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Make Ahead Appetizers

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

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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

Easy Bagel Dip

Easy Bagel Dip

Easy Bagel Dip

The longer this creamy, beefy blend chills, the better it tastes. I usually have to make a double batch when I bring it to family gatherings. It's good not only with bite-size bagel pieces, but also with veggies.

Marinated Olives

Marinated Olives

Marinated Olives

Our son often made these olives for holiday get-togethers. They're simple to make and add a little zest to the buffet table offerings.—Marguerite Shaeffer, Sewell, New Jersey
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Nutty Pimiento-Olive Spread

Nutty Pimiento-Olive Spread

Nutty Pimiento-Olive Spread

When my husband was a school bus driver, he received a jar of this special spread as a Christmas gift from a student. Now I like to share it with others.

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

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

Veggie Dill Dip

Veggie Dill Dip

Veggie Dill Dip

I like to keep this good-for-you dip on hand, along with a variety of cut-up vegetables, for an easy snack.—Hazel Baber, Yuma, Arizona

Wade's Shrimp Spread

Wade's Shrimp Spread

Wade's Shrimp Spread

I prefer to prepare main dishes, but I do make desserts once in a while and appetizers for parties. This is a flavorful spread with a bit of zip. I've been making this for the holidays for over 15 years.—Wade Harmon, Orange, Massachusetts

Fiesta Pinwheels

Fiesta Pinwheels

Fiesta Pinwheels

Whenever I serve these make-ahead appetizers, they disappear fast. When a friend at the office shared them with me, I knew in one bite I'd be bringing her recipe home for the holidays. —Diane Martin, Brown Deer, Wisconsin

Simple Marinated Shrimp

Simple Marinated Shrimp

Simple Marinated Shrimp

Seafood is a staple here in Florida. This recipe is quick and easy to make and can be prepared well in advance. I always seem to get a lot of requests for the recipe when I make it for a party or special occasion. —Margaret DeLong, Lake Butler, Florida

Creamy Black Bean Dip

Creamy Black Bean Dip

Creamy Black Bean Dip

“This appealing southwestern dip can be made well in advance. It goes well with tortilla chips and crackers, too,” writes Ashley Donovan from Glasgow, Kentucky.
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