Every year when the holiday season rolls around I find myself struggling to keep up with the demands of our social schedule. Like many families, we attend multiple gatherings of friends and family during the month of December. And to nearly all of them, we are expected to bring a stack of gifts and an appetizer or potluck dish to share. I don’t love cooking. Particularly three or more party-ready dishes in a few days span. So I’m always on the lookout for potluck appetizer recipes I can make with a minimum investment of time and effort. Check out these 9 quick and easy appetizer recipes to make your December a little easier.
9 Party-Ready Appetizers for Your Holiday Gathering
1. Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are my go-to potluck dish when I’m in a time crunch. I usually have all the ingredients on hand. And I can put them together with very little advance planning. If you have an Instant Pot, this is even easier. Making hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot is so easy, once you’ve done it, you’ll never do it any other way. This classic recipe from the Food Network will produce a crowd-pleasing appetizer you can be proud to bring as a guest or offer as a hostess.
This appetizer can be put together in about 5 minutes. That’s my kind of cooking! You can put this one together no matter how last minute you remembered you were supposed to bring something to the party you’re leaving for in an hour.
This is another of those blessed recipes you can whip out in about 5 minutes. We keep avocados always in stock in my kitchen because my husband and daughter are both huge fans. This appetizer is made for avocado lovers everywhere and will be a hit anywhere you plan to serve it.
I love this recipe because although it’s easy to make the word “Feta” automatically makes people think you made something fancy. This delicious dip can be thrown together in a few minutes and served with bread or crackers.
Bacon makes everything good and this recipe is no exception. This quick and easy recipe can be put together in about ten minutes. However, it needs to be refrigerated for a couple of hours before serving, so get it put together first. Then take the next two hours to get the family dressed and gifts wrapped before your party.
Pizza Bombs are exactly as good as the sound, which is to say amazing! And this recipe will be a big hit with kids. If you’re heading to a party that includes a lot of younger guests, this is the appetizer to bring. You’ll be everyone’s favorite mom. And with a prep time of 2 minutes (not including 10 minutes to bake), this recipe will be a favorite of yours too.
According to my Google search, this dip is called “Neiman Marcus dip” because it tastes so rich. In case, like me, you were wondering. Anywho, it’s a great dip. It has a chunky texture that makes it unique from many other dips and it goes great with crackers. Best of all, you can put it together in about 5 minutes.
In just over a half hour you can put together these delicious bites of breakfasty goodness. I like this one for a brunch gathering because they are filling and breakfast-like but still easy bite-sized appetizers for eating. If you’re part of any gatherings during the holidays that start during the first half of the day, give this recipe a try.
9. Lil Smokies
This is my recipe for Lil Smokies. You’ll notice the lack of beautiful photography. But it’s still a good appetizer. Buy two packages of lil smokies. Put them in a slow cooker. Pour one jar of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce over the top. Add one can of pineapple chunks, drained. Cook on high for 2-3 hours. This is a go-to for me because it’s quick, easy, and generally popular.