When hosting a holiday party, having the right Christmas appetizers is key. In many instances, providing the best appetizers and hors d’oeuvres will be the talk of the party, and will help to frame the event overall. One way to insure favorability is to make them cheesy, which is why we’ve provided you with an assortment of the cheesiest dishes out there. And not holiday karaoke cheesy, yummy ooey gooey cheesy.
1. Pumpkin Pie Cheese Appetizers
We just had to include these pumpkin pie appetizers because they are just too cute. They are cheese wedges made to look like individual slices of pumpkin pie. the crust is made from a combination of crackers, and the whipped cream is actually whipped cream cheese. They have pilfered a bag of Chex Mix for the wavy crackers it contains, and used a Triscuit for the nice triangular shape. There’s also Chicken in a Biskit crackers for a bit of savoriness to these, and that’s what forms the back part of the slice of pie look.
2. Cheesy Fig Shortbread Crackers
It’s not too often you see figs and cheese together in the same dish, but they’ve managed to pull them off here with these scrumptious crackers. The fig gives it holiday appeal, and there’s plenty of cheese used in the form of blue cheese and sharp cheddar. These are the perfect appetizer because they can be picked up with fingers and eaten in one bite. Your guests will have no trouble with these, and are sure to ask you where you found the recipe. With a total turnaround time of just 45 minutes, these are great appetizers for a spontaneous holiday get together as well.
3. Mexican Queso Dip
This queso is sure to spice up any holiday party, and it is festive looking, with green and red bits in it from the jalapeno and pico de gallo. Queso means cheese, and they didn’t spare any here, using a heaping portion of Pepper Jack. The spice level on this is going to be pretty high, especially if you include the optional jalapeno, so be sure you know your guests and you know that they like spicy food and tolerate it well. Serve these up with red and green tortilla chips and it’s sure to be a hit.
4. Cheesy Mushroom Pinwheels
These cheese-infused pinwheels also contain mushrooms, so you’re getting cheesy, mushroomy goodness with the flakiness of the pinwheel. The pinwheel structure is formed from Pillsbury pizza dough, the thin crust variety, so it’s going to come out light and airy, and delicious. Don’t be surprised if your guests can’t help it and go back for seconds and thirds. Be prepared for this by making more than you need. You can always zap any leftovers later to help fuel you through the after party clean up process. Cream cheese is what gives these their cheesiness, and works really well with the other ingredients.
5. Cheese-Filled Cassava Balls
Cheddar is the cheese that gets the go ahead on these cheese-filled cassava balls. they are deep fried, so you get a crispy outer coating, and then yummy melted cheese on the inside. This is the sort of appetizer you’ll want to serve shortly after they’re done so that your guests will have the full experience offered here. The ingredients include cassava, an egg, plenty of butter, plenty of cheese, some milk, and enough oil to fry them up in. You don’t need a deep fryer, just a pan big enough to submerge these until they’re fully cooked.
6. Cheesy Warm Bean Dip
Nothing beats a warm, cheesy dip, and this bean dip has gotten the deluxe treatment. There’s plenty of beans of course, but there is also cream cheese and cheddar cheese, as well as tomatoes, olives, and a host of spices and seasonings so it turns out yummy and full of flavor. They’ll be digging deep into this dish to make sure that they get all of the good stuff it contains. The best things to dip into it would be Fritos Scoops or any type of tortilla chip, just make sure they are thick and can handle a dip like this.
7. Oven Baked Sharp Cheese Bread Bites
With just three ingredients these sharp cheese bites are baked until they get a nice color to them. The trick is in the preparation, and is how they turn ordinary white bread, butter, and cheese and turn it into chunks of baked cheesy goodness. These are a great appetizer to serve up by themselves, or they can be used as the ultimate dipping utensil for any of the cheesy dips you see featured on this page. Perhaps try serving it up next to cups of this Pumpkin Spice Latte. Both make great additions to any holiday appetizer spread.
8. Pizza Dip
No need to order delivery when you present this pizza dip. It comes out looking like a pizza that’s been baked right into a cast iron skillet. Dive into this with breadsticks, crackers, or anything else you want and you’ll be treated to massive amounts of cheese, pepperoni, and pizza sauce, even more cheese, and did we mention this has cheese in it? No crust means that all there is is filling and toppings so you simply provide a crust-like dipping utensil and watch your guests go to town on it. Bakes up in 35 minutes so it is just as fast as getting it delivered.
9. Cheesy Squares
The red from the fire roasted peppers and the green from the spinach give these squares the appropriate holiday colors, so you know they’ll look great when served up. You want cheese? They’ve got cheese, and they’re using a four cheese medley in this particular recipe. They do point out that you can use whichever cheese you want here, so you can tailor this to your own tastes, or to what you think your guests will enjoy. Just make sure it’s shredded for even spreading and reliable melting. Artichokes are included in this to give it even more flavor.
10. Cheesy Jalapeno Bacon Dip with Tater Tot Crust
This is a sure way to get your guests to sing your praises. It includes plenty of crowd pleasers, like cheese, bacon, jalapenos, and tater tots. As long as your guests can handle a bit of heat, they’re sure to go gaga over this. The tater tot crust really sends it over the edge, so they’re savory dip that goes great on most types of crackers. Be sure to make enough for who’s coming, because this is sure to be revisited by those that really like it, and they’ll put a serious hurt on it before others can get a chance to try it.
11. Cheesy Fontina Chorizo and Artichoke Dip
This is using fontina cheese, so it’s going to be a mild and creamy flavor to it, while the chorizo will spice things up and make it savory. Rounding things out is the artichoke, so if you’re a fan of spinach artichoke dip you’ll surely love this dip, and your guests are sure to rave about it as well. In addition to the chorizo there’s also a jalapeno in here, so it’s going to be spicy. Be sure to have other appetizers or beverages available to help put out the flames. The creaminess of the cheese should help somewhat, but it will leave a spicy aftertaste.