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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Martini Cheese Dip

Martini Cheese Dip

Martini Cheese Dip

After tasting a delicious cheese dip at a party, I experimented at home and came up with my own version. It’s fun to serve in a martini glass alongside colorful fresh vegetables.

Asian Cheese Spread

Asian Cheese Spread

Asian Cheese Spread

This recipe is pretty simple as is, but to save even more time, leave the block of cream cheese whole and let your guests spoon up what they'd like. If you can't find crystallized ginger, simply substitute with a 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger. —Lori Stefanishion, Drumheller, Alberta

Shrimp Spread

Shrimp Spread

Shrimp Spread

This colorful and tasty appetizer is always a crowd-pleaser. People will never know you've used lighter ingredients. —Norene Wright, Manilla, Indiana

Cheesecake Dip

Cheesecake Dip

Cheesecake Dip

When you're in the mood for something sweet, but you want to keep it light, this simple dip really hits the spot. Dipping fresh plump strawberries in the cool and creamy concoction is a fun and delicious way to eat dessert.

Hot Kielbasa Dip

Hot Kielbasa Dip

Hot Kielbasa Dip

My husband and I are retired, and I like to look for simple, speedy ways to cook. This thick cheesy dip, with the unusual addition of sausage, goes together in a jiffy. Accompanied by crackers or fresh veggies, it's a hearty appetizer for a football party or family gathering. -Mary Bondegard, Brooksville, Florida

Apple Person

Apple Person

Apple Person

—Julie Lavender, Oceanside, California

Easy Cheesy Nachos

Easy Cheesy Nachos

Easy Cheesy Nachos

There's no need to brown ground beef when fixing this satisfying snack. Laura Jirasek of White Lake, Michigan tops crunchy chips with warm canned chili and melted cheese, then sprinkles it all with chopped tomato and onion for fresh flavor and color.

Party Crab Dip

Party Crab Dip

Party Crab Dip

Nothing shaves time from party preparations like a no-fuss appetizer. Kimberly McGuire's rich and flavorful seafood spread is the perfect example. The Dunlap, Illinois reader suggests serving it with crackers or toasted bread rounds.

Refreshing Fruit Dip

Refreshing Fruit Dip

Refreshing Fruit Dip

From Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, Jessica Humphrey shares this colorful dip made by blending peaches and strawberries from the freezer. "Sometimes I don't completely thaw the fruit first, because I like the dip cold," she says.

Honey Lime Fruit Toss

Honey Lime Fruit Toss

Honey Lime Fruit Toss

A tongue-tickling lime dressing complements the fruit in this refreshing and versatile medley. Angela Oelschlaeger of Tonganoxie, Kansas suggests you serve it at breakfast or as a summery side dish. It looks beautiful on a salad buffet as well.

Nacho Cheese Dip

Nacho Cheese Dip

Nacho Cheese Dip

"With jobs, school and sport activities, evening is our time for family fun," says Dawn Taylor of Milton, Kentucky. "We munch on this zippy dip while visiting or watching a movie."
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