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Christmas Party Food
Delicious Food Ideas for The Holidays
Christmas parties are so much fun! I love baking and cooking for the holidays and start to get excited about gathering the season's recipes as early as October. As you begin planning your Christmas party, think about easy appetizers, traditional holiday dishes and the most scrumptious dessert recipes.
This fun Christmas Party Food collection is full of recipes, tips, and entertaining ideas for the holiday season. Each selection will help you plan your own special menu for Christmas that your guests will absolutely love.
Beef and Olive Cheese Ball
This delicious cheese spread displays the colors of the holiday season. It can be made up to 24 hrs. in advance for a stress-free appetizer. Serve with an assortment of vegetable dippers, crackers and bread sticks.
- Prep time: 15 min
- Cook time: 1 hour 45 min
- Ready in: 2 hours
- Yields: 2 cups
- 2 - 8 oz pkgs cream cheese softened
- 1 8 oz pkg dried beef chopped
- 1 8 oz jar olives with pimiento drained and chopped
- 1 tbls horseradish
Holiday Cheese Spreaders - I enjoy using cute cheese spreaders when I have guests and they make awesome hostess gifts!
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour, 45 minutes.
- Note: Mixture can also be shaped into cheese logs or balls.
Divide cheese spread into individual portion sizes to create mini appetizers!
Spicy Cocktail Meatballs
A great appetizer that can be kept warm in a slow cooker.
- Prep time: 25 min
- Cook time: 35 min
- Ready in: 1 hour
- Yields: 8-10 (2 meatballs each)
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 pkg. dry onion soup mix
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 1 tbls. canola oil
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp liquid smoke
- 1 tsp hot sauce
Make ahead tip:
The meatballs can be placed in a freezer bag after cooking and cooling. Later just thaw and add with sauce mixture into slow cooker.
- In a large bowl combine ground beef, milk, soup mix and egg.
- Shape into small meatballs.
- In a large frying pan heat canola oil.
- Cook meatballs until browned and cooked through.
- Drain meatballs and place in slow cooker.
- Combine remaining ingredients and pour over meatballs.
- Heat on high for 35 minutes and then keep warm.
Snickerdoodles - A Holiday Favorite
You can never have enough cookies in the cookie jar and these are wonderful to have on hand during the holidays!
- Prep time: 20 min
- Cook time: 10 min
- Ready in: 30 min
- Yields: Makes 48
- 1 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 tsp. cream of tarter
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- cinnamon sugar
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cream butter and sugar; add eggs, vanilla extract, cream of tarter, baking soda and cinnamon.
- Mix in flour until combined.
- Shape dough into 1 inch balls and roll in cinnamon sugar.
- Bake on un-greased cookie sheets 8-10 minutes or until very lightly browned.
Store different types of cookies in separate containers. This will keep crisp cookies from turning into chewy cookies and also keep flavors from blending!
So Easy Cocktail Shrimp
This is so easy that it's not even a recipe, but a classic appetizer that guests will love!
- 2 lb bag frozen cooked peeled and deveined shrimp
- Old Bay Seasoning to taste
- Cocktail sauce
- Prep time: 10 min
- Cook time: 50 min
- Ready in: 1 hour
- Yields: 16
- Thaw shrimp in colander.
- Drain on paper towels.
- Arrange shrimp on a platter.
- Season with Old Bay.
- Serve chilled with cocktail sauce.
The Best Seasoning For Cocktail Shrimp
Will you be serving shrimp at your holiday party?
Make notes after your party that you can look back upon the following year. These tips will come in handy when planning next year's party. Make sure to date your notes!
© 2011 Mary Crowther