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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.

Catch Some Z's

Catch Some Z's

Catch Some Z's

Moms won't lose sleep preparing this savory finger food for a get-together. That's because the CT kitchen staff kept the goodies simple—by cutting "Z" shapes from refrigerated crescent rolls and seasoning them before baking. If you like, provide a bowl of warmed pizza sauce on the side...then watch kids start dipping!

Christmas Cheese Ball

Christmas Cheese Ball

Christmas Cheese Ball

"This rich cheese spread is delicious and wonderfully attractive," says Esther Shank of Harrisonville, Virginia.

Ruby-Red Pretzel Dip

Ruby-Red Pretzel Dip

Ruby-Red Pretzel Dip

Plain pretzels get a pretty coating and tangy taste from this thick, festive blend. Grace Yaskovic of Branchville, New Jersey shares the recipe.
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Mushroom Liver Pate

Mushroom Liver Pate

Mushroom Liver Pate

"It's easy to make this smooth, zippy spread," says Linda Rock of Stratford, Wisconsin. "And it tastes oh, so good!"

Fiesta Crab Dip

Fiesta Crab Dip

Fiesta Crab Dip

This mild, fresh-tasting crab dip tempts taste buds. Patricia Walls often fixes a batch in her Aurora, Minnesota kitchen.

Festive Apple-Cheese Log

Festive Apple-Cheese Log

Festive Apple-Cheese Log

With apples, pecans and cinnamon, this fun spread, from Anna Mayer of Fort Branch, Indiana, is almost like dessert.

Tangy Texas Salsa

Tangy Texas Salsa

Tangy Texas Salsa

I'm a "transplant" here from Wisconsin. Even after 20 years, I still can't get enough of our wonderful local citrus. This is one way to work it into a main dish. The combination of tangy fruit, spicy jalapeno and distinctive cilantro is perfect over any meat, poultry or fish. We also dip into it with chips.

Tomato Nacho Dip

Tomato Nacho Dip

Tomato Nacho Dip

My friend came up with this recipe. The thick and creamy cheese dip gets its zip from convenient canned green chilies. It's a snap to zap in the microwave.—Rhonda McKee, Greensburg, Kansas

Hot Pizza Dip

Hot Pizza Dip

Hot Pizza Dip

You can assemble this effortless appetizer in a jiffy. The pizza-flavored dip goes very fast, so you may want to make two batches. —Stacie Morse, South Otselic, New York

Bear's Picnic Veggie Dip

Bear's Picnic Veggie Dip

Bear's Picnic Veggie Dip

A colorful array of vegetables served with this delicious dip added more appealing finger food at the teddy bear theme party. A nice accompaniment to the sandwich, this popular appetizer would be a welcome snack just about anytime. -Susan Schuller, Brainerd, Minnesota

Deli Vegetable Roll-Ups

Deli Vegetable Roll-Ups

Deli Vegetable Roll-Ups

"I would make these loaded tortilla sandwiches for my husband and son to take for lunch," says Nancy Devilbiss of Leo, Indiana. "My son thought I could peddle them on a street corner—and be sold out in an hour!"
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