8 Cheap and Easy Holiday Appetizers


I enjoy cooking and baking, and I share some of my family's favorite holiday recipes.

A spread of holiday appetizers.

A spread of holiday appetizers.

My family loves making and eating appetizers. We all have our favorites, and we've shared seven easy recipes we enjoy making below.

Easy Holiday Appetizer Ideas

  1. Hot Artichoke Dip
  2. Alfredo Meatballs
  3. Ty's Beer Dip
  4. Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Livers
  5. Corn Beef Dip
  6. Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts
  7. Creamy Fiesta Dip
  8. Harvest Dip

All of these appetizers are simple to put together and can be customized for any holiday or party. Bon appetit!

1. Hot Artichoke Dip


  • 2 cans artichokes, not marinated
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Pinch of garlic salt, onion salt, salt, and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients in a 1-quart casserole dish.
  3. Bake the dish for 30 minutes.
  4. Serve with crisp crackers, chips, or bread rounds for dipping. This dish is delicious when served hot.


2. Alfredo Meatballs


  • 1 1/2 pounds hamburger meat
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chives
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/2 package onion soup mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Olive oil
  • 1 jar of Ragu Classic Alfredo Sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  2. Combine the hamburger meat, onions, chives, parsley, seasoning, soup mix, egg, and water in a bowl.
  3. Take some of the mixture and shape it into a 1.5" ball. Continue making the meatballs until the bowl is empty.
  4. Spray a cookie sheet with a nonstick spray. Place the meatballs on top and then drizzle each one with a small amount of olive oil.
  5. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  6. Pour the jar of Alfredo sauce into a slow cooker and set the heat to high.
  7. Place the meatballs and drippings from the cookie sheet into the slow cooker and cook it for 30 minutes.
  8. After the time has elapsed, adjust the slow cooker heat to low and let it cook for as long as you want. I recommend letting it cook for at least three hours.
Our beer dip was a hit!

Our beer dip was a hit!

3. Ty's Beer Dip


  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 (8-ounce) carton sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 package ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 1 (1-pound) loaf round bread


  1. Place the cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, garlic powder, ranch dressing, and beer in a large bowl. Blend the contents with an electric mixer until smooth.
  2. Remove and reserve the top of the round bread. I like to use pretzel sticks. Hollow out the loaf and reserve the bread pieces you removed.
  3. Spoon the cream cheese mixture into the hollowed loaf. The bread top can be used as a lid to close the bowl between servings. The bread pieces you removed can be used to scoop up the dip.
  4. If you don't want to use bread as the serving bowl, you can use a regular bowl to hold the dip and use chips or pretzels to dip.
Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Livers

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Livers

4. Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Liver


  • 1 pound chicken livers
  • 1 pound bacon strips


  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  2. Cut each bacon strip into three pieces.
  3. Wrap a piece of bacon around a chicken liver and secure it with a toothpick.
  4. Place each bacon-wrapped chicken liver on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes (or until it's done).

5. Corn Beef Dip


  • 2 packages corn beef, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons accent salt
  • 2 teaspoons dill weed
  • 16 ounces mayo
  • 2 teaspoons onion, minced
  • Bagels


  1. Mix all of the ingredients except the bagels together in your serving bowl.
  2. Cut up bagels into bite-size pieces for dipping.

6. Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts


  • 1 package bacon
  • 2 (8-ounce) cans water chestnuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Cut each bacon strip in half and wrap a piece around each water chestnut.
  3. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Make sure the bacon is crisp.

This appetizer is delicious without a dip, but I have four dip recipes you can use to boost the flavors below! All you have to do is mix the ingredients together and serve it with the chestnuts.

Peach Dip

  • 1 jar peach baby food
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup ketchup

Ranch Dip

  • Ranch dressing

Lite Thousand Island Dip

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup mayo

Horseradish Dip

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons horseradish
  • Salt and pepper to taste

7. Creamy Fiesta Dip


  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup chunky salsa
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Mix everything together. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for a day.
  2. Serve with toasted crackers or anything else you want to serve!
Harvest dip.

