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Quick Appetizers

Looking for quick appetizers? Find dips, cheese spreads, snack mixes and more finger foods and appetizer recipes ready in 30 minutes or less.

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Nothing is easier than this three ingredient, yet decadent starter. Salty, sweet and rich, it's a sure-fire people pleaser. Jake Haen, Ocala, FL
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Pickled Mushrooms

Pickled Mushrooms

Pickled Mushrooms

As a salad or appetizer, these tangy mushrooms are a welcome addition to any meal or party buffet table. It doesn't take long for a whole bowlful to be devoured. I love to cook with fresh mushrooms - a crop our state is well known for. -Sandra Johnson, Tioga, Pennsylvania

Jalapeno Ranch Dip

Jalapeno Ranch Dip

Jalapeno Ranch Dip

Ranch dressing got its start on a real dude ranch in California. Punch up the Western original with green salsa, green chilies, jalapenos and cilantro for more color, spice and high volume that feeds a crowd. —Lindsay Duke, Goodrich, Texas

Peanut Butter Fruit Dip

Peanut Butter Fruit Dip

Peanut Butter Fruit Dip

My wife was a great cook and I loved to help her. She served this dip with crackers, pretzels or fresh fruit at our family get-togethers, especially during the holidays. -Cloyd Sensenig, West Lawn, Pennsylvania
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Chutney-Topped Brie

Chutney-Topped Brie

Chutney-Topped Brie

This easy and elegant appetizer from Rebecca Irons in Lubbock, Texas has only four ingredients! “I first tasted something similar at a cheese shop,” she says. “Most any chutney flavor will work—from pineapple or mango to onion—for a toasty, melt-in-your-mouth treat on chilly days.”

Peanut Butter Spread

Peanut Butter Spread

Peanut Butter Spread

As far back as I can remember, this spread has been used for sandwiches served after church services. It's especially tasty on toast. —Maudie Raber, Millersburg, Ohio

Yummy Chocolate Dip

Yummy Chocolate Dip

Yummy Chocolate Dip

Turn fresh fruit into an irresistible and tantalizing snack or dessert with this dreamy, creamy chocolate dip. Four ingredients and 10 minutes are all it takes! You could also serve with graham cracker sticks for an easy after-school snack. —Stacey Shew, Cologne, Minnesota

Carrot Dip

Carrot Dip

Carrot Dip

This creamy appetizer, fresh from Raegan Dexter of Union Grove, Wisconsin, features nothing but great flavor. "you don't have to be a carrot fan to enjoy it," she notes. "I like it even more, because it is so easy to fix.!"

Smoked Salmon Cheese Spread

Smoked Salmon Cheese Spread

Smoked Salmon Cheese Spread

Pretzels, chips and veggies all taste awesome with this creamy blend of salmon, cheese and herbs. Thanks to a food processor, it's always ready in a hurry. —Jill Campbell, Huntsville, Texas

Salmon Salad-Stuffed Endive Leaves

Salmon Salad-Stuffed Endive Leaves

Salmon Salad-Stuffed Endive Leaves

Salmon creates an elegant appetizer in this vibrant recipe from Melissa Carafa of Broomall, Pennsylvania. It’s simple to prepare and can even be made ahead of time.

Creamy Thyme Spread

Creamy Thyme Spread

Creamy Thyme Spread

Mary Steiner of West Bend, Wisconsin shares a make-ahead cracker spread that showcases thyme and garlic. "A neighbor who has an herb garden gave me the recipe," Mary writes. "It's simple to stir up and makes a special appetizer for company. It's also fun to serve at a party."

Apple and Peanut Butter Stackers

Apple and Peanut Butter Stackers

Apple and Peanut Butter Stackers

The best way to get kids interested in cooking and eating right is to let them help. Sliced apple "sandwiches" are one fun way to pique their interest and kitchen creativity.
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