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Christmas Recipe Roundup – Appetizers

A collection of the best Christmas appetizer recipes from Lana’s Cooking!

Whew, y’all. I’m tired. I have shopped until I nearly dropped. Cooked until the pantry’s nearly empty. And decorated until I used all the ribbon in my “Christmas” closet. The one thing I haven’t done, though, is to make new recipes for the blog. As a matter of fact, I’m taking a rare and very much needed break from posting. But I’ll be back right after Christmas with lots of new recipes to share!

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In the meantime, here’s a roundup of some of my favorite appetizers to serve at Christmas or New Year’s parties. Hope you find one to enjoy!

Christmas Recipe Roundup – Appetizers

Cheddar Pecan Cheese Ring with Strawberry Preserves
This Cheddar Pecan Cheese Ring with Strawberry Preserves is a vintage cheese ring recipe attributed to first lady Rosalynn Carter. Good for any get together!
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Cheese ring surrounded by crackers on a serving board.

I remember when this recipe became popular in the early 70’s. It was during the time that Jimmy Carter was governor of Georgia and this was his wife, Rosalynn’s, cheese ring recipe.

Warm Turnip Green Dip with Bacon
Warm Turnip Green Dip with Bacon is a taste-tempting mixture of cream cheese, bacon, and turnip greens. Great for your game day spread!
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Warm turnip green dip in a baking dish.

One of our favorites for any occasion really, is this delicious Turnip Green Dip. Turnip greens, you say? In dip? For real. Just think of the classic spinach dip with a Southern accent.

Sausage Balls with Two Dipping Sauces
Traditional, classic, and always a hit! These Sausage Balls are even better with a choice of dipping sauces.
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Finished sausage balls in a white serving bowl.

One of my easiest, oldest, most well-liked appetizer recipes. Everybody knows this one. These sausage balls have been around for years and years.

Spicy White Bean Dip
A spicy white bean dip great for enjoying along with your favorite college football game!
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Add this Spicy White Bean Dip to your next tailgate menu or serve as an appetizer or snack for any occasion. https://www.lanascooking.com/spicy-white-bean-dip/
My Big Fat Greek Appetizer (Feta Dip)
My Big Fat Greek Appetizer is an easy to make layered Feta Dip with good olive oil, feta cheese, cucumber, green onion, tomatoes, and Kalamata olives. Scoop it up with a pita!
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Finished layered feta dip on a white platter.
Hot Baked Crab Dip
For the ultimate party indulgence, serve your guests this luscious Hot Baked Crab Dip that's ready in under 30 minutes.
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Crab dip in a baking dish with crackers on the side.

This old reliable recipe for hot baked crab dip uses ingredients that you probably have on hand right now. There’s nothing exotic in there that you can’t find at any grocery store no matter where you live. It takes maybe 10 minutes to mix up and you can adjust the horseradish to suit your tastes. I keep it on the mild side for BeeBop and sometimes stir in a bit extra in a separate dish for me.

Cheese Pinwheels with Mayhaw Jelly
A twist on the southern cheese straw made into a wafer and filled with chopped pecans and Mayhaw jelly.
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Cheese Pinwheels with Mayhaw Jelly - a twist on the southern cheese straw made into a wafer and filled with chopped pecans and Mayhaw jelly. https://www.lanascooking.com/cheese-pinwheels-with-mayhaw-jelly/

I feel quite sure that everyone is familiar with the classic southern cheese straw, right? Those delightful little bites of sharp cheese and cayenne that are served at practically every get-together in the southern states? Well, this recipe is the cheese straw’s first cousin – the cheese pinwheel. Plus it has a little something extra to set it apart and that thing is Mayhaw jelly.

And there you have it! A collection of some of my most favorite appetizer recipes to serve during the holidays. You’re sure to find at least that appeals to you and your folks.

And from our home to yours, all our best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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  1. It’s Xmas night and I am looking at that appetizer list. My BIG family dinner and gift giving is 1/1. So I spent the day wrapping gifts while the whole world spent the day unwrapping. weird.

  2. Happy Holidays to you. Do get some rest!!! I have felt like the gerbil on the wheel but I too am getting there. A party tonight with wonderful people so I better get with it and get all the food going!! Thank you for the recipes. All new for me!!!!


  4. Thank you SO MUCH for PRINT READY, my computer skills are K-1, and not improving over time. I’m making most of your Appetizers for the New Year Party- Happy Holidays, and a New Year!!!!! Lana D.