When you’re planning an elaborate holiday dinner, it’s easy to forget about prepping easy appetizers to nibble on before the main event is ready. That’s why we like to have a few quick appetizer recipes in our back pocket—you never know when they’ll come in handy! Keep reading to check out our favorite appetizers that are all made using three ingredients or less.

Tomato and Cheddar Palmiers

These pretty palmiers from The Suburban Soapbox will definitely impress your guests. Buttery puff pastry and tart tomatoes meld perfectly with rich cheddar cheese—delish! Get the recipe by clicking here.

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Crock Pot Chili Cheese Dip

Break out your slow cooker for this crowd-pleasing dip from Julie’s Eats and Treats. With just two ingredients, it’s definitely the simplest thing you’ll make all day. Click here to grab the recipe.

Provoleta with Merguez Sausage

Inspired by an Argentine dish, this recipe from Bourbon and Brown Sugar goes perfectly with a big loaf of crusty bread. The drool-worthy combination of provolone cheese and sausage is bound to be a hit with kids and adults alike. To get all the details, click here.

Hummus Deviled Eggs

For a fun twist on deviled eggs, try this simple recipe from Living Well Kitchen. Instead of a complicated mayo-based filling, for this version, you’ll just need your favorite flavor of hummus. Click here to get the recipe.

Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

This appetizer from Averie Cooks is kid-approved and super easy to make. You’ll get the crunchy, melty effect of mozzarella sticks but without the mess and hassle of deep frying. To get the recipe, click here.

Instant Pot Wings

Everybody loves chicken wings, and Mom Advice has a foolproof method for making them in the Instant Pot. A quick pass under the broiler gives them a crispy finish. Get the recipe by clicking here.

Pesto Yogurt Dip

This light and fresh dip from Melanie Makes is an ideal appetizer to serve before a heavy holiday meal. Pair it with plenty of fresh veggies, cheese and crackers, and you’ll be ready to entertain a crowd. Click here to get the recipe.

Best Breadsticks Ever

How fancy do these breadsticks from Kiwi & Carrot look?! Using a pre-made puff pastry makes them super easy to pull off, even if you’re not a master baker. To get the recipe, click here.

Crock Pot Glazed Kielbasa Bites

This genius recipe from Julie’s Eats and Treats is totally hands-off, thanks to the magical Crock Pot. It’s made with kielbasa, brown sugar and one unexpected ingredient—click here to get all the details.

Bacon Wrapped Cherries with Thyme

It might sound strange, but stay with us: these bacon-wrapped cherries from We Are Not Martha are delicious. The savory bacon makes a perfect contrast for tart, juicy cherries. Click here to get the recipe.

Quick Dinner Rolls

Start your meal off with these yummy dinner rolls from Life, Love and Good Food. No rising required—just mix up the three ingredients, and bake the rolls in a muffin tin. Get the recipe by clicking here.

Everything Parmesan Crisps

This inventive take on a crispy cracker from The Suburban Soapbox is bound to be a hit with cheese lovers. Even better, they come together in less than 10 minutes, leaving you more time to obsess over the rest of the menu. To grab the recipe, click here.

Creamy Salsa Dip

For a crowd-pleasing appetizer, whip up a batch of this super easy dip from Simply Stacie. Paired with fresh veggies and tortilla chips, don’t be surprised if this one disappears fast. To snag the recipe, click here.

Classy Pigs in a Blanket

Make your party extra magical with an appetizer that only uses two (count ‘em, two!) ingredients. These pigs in a blanket are the definition of simple—and you can even add a touch of sesame seeds to up the wow factor. Get the recipe over at Culinary Hill.

Raspberry Cream Cheese Dip

We love this salty-sweet dip recipe from Tastes of Lizzy T’s, and since it’s made with just two ingredients (cream cheese and jam) you can have it ready in two minutes flat. Serve it up with buttery Ritz crackers and get dipping. Click here to grab the recipe.

Ham-Wrapped Cornichons

This light snack from The PKP Way has that throwback holiday party feel and is super quick to put together—you can even get your mini sous chefs involved in prepping the rolls. The crunchy-salty-sour combo is definitely a winner. Click here to get the recipe.

Blue Cheese Pull Apart Biscuits

Serving something warm to take the chill off is also the perfect way to welcome guests. This recipe from Pack Momma combines a couple of our favorite things—flaky biscuits and flavorful blue cheese—to make a melty, bubbly appetizer perfect for a crowd. Drooling yet? Get the recipe by clicking here.

Honey-Roasted Pecans

If you’re worried about dinner timing or want something festive (and deceptively simple) on your snack tray, make a batch of these honey-roasted pecans from Trial and Eater for guests to graze on throughout the day. The recipe couldn't be easier, but it’s way more delicious than the store-bought kind. Get the recipe by clicking here.

Bacon-Wrapped Potato Wedges

Potato wedges just got even tastier, thanks to this recipe from A Calculated Whisk. How? Why, wrap them in bacon, of course! Now you’ve got an appetizer fit for a hungry crowd of grown-ups and kiddos alike. To snag the recipe, click here.

Baked Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups

For an appetizer that’s a bit more filling, try these yummy roll-ups from Pumpkin ‘n Spice. It’s easy to customize them with your favorite meats, cheeses and seasonings. As a bonus, you can keep this recipe in rotation for school lunches. Get the details by clicking here.

—Susie Foresman

 

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