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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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"This cheesy blend, sparked with mustard and Worcestershire sauce, is yummy," relates field editor Norene Wright of Manilla, Indiana.
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Gail's Homemade Salsa

Gail's Homemade Salsa

Gail's Homemade Salsa

We invited friends over for dinner and forgot to purchase the salsa from the market. So I decided to try my hand at creating some of my own. It was a big success and everyone wanted the recipe. I hope you enjoy it, too!

Shrimp with Basil-Mango Sauce

Shrimp with Basil-Mango Sauce

Shrimp with Basil-Mango Sauce

Instead of serving cold shrimp with cocktail sauce, prepare this simple basil sauce and top it with tender cooked shrimp. It's a fun and fancy appetizer. —Ken Hulme, Prescott, Arizona

Cucumber-Dill Shrimp Dip

Cucumber-Dill Shrimp Dip

Cucumber-Dill Shrimp Dip

"This is a favorite standby of mine when I need a quick appetizer," says Kathryn Goecke of Montrose, Colorado. The creamy dill dip, with chunks of shrimp and cucumber, makes a nice change from the standard shrimp and cocktail sauce.
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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

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

Gingersnap Dip

Gingersnap Dip

Gingersnap Dip

I serve this dip in a clean plastic pumpkin at all of our fall church gatherings. It's a nice way to dress up packaged gingersnaps. —Tessie Hughes, Marion, Virginia

Artichoke Caprese Platter

Artichoke Caprese Platter

Artichoke Caprese Platter

This classic Italian combination of mozzarella, tomatoes and basil is dressed up with marinated artichokes. It looks so lovely on a platter. Using fresh mozzarella is the key to great taste.

Garlic Cheese Spread

Garlic Cheese Spread

Garlic Cheese Spread

Making this cheese spread is easy and fun. It tastes great on flatbread, focaccia or crackers. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Spring Green Guacamole

Spring Green Guacamole

Spring Green Guacamole

Love guacamole, but hate the calories and fat? Try this vibrant version with yummy peas. “We eat a lot of this and we never feel one bit guilty,” shares Carey Waterworth from Silvana, Washington.

Refreshing Fruit Dip

Refreshing Fruit Dip

Refreshing Fruit Dip

From Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, Jessica Humphrey shares this colorful dip made by blending peaches and strawberries from the freezer. "Sometimes I don't completely thaw the fruit first, because I like the dip cold," she says.

Mexican Fiesta Dip

Mexican Fiesta Dip

Mexican Fiesta Dip

"I lost 30 pounds by using slimmed-down ingredients in my recipes, and I still get to enjoy goodies like this savory dip," relates field editor Angela Oelschlaeger, Tonganoxie, Kansas.
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