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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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Cinnamon Praline Nuts

Take these crunchy bites anywhere! Serve them at your holiday party, wrap up a batch for your favorite hostess, or sneak some for a midnight snack. —Amy Miller, Holstein, IA
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Cranberry-Brie Tartlets

Cranberry-Brie Tartlets

Cranberry-Brie Tartlets

My family hosts a holiday drop-in each year, and that's where these tartlets made their first appearance. They're easy to make, but look like a gourmet treat. —Cindy Davis, Bonita Springs, FL

German Beer Cheese Spread

German Beer Cheese Spread

German Beer Cheese Spread

We’re of German heritage, so we love bold flavors. Cheddar and beer make a tangy dip to serve with pretzels, crackers, pumpernickel and brats. Choose a beer that you really enjoy the flavor of, as it will come through in your finished recipe. —Angela Spengler, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Sweet & Salty Popcorn

Sweet & Salty Popcorn

Sweet & Salty Popcorn

There’s nothing like making memories with grandkids in the kitchen and seeing their faces as they help. Let them sprinkle candy pieces on the cookies. — Diane Smith, Pine Mountain, Georgia

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Herbed Garlic Dipping Oil

Herbed Garlic Dipping Oil

Herbed Garlic Dipping Oil

Talk about versatility! This herb-infused oil has many uses. Spread over halved French bread and broil until toasted, toss with hot pasta, or simply use as a full-flavored dipping oil. —Dawn Embry-Rodriguez, Florence, Colorado

Pepperoni Pizza Twists

Pepperoni Pizza Twists

Pepperoni Pizza Twists

My stepsister gave me this recipe and I just tweaked it. You can add diced green peppers and olives, too.” Lisa Worley - Adairsville, Georgia

Salmon Pinwheels

Salmon Pinwheels

Salmon Pinwheels

Inexpensive and impressive, this recipe is a must have anytime you want to wow your guests without spending all day in the kitchen!—Cristina Mathers of San Miguel, California

Mini Phyllo Tacos

Mini Phyllo Tacos

Mini Phyllo Tacos

For a winning appetizer, serve crispy phyllo cups filled with taco-seasoned ground beef and zesty shredded cheese. The handheld munchies are sure to be named MVP of the menu.—Roseann Weston, Philipsburg, Pennsylvania

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

Fried Shoestring Carrots

Fried Shoestring Carrots

Fried Shoestring Carrots

I came up with these fun snacks as an alternative to french fries. We like to serve them hot with ranch-style dressing as a dipping sauce.—Kim Gammill, Raymondville, Texas

Lemonade Stand Snack

Lemonade Stand Snack

Lemonade Stand Snack

Dot Nickerson from Cincinnati, Ohio shares a munchable mix that's a breeze to toss together.

Little Mexican Pizzas

Little Mexican Pizzas

Little Mexican Pizzas

"These little pizzas are perfect for lunch, snacks or parties," says Linda Eggers of Albany, California.

Cocoa Munch Mix

Cocoa Munch Mix

Cocoa Munch Mix

"This sweet snack is a nice change of pace from the typical cookies and brownies found at bake sales," relates Amanda Denton of Barre, Vermont. "Packed in resealable bags, it always goes fast. It's great for camping trips, too."

Cucumber Shrimp Spread

Cucumber Shrimp Spread

Cucumber Shrimp Spread

Field editor Doris Heath of Franklin, North Carolina likes to serve this savory spread on rye bread, but it’s just as satisfying on crackers or bagel chips.

Picnic Beans with Dip

Picnic Beans with Dip

Picnic Beans with Dip

Here's a fun way to enjoy fresh-picked beans...with a creamy well-seasoned dip. I first enjoyed it at a friend's house and have made it for several years. Try the dip with other vegetables, too, such as broccoli, celery and carrots. -Martha Bergman, Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Vegetable Appetizer Pizza

Vegetable Appetizer Pizza

Vegetable Appetizer Pizza

My sister brought this recipe with her when she was visiting from California. We served it at a family get-together and everyone just loved it. We're often asked to bring it to potlucks. —Marcia Tiernan, Madrid, New York

Quiche with Mushrooms

Quiche with Mushrooms

Quiche with Mushrooms

Savory, onion and sweet red pepper perk up the mushroom and cheese flavors in this pretty deep-dish pie...and add a little color, too. Ruth Andrewson of Leavenworth, Washington shared this recipe.

Prosciutto Phyllo Roll-Ups

Prosciutto Phyllo Roll-Ups

Prosciutto Phyllo Roll-Ups

These elegant finger foods use delicate phyllo dough. With artichoke sauce on the side, the cheesy rolls make extra-special hors d'oeuvres.
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