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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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Slam Dunk Crab Dip

Slam Dunk Crab Dip

Slam Dunk Crab Dip

The spirited crowd we invite to our home to watch college basketball is quick to dig in to this delectable dip. It's a great use of imitation crabmeat, with red pepper and green onions adding color and crunch.

Swiss Walnut Cracker Snack

Swiss Walnut Cracker Snack

Swiss Walnut Cracker Snack

This spread is simple to prepare and makes an excellent snack for holiday and family gatherings. It features "Dairy State" products and has a nice crunch from the walnuts.

Zesty Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

Zesty Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

Zesty Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

"Whenever there's a family gathering, my sister-in-law brings this zesty bean dip, and it's a big hit," report Pamela Smith of Flushing, New York. "Since it keeps well in the refrigerator, it's great to have on hand for unexpected guests."
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Bee My Honey Fruit Dip

Bee My Honey Fruit Dip

Bee My Honey Fruit Dip

Orange, cinnamon and nutmeg round out this creamy appetizer dip. Carol Gillespie of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania likes to serve her spiced spread with apples, pineapple and strawberries when in season.

Cilantro Bean Dip

Cilantro Bean Dip

Cilantro Bean Dip

This chunky fresh-tasting dip, shared by Wendy Prevost of Cody, Wyoming, gets a little kick from hot pepper sauce.

Creamy Egg Spread

Creamy Egg Spread

Creamy Egg Spread

"We like this cool, creamy spread on rye crackers or tiny slices of cocktail rye bread," relates field editor Denise Goedeken of Platte Center, Nebraska.

Creamy Fruit Dip

Creamy Fruit Dip

Creamy Fruit Dip

"You can whip this three-ingredient dip in no time in a blender or with a mixer," points out Bonnie Wither of Branford, Connecticut. "It's yummy and smooth and goes great with any kind of fresh fruit."

Creamy Shrimp Dip

Creamy Shrimp Dip

Creamy Shrimp Dip

I first tasted this seafood dip at a family reunion and requested the recipe right away. It's since become a fixture at our Christmas Day celebration, partly because it's so easy— but mostly because it's so yummy!

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.

Halloween Vegetable Dip

Halloween Vegetable Dip

Halloween Vegetable Dip

Even your veggies can wear costumes this Halloween. How? By Donning the dip Evelyn Pederson of West Concord, Minnesota shares here! "It has a bright orange color, just like a jack-o'-lantern," she notes. "Plus, I get lots of compliments on its taste."—Evelyn Pederson, West Concord, Minnesota

Maple Fruit Dip

Maple Fruit Dip

Maple Fruit Dip

"Cinnamon pairs nicely with maple syrup in this delicious dip," explains Cathy Liebert from Harland, Wisconsin. "It makes a wonderful coating for strawberries, bananas and apples...and it's a great way to get people to eat fresh fruit."
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