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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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

Citrus Fruit Dip

Citrus Fruit Dip

Citrus Fruit Dip

MY HUSBAND'S Aunt Marilyn gave me this recipe years ago. I have tasted a lot of fruit dips, but this is the best, especially when all the fresh summer fruit is available. I also have doubled the recipe and used it as a delicious filling between lemon or orange cake layers. -Jane Mason, Galesburg, Illinois

Salmon Dip with Cream Cheese

Salmon Dip with Cream Cheese

Salmon Dip with Cream Cheese

Here's a delightful hors d'oeuvre that's excellent for any occasion. The combination of salmon, cream cheese and spices gives it terrific flavor.

Crab Cheese Fondue

Crab Cheese Fondue

Crab Cheese Fondue

"We used to host fondue parties regularly with our friends and tried to outdo each other with the most wonderful recipes. This thick and cheesy blend with its mild crab flavor was always a hit," notes field editor Mary Houchin of Swansea, Illinois.

Zesty Salsa

Zesty Salsa

Zesty Salsa

This chunky and colorful salsa, from Susan Causey of Columbia, Louisiana, is the ideal companion for crispy tortilla chips and goes together in a jiffy.

Candy Corn Snack Mix

Candy Corn Snack Mix

Candy Corn Snack Mix

It's no trick- this Halloween party treat requires only three ingredients and 5 minutes to prepare. "I simply mix together candy corn, M & M's and peanuts," explains Denise Neals or Yorba Linda, California. "Then I watch it all disappear."

Chocolate 'n' More Snack Mix

Chocolate 'n' More Snack Mix

Chocolate 'n' More Snack Mix

This colorful snack mix tastes as good as it looks with its nuts, sunflower kernels and dried fruits. Karri Upchurch sent the recipe from her kitchen in Wichita, Kansas.

Festive Ham 'n' Cheese Spread

Festive Ham 'n' Cheese Spread

Festive Ham 'n' Cheese Spread

"My family goes wild over this mild-tasting, hearty cheese spread," comments Cara Flora of Olathe, Colorado.

Homemade Marinated Shrimp

Homemade Marinated Shrimp

Homemade Marinated Shrimp

It figures that this colorful and carefree dish is a favorite with Margaret McGehee's family. "The recipe evolved from adding and subtracting ingredients until everyone liked the results," reports the Knoxville, Tennessee reader.

Lincoln Log

Lincoln Log

Lincoln Log

As an appetizer for my Presidents' Day dinner, I reshaped a favorite cheese ball recipe into this log. Rolled in nuts and sprouting herb sprig "branches", it was a fun and flavorful way to honor one of our most famous leaders. -Mary Beth de Ribeaux, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Vanilla Popcorn

Vanilla Popcorn

Vanilla Popcorn

"This sweet crunchy snack is my family's favorite," writes Carolyn Roney of Scipio Center, New York. "For variety, substitute almond extract or maple flavoring or add nuts for extra crunch."
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