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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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Dunked Strawberries

Dunked Strawberries

Dunked Strawberries

Dressed-up strawberries give any meal an elegant finish. With brown sugar and a hint of lime, they’re sweet, tangy and so tasty, you’ll want more! —Jennifer Reid, Farmington, Maine

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 could also add a trail of whimsical raisin "ants" around the base for extra nutrition and fun!

Fiesta Appetizer

Fiesta Appetizer

Fiesta Appetizer

This dip is always a big hit with men—maybe because of the hearty blend of flavors. It stands up great as a leftover besides...if there's any left over. I was raised on a Montana ranch, and my grandmother taught me to cook when I was 10 years old. My husband and I (we have one married daughter) are retired now. To stay active, I bowl and do crafts. My collection of cookbooks keeps right on growing, too—I started it more than 50 years ago.
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Frankenguac

Frankenguac

Frankenguac

Play the mad scientist this year and bring a monster to life. He's frightfully fun and delicious! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Gail's Homemade Salsa

Gail's Homemade Salsa

Gail's Homemade Salsa

We invited friends over for dinner and forgot to purchase the salsa from the market. So I decided to try my hand at creating some of my own. It was a big success and everyone wanted the recipe. I hope you enjoy it, too!

Healthy Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Healthy Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Healthy Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

“If you like mushrooms, you’ll love this yummy broiled appetizer,” assures Kelli Egbert of Idaho Falls, Idaho. A tasty cheese filling is easy to combine and tuck into large mushroom caps.

Jalapeno Ranch Dip

Jalapeno Ranch Dip

Jalapeno Ranch Dip

Ranch dressing got its start on a real dude ranch in California. Punch up the Western original with green salsa, green chilies, jalapenos and cilantro for more color, spice and high volume that feeds a crowd. —Lindsay Duke, Goodrich, Texas

Lime Cucumber Salsa

Lime Cucumber Salsa

Lime Cucumber Salsa

This unique salsa tastes terrific with chicken and fish, on top of baked potatoes or eaten as a dip with tortilla chips.—Marcia Kwiecinski, Corregidor, Philippines

No-Yolk Deviled Eggs

No-Yolk Deviled Eggs

No-Yolk Deviled Eggs

"This lighter recipe still provides traditional deviled egg flavor and appearance," conveys Dottie Burton of Cincinnati, Ohio. "A mashed potato mixture magically replaces the yolk filling."

Peanut Butter Spread

Peanut Butter Spread

Peanut Butter Spread

As far back as I can remember, this spread has been used for sandwiches served after church services. It's especially tasty on toast. —Maudie Raber, Millersburg, Ohio

Pesto Cream Cheese Spread

Pesto Cream Cheese Spread

Pesto Cream Cheese Spread

This is a terrific appetizer to serve when hosting an Italian-theme-meal. People may be a little hesitant to try it, but once they dip in, they won't be able to stop! —Cynthia Emshoff, Sarasota, Florida
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