Christmas drinks and nibbles are my THING. I would happily skip dinner and settle for a buffet of bite-sized appetisers, heck even a box of Jatz washed down with a glass of Prosecco. Who’s with me?

If you are, then here are nibbles ideas to knock the cork off your bottle of chards.

Drinks and nibbles can be as low-key as you like. And on the flip side, it can be as ‘extra’ as you want – and if you’ve gone to the trouble of inviting friends over, well, it’s kind of nice to pull out a few stops.

Making something a bit spesh shows a little extra love and effort which is always well received. And yet, it doesn’t mean you have slave away for hours in the kitchen. Puff pastry can be magical when rolled up with cheese. Promise.

Apron strings and champagne glass ready? Let’s get our nibble making on!

15 Appetiser Recipes to Slay a ‘Drinks and Nibbles’ Invite

1. Simple Salted Gluten Free Crackers

Because yes, even those who are gluten-free NEED TO EAT. Surprise your gluten-intolerant loved ones with a bowl of simple salted gluten-free crackers. Yum!

2. Mini cheese and bacon quiches

Holy YUM, mini cheese and bacon quiches for everyone! You can even make these in advance and freeze them – just defrost and bake until warmed through before serving.

thermos lunch ideas - mini quiche

3. Six Quick, easy, NO COOK dips!

It’s a one-stop dip post right here – homemade dips are made in a cinch with these handy, super quick mixes. Get your crackers ready!

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4. Slow Cooker Satay Chicken

OK, hear me out on this one. You could do MINI chicken satay sticks simply by choosing a cocktail stick instead of a giant skewer. And they’re done in the slow cooker so it’s the perfect PREP-NOW-EAT-LATER appetiser.

5. Veggie Chips

How cute are these? You could do little bamboo cones of veggie chips for a warm, filling snack. Set the air fryer to work and enjoy a bevy with your friends while you wait.

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6. Garlic and Herb Focaccia Bread

Soft, fluffy and just begging for dips or olive oil and dukkah. Yes, you can totally make your own garlic and herb focaccia bread!

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7. Spinach and Cheese Pinwheels

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, puff pastry is magic. Spinach and cheese pinwheels are perfect for any nibbles occasion and they freeze really well too.

8. Spinach and Ricotta Tartlets

Well looky here, we’re getting FANCY with spinach and ricotta tartlets. These tartlets use a shortcrust pastry for a base but you could also take it one step further and use pre-bought tartlet shells. Too easy!

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9. Cob Loaf

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. Cob loaf deserves all the accolades. We have ALL the cob loaf recipes right here. Good luck choosing just one!

cob loaf

10. Zucchini slice

Zucchini slice is an easy to eat crowd-pleaser which can be cut into finger-food size wedges easily. It’s always a hit with the kids too, BONUS!

zucchini slice recipe

11. Nutella Inspired Choc Hazelnut Balls

Even with nibbles, there must be sweet options. And as such, I gove you these Nutella inspired choc hazelnut balls. You can thank me AFTER you’ve counted the Christmas calories. You’re welcome.

Nutella ball recipe

12. Almond and Caramel Slice

Want a slice to take to someone else’s nibbles event? This almond and caramel slice is a sure-fire winner. And it has nuts in it so it’s automatically a healthy food.

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13. Apricot and Macadamia Balls

Great balls of YUM! Apricot and macadamia balls are a nice sweet option to enjoy with the after chards cuppa, or wrap them and leave as a pressie of thanks to the host. Nice!

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14. Baileys Irish Cream Balls

Let’s not forget the Baileys. Baileys Irish Cream balls are nothing short of amazing and SUPER easy to make. This recipe makes plenty for a crowd to enjoy too – best made the day before so they set properly!

Baileys Irish Cream balls

15. But wait, there's more!

Want even more appetiser ideas? We have a handful of appetiser recipes that use THREE ingredients or less, right here. Take a look for yourself!

appetiser recipes

‘Tis the season to be merry – and not hungry – let us know if you try any of these delicious appetiser recipes. Merry Christmas!

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South Australian mum and self proclaimed foodie, Lexi can most days be found in the kitchen, apron tied firm and armed with a whisk or wooden spoon!

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