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Make Ahead Appetizers

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

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.
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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

Herbed Cheesecake

Herbed Cheesecake

Herbed Cheesecake

Cheesecake isn't just for dessert! This savory version is my family's favorite for merry munching around the holidays. —Julie Tomlin, Watkinswille, Georgia

Simple Marinated Mushrooms

Simple Marinated Mushrooms

Simple Marinated Mushrooms

These are a nice addition to an appetizer buffet table. For the best flavor, allow the mushrooms to marinate a few days before serving.

Macaroon Fruit Dip

Macaroon Fruit Dip

Macaroon Fruit Dip

I rely on make-ahead dishes like this when entertaining. Serving the dip in a pineapple shell makes for a pretty presentation. —Jean Forster, Elmhurst, Illinois

Ruby-Red Pretzel Dip

Ruby-Red Pretzel Dip

Ruby-Red Pretzel Dip

Plain pretzels get a pretty coating and tangy taste from this thick, festive blend. Grace Yaskovic of Branchville, New Jersey shares the recipe.

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

Cucumber Canapes

Cucumber Canapes

Cucumber Canapes

I always get requests for the recipe whenever I serve these delicate finger sandwiches with a creamy herb spread and festive red and green garnishes. —Nadine Whittaker, South Plymouth, Massachusetts

Party Chicken Wings

Party Chicken Wings

Party Chicken Wings

These moist wings— marinated overnight in a soy sauce, mustard and brown sugar mixture— are excellent party appetizers. At our house, they're a must for holiday gatherings.
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