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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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Onion Cheese Ball

Onion Cheese Ball

Onion Cheese Ball

This hearty cheese ball is as wonderful to eat as it is beautiful to serve. A delicious combination of cheeses makes it a real crowd-pleaser, and it's so quick and easy to make—perfect for open houses and wedding receptions. —Anna Mayer, Fort Branch, Indiana

Bacon Cheese Spread

Bacon Cheese Spread

Bacon Cheese Spread

Each year, I share Christmas cheer by setting up a buffet at my family's hardware store. This spread is always a hit!

Salsa Guacamole

Salsa Guacamole

Salsa Guacamole

Lauren Heyn of Oak Creek, Wisconsin notes, "I've never tasted better guacamole than this. If there's time, I make homemade tortilla chips by frying 1-inch strips of flour tortillas in oil and salting them."

Shrimp with Basil-Mango Sauce

Shrimp with Basil-Mango Sauce

Shrimp with Basil-Mango Sauce

Instead of serving cold shrimp with cocktail sauce, prepare this simple basil sauce and top it with tender cooked shrimp. It's a fun and fancy appetizer. —Ken Hulme, Prescott, Arizona

Fruity Horseradish Cream Cheese

Fruity Horseradish Cream Cheese

Fruity Horseradish Cream Cheese

Typically called a Jezebel Sauce, this sweet, fruity topping has an underlying bite from horseradish. The sauce, from Rita Reifenstein of Evans City, Pennsylvania is also great over pork or chicken.

Chunky Blue Cheese Dip

Chunky Blue Cheese Dip

Chunky Blue Cheese Dip

Every time I make this quick dip, someone asks for the recipe. It only requires a few items, so its a snap to put together. I often prepare the thick spread with Gorgonzola cheese and serve it with toasted pecans. -Sandy Schneider Naperville, Illinois

Hot Lemon Artichoke Dip

Hot Lemon Artichoke Dip

Hot Lemon Artichoke Dip

“I found this recipe more than 15 years ago, and it has been requested every time I’ve been invited to a party,” writes Robin Klawinski of Eagle, Idaho. Since this dip is heated in the microwave instead of the oven, it can be ready to serve guests in mere minutes.

Blue Cheese Dip

Blue Cheese Dip

Blue Cheese Dip

Our Test Kitchen shares this tasty dip with blue cheese and pecans. It’s excellent with assorted vegetables or sliced apples and pears.

Fiesta Appetizer

Fiesta Appetizer

Fiesta Appetizer

This dip is always a big hit with men—maybe because of the hearty blend of flavors. It stands up great as a leftover besides...if there's any left over. I was raised on a Montana ranch, and my grandmother taught me to cook when I was 10 years old. My husband and I (we have one married daughter) are retired now. To stay active, I bowl and do crafts. My collection of cookbooks keeps right on growing, too—I started it more than 50 years ago.

Colorful Fruit Kabobs

Colorful Fruit Kabobs

Colorful Fruit Kabobs

"These luscious fruit kabobs are perfect as a summer appetizer, snack or side dish," assures Ruth Ann Stelfox of Raymond, Alberta. "The citrus glaze clings well and keeps the fruit looking fresh."

Walnut Chicken Spread

Walnut Chicken Spread

Walnut Chicken Spread

"It's a breeze to stir together this tasty chicken spread," confirms Joan Whelan of Green Valley, Arizona. "We enjoy the mild combination of chicken, crunchy walnuts, onion and celery. It's perfect with crackers or as a sandwich filling."
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