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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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Bacon Ranch Dip

Bacon Ranch Dip

Bacon Ranch Dip

I used reduced-fat items to lighten up this Parmesan and bacon dip. Not only it is a snap to mix up the night before a party, but the proportions can easily by adjusted for smaller or larger groups. I get requests for the recipe whenever I serve it. —Pam Garwood, Lakeville, Minnesota

Cheese Ball Spread

Cheese Ball Spread

Cheese Ball Spread

"This rich creamy spread looks so festive with flecks of green onion and red pimiento dotting with cheddar cheese," relates field editor Sundra Hauck of Bogalusa, Louisiana. "It's a crowd-pleaser at any party."

Cranberry Chili Salsa

Cranberry Chili Salsa

Cranberry Chili Salsa

“This is delicious, easy to make and very different from your typical salsas. The combination of tart and sweet adds to its appeal.” Try it—it’s sensational! Mary Guertin - Bourbonnais, IL
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Cucumber Pita Wedges

Cucumber Pita Wedges

Cucumber Pita Wedges

I first tasted these delicious snacks at a friend's houses. Of the finger foods she served, this platter was the first to empty.—Grace Yaskovic, Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey

Dreamy Fruit Dip

Dreamy Fruit Dip

Dreamy Fruit Dip

Everyone will love this thick, buttery sensation shared by Anna Beiler of Strasburg, Pennsylvania. It's offered alongside apple wedges, pineapple chunks and grapes. Chill leftover dip for a tasty topping for toast the next morning.

Fast Fruit Salsa

Fast Fruit Salsa

Fast Fruit Salsa

We like this refreshing and colorful salsa served with tortilla chips or spooned over grilled chicken. For a fun twist, try stirring in some diced cantaloupe or peaches when they're in season.

Fresh Tomato Mexican Salsa

Fresh Tomato Mexican Salsa

Fresh Tomato Mexican Salsa

Mexican fare only gets better when topped with Anna Yeatts' colorful Fresh Salsa. The Pinehurst, North Carolina cook uses ripe tomatoes, crisp onion and a touch of minced serrano pepper, making it just as good as a side dish or appetizer with crunchy baked tortilla chips!

Harvest Pumpkin Dip

Harvest Pumpkin Dip

Harvest Pumpkin Dip

After trying to make my own pies (and failing miserably with the crust), I decided to try something new with the same great pumpkin pie taste. I came up with this awesome creamy dip. —Christy Johnson, Columbus, Ohio

Orange-Glazed Smokies

Orange-Glazed Smokies

Orange-Glazed Smokies

I always get rave reviews when I bring these tasty sausages to a party. They can be whipped up in a matter of minutes, and the tangy-citrus sauce is an instant conversation starter. —Judy Wilson Sun City West, Arizona

Pretzel Mustard Dip

Pretzel Mustard Dip

Pretzel Mustard Dip

—Bonnie Capper-Eckstein, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Shrimp Tartlets

Shrimp Tartlets

Shrimp Tartlets

Mini tart shells are filled with a cream cheese mixture, then topped with seafood sauce and shrimp for a picture-perfect look and delightful taste. Gina Hutchison of Smithville, Missouri assures, “This recipe makes a great appetizer, but you can also serve several for a fast, light meal.”
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