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Make Ahead Appetizers

Looking for more make ahead appetizers? Find many more make ahead appetizers, hot appetizer, and cold appetizers.

Southwest Cheesecake

Southwest Cheesecake

Southwest Cheesecake

I often serve this recipe as an appetizer before a Mexican dinner. It is great if you have a diabetic in the family.—Lori Walton, Stuttgart, Arkansas

Creamy Shrimp Mousse

Creamy Shrimp Mousse

Creamy Shrimp Mousse

Folks will think you're spoiling them when you serve this wonderful shrimp mousse! Molded in a ring, it looks fancy even as it feeds a crowd.

Pesto Cheese Ring

Pesto Cheese Ring

Pesto Cheese Ring

With garlic and red pepper flakes, this rich cheese spread has an irresistible zing. It's perfect for parties because a little bit goes a long way. —Amy Cronwall, Stacy, Minnesota
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Asian Pork Tenderloin

Asian Pork Tenderloin

Asian Pork Tenderloin

I first made this appetizer on Christmas Eve a few years ago, and it has since become a tradition. Serve the pork slices alone or on small dinner rolls with hot mustard sauce, ketchup or horseradish. —Diana Beyer, Graham, Washington

Cheddar Cheese Spread

Cheddar Cheese Spread

Cheddar Cheese Spread

A simple spread like this with some crackers is often all you need when entertaining. Letting the spread refrigerate overnight blends the flavors beautifully. —Kathy Rairigh, Milford, Indiana

Marinated Mozzarella Cubes

Marinated Mozzarella Cubes

Marinated Mozzarella Cubes

Being from America's Dairyland, I'm always on the lookout for new ways to serve cheese. I received this delicious recipe from a friend a few years ago and am happy to share it with others. —Arline Roggenbuck, Shawano, Wisconsin

Blue Cheese Walnut Cheesecake

Blue Cheese Walnut Cheesecake

Blue Cheese Walnut Cheesecake

This elegant party spread is smooth and creamy and has a mild blue cheese flavor. It's popular every time I serve it. Garnished with chopped walnuts, it looks like you fussed, but it's not that tricky to prepare. -Rita Reifenstein, Evans City, Pennsylvania

Smoked Salmon Cheesecake

Smoked Salmon Cheesecake

Smoked Salmon Cheesecake

"We live on Kodiak Island off the coast of Alaska, and salmon is one of our favorite foods," writes Becky Applebee of Chiniak, Alaska. "This elegant dish was the star attraction at the open house we hosted at my husband's business."

Broccoli Veggie Dip

Broccoli Veggie Dip

Broccoli Veggie Dip

This yummy variation on spinach dip gets a bit of crunch from chopped broccoli. Everyone enjoys this delicious blend, which you can serve with crackers or in a bread bowl.

Ham Tortilla Stack

Ham Tortilla Stack

Ham Tortilla Stack

This tasty appetizer is considered my specialty— I'm asked to make it whenever we have a sizable get-together. It has crunchy colorful peppers and a creamy ham filling tucked between tortillas.

Garlic Herb Spread

Garlic Herb Spread

Garlic Herb Spread

Garlic and a host of herbs pleasantly season this savory spread. It's a "must" on my holiday menu because I can make it in advance. —Cheryl Fortier, Athabasca, Alberta
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