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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.

Microwave Salsa

Microwave Salsa

Microwave Salsa

I love the salsa served at my favorite Mexican restaurant, so I set out to match the flavor. I think I've achieved my goal. It's so easy to make in the microwave. Now we can enjoy salsa anytime.

Fiesta Appetizer

Fiesta Appetizer

Fiesta Appetizer

This dip is always a big hit with men—maybe because of the hearty blend of flavors. It stands up great as a leftover besides...if there's any left over. I was raised on a Montana ranch, and my grandmother taught me to cook when I was 10 years old. My husband and I (we have one married daughter) are retired now. To stay active, I bowl and do crafts. My collection of cookbooks keeps right on growing, too—I started it more than 50 years ago.
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White Bean Dip

White Bean Dip

White Bean Dip

My family and I enjoy eating this with tortilla chips, crackers and just about anything else we can find to dip into it—including our fingers! We truly do live out in the country. Our area's so remote that we don't even have a telephone! My husband and I have four children, and I try lots of the recipes I find in Country Woman.

Northwest Cherry Salsa

Northwest Cherry Salsa

Northwest Cherry Salsa

Among the 50 fruit trees on our place are five cherry trees—and I like to use every bit of fruit that doesn't get eaten right off of them! We enjoy salsa on a variety of dishes, especially leftovers (it really sparks them up) and eggs. I prefer this salsa most with turkey. We have three boys—8,6 and 4—and a daughter who's 2. They keep me busy, since they're hungry all day! In the kitchen, I'm always trying new things. It's rare for me to follow a recipe exactly. So, when something turns out good, my husband will a smile and say, "Do you think you'll be able to make it the same way next time?"

Stuffed Celery Stalks

Stuffed Celery Stalks

Stuffed Celery Stalks

This is a favorite side dish of my family's. They are also a great snack for after school.—Alpha Wilson, Roswell, New Mexico

Snappy Asparagus Dip

Snappy Asparagus Dip

Snappy Asparagus Dip

Need a lighter appetizer that comes together in a snap? You have it right here. This creamy asparagus dip goes great with chips or fresh vegetables. —Debra Johnson, Bonney Lake, Washington

Wade's Shrimp Spread

Wade's Shrimp Spread

Wade's Shrimp Spread

I prefer to prepare main dishes, but I do make desserts once in a while and appetizers for parties. This is a flavorful spread with a bit of zip. I've been making this for the holidays for over 15 years.—Wade Harmon, Orange, Massachusetts

Ham and Cheese Spread

Ham and Cheese Spread

Ham and Cheese Spread

For a quick and easy spread as an appetizer at your next party, try this recipe. Sever with a side of crackers and breads.—Lorna Graham, Carberry, Manitoba

Caramel Apple Dessert

Caramel Apple Dessert

Caramel Apple Dessert

The whole family has fun dipping apple wedges into the caramel sauce and peanuts. Even our toddler gets in on the act!

Crunchy Cheese Dip

Crunchy Cheese Dip

Crunchy Cheese Dip

The combination of flavors makes this dip very interesting as well as delicious. It's a challenge to not eat a lot while you're making it. I'm usually anxious for my guests to arrive so I can serve it and dig in!
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