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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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Appetizers just can't get much easier than this ritzy-looking cheese spread with its refreshing hint of lime. I turn to this recipe whenever unexpected guests drop in. —Laurie LaClair, North Richland Hills, Texas
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Southern Pimiento Cheese Spread

Southern Pimiento Cheese Spread

Southern Pimiento Cheese Spread

A classic Southern comfort food, Pimiento Cheese Spread, is used as an appetizer with crackers, corn chips or celery. It is also smeared between two slices of white bread for sandwiches and as a topping for hamburgers and hot dogs.—Eileen Balmer, South Bend, Indiana

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

Crunchy Vegetable Dip

Crunchy Vegetable Dip

Crunchy Vegetable Dip

I love to try new recipes, and this one was a big hit with my family. It's great as an appetizer or for a light lunch.
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Fruity Horseradish Cream Cheese

Fruity Horseradish Cream Cheese

Fruity Horseradish Cream Cheese

Typically called a Jezebel Sauce, this sweet, fruity topping has an underlying bite from horseradish. The sauce, from Rita Reifenstein of Evans City, Pennsylvania is also great over pork or chicken.

Noodle Nibblers

Noodle Nibblers

Noodle Nibblers

For a tasty alternative to plain old potato chips, try the crunchy snack Lee Denney of Cushing, Oklahoma created from pasta. "The spices and cheese that coat the fried noodles give them a terrific flavor," she assures. "We love to eat them with soup, sandwiches or in between meals."

Disappearing Fruit Dip

Disappearing Fruit Dip

Disappearing Fruit Dip

"This tangy dip never lasts long at our house," says Camille Langford of Branson, Missouri. "For variety, try substituting orange juice and orange peel."

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.

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

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.

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.

Dairy Delicious Dip

Dairy Delicious Dip

Dairy Delicious Dip

Munching on fruit becomes so much more fun when there's a sweet, creamy dip to dunk your slices in. After working up an appetite playing party games, the kids enjoyed this dip. I enjoyed its ease of preparation. —Karen Kenney, Harvard, Illinois
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