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Appetizers

This round-up of favorite apps makes it easy to find the perfect hot, cold, or easy appetizer. Get inspired!

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Red wine vinegar plus the freshness of citrus and basil perk up marinated shrimp with hardly any prep. Serve over greens if you'd like a salad. —James Schend, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
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Smoked Gouda & Roast Beef Pinwheels

Smoked Gouda & Roast Beef Pinwheels

Smoked Gouda & Roast Beef Pinwheels

Our local deli makes terrific roast beef sandwiches. This pinwheel appetizer recreates the taste. My family says the pinwheels have so many flavors for such a little treat. —Pamela Shank, Parkersburg, West Virginia

Pickled Shrimp with Basil

Pickled Shrimp with Basil

Pickled Shrimp with Basil

Red wine vinegar plus the freshness of citrus and basil perk up marinated shrimp with hardly any prep. Serve over greens if you'd like a salad. —James Schend, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

Roasted Fresh Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Fresh Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Fresh Pumpkin Seeds

I learned how to roast pumpkin seeds from my mother, who learned it from her mother. Keep an eye on the seeds so they don’t scorch. —Margaret Drye, Plainfield, NH

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Dunked Strawberries

Dunked Strawberries

Dunked Strawberries

Dressed-up strawberries give any meal an elegant finish. With brown sugar and a hint of lime, they’re sweet, tangy and so tasty, you’ll want more! —Jennifer Reid, Farmington, Maine

Asian Cheese Spread

Asian Cheese Spread

Asian Cheese Spread

This recipe is pretty simple as is, but to save even more time, leave the block of cream cheese whole and let your guests spoon up what they'd like. If you can't find crystallized ginger, simply substitute with a 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger. —Lori Stefanishion, Drumheller, Alberta

Asparagus Guacamole

Asparagus Guacamole

Asparagus Guacamole

To trim down traditional guacamole, I experimented with asparagus instead. My husband and our three hungry sons say this chunky low-fat version is as tasty as the original. I love the guilt-free dipping. —Judi Hammer of Litilz, Pennsylvania
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Broiled Shrimp Toast

Broiled Shrimp Toast

Broiled Shrimp Toast

This open-faced sandwich has pretty flecks of pink shrimp, red tomatoes and green parsley. To save time, blend the spread the night before and refrigerate.

Jalapeno Cheese Spread

Jalapeno Cheese Spread

Jalapeno Cheese Spread

“I keep the ingredients for this wonderful cheese spread on hand so that I can assemble it any time,” notes Patricia Kitts of Dickinson, Texas. “The combination with jalapenos, cream cheese and pecans is always a hit at parties.”

Hot Cheese Dip

Hot Cheese Dip

Hot Cheese Dip

This recipe started at school—I'm a teacher, and when a colleague brought Hot Cheese Dip to our regular staff potluck, I immediately gave it an A+. Cooking, baking and collecting recipe books are among my favorite hobbies. Best of all, though, I enjoy time with my husband and our daughter.

Mushroom Broccoli Cups

Mushroom Broccoli Cups

Mushroom Broccoli Cups

"This is my very favorite appetizer and the one all my friends and family ask me to make," says Linda Senuta of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. "I've given out this recipe to so many people that I've lost count. I use the leftover read to make croutons," she adds.

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

Crisp Cheese Breadsticks

Crisp Cheese Breadsticks

Crisp Cheese Breadsticks

This recipe is a great way to use up day-old bread. They are great served alongside soup or salad. And guests at my card game parties love them as appetizers.—Elizabeth Tonn, Waukesha, Wisconsin

Reuben Roll-Ups

Reuben Roll-Ups

Reuben Roll-Ups

"This recipe turns the popular Reuben sandwich into an interesting and hearty snack," explains field editor Patricia D Kile, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. "We love these roll-ups at our house."

Pineapple Ham Pizzas

Pineapple Ham Pizzas

Pineapple Ham Pizzas

In Alum Creek, West Virginia, Vicky Priestley recommends whipping up these barbecue Hawaiian pizzas as a quick after-school snack. Prepared on English muffins, the cheesy pizzas are something that kids of all ages enjoy.

Oozy Green Eyeballs

Oozy Green Eyeballs

Oozy Green Eyeballs

Because it calls for frozen prepared meatballs, this unique appetizer takes mere minutes to prepare.—Carole Resnick, Cleveland, Ohio

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
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