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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.

Strawberry Dip

Strawberry Dip

Strawberry Dip

Fresh and fruity, this versatile dip lends a hint of summertime to yuletide. It's light in taste and pretty in holiday pink.

Fiesta Pinwheels

Fiesta Pinwheels

Fiesta Pinwheels

Whenever I serve these make-ahead appetizers, they disappear fast. When a friend at the office shared them with me, I knew in one bite I'd be bringing her recipe home for the holidays. —Diane Martin, Brown Deer, Wisconsin

Zippy Cheese Log

Zippy Cheese Log

Zippy Cheese Log

Due to popular demand, my pretty cheese log has become a tasty tradition at our women's Christmas brunch. As soon as the ladies try a bite, I start getting requests for the recipe.
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Mustard Dip

Mustard Dip

Mustard Dip

Some like it hot—but others prefer a mustard that's mildly sweet. This easy-to-make food gift can be fixed either way. It really keeps its "zip" in the refrigerator.

Simple Tuna Spread

Simple Tuna Spread

Simple Tuna Spread

Salsa is the new and different ingredient in this creamy tuna spread. It gives a surprising spark we enjoy.

Grandma's Peanut Butter

Grandma's Peanut Butter

Grandma's Peanut Butter

Frequently, I nestle a creamy jarful of this lip-smacking peanut butter beside homemade cookies and candy as a gift "fresh from Grandma's kitchen".

Prickly Pear Salsa

Prickly Pear Salsa

Prickly Pear Salsa

I developed this recipe for my special diet after living in Mexico for a couple of years. You can find prickly pear cactus at your grocery store in the specialty food section.—Hope T. Woodhead, Tecate, California

Zesty Beef Spread Appetizer

Zesty Beef Spread Appetizer

Zesty Beef Spread Appetizer

Green olives and dried beef are a flavorful combination in this spread. I really like the fact that I can make these logs in advance.—Rosa Martin, Bridgewater, Virginia

Seafood Delight

Seafood Delight

Seafood Delight

The addition of extra horseradish to prepared seafood sauce gives this spread a little more zip that friends and family rave about.—Sandra Pacak, Indianapolis, Indiana

Creamy Horseradish Dip

Creamy Horseradish Dip

Creamy Horseradish Dip

In this simple-to-prepare vegetable dip, horseradish shines through without being too overpowering.—Barbara Coleman, Dunbar, West Virginia

Stuffed Snow Pea Snacks

Stuffed Snow Pea Snacks

Stuffed Snow Pea Snacks

What happens when you combine a creamy seafood concoction with a plain old bunch of vegetables? Magic—in the form of these engagingly different snacks! Helen Cornet of Carmel, Indiana shared her crab dip, a must at her house during the holidays and beyond. Then our crafty kitchen crew came up with a creative way to serve it—by stuffing the dip into snow peas. It's simply delightful.
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