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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Tangy Marinated Shrimp

Tangy Marinated Shrimp

Tangy Marinated Shrimp

"I like the fact that I can make this colorful unusual appetizer ahead of time," writes Pat Waymire, a field editor from Yellow Springs, Ohio. "I'm always on the lookout for new and different appetizers--and this one fills the bill."

Two-Cheese Pizzas

Two-Cheese Pizzas

Two-Cheese Pizzas

When time is tight, Nevine Farid of Overland Park, Kansas uses pita rounds to form the crust for these cute little pizzas. Cut into quarters, they make appealing appetizers when there's just a few of you. "Serve wedges alone...or with pizza sauce," she says.

Maple Walnut Fondue

Maple Walnut Fondue

Maple Walnut Fondue

Angela Pohl, Marquette, Michigan, serves this fun fondue for two. The praline-flavored mixture is great with cake cubes, strawberries, apple wedges and other delicious dippers.

Smoked Salmon Canapes

Smoked Salmon Canapes

Smoked Salmon Canapes

"My boyfriend's mother gave me the idea for this classy appetizer that I serve for Sunday brunch and special occasions like New Year's Eve," says Tristin Crenshaw, Tucson, Arizona. "The textures are flavors of the dill, cream cheese and smoked salmon are scrumptious together." Spread on cocktail rye bread, it's sure to be the toast of your buffet!"

Santa's Snack Mix

Santa's Snack Mix

Santa's Snack Mix

At Christmas, I love to make gifts in a jar, from jellies and jams to cookie and snack mixes. —Lori Daniels, Beverly, West Virginia

Salmon Salad-Stuffed Endive Leaves

Salmon Salad-Stuffed Endive Leaves

Salmon Salad-Stuffed Endive Leaves

Salmon creates an elegant appetizer in this vibrant recipe from Melissa Carafa of Broomall, Pennsylvania. It’s simple to prepare and can even be made ahead of time.

Herb-Happy Garlic Bread

Herb-Happy Garlic Bread

Herb-Happy Garlic Bread

You'll love the fresh garlic and herbs in this recipe. The mild cheesy duo that’s sprinkled on top makes it extra rich and wonderful. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Pickled Eggs and Beets

Pickled Eggs and Beets

Pickled Eggs and Beets

This is a popular dish, especially at Eastertime when hard-cooked eggs are abundant.—Ellen Benninger, Stoneboro, Pennsylvania

Carrot Dip

Carrot Dip

Carrot Dip

This creamy appetizer, fresh from Raegan Dexter of Union Grove, Wisconsin, features nothing but great flavor. "you don't have to be a carrot fan to enjoy it," she notes. "I like it even more, because it is so easy to fix.!"

Zesty Marinated Shrimp

Zesty Marinated Shrimp

Zesty Marinated Shrimp

These easy shrimp look impressive on a buffet table and taste even better! The zesty sauce has a wonderful spicy citrus flavor. I especially like this recipe because I can prepare it ahead of time. —Mary Jane Guest, Alamosa, Colorado

Carrot-Shaped Cheese Spread

Carrot-Shaped Cheese Spread

Carrot-Shaped Cheese Spread

Cultivate compliments with this quick cracker spread coated with crushed tortilla chips. Taco seasoning, green onions and ripe olives dress up the thick mixture of cream cheese and cheddar.
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