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Slow Cooker Appetizers

If you're hosting a party, plan ahead with these recipes for slow cooker appetizers, including nachos, crostini, sauces, cheese dip, spreads, party meatballs, sausage bites and more.

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My husband and I love meatballs, and we love butter chicken. Before an appetizer party, we had the brainwave to combine these two loves, and they got rave reviews! Want them as a main dish? Just serve with basmati rice. —Shannon Dobos, Calgary, AB
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Slow Cooker Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Slow Cooker Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Slow Cooker Spinach & Artichoke Dip

With this creamy dip, I can get my daughters to eat spinach and artichokes. We serve it with chips, toasted pita bread or fresh veggies. —Jennifer Stowell, Montezuma, Iowa

Slow Cooker Cheddar Bacon Ale Dip

Slow Cooker Cheddar Bacon Ale Dip

Slow Cooker Cheddar Bacon Ale Dip

My tangy, smoky dip won the top prize at our office party recipe contest. Other beers can work, but steer clear of dark varieties. —Ashley Lecker, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Cheesy Meatballs

Cheesy Meatballs

Cheesy Meatballs

Can meatballs be lucky? My guys think so, and they want them for game time. My beef, sausage and cheese recipe has a big fan following. —Jill Hill, Dixon, Illinois
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Jalapeno Popper & Sausage Dip

Jalapeno Popper & Sausage Dip

Jalapeno Popper & Sausage Dip

My workplace had an appetizer contest, and I won it with my jalapeno and cheese dip. Every time I take it anywhere, folks empty the slow cooker. —Bev Slabik, Dilworth, Minnesota

Sweet and Spicy Asian Meatballs

Sweet and Spicy Asian Meatballs

Sweet and Spicy Asian Meatballs

For holiday parties, I make glazed meatballs and deliver them in the slow cooker so they’re spicy, sweet and ready to eat. —Gail Borczyk, Boca Raton, Florida

Pork Picadillo Lettuce Wraps

Pork Picadillo Lettuce Wraps

Pork Picadillo Lettuce Wraps

Warm pork and cool, crisp lettuce are a combination born in culinary heaven. My spin on a lettuce wrap is chock full of scrumptious flavor and spice. —Janice Elder, Charlotte, North Carolina

Southwestern Pulled Pork Crostini

Southwestern Pulled Pork Crostini

Southwestern Pulled Pork Crostini

For a unique take on crostini, these hearty appetizers are great for tailgating and other casual parties. Everyone enjoys these spicy, sweet and salty bites, which makes the recipe even more special to me.—Randy Cartwright, Linden, Wisconsin

Chicken Sliders with Sesame Slaw

Chicken Sliders with Sesame Slaw

Chicken Sliders with Sesame Slaw

These tangy, spicy chicken sliders have an Asian style that tingles the taste buds. At our potlucks, they quickly vanish. —Priscilla Yee, Concord, California

Warm Feta Cheese Dip

Warm Feta Cheese Dip

Warm Feta Cheese Dip

We’re big on appetizers, so this dip is a mashup of our favorite tastes, like cream cheese, feta, basil and sweet peppers. Serve with bread or chips. —Ashley Lecker, Green Bay, WI

Easy Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Easy Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Easy Pepperoni Pizza Dip

This is so easy to make and transport. You won't have to keep it warm long, because it'll be gone in a flash. It's a great appetizer for any party. —Lisa Francis, Elba, Alabama

Jalapeno Spinach Dip

Jalapeno Spinach Dip

Jalapeno Spinach Dip

Everyone loves spinach dip, and this version is as easy as it is delicious. Just mix the ingredients together in the slow cooker for a savory and creamy appetizer. —Michaela Debelius, Waddell, Arizona

Party Sausages

Party Sausages

Party Sausages

Don't want any leftovers on January 2? Serve these sausages January 1, suggests JoAnn Renner of Xenia, Ohio! "I've never had even one end up uneaten," she says.

Southwestern Nachos

Southwestern Nachos

Southwestern Nachos

Guests will go crazy when you serve two heaping pans of this cheesy nacho casserole, with tender chunks of slow-cooked pork. You don’t need to worry about filling the chip bowl—the tortilla chips are conveniently baked right in the dish! —Kelly Byler, Goshen, Indiana

Marmalade Meatballs

Marmalade Meatballs

Marmalade Meatballs

We had a pre-Superbowl potluck at work, so I started cooking these meatballs in the morning. By lunch time they were ready. They were a big hit! —Jeanne Kiss, Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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