Three interesting suggestions for appetizers for the Christmas or New Year’s menu, presented in a beautiful way to create a festive atmosphere.

  • Savoury cucumber cheesecake clock
  • Candles appetizer
  • Snowmen appetizer
Savoury cheesecake clock

Savoury cucumber cheesecake is an idea for an original and delicious appetizer. The cheesecake is without baking, with a cracker crust and a fresh cream of yoghurt, mascarpone and cucumbers.

The recipe presents in a different way the fresh taste of tarator, the Bulgarian cold soup made with yoghurt and cucumbers.

See the recipe here.

Cheesecake New Year’s Eve appetiser

Candles appetizer

Candles appetizer

The cheese appetizer in the form of candles is an interesting proposal for the festive table.


100 g feta cheese 

40 g ricotta cheese

20 g cheddar cheese (finely grated)

1 tbsp olive oil

For decoration:

q.s yoghurt

q.s red pepper

q.s parsley

q.s cherry tomatoes


1. Mash the feta cheese with a fork.

2. Add the finely grated cheddar cheese, ricotta cheese and olive oil.

3. Mix everything well and knead it by hands until a homogeneous mixture is obtained.

4. Form candles from the mixture. Spread with some yogurt on the top of each candle. Prick a sharp piece of red pepper on each.

5. Arrange the candles on a tray garnished with parsley and cherry tomatoes (or other salad of your choice).

Snowmen appetizer

Snowmen appetizer

Ingredients for 4-5 snowmen:

2 eggs

100 g potatoes (peeled and boiled)

40 ml of mayonnaise

q.s salt

q.s black pepper

q.s. grated coconut

For decoration:

black pepper grains


red pepper





1. Boil and peel the eggs.

2. Peel and boil the potatoes. Mash until they are hot and let them cool.

3. Mash the egg yolks with a fork and grate the whites.

4. In a bowl, mix the mashed potatoes together with the yolks and whites.

5. Add the mayonnaise, salt and pepper to taste. Mix it.

6. Form two types of balls – large for the body (about 30 g) and smaller (about 20 g) for the head. Roll each ball in the grated coconut. Unit the big with the small ball using a toothpick.

7. Arrange the snowmen on a tray and put the black pepper grains to form eyes, a slice of red pepper for the mouth, a small sharp piece of carrot for the nose and a circle of carrot for the hat. Put a sprig of parsley on both sides and wrap a thin strip of leek around the neck to form a scarf.

8. Store the appetizer in the refrigerator before serving.

Ideas for festive desserts:


Honey biscuits
Honey biscuits
Tikvenik (Banitsa with pumpkin)
Tikvenik (Banitsa with pumpkin)
Date chocolate balls
Date chocolate balls
Chocolate pistachio cake
Chocolate pistachio cake
Tiramisu original recipe
Tiramisu original recipe
Christmas and New year’s Eve Appetizer ideas

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