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Top 10: Holiday Appetizer Recipes {hors d'oeuvre}

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As a part of the Tip Junkies Top Ten Holiday Trends series, Laurie asked if I could put together a list of great appetizers and hors d’oeuvres for holiday entertaining! Whether you are hosting a holiday soiree or bringing a dish to your neighbor’s get-together, you’ll earn big points with these fabulous party starter recipes!

Happy Holidays Tip Junkie readers!!!! I’m Cheryl, aka TidyMom! When I am not baking, crafting or running around with my camera you can find me over in my little corner of the universe at TidyMom.net

Appetizer Recipe


Garlic Chicken Puffs via TidyMom

Printable recipe

yields 32 puffs (I made a double batch)

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup cooked shredded chicken*
  • 2 cans refrigerator crescent rolls
  1. Mix cream cheese, garlic and chicken until well blended.
  2. Unroll crescent rolls and cut each triangle into 2 triangles (when you unroll the crescent rolls, 2 triangles are attached making a big square, I just cut from there following the perforation for one cut and made another cut from the other corners = giving you 4 little triangles)
  3. Place 1 tsp of chicken mixture on the center of each triangle and fold the corners in over the creamy mixture.
  4. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 12-14 mins.

I used 2 cookie sheets at a time, and had to bake 3 batches to get all of mine baked (so allow for that time if you’re making a lot)

Also, mine were ready in about 11 mins, so watch for how your oven cooks.

*For cooked chicken, I buy those big bags of frozen chicken tenderloins, I just threw 6 of them on a cookie sheet and baked for about 25 mins.


Beer Cheese Dip via TidyMom

(printable recipe)

2 – 8oz pkgs Cream Cheese, softened

1/3 cup beer*

1 envelope Ranch Dressing Mix

2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Beat the first three ingredients until well blended.

Stir in cheddar cheese by hand.

*if dip is too thick, add a little beer to thin it down

Hors D’oeuvre Recipe


Roasted Tomato Brushetta via She Wears Many Hats


Spinach Artichoke Dip via Dine and Dish


Gingered Clementine Pomegranate Shrimp via Food for my Family


Buffalo Chicken Dip via TidyMom


Tortilla Roll-Ups via Blooming on Bainbridge


Home Made Pizza Rolls via TidyMom


Baked Brie via Living Locurto


Stuffed Mushrooms via Add a Pinch

Enjoy celebrating the holidays!

About TidyMom

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  1. Kristen

    Perfect timing – I have to take an appetizer to a shopping event tomorrow night. Can’t wait to try some of these!

  2. Amanda

    This list is amazing… talk about one stop shopping!! I am going to print this and make every one of these! I MIGHT even share one or two. 😉

  3. Shaina

    Great roundup, Cheryl! Baked brie and spinach artichoke dip are some of my favorite party foods. Those garlic chicken puffs caught my eye, too. Thanks so much for including my shrimp.

  4. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies

    OMG these all look so fantastic. Can’t I just have them all for lunch? Who needs guests?

  5. bridget {bake at 350}

    Wow…this is a FABULOUS list!!! I want ALL of those RIGHT NOW!!!

  6. Robyn | Add a Pinch

    These all look scrumptious and perfect for holiday entertaining. I think I’d love to try them all!

  7. Jessica

    Oh great list of recipes! I am saving some of these. But the link to the Spinach Artichoke Dip isn’t clickable. help! 🙂

  8. Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com}

    They all look great. I love appetizers and can never have TOO many options 🙂 thanks

  9. Emily @ LaForce Be With You

    Yum great list! I would also say cheese ball is a fantastic holiday appetizer! I’m going to share my recipe for that soon since I just made one this week!

  10. Wenderly

    Yum, I’ll take a dozen of each.

  11. Amanda Padgett

    My dh would like you to come visit us, Cheryl!

    Great ideas for tasty but not over-made appetizers.

  12. Aggie

    What a great lineup of apps! Great ideas here!


    Nice lineup Cheryl!!

  14. Aimee @ Simple Bites

    Sweet round-up!! I love this kind of food. I practically graze right through the holidays on all of it.

  15. naomi

    Great line-up for some holiday appetizers! I can’t wait to give some of these a go.

  16. marla

    Awesome holiday appetizer selection! Must make up a bunch of these.

  17. Nisha

    These chicken puffs look lush! These would go down a treat at family gatherings/parties etc.
    The home made pizza rolls also look great, I am a big cheese lover so anything to do with cheese is usually great for me!
    YUM Thanks for the geat recipes!

  18. Jess H

    Awesome list, I would also say cheese ball is a fantastic holiday appetizer! I’m going to share my recipe for that soon since I just made one this week!

  19. Appetizer Ideas

    Great appetizer list, we gave the Garlic Chicken Puffs recipe a shot for a new years party the wife and I attended last night and it was a hit!

  20. Sinea

    Cheryl is a homemaking genius. I love her site and these appetizers live up to her reputation for great content! Wish I had some of that buffalo wing dip right now! Mmm.

  21. Air Traffic Control Game

    I am very excited to try this recipe, thanks for sharing here. I will try it first exactly as you have explained but as I always do, I will try it again with more health conscious ingredients to see how much is lost.

  22. Mr. Deep Dish Pizza

    All of it looked good, but I want to try the homemade pizza rolls recipe. Great photos, now I’m Hungry…

  23. July Aston

    I just made your moderate home made pizza rolls recipe and I have to tell you it’s very delicious. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing.

  24. dips

    Absolutely amazing! Made these for a party over the weekend and they were a hit.

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