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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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Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

This creamy dip is a nice addition to an appetizer buffet. It's received many compliments, and I've handed out several copies of the recipe. —Priscilla Gilbert, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida

Salsa Roja

Salsa Roja

Salsa Roja

Preparing homemade salsa lets you alter the flavor to fit your palate. Whip this easy snack together and serve with fresh veggies, or my favorite, lime tortilla chips. —Amber Massey, Coppell, Texas

Santa Fe Deviled Eggs

Santa Fe Deviled Eggs

Santa Fe Deviled Eggs

"I give my deviled eggs a zippy Southwestern flair. The smoky, spicy flavor is a hit with my husband, Paul." —Patricia Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania
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Simple Salmon Dip

Simple Salmon Dip

Simple Salmon Dip

This is my go-to dip recipe for summer barbecues. The secret is the green chilies—they add just enough heat. —Susan Jordan, Denver, Colorado

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."

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."
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