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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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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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Olive Sandwich Spread

Olive Sandwich Spread

Olive Sandwich Spread

"This recipe was given to me by my mother many years ago," says Dorothy Warren of Toulon, Illinois. "It's tasty and unique."

Pizza Spread

Pizza Spread

Pizza Spread

For a satisfying snack, spread slices of French bread with this thick cheesy mixture. "It's a very adaptable recipe," notes reader Beverly Mons of Middletown, New York. "It would also be good with Italian sausage instead of ground beef."

Wisconsin Cheddar-Cider Spread

Wisconsin Cheddar-Cider Spread

Wisconsin Cheddar-Cider Spread

Real aged sharp cheddar pairs well with sweet apple cider. Serve this as a spread with apple wedges and crackers. Or place on bread and broil for excellent open-faced sandwiches.—Wolfgang Hanau, West Palm Beach, Florida

Bacon Blue Cheese Appetizer

Bacon Blue Cheese Appetizer

Bacon Blue Cheese Appetizer

Nothing is easier than this three ingredient, yet decadent starter. Salty, sweet and rich, it's a sure-fire people pleaser. Jake Haen, Ocala, FL

Cauldron Dip

Cauldron Dip

Cauldron Dip

This witch's cauldron doesn't hold a spooky brew--just a Halloween snack that's frightfully fun! Our Test Kitchen formed a pot by toasting a slice of rye bread, then filled it with a creamy dip that's perfect with the pretzel "logs" and sweet pepper "flames" that are placed underneath.

Chili Cheese Ball Spread

Chili Cheese Ball Spread

Chili Cheese Ball Spread

“Easy to make and easy to spread, this spicy cheese ball was my favorite appetizer that Mom made while I was growing up. Now, I enjoy serving it at my own parties and at potlucks.” Jerrie Denson - Hobbs, New Mexico

Creamy Chicken Dip

Creamy Chicken Dip

Creamy Chicken Dip

Water chestnuts add a pleasant crunch to this rich and ultra-creamy appetizer. “This dip is absolutely delicious and a real crowd favorite!” Pamela Luce - Independence, Missouri

Creamy Salsa Dip

Creamy Salsa Dip

Creamy Salsa Dip

Spicy and slightly tangy, this special dip from Jerene Bennett of Seymour, Missouri gets its kick from hot pepper sauce and salsa.
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