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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.

Berries 'n' Cream

Berries 'n' Cream

Berries 'n' Cream

"This couldn't be a simple or more delicious dessert," says Lucille Terry, Frankfort, Kentucky. "It's also versatile#151;you can drizzle the delightful dressing over strawberries or use it as a fruit dip for a summery snack."

Tropical Fruit Dip

Tropical Fruit Dip

Tropical Fruit Dip

Relates field editor Suzanne Strocsher of Bothell, Washington, "This is a refreshing snack. I love coconut and use any excuse to make this yummy dip."

Contest-Winning Strawberry Salsa

Contest-Winning Strawberry Salsa

Contest-Winning Strawberry Salsa

Guests often try to guess the secret ingredient in this. None think of strawberries...but many ask for the recipe. Our six children—all daughters—are grown, and we have 10 grandchildren. Knitting is among my hobbies, so I plan on making an afghan for all 16 of them. So far, I've finished 10!
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Strawberry Spread

Strawberry Spread

Strawberry Spread

A friend gave me the simple recipe for this tasty spread years ago, and I've been using it on a variety of breads ever since.—Ruth Hodges, Harrisonville, Missouri

Taco Dip Platter

Taco Dip Platter

Taco Dip Platter

To make this zesty appetizer, you simply layer beans, salsa, cheese and other taco-like ingredients onto a platter, reveals Marieann Johansen of Desert Hot Springs, California "I like to call it a 'walking dip', because you can scoop some on a plate with a few tortilla chips, then take it with you as you stroll around and talk with guests," she shares.—Marieann Johansen, Desert Hot Springs, California

Cucumber Biplane

Cucumber Biplane

Cucumber Biplane

Fresh from the CT test kitchen comes a flight of fancy that's sure to win grins from youngsters—and get them to eat their vegetables without a fuss. In fact, to make it really nifty, ask each of your young ones to help to assemble a plane from cucumber, carrots and olives (be sure an adult does the cutting, of course).

Easy Black Bean Salsa

Easy Black Bean Salsa

Easy Black Bean Salsa

This salsa is a staple at my house. I can make it in about 5 minutes, so it's great for quick meals or snacks.

Savory Biscuit Bites

Savory Biscuit Bites

Savory Biscuit Bites

"These light, golden puffs are super simple to make, and their flavor is oh-so-good," informs Wendy Chilton of Bookeland, Texas. "Their small size makes them easy to munch, and they're wonderful warm or cold."

Walking Salad

Walking Salad

Walking Salad

"This speedy stuffed apple is a great snack for a family hike," comments Mrs. John Crawford from Barnesville, Georgia. "In a brown-bag lunch, it's a nice change form the usual peanut butter and jelly sandwich."

Easy Roast Beef Roll-Ups

Easy Roast Beef Roll-Ups

Easy Roast Beef Roll-Ups

"You can't beat these flavorful sandwiches seasoned with salsa," promises Susan Scott of Asheville, North Carolina. "Serve them with a green salad and tortilla chips for a cool dinner on a hot summer evening."

Coconut Fruit Dip

Coconut Fruit Dip

Coconut Fruit Dip

From Lakeville, Massachusetts, Nancy Tanguay shares this fruit dip that has a fun pineapple and coconut flavor. "I usually serve it with melon slices, strawberries and grapes, but you could use whatever fruit you have on hand. It's a big hit whenever I make it."
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