Spread Holiday Cheer with These Cheesy Appetizers

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Tyler Florence's Baked Prosciutto and Brie with Apple Butter

Tyler Florence's Baked Prosciutto and Brie with Apple Butter

Tyler Florence's Baked Prosciutto and Brie with Apple Butter

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Matt Armedariz, 2012 Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

A foolproof way to keep hunger at bay — and ravenous partygoers out of the kitchen — before the big holiday dinner is appetizers, and lots of 'em. We have plenty of tried-and-true Christmas appetizer recipes to choose from, but the ones that fly off the table the fastest are always ones filled with cheese.

Here are  five of our favorites, including crunchy crostini topped with baked p rosciutto, apple butter and melted Brie (pictured above) and deep-fried mozzarella bites. The best part? They're all ready in 30 minutes or less, so you can get back to babysitting your slow-roasted prime rib and other magnificent holiday dishes.

Once you pop, the fun don't stop with a bite-sized ball version of mozzarella sticks.

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Did you know you can make fresh ricotta in less than 30 minutes? Once you try it, you'll never buy the packaged stuff again. Serve it on crostini with a sprinkle of lemon zest, or jazz it up with cured meat.

Giada's Goat Cheese and Sundried Tomato Profiteroles

Giada's Goat Cheese and Sundried Tomato Profiteroles

Giada's Goat Cheese and Sundried Tomato Profiteroles

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2012 Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2012 Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Think of profiteroles as savory cream puffs, stuffed with goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and a drizzle of basil-mint oil.

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Matt Armendariz, Â 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Spice up your cheese plate with spicy red pepper flake-spiked honey. This contrasts particularly well with salty Pecorino, but you can try pairing it with an array of your favorite cheeses.

More holiday appetizers from our friends:
The Lemon Bowl: Baba Ganoush Recip e

The Wimpy Vegetarian: Miso Mashed Potato Stuffed Mushrooms

A Mind "Full" Mom: Christmas Tree Deviled Eggs
The Fed Up Foodie: Italian Cheesy Bites

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