheese and Crackers
Cheese and crackers are also an easy appetizer for you to serve during your Christmas entertaining. You don’t even need to cut the cheese in advance – you can encourage your guests to do it! Select a few of your favorite cheeses, such as cheddar, brie, and even a cheese ball and lay it out with an assortment of crackers. If you want guests to cut their own cheese, be sure to lay out the right knives.
If you want to serve a hot appetizer but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen, consider serving homemade bruschetta! Slice a baguette into pieces that are about 1/2-3/4 inch thick. Drizzle olive oil over each of the piece, top with chopped, fresh tomatoes, and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and dried basil. Place the bruschetta slices on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees until the cheese is melted.
You can use any type of olive that you want with this recipe. If you use canned or jarred olives, be sure to drain out the liquid first. Add about 1-2 cups of olives to a mixing bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with freshly grated orange peel, cracked black pepper, oregano, and/or basil. Toss gently to coat the olives with the ingredients. Place in a bowl and serve with toothpicks.
Hummus and Pita Chips
This is another one of those classic appetizer choices that’s great for any holiday party! Add your favorite hummus to a small bowl and serve with baked pita chips, tortilla chips, or slices of toasted baguette. You don’t need to make the hummus from scratch, either, since there are so many choices on the market today.
These appetizer recipes are the perfect choice for your Christmas or holiday parties. They’re not only simple to prepare, by they’re also delicious and sure to be a crowd pleaser!