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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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Hot Kielbasa Dip

Hot Kielbasa Dip

Hot Kielbasa Dip

My husband and I are retired, and I like to look for simple, speedy ways to cook. This thick cheesy dip, with the unusual addition of sausage, goes together in a jiffy. Accompanied by crackers or fresh veggies, it's a hearty appetizer for a football party or family gathering. -Mary Bondegard, Brooksville, Florida

Lunch on a Stick

Lunch on a Stick

Lunch on a Stick

It's fun to create different lunch combinations with my mom. I like to make patterns in the cheese and use a crinkle vegetable cutter. —Sara Martin, Brookfield, Wisconsin

Shrimp Spread

Shrimp Spread

Shrimp Spread

This colorful and tasty appetizer is always a crowd-pleaser. People will never know you've used lighter ingredients. —Norene Wright, Manilla, Indiana
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Warm Black Bean Dip

Warm Black Bean Dip

Warm Black Bean Dip

Cumin and chili powder pack plenty of zip into this chunky bean dip, which is served warm. It's a great make-ahead dish for any kind of party or get-together. —Lynda Cavanaugh, De Forest, Wisconsin

Fresh Salsa

Fresh Salsa

Fresh Salsa

"We like salsa with chips as an afternoon snack," reveals Myra Innes of Auburn, Kansas. "This recipe uses a lot of fresh tomatoes and keeps well for several days in the refrigerator."

Bacon Cheese Wreath

Bacon Cheese Wreath

Bacon Cheese Wreath

My grandmother makes this smoky bacon and Parmesan spread for parties and holiday get-togethers. For a pretty yuletide presentation, accent the cream cheese wreath with parsley and pimientos.

Blueberry Fruit Dip

Blueberry Fruit Dip

Blueberry Fruit Dip

This fruit dip makes a great snack for my kids. What could be better after a long day at school? —Renee Sevigny, Wayland, Michigan

Coconut Fruit Dip

Coconut Fruit Dip

Coconut Fruit Dip

From Lakeville, Massachusetts, Nancy Tanguay shares this fruit dip that has a fun pineapple and coconut flavor. "I usually serve it with melon slices, strawberries and grapes, but you could use whatever fruit you have on hand. It's a big hit whenever I make it."

Creamy Dill Dip with Veggies

Creamy Dill Dip with Veggies

Creamy Dill Dip with Veggies

My sister-in-law shared this creamy dip with me, and my family loves it. I serve it whenever we get together. It's a great way to get everyone to eat their vegetables, too. —Judy Bartnik of Wausau, Wisconsin

Cucumber Salsa

Cucumber Salsa

Cucumber Salsa

Zippy jalapeno, tart lime juice and garden-fresh cucumbers take center stage in this chunky salsa from Sandy Lee of Choctaw, Oklahoma. "I always have more cucumbers than I can use, so I created this recipe," she says. "It complements just about anything."

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."
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