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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.

Quick Caramel Apple Dip

Quick Caramel Apple Dip

Quick Caramel Apple Dip

This four-ingredient caramel dip is so simple and yummy. People always want to know how long I slaved over the stove to prepare it and are amazed to find that I made it in the microwave. When large marshmallows aren’t on hand, I substitute 2 cups of mini marshmallows instead. –Becky Heiner, West Valley City, Utah

Homemade Meatballs in Plum Sauce

Homemade Meatballs in Plum Sauce

Homemade Meatballs in Plum Sauce

This super-easy recipe for microwave meatballs from Michael Compean of Valencia, California features the flavors of ginger, Dijon and plum sauce. You might want to pick up extras; these will go fast!

Mustard Pretzel Dip

Mustard Pretzel Dip

Mustard Pretzel Dip

This flavorful dip is addictive, so be careful! It's also delicious served with pita chips, crackers and fresh veggies.—Iola Egle, Bella Vista, Arkansas
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Low-Fat Taco Dip

Low-Fat Taco Dip

Low-Fat Taco Dip

Serve this at your next party and guests won’t have a clue that it’s low fat! “This recipe is a great appetizer, but I also serve it as a main dish on especially busy nights,” writes Traci Hoffman of Jamestown, Indiana.

Shrimp Dip with Cream Cheese

Shrimp Dip with Cream Cheese

Shrimp Dip with Cream Cheese

This tasty spread, prepared with softened cream cheese, is a beautiful pale salmon color. A teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce provides just the right amount of zest.

Garlic Garbanzo Bean Spread

Garlic Garbanzo Bean Spread

Garlic Garbanzo Bean Spread

My friends and family always ask me to make it. I guarantee you’ll be asked for the recipe.

Chicken Creole Deviled Eggs

Chicken Creole Deviled Eggs

Chicken Creole Deviled Eggs

Scrambling for a quick-and-easy recipe to use up some of those hard-cooked Easter eggs? Just add a little diced chicken and these zippy deviled-egg snacks from our Test Kitchen are almost a lunch in themselves! NO CREOLE seasoning or honey mustard? The following spices can be substituted for the Creole seasoning: ¼ teaspoon each paprika and garlic powder, and a pinch each of cayenne pepper, dried thyme and ground cumin. As a substitute for honey mustard, combine ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard and ½ teaspoon honey.

Tangy Vegetable Dip

Tangy Vegetable Dip

Tangy Vegetable Dip

“When I couldn’t find any veggie dips that I liked, I blended my own ingredients until I came up with this creamy combination that I love,” writes Penelope Heiges from Otter Creek, Maine.

Caramel Pumpkin Dip

Caramel Pumpkin Dip

Caramel Pumpkin Dip

Served with vanilla wafers, graham cracker sticks or even apple slices, this cool, creamy dip from our home economists makes a special autumn snack.

Quick Watermelon Salsa

Quick Watermelon Salsa

Quick Watermelon Salsa

On hot days, this sweet salsa with watermelon, pineapple and fresh cilantro is sure to satisfy. Betsy Hanson tosses it together in a matter of minutes in her Tiverton, Rhode Island kitchen.

Greek Garden Appetizer

Greek Garden Appetizer

Greek Garden Appetizer

This impressive dip is perfect for summer gatherings. Prepared with a flavored cream cheese, the mixture with feta and chopped cucumber and tomatoes is a snap to whip up and tastes great with pita pockets. The recipe is shared by Del Mason of Martensville, Saskatchewan.
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