Holiday Party Recipes

Serve appetizers and drinks at your next Christmas party, New Year's Eve bash or openhouse.

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Standing Rib Roast

Anne Burrell's holiday roast will make an impressive centerpiece for your dinner table.

Get the Recipe: Standing Rib Roast

Potato-Beef Canapes

Make the beef for this canape the day before to spend less time in the kitchen on the day of your party.

Get the Recipe: Potato-Beef Canapes

Salt Cod Dip

A creamy spread of salt cod, potatoes and garlic is perfect for cracker dipping.

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Pizza Wreath

A sausage and pepperoni pizza morphs into a festive wreath for the holiday season. Top with a golden-brown dough bow and sprinkle with fresh basil for a dish that's almost too cute to eat.

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Horseradish Shrimp

Instead of serving traditional shrimp and cocktail sauce, coat shrimp in a tomato and horseradish sauce before baking and then serve at room temperature.

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Herbed Hazelnuts

With a little bit of thyme, lemon zest and rosemary, you can turn hazelnuts into a holiday snack that's ready long before your party starts.

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Capital Eggnog

This award-winning recipe (from an eggnog competition in Arkansas) is a decadent drink your guests will love.

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Peanut Butter Truffles

Peanut butter, sugar and butter are whipped into luscious truffle dough, then rolled in a variety of toppings and chilled to form these bite-size desserts perfect for holiday entertaining.

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Struffoli

Giada de Laurentiis makes this festive Italian dessert with her family every year for the holidays. A sweet honey sauce binds the fried dough balls and hazelnuts into a wreath shape topped with sprinkles.

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Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip

Ellie Krieger's red pepper and walnut dip is quick and easy to make (it's done in 15 minutes!); set it out alongside a vegetable platter for an elegant appetizer spread.

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Hot Corn Dip

On a chilly winter evening, Trisha Yearwood's cheesy dip will warm up the crowd. Chopped green chiles and Monterey Jack add a kick to the creamy corn.

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Miss Mickey's Peanut Butter Balls

Trisha's no-bake peanut butter balls take only 20 minutes to prepare. Although they can be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks, there's a good chance they will be long gone before then.

Get the Recipe: "Miss" Mickey's Peanut Butter Balls

Jerry's Sugared Pecans

Guests may need to be warned that it's impossible to eat just one of these sugar-covered nuts. The crunchy, sweet coating makes Trisha's pecans irresistible.

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Crepes

Try both the sweet and savory versions of Alton Brown's crepe recipe. Stuff with a filling or simply top with powdered sugar for an elegant treat.

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Prime Rib au Jus

Tender and juicy prime rib is topped with Sandra Lee's au jus reduction sauce that features Worcestershire and red wine. Pair with a vegetable side dish for any holiday meal.

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Braciole with Orecchiette

In this Italian dish, thin slices of meat are rolled with a prosciutto and provolone filling. Serve over orecchiette pasta tossed with a fresh tomato sauce.

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Wine-Poached Figs

This simple and elegant appetizer is ready in only 15 minutes. Pair the poached figs with bread, an assertive cheese and wine for holiday entertaining.

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Crispy-Skin Black Sea Bass with Avocado, Tomatillo and Fennel Relish

For a lighter holiday entertaining main, try Bobby Flay's black sea bass with a crunchy relish that's both sweet and spicy.

Get the Recipe: Crispy Skin Black Sea Bass with Avocado, Tomatillo and Fennel Relish

Cheese Fondue

Make a cheese blend of Swiss and Gruyere that is great for your favorite bite-sized dippers like chunks of bread, apples, broccoli, cauliflower and more.

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Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Ina's roasted potatoes are crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. The key to perfect texture is to cut the potatoes crosswise, then toss in olive oil and roast on high heat for just half an hour.

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Ranch Dressing Cheese Log

Trisha's cheese log is an ideal snack or appetizer for holiday entertaining. For picture-perfect presentation, roll the log in chopped pecans and serve with crackers or bagel chips.

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Overnight Pot Roast

Sandra uses flank steak, an inexpensive cut of meat, for her pot roast. Let it cook overnight in a slow cooker to soak up all the spices and flavors.

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Peruvian Seafood Chowder

Seafood dishes always have a place on the holiday table. This seafood chowder is rich, hearty and full of flavor, but as a main dish, it's low in calories.

