Christmas Party Food Ideas – Festive Easy Christmas Appetizer

Christmas Party Food Ideas - Festive Easy Christmas Appetizer holiday party recipes

Can’t Miss Impressive Easy Christmas Appetizer Tops Cream Cheese Spread Recipes

Looking for impressive Christmas party food ideas and holiday party recipes? Don’t let last minute holiday gatherings leave you in a lurch. My Italian Layered Spread from KITCHEN 101 cookbook is your answer as it is the perfect, no-stress easy Christmas appetizer. This tops cream cheese spread recipes with delicious layers of artichokes, red peppers and cream cheese tempt the taste buds but also leave a beautiful Christmas presentation. Let me help you out this holiday season with easy Christmas recipes on my healthy food blog. So, you know they are even good-for-you recipes!!!

Italian Layered Spread from Holly Clegg’s KITCHEN 101

Open jars and layer ingredients for a beautiful and easy Christmas appetizer or appetizer recipe for any party or gathering. Make ahead, refrigerate and be the most admired cook.

Makes 16-20 servings

2 (8-ounce) packages reduced-fat cream cheese
1/3 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 cup olive salad mix, well drained, divided
1/2 cup roasted red peppers, well drained and chopped
1 (6-ounce) jar marinated artichokes, well drained and chopped
1/4 cup chopped green onions

1. In bowl, mix together cream cheese, feta, and Italian seasoning until smooth. Line an 8x5x2-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap, with enough plastic wrap to go over sizes to fold over finished recipe.
2. Layer ingredients beginning with all the Parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup olive salad mix, 1 cup cream cheese mixture, all the roasted red peppers, all the artichokes, remaining 1/2 cup olive salad mix, all the green onions, and remaining 1/2 cup cream cheese mixture.
3. Fold plastic wrap over top and compress gently. Refrigerate at least several hours before serving. To serve, pull plastic wrap from top, invert on serving plate and easily remove plastic wrap.

Nutritional info per serving: Calories 103, Calories from Fat 77%, Fat 9g, Saturated Fat 3g, Cholesterol 19mg, Sodium 344mg, Carbohydrates 3g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Total Sugars 1g, Protein 3g, Dietary Exchanges:  2 fat

Terrific Tip:  By covering the pan with plastic wrap, when you invert the spread, it easily comes out perfect every time.

Red and Green Ingredients Make Festive Holiday Party Recipes

Layers of savory red and green veggies add a festive touch, and best of all, this impressive yet easy Christmas appetizer can be made ahead and refrigerated to easily pop out and serve. I love to get into the holiday spirit with Christmas festive recipes. Can’t find olive salad? One of the best terrific tips is to raid an olive bar at the grocery store, finely chop and make your own. Remember, I try to simplify cooking and actually, KITCHEN 101 is my easiest cookbook!

Holiday Hero’s Menu For Best Christmas Party Food Ideas
Holly Clegg's trim&TERRIFIC KITCHEN 101Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC KITCHEN 101

When whipping up healthy holiday party recipes like this Italian Layered Dip from the Holiday Hero’s Menu in KITCHEN 101 cookbook, choose low fat dairy. An easy way to trim them up while keeping them terrific is by selecting low fat dairy ingredients such as reduced-fat cream cheese, Greek yogurt, and skim milk. For those that struggle with menus, this easy cookbook has a fabulous Menu Chapter for holidays to BBQ s–let me do the planning for you!

By choosing low-fat dairy products you are actually getting more calcium, since the fat replaces the calcium in whole milk and cheeses.


Pretty Presentation Appetizer with Canned Ingredients

Pyrex 1.5-Qt Clear Glass Loaf Pan (Set of 2)Pyrex 1.5-Qt Clear Glass Loaf Pan (Set of 2)

When looking for fun Christmas party food ideas, cream cheese spread recipe for appetizers are super make-ahead impressive options! My Italian Layered Spread is as scrumptious as it is beautiful. Using mostly red and green jarred veggies this easy Christmas appetizer adds a festive touch to your table and the ingredients can be kept on hand in your pantry for a quick dip when guests drop in.

I love when a holiday party recipes can be made ahead of time in a loaf pan like this one. This one is easy to whip up and refrigerate cutting down on last minute stress. A great tip to remember is to cover the pan with plastic wrap, so that when you invert the spread, it easily comes out perfect every time.



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Find more of my favorite holiday party recipes on my healthy cooking blog!

Looking for more Christmas party food ideas? My Ooey Gooey Squares turned red and green make the perfect festive party pick-up dessert! very time I entertain or make a sweet treat, my husband ALWAYS wants Ooey Gooey Squares.  What’s so crazy is this treat seems to be the recipe everyone raves about no matter what else have on the menu.  I always keep the ingredients in my pantry so I can whip these yummy, simple holiday desserts any time! These are a time saver as you can make these bar cookies ahead of time!


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Have you started making you holiday to-do list but it has you wondering what to give for a gift? Look no further than my Christmas wish list of favorite and 12 top unique kitchen gadgets! Someone emailed me and said they had most of these kitchen items in their kitchen so they knew I was a practical cook! Loved it!!!

So, from an inexpensive mini spatula perfect for bar cookies to my pricey coffee maker which truly makes the best coffee, I have done the research for you. Also, I LOVE the silicon bakeware and kitchen tools. Once you use them, you will understand why. Have a wonderful holiday and I hope I have helped. One last thing- get an autographed cookbook directly from my site with DISCOUNT CODE HOLIDAY for 25% OFF!



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With over 1 MILLION COOKBOOKS sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy healthy everyday recipes through her nationally recognized best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® and Eating Well cookbook series, including Eating Well Through Cancer, (English, Spanish and Chinese editions), Eating Well to Fight Arthritis and Diabetic Cooking with the ADA. Clegg attended the Cordon Bleu Cooking School, London and has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Cooking Light Magazine, Web MD, and Huff Post. She consulted and did spokesperson work for Walmart, Teflon, DuPont, The Coca-Cola Company, and hospitals throughout the country. For more information, visit About Holly or The Healthy Cooking Blog for more recipes and tips.
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