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23 Appetizers So Good, Who Cares About The turkey?

This festive season, we’re turning the spotlight away from the traditional main course to showcase a dazzling array of appetizers that promise to steal the show. Whether you’re hosting a grand holiday feast or a cozy family gathering, our carefully curated selection of starters is designed to impress every palate. From the spicy kick of Creamy Jalapeño Dip to the smoky allure of Dry Rubbed Wings, each recipe is a celebration of flavors waiting to be discovered.

But that’s not all! We’ve explored every corner of the culinary world to bring you an assortment of appetizers that are not just delicious but also easy to make. Imagine the joy of biting into a perfectly seasoned Pork Tenderloin Crostini or the comfort of a warm, cheese-filled Artichoke-Jalapeño Dip. These appetizers aren’t just the opening act; they’re the stars of the show, ready to captivate and delight your guests!

Crab Rangoon Dip in a black cast iron dish.
Crab Rangoon Dip. Photo credit: Keto Cooking Wins.

Creamy Jalapeño Dip

A tantalizing blend of fresh jalapeños and creamy, cheesy goodness. This dip delivers a perfect balance of heat and creaminess, making it ideal for scooping with tortilla chips or fresh veggies. Its bold flavor is sure to start your meal with a zesty punch.
Get the Recipe: Creamy Jalapeño Dip

Dry Rubbed Wings

These wings are a smoky sensation, seasoned with a special blend of spices for maximum flavor. The perfect combination of a crispy exterior and tender interior makes them an instant crowd-pleaser. Great for those who love a touch of smoke in their appetizers.
Get the Recipe: Smoked Dry Rubbed Wings

Corn Fritters

corn fritters in a black serving dish
Corn Fritters. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Golden and crispy, these corn fritters are a delightful blend of sweet corn and aromatic herbs. Fried to a perfect crunch, they’re an irresistible finger food that’s both satisfying and delicious. Ideal for a sweet and savory snack.
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Cold Crab Dip

This luxurious dip features succulent crab meat in a creamy, seasoned base. Refreshing yet rich, it’s perfect for spreading on crackers or as a dip with fresh vegetables. A decadent treat that’s sure to be a hit at any gathering.
Get the Recipe: Cold Crab Dip

Pork Tenderloin Crostini

These crostini feature tender slices of pork tenderloin on crispy bread, topped with a zesty lime crema. Each bite offers a delightful mix of textures and flavors, blending savory pork with tangy lime for a sophisticated appetizer experience.
Get the Recipe: Pork Tenderloin Crostini

Prosciutto Puff Pastry Pinwheels

Indulge in these puff pastry pinwheels, where flaky pastry meets savory prosciutto. They are a perfect combination of buttery pastry and salty prosciutto, making them a visually stunning and delicious addition to your appetizer spread.
Get the Recipe: Prosciutto Puff Pastry

Baked Brie with Apple-Ginger Chutney

Baked brie with apple ginger chutney in a red brie baker.
Baked Brie. Photo credit: Cook What You Love

This appetizer pairs creamy brie with a sweet and spicy apple-ginger chutney, baked to gooey perfection. The combination of rich cheese and fresh fruit chutney creates a delightful contrast of flavors, perfect for a sophisticated palate.
Get the Recipe: Baked Brie with Apple-Ginger

Beef Jerky Dip

A unique and bold appetizer, this dip features the rich, savory flavors of beef jerky in a creamy base. Ideal for a hearty snack, it’s perfect for dipping with chips or vegetables and offers a meaty twist to traditional dips.
Get the Recipe: Beef Jerky Dip

Smoked Shotgun Shells

a top down shot of smoked shotgun shells on a platter
Smoked Shotgun Shells. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Experience the unique taste of smoked ingredients encased in a shell-like exterior. These bite-sized smoked shotgun shells offer a burst of smoky flavor, making them a unique and satisfying appetizer option.
Get the Recipe: Smoked Shotgun Shells

Artichoke-Jalapeño Dip

A creamy and spicy blend of tender artichokes and fiery jalapeños. This dip is a delightful combination of rich texture and spicy heat, perfect for those who love a bold flavor profile in their appetizers.
Get the Recipe: Artichoke-Jalapeño Dip

