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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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.”

Tuna Cheese Spread

Tuna Cheese Spread

Tuna Cheese Spread

The flavor of tuna is very subtle in this thick and creamy spread. It's terrific on crackers or carrot and celery sticks, stuffed in a tomato or used for a sandwich. —Dorothy Anderson, Ottawa, Kansas

Avocado Dip

Avocado Dip

Avocado Dip

"I created this dip because I couldn’t find a guacamole that I really liked. My husband doesn’t usually like these kinds of dips, but he really likes this one!" —Kay Dunham of Amity, Missouri
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Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

Colorful tomatoes, green pepper and red onion contrast nicely with black-eyed peas. —Lynn McAllister, Mt. Ulla, North Carolina

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."

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

Creamy Taco Dip

Creamy Taco Dip

Creamy Taco Dip

You'll know this snack is a hit at your next gathering when you come home with an empty pan.—Denise Smith, Lusk, Wyoming

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.

Fluffy Strawberry Fruit Dip

Fluffy Strawberry Fruit Dip

Fluffy Strawberry Fruit Dip

"Our family enjoys fruit of all kinds, so this fluffy dip is one of our favorites," writes field editor Virginia Krites of Cridersville, Ohio.

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!

Marshmallow Fruit Dip

Marshmallow Fruit Dip

Marshmallow Fruit Dip

You can whip up this sweet and creamy dip in just ten minutes! “I like to serve it in a bowl surrounded by fresh-picked strawberries at spring brunches or luncheons,” notes Cindy Steffen of Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
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