14 of Trader Joe’s Best Appetizers for the Holidays


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There may not be many big gatherings this year but that doesn’t mean you can’t spoil your family with amazing appetizers. Whether you’re a novice chef or someone who doesn’t like spending time in the kitchen, there are tons of easy appetizer recipes from your neighborhood grocer that are easy to whip up. Keep reading for the best appetizers from Trader Joe’s that will save your holidays this year.

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Green Bean Casserole Bites

Your fave comfort food is now in bite-size form! TJ’s new Green Bean Casserole Bites are made with fillo dough, green beans, mushrooms, heavy cream, Cheddar cheese and crispy fried onions on top. A quick seven to 12 minutes in the oven and these are ready to go!

You can find this appetizer in the freezer section for just $3.99.


Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese Bites

Why have butternut squash mac and cheese, when you can have it in a bite version? This tasty seasonal product won’t be around for long, so dig into the breaded cheesy goodness that’s found in the freezer aisle before they’re gone.


Creamy Cauliflower Jalapeño Dip

You can’t go wrong with dip for the holidays! Take this already savory product and toss it into a skillet before baking to get a crispy top. Crackers or bread slices and you’re done!

Check the refrigerated aisle to pick up a carton.

Korean Pancakes

Perfect for brunch, these cinnamon-filled Korean pancakes are flaky, chewy and irresistible. Kids and adults will love each and every bite.

Find them in the freezer aisle.

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Breaded Fried Ravioli

You had us at “fried!” Kid-friendly and easy to whip up, these fried ravioli are made with semolina pasta, and five kinds of cheese that includes ricotta, mild Monterey Jack, mozzarella, Asiago and Parmesan.

Grab a bag in the freezer section for $3.99.


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Hearty and flavorful, this Kibbeh appetizer will become a family fave. Made with ground beef, onions and seasonings, these meatballs pair well with almost any dip.

Find for just $4.79 in the freezer section.

French Onion Soup Bites

Soup doesn’t exactly make a great appetizer when feeding a crowd, so that’s why these French Onion Soup Bites are genius. Each two-bite goodie is filled with caramelized onions and Swiss cheese and flavored with a vegetable broth base, then wrapped in a dough wrapper. No spoon required!

Pick up a box in the freezer aisle for $4.49 each.

Chicken Soup Dumplings

While these are technically an appetizer, we see nothing wrong with whipping up the entire box for dinner! Each one of these chicken soup dumplings is made with chicken, onions, green onions and a flavorful broth and can be found in the freezer section.

Vegetable Birds Nest

These crispy vegetable bird nests are perfect for an Asian-themed dinner! They are made with onion, carrot, kale and tempura batter, and come with a delicious soy dipping sauce. Cook until crispy!

Snag these fun pre-dinner snacks for roughly $3 in the freezer section.

Mini Quiche Duo

Perfect for brunch or lunch, this box of mini quiche duos includes both mushroom and Swiss cheese and bacon and sweet onion options. Bake until golden brown, and enjoy thoroughly.

Each box is just $3.99 in the freezer section.


A Greek “spinach pie,” the spanakopita takes time to make from scratch. That’s why we prefer this frozen version that’s filled with spinach, ricotta and feta that’s wrapped in phyllo dough and warmed in the oven. Perfect for brunch appetizers or to pair with your Greek-themed dinner menu. 

Enjoy this tasty app for just $3.99, found in the freezer aisle.


Hummus Quartet

Make everyone happy with the hummus quarter from Trader Joe’s. Choose from traditional, roasted garlic, spicy and tomato basil and enjoy with pita chips or bread. 

This four-pack is just $4.99 in the refrigerated section.

Dishing with the Diva via Instagram

5 Cheese Greek Spiral

Made in Greece, you know this five-cheese Greek spiral is going to be good! It looks fancy, too, with a flaky phyllo dough surrounding gouda, Kasseri, Kefalotyri, blue and semi-hard cheeses.

For only $3.99 and a stop by the freezer section, this could be yours!

Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Forget making your own spinach artichoke dip, and snag this frozen version instead! All it takes is a simple warm-up before you’re enjoying with some tortilla chips. This is a nice change to the traditional onion dips you find at family get-togethers.

You can’t beat the $2.99 price tag on this dip!

––Karly Wood

All photos courtesy of Karly Wood 



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