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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.

Sesame Cheese Ball

Sesame Cheese Ball

Sesame Cheese Ball

I came up with this cheese ball when I combined two favorite recipes. Unlike some cheese spreads that can be somewhat bland, this has a little zest. I make it for occasions throughout the year. —Brenda Baughman, Mansfield, Ohio

Marinated Shrimp

Marinated Shrimp

Marinated Shrimp

My husband's aunt shared this recipe with me more than 20 years ago. Not only is it a Christmas Eve tradition in my home, but in the homes of our grown children as well. —Delores Hill, Helena, Montana

Crab-Stuffed Celery

Crab-Stuffed Celery

Crab-Stuffed Celery

Convenient canned crab and flavored cream cheese combine to turn ordinary celery sticks into special appetizers. I keep this recipe's ingredients on hand for anytime snacking. —Marian Platt, Sequim, Washington
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Make-Ahead Triple Cheese Spread

Make-Ahead Triple Cheese Spread

Make-Ahead Triple Cheese Spread

This simple cheese spread appeals to every palate, so I rely on it often. It's a no-fuss favorite of mine because it can be made 2 days before your gathering and then refrigerated. —Angie Meyers, Chamberburg, Pennsylvania

Mixed Fruit Cheese Ball

Mixed Fruit Cheese Ball

Mixed Fruit Cheese Ball

For a pretty holiday presentation, I like to place this cheese ball on a festive platter and surround it with wedges of unpeeled apples and assorted crackers. People are always pleasantly surprised by the combination of flavors in every bite. —Pat Habiger, Spearville, Kansas

Zippy Curry Dip

Zippy Curry Dip

Zippy Curry Dip

It's easy to encourage everyone to eat their vegetables when this creamy dip is served alongside. The curry flavor gets stronger the longer this dips stands, so I like to make it in advance. —Priscilla Steffke, Wausau, Wisconsin

Herbed Garlic Cheese Spread

Herbed Garlic Cheese Spread

Herbed Garlic Cheese Spread

I've taken this creamy spread to many holiday gatherings and parties- and there's never any left to bring home! Well-seasoned with a blend of herb flavors, this cheesy treat tastes great on slices of French bread, too.

Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

Colorful tomatoes, green pepper and red onion contrast nicely with black-eyed peas. —Lynn McAllister, Mt. Ulla, North Carolina

Cheddar Cheese Spread

Cheddar Cheese Spread

Cheddar Cheese Spread

A simple spread like this with some crackers is often all you need when entertaining. Letting the spread refrigerate overnight blends the flavors beautifully. —Kathy Rairigh, Milford, Indiana

Marinated Mozzarella Cubes

Marinated Mozzarella Cubes

Marinated Mozzarella Cubes

Being from America's Dairyland, I'm always on the lookout for new ways to serve cheese. I received this delicious recipe from a friend a few years ago and am happy to share it with others. —Arline Roggenbuck, Shawano, Wisconsin

Melon with Minted Lime Dip

Melon with Minted Lime Dip

Melon with Minted Lime Dip

For a refreshing summer side dish for any meal, our Test Kitchen recommends these marinated melon balls with a cool, creamy dip. You can also serve this fruity treat as a light dessert.
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