Harvest dip.

8. Harvest Dip


  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 package dry ranch dressing
  • 1 small can of green chilies, chopped and drained
  • 1 can yellow corn, drained
  • 1 small can chopped black olives
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped


  1. Cream cream cheese and dry ranch.
  2. Fold in all other ingredients.
  3. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.

© 2008 moonlake


moonlake (author) from America on April 04, 2014:

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Thanks for stopping by and thanks so much for the prayers.

C E Clark from North Texas on April 03, 2014:

These wonderful recipes were so popular over Christmas on my Pinterest board for appetizers, and they still get a lot of repins. Came back because Easter is just around the corner and pinned this to Awesome HubPages.

I continue to hope and pray for the best possible outcome for your husband and your family, and that things are getting better for you all everyday.

moonlake (author) from America on February 03, 2014:

Peggy W, Thank so much for stopping by. I guess they would be good for just about any party.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 28, 2013:

These would be great for upcoming New Year's parties. Wishing you a very happy 2014! No share buttons visible...

moonlake (author) from America on December 26, 2013:

Au fait, Thank you hope you had a Happy Christmas and will have a Happy New Year. Thanks so much for the pins.

C E Clark from North Texas on December 24, 2013:

This article has been repinned more than any other photo or article from my Pinterest boards. I have pinned it 3 different times with the 3 different photos you have here, and every photo has enjoyed great popularity on my Pinterest board.

We're down to the line and this article could very well be the thing that keeps people sane who are hurrying around attending to last minute details for parties and dinners.

Going to share it one more time in case someone missed it and is racking their brain trying to figure out what to do about appetizers for their event tonight, or over the next few days. These recipes you have couldn't possibly be better and anyone who serves them will have some happy guests for sure!

Happy Christmas to you and your family Sharon! Thank you for being one of my best friends here on HP!

moonlake (author) from America on December 15, 2013:

Au fait, Thanks so much for stopping by and for the pin I appreciate it.

C E Clark from North Texas on December 15, 2013:

Pinning this one more time to my 'Appetizers' board. This article with the first photo at the top has gotten several re-pins a week every since I first pinned it and it's still going strong . . .

moonlake (author) from America on December 09, 2013:

I love the way you pin hub and pay attention to how may hits they get. I never do that and I should. I appreciate very much you doing this.

C E Clark from North Texas on December 09, 2013:

I pinned this the first time with the Alfredo meatballs photo and I have had dozens of repins on it. Now I'm pinning it again to the same board (Appetizers, Snacks, & Sandwiches), but using the Bacon Wrapped Chicken Livers photo. We'll see what happens.

Sharing again too, as Christmas is only 2 weeks and 2 days away.

moonlake (author) from America on November 19, 2013:

vespawoolf, Everyone loves the beer dip and our son already said he want the HOT ARTICHOKE DIP for Thanksgiving. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on November 19, 2013:

Now I have a great source for dip recipes. I like the sound of Ty's beer dip and we have all the ingredients available here in Peru. I'll have to try it next time we have a party. Thanks, Moonlake!

moonlake (author) from America on November 10, 2013:

DDE, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping over.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 08, 2013:

Thanksgiving, Christmas,New Years And Easter and The 4th Of July. Cheap and Easy Holiday Appetizers brilliant suggestion all sound superb!

moonlake (author) from America on October 22, 2013:

Au fait. It's now 62 days 12 hours and 43 minutes. Thanks for stopping by and reminding me.

C E Clark from North Texas on October 20, 2013:

No, moonlake, only 65 days now! :)

moonlake (author) from America on October 20, 2013:

Au fait, Really only 85 days away! I have not even been thinking of Christmas. Thanks so much for the pin and stars and for stopping by.

