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12/08/2017 15:42 EST | Updated 12/08/2017 15:42 EST

Appetizer Recipes To Kick Start Your Taste Buds This Holiday Season

These ideas are sure to impress.

Appetizers set the stage for a big feast, so if you're hoping to impress your friends and family this holiday season, you're going to need some mouthwatering new dishes to kick things off.

While charcuterie boards are always a winner (after all, who can resist some fine meats and cheeses?), we've rounded up 20 creative alternatives with festive flair. Containing cranberries, pecans, goat cheese and more, these holiday appetizer recipes are sure to kick start your guests' taste buds!

1. Butternut squash hummus with feta and pomegranates


Get the recipe: Love & Lemons

2. Prosciutto and mozzarella skewers with a balsamic glaze


Get the recipe: Casa de Crews

3. Cranberry pecan brie bites


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Get the recipe: Mom on Time Out

4. Sweet potato crostini


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Get the recipe: Camille Styles

5. Baked ricotta dip


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Get the recipe: The Crumby Kitchen

6. Gruyere mushroom bites


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Get the recipe: Little Spice Jar

7. Cranberry almond spinach salad


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Get the recipe: Cooking Classy

8. Marinated mozzarella balls, artichokes and olives


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Get the recipe: Wonky Wonderful

9. Cranberry, pecan, goat cheese, sweet potato bites


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Get the recipe: Recipe Runner

10. Spinach dip breadsticks


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Get the recipe: It's Always Autumn

11. Smoked salmon and herb cheese crostini


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Get the recipe: Little Broken

12. Puff pastry canapes


Get the recipe: The Best of This Life

13. Cucumber bites


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Get the recipe: Yum Expert

14. Parmesan-crusted crab cake bites


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Get the recipe: Home is Where the Boat is

15. Bacon-wrapped water chestnuts


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Get the recipe: Food Lovin' Family

16. Cranberry cream cheese bites


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Get the recipe: Pillsbury

17. Caprese Christmas wreath


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Get the recipe: Café Delites

18. Guacamole bites


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Get the recipe: My Gluten-Free Kitchen

19. Cranberry pecan mini goat cheese balls


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Get the recipe: Mom on Time Out

20. Chicken, cranberry and brie tartlets


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Get the recipe: Lemon Tree Dwelling

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