Get the Recipe: Peruvian Seafood Chowder

Bacon and Chive Green Bean Coins

Here's some good news for bacon lovers: center-cut bacon is lower in fat than the regular cut. Using it in this vegtable a smoky saltiness; cutting the green beans into coins is a fun way to serve them and eat them by the spoonful.

Get the Recipe: Bacon and Chive Green Bean Coins

Asparagus and Jack Cheese Frittata

Frittatas are an easy way to feed a crowd on a budget. Aida Mollenkamp uses asparagus and cheese to flavor the eggs, but any combination of vegetables and cheese would be great.

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Savory Cheese Palmiers

Use store-bought puff pastry to make Sandra's crispy crackers, then top them with your favorite cheese blend.

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Gorgonzola-Pear Toasts

Make these sweet and salty toast bites in just 25 minutes. If you don't have Gorgonzola cheese on hand, you can use any creamy favorite.

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Tortellini Skewers

Ree Drummond gets into festive colors with these skewers that are all about the assembly: store-bought spinach tortellini, fresh mozzarella and cherry tomatoes. For a little extra flavor, drizzle on an easy pesto-packed vinaigrette dressing.

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Holiday Roll-Ups

Ree's easy-to-make roll-ups can be made and stored in the fridge until party time. They are filled with a blend of cream cheese, ranch dressing mix and black pepper.

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Christmas Queso

Ree makes this four-ingredient dip with large hunks of white blanco-style cheese, diced red chiles and tomatoes, along with jalapenos to amp up the spice factor and give a bit of green color. Once the cheese is melted, it's ready to serve with tortilla chips.

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Chocolate Chip Biscookie

The holiday season is synonymous with cookies, and the most well-loved cookie of childhood is probably the chocolate chip variety. Melissa d'Arabian's recipe is part cookie, part biscotti — sweet and soft enough to eat like a cookie, but hard enough to be perfect for coffee dipping.

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Bacon Ranch Cream Cheese Wellington

Melissa's dip is a cross between a baked brie in pastry and a more kid-friendly cream cheese log. The result is elegant enough for entertaining, but the bacon and ranch flavors mean kids will love it too. Once you master this easy recipe, experiment with other flavors: garlic-sauteed mushrooms or curry paste, if you are hosting adults.

Get the Recipe: Bacon Ranch Cream Cheese Wellington

Butter Spritz Cookies

One of the most-iconic holiday sweets, spritz are bite-size buttery cookies flavored with vanilla and almond extract. Decorate them with red and green sprinkles for an extra festive touch.

Get the Recipe: Butter Spritz Cookies

Potato Puffs

These comforting Potato Puffs make a convenient appetizer in a pinch. They come together with the help of pantry staples, like whole milk, flour, vegetable oil and butter. 

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Buttermilk Scones

Melissa's easy Buttermilk Scones offer the perfect amount of sweetness, thanks to the combination of white and coarse brown sugar. Use a bit of earthy fresh rosemary to balance out the sweetness.

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Butternut Squash and Mussel Soup

Ditalini pasta and tender cubes of butternut squash make the perfect accompaniment for rich, plump mussels in this festive holiday soup.  

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Chorizo Bites with Smoked Paprika and Piquillo Pepper Aioli

Serve seared chorizo over a dollop of zesty aioli for a flavorful holiday appetizer that will leave your guests eager for the main course.

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Fettuccine with Lobster, Tomatoes and Saffron

If you're celebrating the holidays with seafood, try this crowd-pleasing lobster-and-fettuccine dish. With tender chunks of lobster meat and a rich saffron-based sauce, this dish is ideal for a special occasion.

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Baked Prosciutto and Brie with Apple Butter

Tyler Florence piles prosciutto and apple onto a baguette before topping with brie. The cheese will become goey and delicious when baked in the oven.

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Banana and Pecan Pancakes with Maple Butter

Treat your holiday guests to a comforting pancake breakfast this year. Tyler's fluffy buttermilk pancakes are flavored with toasted ground pecans and studded with sweet banana slices. Top them off with a compound butter made with honey and maple syrup for a sweet finishing touch.

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Herb Coeur a la Creme

Ina Garten's 15 minute cream cheese round is an easy yet elegant way to start your party.

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Antipasti de Salumi

Slice fontina into Christmas trees and mozzarella into star shapes for a festive antipasti display.

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