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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Fun-do Fondue

Fondues are a hit at our gatherings. The younger crowd dips bread cubes, and the adults like fall fruits and veggies. Judy Batson, Tampa, Florida
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Marshmallow-Peanut Popcorn

Marshmallow-Peanut Popcorn

Marshmallow-Peanut Popcorn

My brother calls this combo of popcorn, marshmallows, peanuts and pretzels the “perfect popcorn." The taste is reminiscent of a Big Hunk candy bar. — Julie Perez, Idaho Falls, Idaho

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

Grilled Shrimp with Spicy-Sweet Sauce

Grilled Shrimp with Spicy-Sweet Sauce

Grilled Shrimp with Spicy-Sweet Sauce

These finger-lickin' shrimp practically fly off the platter at my get-togethers. Play with the amount of sriracha to get the spice level just the way you like it. —Susan Harrison, Laurel, MD

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Party Salsa

Party Salsa

Party Salsa

My husband's mom, Connie Swanson, prepared a big batch of this pretty and zippy salsa to serve at our wedding reception. It's very special and fresh-tasting. There's no need to peel the tomatoes since they're so finely chopped.

Glazed Meatballs

Glazed Meatballs

Glazed Meatballs

Allspice adds a bit of a twist to typical barbecue meatballs in this recipe from Nancy Horsburgh of Everett, Ontario.

Festive Feta Cheese Ball

Festive Feta Cheese Ball

Festive Feta Cheese Ball

“I was inspired to come up with this recipe when I was asked to bring an appetizer for a party. Everyone loved it!” Cinde Ryan - Gig Harbor, Washington

Coconut Shrimp

Coconut Shrimp

Coconut Shrimp

Jumbo shrimp is big on flavor when field editor Marie Hattrup from the Dalles, Oregon gives it a tropical twist. Coconut offers subtle sweetness, and the fruity salsa is delightful as a dip.

Lemon Cream-Stuffed Grapes

Lemon Cream-Stuffed Grapes

Lemon Cream-Stuffed Grapes

”This is a refreshing snack on a hot summer day,” notes field editor Janis Plourde from Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario. ”It’s simple, plus it offers a light change from heartier party foods.”

Venison Cheese Dip

Venison Cheese Dip

Venison Cheese Dip

This hearty cheesy dip is so yummy that even those who don't enjoy venison will dig right in. "My grandsons put it in a bowl and eat it with a spoon!" writes Karen Smith of Mackinaw, Illinois. "I double or triple the recipe to make sure I have enough."

Summer Tea Sandwiches

Summer Tea Sandwiches

Summer Tea Sandwiches

These dainty finger sandwiches are perfect for casual picnics or luncheons. Tarragon-seasoned chicken complements cucumber and cantaloupe slices. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Warm Strawberry Fondue

Warm Strawberry Fondue

Warm Strawberry Fondue

For a delightful dessert, Sharon Mensing needs only a handful of ingredients to fix this unusual fruit fondue. "Use grapes, bananas, strawberries and angel food cake cubes as dippers," she suggests from Greenfield, Iowa.

Bread Bowl Fondue

Bread Bowl Fondue

Bread Bowl Fondue

Veggies and toasted bread cubes make the perfect dippers for this thick, rich ham and cheese dip from June Mullins of Livonia, Missouri.

Apple Sausage Appetizers

Apple Sausage Appetizers

Apple Sausage Appetizers

In Blasdell, New York, Dolores Barnas bakes sausage slices in a sweet glaze. This no-fuss appetizer makes plenty, so it's great for a football party or holiday gathering...just serve with toothpicks.

Caramel Corn

Caramel Corn

Caramel Corn

"For years I've taken this snack to our church retreat," says Nancy Breem of Canastota New York. "I take it in two containers—one for each night—so it doesn't all disappear the first night. Other church members tell us that if we can't attend, we should just send the caramel corn."

Salmon Salad-Stuffed Endive Leaves

Salmon Salad-Stuffed Endive Leaves

Salmon Salad-Stuffed Endive Leaves

Salmon creates an elegant appetizer in this vibrant recipe from Melissa Carafa of Broomall, Pennsylvania. It’s simple to prepare and can even be made ahead of time.

Peanut Butter Berry Delights

Peanut Butter Berry Delights

Peanut Butter Berry Delights

From Hays, Kansas, Rose Harman writes, "These cream-filled, chocolate-dipped berries make a fun snack for a shower or a pretty party dessert that inspires compliments."

Caramelized Onion Tartlets

Caramelized Onion Tartlets

Caramelized Onion Tartlets

Jerri Hansen of Council Bluffs, Iowa, fills crunchy phyllo shells with a sweet onion mixture. "I enjoy experimenting with novel flavors and ingredients," she writes. "I've used this recipe for open houses and potlucks."
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