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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.

Almond-Turkey Cheese Spread

Almond-Turkey Cheese Spread

Almond-Turkey Cheese Spread

"I like this timely topper with crackers as a TV snack for my family," says Carolyn Hayes. The Marion, Illinois cook combines cheeses and seasonings with turkey, almonds and sour cream.

Quick Chili con Queso

Quick Chili con Queso

Quick Chili con Queso

I love to make this dip for parties, because it is so easy and I usually have all the ingredients on hand. I double the recipe and prepare it in my slow cooker, because it will not scorch. This makes it completely worry-free when entertaining.—Marie Stout, APO, AP

Hot Bean and Cheese Dip

Hot Bean and Cheese Dip

Hot Bean and Cheese Dip

This thick and tasty party-starter from Michelle Sawatzy of Isle, Minnesota takes advantage of prepared taco sauce and canned refried beans.
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Chantilly Fruit Topping

Chantilly Fruit Topping

Chantilly Fruit Topping

"This tasty treat, perfect with assorted fruit, is sure to cool you down on a hot day," assures Mary Houchin of Lebanon, Illinois.

Quick and Creamy Guacamole

Quick and Creamy Guacamole

Quick and Creamy Guacamole

From Hemlock, New York, Ethel Anderson sends this irresistible dip that calls for only four items. "Not only is it ideal to serve with chips when entertaining," she writes, "but I also spoon it over cooked chicken breasts at dinner."

Apple Snack Wedges

Apple Snack Wedges

Apple Snack Wedges

Kids of all ages will love these easy apple wedges at snack time. With protein from peanut butter and a hint of sweetness and crunch, the quick-to-fix bites make a fun and healthy treat. —Jacquie Berg, St. Cloud, Wisconsin

Quick White Bean Dip

Quick White Bean Dip

Quick White Bean Dip

From Benton Harbor, Michigan, Katina Tanner sends a low-fat party starter. "This is a wonderful way o use fresh basil," she says. "Increase the amount of herbs if you like or replace the pita chips with crackers for variety."

Creamy Salsa Dip

Creamy Salsa Dip

Creamy Salsa Dip

Spicy and slightly tangy, this special dip from Jerene Bennett of Seymour, Missouri gets its kick from hot pepper sauce and salsa.

Peachy Fruit Dip

Peachy Fruit Dip

Peachy Fruit Dip

Peachy Fruit Dip served with fresh fruit is a light summer dessert or side dish. "It's even great for breakfast or brunch," notes Barbara Nowakowski of North Tonawanda, New York.

Pepperoni Pizza Pita

Pepperoni Pizza Pita

Pepperoni Pizza Pita

"With its no-fuss pita crust, this pizza makes a quick meal for one," says Jeannette Derner of Newport News, Virginia. "And if you're serving a family individual pizzas are perfect—everyone can choose their own toppings!"

Horseradish Crab Dip

Horseradish Crab Dip

Horseradish Crab Dip

I depend on this mildly seasoned crab dip when hosting parties. It's a terrific time-saver when accompanied by celery sticks or your favorite raw veggie. It's so simple to prepare that it gives me time to get other appetizers ready or mingle with guests.
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