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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.

Tuna Pate

Tuna Pate

Tuna Pate

Hot pepper and chili sauces liven up this spread from Eileen Blazik of Levittown, Pennsylvania. Try it the next time you're looking for a make-ahead party starter.

Garlic Feta Spread

Garlic Feta Spread

Garlic Feta Spread

With lots of garlic and feta, this creamy appetizer spread is packed with flavor. “It’s a big hit at parties,” Theresa Conroy assures from Santa Rosa, California.

Three-Cheese Dunk

Three-Cheese Dunk

Three-Cheese Dunk

The cottage cheese in this dip is pureed, so even folks who don't care for the texture of cottage cheese will gobble it up. It's a versatile dip that can be served with fruit, vegetables and crackers.—Bibs Orr, Oceanside, California
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Tomato Guacamole Dip

Tomato Guacamole Dip

Tomato Guacamole Dip

With just six ingredients, this refreshing dip is a snap to whip up. From Racine, Wisconsin, Jill Perez says, “It's so light and fresh, it's the perfect way to start our dinner.”

Cucumber Whimsies

Cucumber Whimsies

Cucumber Whimsies

During the heat of summer, it's nice to offer lighter fare. These cold snacks are a great addition to a picnic buffet. —Cheryl Stevens, Carrollton, Texas

Italian Olives

Italian Olives

Italian Olives

A friend shared this recipe with me more than 25 years ago, and I still get raves when I serve them as part of an antipasto platter. —Jean Johnson, Reno, Nevada

Cream Cheese Chili Spread

Cream Cheese Chili Spread

Cream Cheese Chili Spread

Looking for something wonderful to boost the flavor of your bagel? Spread on the tasty topper concocted by Alice Guzman of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Pepped up with a little chili powder, her pleasant spread adds punch to a warm toasted bagel at breakfast, brunch or snacktime.

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!"

Disappearing Fruit Dip

Disappearing Fruit Dip

Disappearing Fruit Dip

"This tangy dip never lasts long at our house," says Camille Langford of Branson, Missouri. "For variety, try substituting orange juice and orange peel."

Cinnamon Dip

Cinnamon Dip

Cinnamon Dip

This creamy dip can be prepared the night before and chilled. Serve with apple wedges or an assortment of cookies for a sweet anytime snack. —Jessica Flory, Queen Creek, Arizona

Chocolate Fruit Dip

Chocolate Fruit Dip

Chocolate Fruit Dip

I've been told I'm not allowed to come to neighborhood parties unless I bring this dip! It's always a big hit. I usually serve it with strawberries and pineapple, but it's good with other fruit, such as apples and melon.
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