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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Crab Cheese Fondue

Crab Cheese Fondue

Crab Cheese Fondue

"We used to host fondue parties regularly with our friends and tried to outdo each other with the most wonderful recipes. This thick and cheesy blend with its mild crab flavor was always a hit," notes field editor Mary Houchin of Swansea, Illinois.

Zesty Salsa

Zesty Salsa

Zesty Salsa

This chunky and colorful salsa, from Susan Causey of Columbia, Louisiana, is the ideal companion for crispy tortilla chips and goes together in a jiffy.

Mango Black Bean Salsa

Mango Black Bean Salsa

Mango Black Bean Salsa

This colorful salsa takes just minutes to prepare—and that’s likely how long it will last at your next event, too! Chopped mango adds bursts of sweetness to the satisfying chip dip from Judy Heiser of Uvalde, Texas.

Tomato-Walnut Pesto Spread

Tomato-Walnut Pesto Spread

Tomato-Walnut Pesto Spread

Whenever I bring this popular spread to parties, I know I'm going to get recipe requests. The red, green and white layers make it especially festive for Christmastime.

Spicy Peanuts

Spicy Peanuts

Spicy Peanuts

It’s always nice to have something simple for guests to nibble on while mingling. These special peanuts are just the thing. Crushed red pepper flakes and chili powder turn up the heat on this classic party fare.—Phyllis Schmalz, Kansas City, Kansas

Reuben Dip

Reuben Dip

Reuben Dip

Men love this rich, cheesy dip. It comes together so quickly, you can make it just before guests arrive. I often serve it with rye bread wedges, too. —Mary Jo Hagey, Gladwin, Michigan

Secret-Ingredient Stuffed Eggs

Secret-Ingredient Stuffed Eggs

Secret-Ingredient Stuffed Eggs

My take on deviled eggs is full of surprises. The down-home appetizer Mom used to make gets an upscale touch from mango, goat cheese and pecans. People love these tempting treats.—Beth Satterfield, Dover, Delaware

Swiss Walnut Cracker Snack

Swiss Walnut Cracker Snack

Swiss Walnut Cracker Snack

This spread is simple to prepare and makes an excellent snack for holiday and family gatherings. It features "Dairy State" products and has a nice crunch from the walnuts.

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.”

Veggie Cheese Spread

Veggie Cheese Spread

Veggie Cheese Spread

This easy cheese spread is one of my family's favorite snacks. To make it a bit fancier, sprinkle tiny shrimp over the seafood sauce. It can be made ahead of time and is an ideal addition to an appetizer table.
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