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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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Crab Cakes with Peanut Sauce

Crab cakes are a go-to on my party food list. The peanut sauce in this recipe takes the cake! —Amber Massey, Argyle, Texas
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Brie-Berry Bruschetta

Brie-Berry Bruschetta

Brie-Berry Bruschetta

I love fresh strawberries, and I try to enjoy as many as possible during the season. Because so many strawberry recipes are quite sweet, I wanted to start the meal with something savory, so I came up with strawberries, cheese and good bread.

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

Blue Cheese Onion Dip

Blue Cheese Onion Dip

Blue Cheese Onion Dip

I decided to tweak the onion soup dip you see at every gathering, and everyone seems to be glad I did. Serve with crisp, raw vegetables or potato chips, and you’re set. —Vicki Desy, Tucson, AZ

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Onion Brie Bowl

Onion Brie Bowl

Onion Brie Bowl

Golden caramelized onions are paired with buttery, silky brie in this warm spread. Make sure to have enough bread cubes or crackers to use up every gooey bit.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Shallot-Blue Cheese Dip

Shallot-Blue Cheese Dip

Shallot-Blue Cheese Dip

Perfect party fare, this five-ingredient dip is a treat on baked potatoes, too. —Alisa Pirtle, Browns Valley, California

Chili-Cheese Wonton Cups

Chili-Cheese Wonton Cups

Chili-Cheese Wonton Cups

Baked in miniature muffin cups, wonton wrappers make perfect little cups for these crunchy Southwestern bites. In addition to two different cheeses, green chilies and chives, Lyn Renwick of Charlotte, North Carolina seasons the cups with a hint of cumin.

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."

Broccoli Cheddar Spread

Broccoli Cheddar Spread

Broccoli Cheddar Spread

In Graysville, Alabama, Beth Parker has contributed this rich creamy spread to family get-togethers for years. "I was able to lighten up the original recipe with out loosing any of the terrific flavor," she says.

Ricotta Pepperoni Dip

Ricotta Pepperoni Dip

Ricotta Pepperoni Dip

From Orange Park, Florida, Barbara Carlucci shares this warm appetizer dip that sets its flavor from an herb soup mix. Crispy golden pizza dough strips are perfect for digging into the thick cheesy mixture.

Trail Mix

Trail Mix

Trail Mix

With nuts, raisins, M&M's and coconut, this is a super snack. In small gingham bags, it made wonderful party favors for each guest at the cowboy-theme wedding shower I hosted. This mix is a tasty treat anytime. -Sandra Thorn, Sonora, California

Mexican Sausage Crostini

Mexican Sausage Crostini

Mexican Sausage Crostini

APPETIZER WINNER
Lisa Huff, Wilton, Connecticut
Lisa loves to combine flavors in her cooking while keeping it quick and easy.

Blue Cheese-Stuffed Shrimp

Blue Cheese-Stuffed Shrimp

Blue Cheese-Stuffed Shrimp

Cooked shrimp become something more extraordinary when stuffed with blue cheese. The mild flavor has mass appeal.—Amy Dollimount, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia

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.

Crunchy Vegetable Dip

Crunchy Vegetable Dip

Crunchy Vegetable Dip

I love to try new recipes, and this one was a big hit with my family. It's great as an appetizer or for a light lunch.

Simple Swiss Cheese Fondue

Simple Swiss Cheese Fondue

Simple Swiss Cheese Fondue

While growing up, a friend's mother would make this fondue when I spent the night. Every time I make it, it brings back fond childhood memories. I love the rich flavor. Happy dipping! —Tracy Lawson, Farr West, Utah

Mushroom Quesadillas

Mushroom Quesadillas

Mushroom Quesadillas

Crisp and cheesy, these Mexican-style snacks from field editor Jeri Dobrowski of Beach, North Dakota are fun and flavorful. "We hosted a family reunion one spring and made a fiesta dinner. Everyone loved these quesadillas," notes Jeri.

Pea Soup Shooters

Pea Soup Shooters

Pea Soup Shooters

Appetizers really don’t get any easier than this. Plus, these shooters can be made ahead, they’re colorful, and won’t weigh you down. Top with a small dollop of yogurt for a little more tang. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
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