C E Clark from North Texas on October 20, 2013:

Came back to pin this to my 'Appetizers, Snacks & Sandwiches' board. Gave you 5 more stars and will share again with my followers. Christmas is only 65 days away, and Thanksgiving and Halloween are much closer, so these recipes could be very useful to people planning to entertain.

moonlake (author) from America on June 11, 2013:

pinto2011, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by.

moonlake (author) from America on June 11, 2013:

rebeccamealey, You welcome. Our whole family loves the artichoke dip.

moonlake (author) from America on June 11, 2013:

rajan jolly, Thank you so glad you came by and thanks for the vote and sharing.

Subhas from New Delhi, India on June 11, 2013:

Hi moonlake! Great eye-catching and mouth-watering nice ideas to celebrate weekends.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on June 11, 2013:

These sound and look awesome. And artichoke is healthy. Thanks for sharing. All votes up!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 11, 2013:

Interesting appetizers. Voted up, interesting and shared.

moonlake (author) from America on May 27, 2013:

Deborah-Diane, Thank you so much for stopping by. Our kids favorite dip is artichoke dip.

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on May 26, 2013:

These are great recipes. I love to eat artichoke dip, but I have never tried to make it. Now I have an easy recipe, thanks to you! I'll look forward to giving some of these other recipes a try, too!

moonlake (author) from America on April 03, 2013:

Peggy W, Thanks for stopping by. They are good and can be used anytime and I have made them just for summer family get together. Thanks for the share and vote.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2013:

Wow...such great sounding recipes. These would be good when having guests over anytime of the year. Have to bookmark this! Up and useful votes and will share.

moonlake (author) from America on December 08, 2012:

tillsontitan, I love the meatball recipe and when I make it I eat to much. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment and vote.

moonlake (author) from America on December 08, 2012:

Au fait, Our kids love chicken livers and smoke oysters for holidays. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Mary Craig from New York on December 08, 2012:

What great appetizers! You know of course, that anything wrapped in bacon is good! Meatball recipe is interesting, but then, they all are.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

C E Clark from North Texas on December 08, 2012:

You have several super recipes here that are perfect for the holidays or entertaining anytime, but I really liked the sound of the Creamy Fiesta Dip best. Easy and fast, and since I love picanté and parmesan, I think it can't go wrong. I really like fast easy recipes that get a person out of the kitchen among family or other guests to enjoy the festivities.

Voted up, useful, and awesome! Will share.

moonlake (author) from America on December 23, 2008:

The articoke dip is so good. Thanks for comments.

Rebecca Graf from Wisconsin on December 23, 2008:

You got me at the artichoke dip. My mouth is watering now!!!!!

moonlake (author) from America on December 21, 2008:

Thanks Barbie they are good our kids all like them.

Barbie-Perkins from Cincinnati, OH on December 21, 2008:

moonlake, The meatballs sound terrific! Thanks for sharing.

Have a Wonderful Christmas! ~ Barbie Perkins

moonlake (author) from America on December 15, 2008:

Thank you and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you.

jana dee on December 15, 2008:

They sound good! I want to try out the meatballs! Thanks- Happy Holiday's!

moonlake (author) from America on December 14, 2008:

Your Welcome.

Netters from Land of Enchantment - NM on December 14, 2008:

Mmmm....got my mouth watering. Thank you for the recipes!

moonlake (author) from America on December 14, 2008:

Glad you all like the recipes. All of my family thank their good recipes. Let me know how you like them.

Uwant the Truth on December 14, 2008:

They all sound delicious. Will give them a try this season.

goldentoad from Free and running.... on December 14, 2008:

Now I'm hungry.

laringo from From Berkeley, California. on December 14, 2008:

I'm planning on making appetizers for Christmas Eve; I will be making the meatballs. Thanks for three great recipes.

JenArt on December 14, 2008:

BEER DIP! Oh, I am soooooo trying this one at Xmas, thank you!!!!

Triplet Mom from West Coast on December 14, 2008:

Wow great recipes! I love artichoke dip and I am definitely going to try the meatballs they sound so yummy! Thanks!

christine almaraz from colorado springs on December 14, 2008:

I'll give the meatballs a try. Thanks for the recipe.

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