Spinach & Brie Dip

A luxurious mix of creamy brie and nutrient-rich spinach, this warm dip is both comforting and elegant. Ideal for cheese lovers, it offers a rich, velvety texture that pairs perfectly with bread or crackers.
Get the Recipe: Spinach & Brie Dip

Sauerkraut Balls

Sauerkraut balls in a black dish.
Sauerkraut Balls. Photo credit: Cook What You Love

These balls offer a unique combination of tangy sauerkraut and savory filling, all encased in a crispy, golden shell. They’re a perfect balance of tang and savoriness, making them an intriguing and tasty appetizer choice.
Get the Recipe: Sauerkraut Balls

Beef Wellington Bites

Mini versions of the classic Beef Wellington, these bites are a gourmet treat. Featuring succulent beef encased in flaky pastry, they’re a luxurious and satisfying appetizer, perfect for those seeking a touch of elegance.
Get the Recipe: Beef Wellington Bites

Smoked Tomatoes

Fresh tomatoes are transformed with a gentle smoking process, enhancing their natural flavors with a rich, smoky depth. These smoked tomatoes are a unique and sophisticated twist on traditional appetizers, offering a burst of flavor with each bite.
Get the Recipe: Smoked Tomatoes

Guacamole Snack Board

Guacamole Snack Board.
Guacamole Snack Board. Photo credit: Cook What You Love

A colorful and fresh assortment of guacamole and various accompaniments. This snack board is a visual and taste bud feast, perfect for sharing and sampling a variety of flavors. It’s a versatile and vibrant choice for any appetizer spread.
Get the Recipe: Guacamole Snack Board

Guinness Beer Cheese Dip

A hearty dip that combines the rich flavors of Guinness beer with creamy cheese. This robust dip is a dream for beer enthusiasts, perfect for dipping pretzels, crusty bread, or vegetables. It’s a unique and flavorful addition to any appetizer menu.
Get the Recipe: Guinness Beer Cheese Dip

Baked Scotch Eggs

Classic Scotch eggs, featuring a soft-boiled egg encased in savory sausage meat and a crispy breadcrumb coating, baked to perfection. These hearty and satisfying appetizers are ideal for those who love a traditional, filling snack.
Get the Recipe: Baked Scotch Eggs

Sausage Rolls

These rolls are a perfect blend of savory sausage meat wrapped in flaky pastry. Buttery, meaty, and utterly delicious, they’re an irresistible pick for those who crave a savory, satisfying snack. Perfect for a hearty bite.
Get the Recipe: Sausage Rolls

Smoked Cream Cheese

Infusing cream cheese with a hint of smoke creates a rich, flavorful spread. This smoked cream cheese is an innovative and delicious twist on a classic, perfect for pairing with crackers, bread, or as part of a charcuterie board.
Get the Recipe: Smoked Cream Cheese

Crab Spanakopita

A top-down shot of Crab Spanakopita on a wooden board.
Crab Spanakopita. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

A delightful fusion of succulent crab meat and spinach wrapped in flaky phyllo pastry. These bites offer a seafood twist on traditional spanakopita, making them a unique and flavorful appetizer choice.
Get the Recipe: Crab Spanakopita

Bacon, Cheese & Onion Dip

A decadent dip combining the rich flavors of bacon, cheese, and onion. This creamy and savory dip is perfect for those who love a classic flavor combination, ideal for dipping chips or fresh veggies.
Get the Recipe: Bacon, Cheese & Onion Dip

Crab Rangoon Dip

Imagine the flavors of crab rangoon in a creamy, easy-to-scoop dip form. This dip combines the sweetness of crab with a rich, creamy base, perfect for dipping wonton chips or crackers. A must-try for seafood and Asian cuisine lovers.
Get the Recipe: Crab Rangoon Dip

Grilled Corn Guacamole

A twist on traditional guacamole, this version features the smoky sweetness of grilled corn. It’s a vibrant and fresh dip, perfect for scooping with tortilla chips or as a topping for tacos. An ideal choice for those who love a hint of smokiness in their dips.
Get the Recipe: Grilled Corn Guacamole


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