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10 Easy and Delicious Holiday Appetizers

The holidays are the most wonderful(ly delicious) time of the year when we gather with loved ones and show them just how much we care - by showering them with a decadent selection of mouthwatering appetizers! 

Whether you're hosting a cozy family gathering, a lively festive party, or just snacking your way through the season, these appetizers are guaranteed to deck the halls with flavour and have your taste buds doing the jingle bell rock!

We’ve hand-selected our favourite recipes and products, from firecracker calamari bites to bacon-wrapped scallops and baked lobster claws. Don't get stuck working like an elf in the kitchen this holiday season - with simple instructions and fast cooking times, these appetizers guarantee that you won’t miss out on any holiday cheer. 

So however you’re celebrating the holidays, give the gift of great food with these 10 Easy and Delicious Holiday Appetizers that are sure to make this festive season, the appiest season of all!

Firecracker Calamari Bites with Caribbean Mango Slaw - The snow may be falling outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring a little heat to your next party with these firecracker calamari bites! Featuring deliciously spicy and crispy calamari paired with a fresh and zesty Caribbean mango slaw, this boldly flavourful starter is guaranteed to thaw those tastebuds! 

Sealand Firecracker Calamari Bites with Caribbean Mango Slaw

Panko-Crusted Green Lipped Mussels - If you’re bored of the same old holiday appetizers year after year, this recipe is a must-try! Plucked from the pristine, nutrient-rich waters of New Zealand, these mussels look every bit as good as they taste, with a beautiful green tint and a plump and juicy texture. Lightly breaded in a Panko batter seasoned with garlic, lemon zest and parsley, this recipe makes the ideal starter to any fancy festive feast. 

Sealand Panko-Crusted Green Lipped Mussels

Bacon Wrapped Natural Dry Scallops - When the occasion calls for something special, nothing says luxury like tender, wild-caught scallops wrapped in mouthwatering bacon. These indulgent bite-sized treats are crispy, juicy and full of flavour. Easily prepared in under 10 minutes, they are the perfect choice for lively gatherings. Serve with a selection of dipping sauces and create a party platter that’s sure to spread a whole lot of joy this holiday season!

Sealand Bacon Wrapped Natural Dry Scallops

Chicken and Vegetable Dumpling Gyozas - Embrace the flavours of the Orient and add a little flare to any festive feast with these Asian-inspired Gyoza dumplings. Expertly handmade with fresh vegetables and tender chicken for the perfect balance of taste and texture. All that’s left for you to do is steam, pan-sear or air-fry them to perfection and serve with your favourite dips!

Sealand Chicken and Vegetable Dumpling Gyozas

Seafood Chowder - With the weather outside turning frightful, warm the whole family up with a piping-hot bowl of creamy seafood chowder. This recipe elevates a comfort food classic to a whole new level of indulgence with succulent scallops, meaty shrimp and tender lobster. The perfect winter appetizer for a luxurious family meal or a fancy dinner party.  

Sealand Seafood Chowder

Air Fryer Chicken Wings - Chicken wings are appetizer royalty and a welcome addition to any holiday menu. But between all the roasting and baking that goes on during the festive period, there’s not always room in the already overcrowded oven. That’s where the magic of the air fryer comes in! With this simple recipe, you can enjoy the crispiest wings and still save room in the oven for the main course! And if you don’t have an air fryer yet, now might be a good time to add it to the Christmas list!

Sealand Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Shrimp Tempura - When putting together festive finger food platters, let your creative flag fly and try something new. Instead of the same old pigs in blankets and mini sausage rolls, pick up a box of our Japenese-inspired shrimp tempura. Featuring meaty and tender shrimp wrapped in a light and crispy tempura batter, these crowd-pleasing favourites are always a big hit at parties. Preparing them is as simple as baking from frozen and serving with a sweet chili dip, making them the perfect hassle-free appetizer.   

Sealand Shrimp Tempura

Lamb Spiedini -  If you need a delicious, Halal-friendly appetizer that’s ready in no time, look no further than these mouthwatering Lamb Spiedini. With ludicrously tender lamb pieces threaded onto oven-safe skewers, this appetizer is as easy to eat as it is to prepare. Bake for 5-7 minutes and serve with fresh vegetables and a tahini dipping sauce for the perfect fuss-free party platter.

Sealand Halal Lamb Spiedini

Pepperoni Pizza Fingers - Keep everyone happy this holiday season with these kid-approved pepperoni pizza fingers. Stuffed with creamy mozzarella cheese, aromatic sauce and juicy pepperoni all wrapped in a light and airy dough. These finger food delicacies are all about combining gourmet ingredients with grab-and-go convenience! Just be sure to make enough, as the kids won’t be the only ones coming back for seconds! 

Sealand pepperoni pizza fingers

Baked Lobster Claws - Forget shiny jewelry, expensive gadgets or luxurious clothing, say I love you with lobster instead! With Sealand’s premium, wild-caught lobster claws and this easy-to-follow recipe, you can enjoy a restaurant-quality lobster appetizer without changing out of your festive slippers! Simply bake in the oven for 20 minutes and serve with a classic butter dip for an extra special holiday treat.    

Sealand baked lobster claws

Unwrap the gift of flavour this festive season with these easy and delicious holiday appetizers! Whether you're hosting a large family gathering or contributing to a communal potluck, these dishes are all about embracing the spirit of the holidays. With the finest quality ingredients and simple cooking instructions, it’s never been easier to share the joy of great food with the people you love. Appy holidays!

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