12 Southern Christmas Appetizers for Holiday Parties
Southern Pimento Cheese
Simultaneously creamy, tangy, and sweet, pimento cheese is a southern staple. Serve a batch of this spreadable dip with crackers, cut veggies, or in little finger sandwiches made with (what else?) white bread without the crusts.
Old-Fashioned Roasted Pecans
Tomato and Bacon Jam
Naturally sweet tomatoes and smoky bacon work together to create this savory jam. Serve over a block of cream cheese with a side of crackers to delight guests. Better yet, jar some up for each guest, and offer it to them as a thank you gift at the end of the evening.
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Kentucky Beer Cheese Spread
Beer and cheese, what more do you need? Chef John's delicious dip has all the flavor of beer cheese, but without the effort of baking.
Potato Salad Deviled Eggs
In this recipe, two Southern favorites combine into a wow-worthy appetizer. "I don't think I'll ever make regular deviled eggs again!" says user Erin. "Easy and inexpensive."
Based off the famous New Orleans sandwich, these bite-size pinwheels pack a punch of flavor thanks to layers of ham, salami, and cheese.
Delightfully crunchy and savory, it wouldn't be a Southern get-together without a plate of cheese straws. "This is the perfect cheese straw recipe!" says Allrecipes user Laura C.
Sausage Cheese Balls
Pretty much every Southern grandmother has their own spin on this classic appetizer. This recipe is a bit more involved, with the addition of onions, celery, and garlic powder for extra flavor. But it'll be a stand-out among the more basic sausage balls your guests have likely had before.
Grape Jelly Meatballs
Sweet grape jelly melds with spicy chili sauce to create an irresistible glaze for tender meatballs. Switch the heat setting to low, and serve straight out of the slow cooker to guests.
Southern Made Cheese Ball
Creole-style seasoning is the secret ingredient in this utterly Southern cheese ball. "I made this for a party and had everyone raving," says user Jami C. "I was lucky to even get it to the party because my family wanted it for themselves!"
Vidalia Sweet Onion Dip
Vidalia onions, a sweet variety that is grown exclusively in Georgia, is the star of this savory dip. This recipe is great served with everything from crackers to fresh veggie slices. It's even better if the flavors have had a day or two to "mingle."
Southern Cajun Boiled Peanuts
Boiled peanuts by themselves are a Southern treat, but this amped up recipe takes this Southern snack to a whole new level. Tangy pickles, spicy peppers, and salty Cajun seasoning transforms them into an irresistible appetizer.