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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.

Hot Mustard Pretzel Dip

Hot Mustard Pretzel Dip

Hot Mustard Pretzel Dip

It's a snap to stir together this zippy dip from Kim Barrick of Lincoln, Illinois. With its hint of honey, the mixture is great with pretzels...or try it anywhere you'd use a hot-and-spicy sauce.

Guacamole Dip

Guacamole Dip

Guacamole Dip

SINCE guacamole is a favorite in this area with its emphasis on Mexican food, I decided to create my own recipe. I serve it as a dip for chips, with baked chicken or to top off a bed of lettuce. -Virginia Burwell, Dayton, Texas

Bacon-Broccoli Cheese Ball

Bacon-Broccoli Cheese Ball

Bacon-Broccoli Cheese Ball

Meet the Cook: Needing a quick appetizer one night when dinner was running late, I combined a few leftovers into this easy cheese ball. For variety, you can shape it into a log, or substitute favorite herbs for the pepper. My husband and I are the proud parents of two children, Kenton, 6, and Katie, 4. -Tamara Rickard, Bartlett, Tennessee
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Jingle Bell Spread

Jingle Bell Spread

Jingle Bell Spread

No need to ring this "dinner bell" to summon your guests—the sight of it's enough to make folks come running! The creamy spread from Karen Balistrieri of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin gets a festive look from red pepper, pimientos and parsley on top. If you like, you can mold the mix into a Christmas tree, star, candy cane or any other appealing shape.—Karen Balistrieri, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

Pizza by the Scoop

Pizza by the Scoop

Pizza by the Scoop

"This tasty cold snack dip is one of my most-requested recipes and always pleases friends at get-togethers," relates Georgene Robertson of Pikeville, Kentucky. "People keep scooping until the platter is clean."

Corn and Bacon Dip

Corn and Bacon Dip

Corn and Bacon Dip

The recipe for this creamy appetizer or snack dip was given to me about 20 years ago by a friend. It becomes a favorite wherever I share it. People are constantly asking me for the recipe. Sometimes, I simply serve it with corn chips. -Carolyn Zaschak, Corning, New York

Caramel Fruit Dip

Caramel Fruit Dip

Caramel Fruit Dip

"I love this smooth and creamy dip as a party appetizer or anytime snack," comments Polly Lynam-Bloom of Mequon, Wisconsin. The sweet four-ingredient blend is good with any fruit, but especially tasty with tart apples.

Creamy Guacamole

Creamy Guacamole

Creamy Guacamole

As a transplanted New Englander, I was anxious to use some of Florida's fresh fruits in new recipes. I came across this one and it quickly became a favorite.

Tuna Cheese Spread

Tuna Cheese Spread

Tuna Cheese Spread

The flavor of tuna is very subtle in this thick and creamy spread. It's terrific on crackers or carrot and celery sticks, stuffed in a tomato or used for a sandwich. —Dorothy Anderson, Ottawa, Kansas

Starry Cheese Spread

Starry Cheese Spread

Starry Cheese Spread

Horseradish gives zip to this tasty cheese star that'll add sparkle to your holiday table. The creamy mixture is terrific served with crackers, raw vegetables or on the appetizers that make up the tempting Party Sandwich Tree.

Cream Cheese Ham Roll-Ups

Cream Cheese Ham Roll-Ups

Cream Cheese Ham Roll-Ups

Green onions and ripe olives give lively flavor to these bite-size appetizers from Kathleen Green of Republic, Missouri. "They're quick to assemble and can be made the day before they're needed," she notes. "They're very popular with my friends and family."
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