3 Kid-friendly holiday appetizers

Claire Gallam

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Think the only kid-friendly appetizers you can make include weenie dogs or French fries? Think again! These delicious appetizers are made with grown-up ingredients, like spinach, but served up in a kid-approved way. From flatbread pizza to sweet and sour meatballs, these are appetizers your kids will devour!

pizza cups

Not only are these appetizers great to serve at family holidays, they also double as healthy and quick after school snacks! Plus, these apps are so good, they will also do wonders with impressing snobby PTA moms or your picky in-laws too!

Mini pepperoni pizza cups

Serves 12

Ingredients:

  • 12 mini phyllo shells
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 tomato sauce
  • 6 turkey pepperonis, cut into sixths

Directions: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Fill each phyllo shell with about 1 teaspoon of sauce. Then, top the sauce with 1 tablespoon of shredded cheese. Position about 3 pepperoni triangles on top of the cheese. Repeat until all of the shells have been assembled.
  3. Bake for about 8 minutes, or until the shells are golden and the cheese is bubbly.

meatballs

Sweet and sour crock-pot meatballs

Serves about 12

Ingredients: 

  • 2 pounds of frozen meatballs
  • 14 ounces of grape jelly
  • 12 ounces of barbecue sauce

For the quick and easy directions, check out the recipe on Fabulous Foods >>

flatbread

Mushroom, spinach and Alfredo flatbread

Serves about 8

Ingredients: 

  • 13.8 ounce can of frozen pizza crust
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Alfredo sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Place dough on the cookie sheet and press it down with your hands until you have a 12 x 8-inch rectangle.
  2. Rub olive oil over the top of the dough. Then spread the Alfredo sauce evenly over the crust. Then, sprinkle with cheese. Add spinach and mushroom on top.
  3. Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until the crust is browned and crispy and the cheese is melted.

More kid-friendly recipes

Frozen fall mocktails
Homemade pumpkin toaster pastries
Mini chicken and waffle sandwiches

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Claire Gallam
Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for FabulousFoods.com and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.