10 Last-Minute Appetizers for Christmas Eve
Chicken Liver Mousse Crostini with Pepper Jelly
Your holiday guests won’t be able to stop eating this smooth, velvety mousse topped with spicy-sweet pepper jelly. And you’ll love it too because it’s so easy to make in advance.
Recipe: Sparkling Cranberries
These pretty sugared berries make a nice addition to a cheese plate.
Feta-Olive-Fresh Herb Cheese Ball
Everyone loves a cheese ball, and this one, covered in bright green parsley and scallions, looks especially festive for the holidays.
Recipe: Spicy-Sweet Pecans
Spiced pecans are a Southern party staple for a reason: they are easy to make, you can make them in advance, and they are impossible to stop eating. We love this version with rosemary, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and ground red pepper.
Recipe: Cherry-Pecan Brie
Serve this pretty cherry-topped warm Brie with plenty of baguette slices and crackers. You won’t find a holiday appetizer more impressive that only requires five ingredients.
Pimiento Cheese Gougères
Recipe: Pimiento Cheese Gougères
A basket of warm cheese puffs is an excellent way to start any holiday gathering and these can be made ahead and frozen for a last-minute appetizer that’s still freshly baked.
Cranberry-Goat Cheese Canapés
Recipe: Cranberry-Goat Cheese Canapés
These colorful little toasts take minutes to assemble if you make the cranberry compote ahead of time.
Recipe: Cranberry-Jalapeño Salsa
Cranberries aren’t just for relish. Try them in this festive and fiery salsa with jalapenos and fresh ginger.
Pepper Jelly Palmiers
Recipe: Pepper Jelly Palmiers
If you’ve got a box of puff pastry in the freezer and a jar of pepper jelly in the pantry, you can whip up this tasty appetizer.