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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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Mini Rice Cake Snacks

Mini Rice Cake Snacks

Mini Rice Cake Snacks

Our Test Kitchen staff had a ball dressing up sweet bite-size rice cakes with a simple spread and colorful fruits. Try them with a combination of your favorite flavors.

Spinach Dip in Red Cabbage

Spinach Dip in Red Cabbage

Spinach Dip in Red Cabbage

A hollowed out cabbage makes a bright serving piece for this creamy spinach dip. “I found the recipe in a cookbook, and I receive many compliments whenever I serve it to company,” shares Patricia Johnson of Kingfield, Maine.

Honey Lime Fruit Toss

Honey Lime Fruit Toss

Honey Lime Fruit Toss

A tongue-tickling lime dressing complements the fruit in this refreshing and versatile medley. Angela Oelschlaeger of Tonganoxie, Kansas suggests you serve it at breakfast or as a summery side dish. It looks beautiful on a salad buffet as well.
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Greek Cheese Balls

Greek Cheese Balls

Greek Cheese Balls

This quick, easy party pleaser is best served with crackers, pita chips or pita bread cut in wedges.

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.”

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.!"

Pineapple Ham Pizzas

Pineapple Ham Pizzas

Pineapple Ham Pizzas

In Alum Creek, West Virginia, Vicky Priestley recommends whipping up these barbecue Hawaiian pizzas as a quick after-school snack. Prepared on English muffins, the cheesy pizzas are something that kids of all ages enjoy.

Nutty Blue Cheese Spread

Nutty Blue Cheese Spread

Nutty Blue Cheese Spread

With great blue cheese flavor and nice texture from the pecans, this super- simple spread has a company-special feel. Perfect with veggies or crackers, it’s ideal for parties. —SHERRY HULSMAN, ELKTON, FLORIDA

Trail Mix

Trail Mix

Trail Mix

With nuts, raisins, M&M's and coconut, this is a super snack. In small gingham bags, it made wonderful party favors for each guest at the cowboy-theme wedding shower I hosted. This mix is a tasty treat anytime. -Sandra Thorn, Sonora, California

Fairy-Tale Mushrooms

Fairy-Tale Mushrooms

Fairy-Tale Mushrooms

Looking for an eye-catching appetizer to dress up a dinner party or fun fall gathering? They don't come much cuter than the fanciful hard-cooked egg "toadstools" pictured here. Capped with cherry tomatoes, these tasty morsels always delight family and friends, says creator Sue Cravatta of Elmwood Park, Illinois. "They couldn't be easier to make, and my kids get the biggest kick out of them. They gobble the toadstools up-and even eat the spinach 'grass' I display them on," she relates. You cou

Crunchy Halloween Snack Mix

Crunchy Halloween Snack Mix

Crunchy Halloween Snack Mix

This snack mix has it all! The Cheerios, nuts, chips and M&M's make it sweet, and the noodles and nuts add just the right crunch. Arrange it in layers in a large glass jar and give it as a hostess gift. —Lori Daniels, Beverly, West Virginia
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