Cold Appetizer Recipes

Looking for cold appetizer recipes? Find cold appetizers including sandwich platters or meat and cheese platters for any social gathering.

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Spicy Shrimp & Crab Cocktail

I don’t usually like radishes, but I love them in this shrimp cocktail. Serve it straight up, with tortilla chips or on a bed of butter lettuce. Tip: Zing Zang Bloody Mary mix works just as well as spicy V8.—Heidi Knaak, Liberty, Missouri
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More Cold Appetizer Recipes

Salmon Mousse Tartlets

Salmon Mousse Tartlets

Salmon Mousse Tartlets

The S&D test kitchen also tried these tartlets baked in the oven at 350º for 10 minutes. While they were delicious both ways, the no-bake version is easier to take to a potluck. —Diana Doran, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Fairy-Tale Mushrooms

Fairy-Tale Mushrooms

Fairy-Tale Mushrooms

Looking for an eye-catching appetizer to dress up a dinner party or fun fall gathering? They don't come much cuter than the fanciful hard-cooked egg "toadstools" pictured here. Capped with cherry tomatoes, these tasty morsels always delight family and friends, says creator Sue Cravatta of Elmwood Park, Illinois. "They couldn't be easier to make, and my kids get the biggest kick out of them. They gobble the toadstools up-and even eat the spinach 'grass' I display them on," she relates. You cou

Pickled Eggs and Beets

Pickled Eggs and Beets

Pickled Eggs and Beets

This is a popular dish, especially at Eastertime when hard-cooked eggs are abundant.—Ellen Benninger, Stoneboro, Pennsylvania

Strawberry Tomato Salsa

Strawberry Tomato Salsa

Strawberry Tomato Salsa

Here’s a sweet and tangy salsa that's miles away from the spicy version people expect. Serve it as an appetizer with tortilla chips for scooping, or make it part of the main event and spoon it over white meat. —Amy Hinkle, Topeka, Kansas

Curried Chicken Balls Appetizer

Curried Chicken Balls Appetizer

Curried Chicken Balls Appetizer

Guests love these little chicken bites that get some zip from curry. The savory snacks work well for any occasion, big or small. —Judy Slotter, Alpharetta, Georgia

Makeover Crab Appetizer Mold

Makeover Crab Appetizer Mold

Makeover Crab Appetizer Mold

The delicate flavors of crab and green onion come through in each bite of this elegant dish from Kathi Mulchin of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Homemade Marinated Shrimp

Homemade Marinated Shrimp

Homemade Marinated Shrimp

It figures that this colorful and carefree dish is a favorite with Margaret McGehee's family. "The recipe evolved from adding and subtracting ingredients until everyone liked the results," reports the Knoxville, Tennessee reader.

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 Bruschetta

Asparagus Bruschetta

Asparagus Bruschetta

For a light bite, Elaine Sweet created these pretty appetizers. “I really like asparagus, so I’m always trying it in different things,” says the Dallas, Texas reader. "This is a delicious twist on traditional bruschetta."

Beer Cheese Dip

Beer Cheese Dip

Beer Cheese Dip

Recipe provided by Philadelphia® Cream Cheese

Sunny Asparagus Tapenade

Sunny Asparagus Tapenade

Sunny Asparagus Tapenade

“I use fresh asparagus from the farmers market for this healthy spread, which can also be served as a dip. I like to make it for family gatherings.” —Kathy Patalsky, New York, New York

Shrimp Salsa

Shrimp Salsa

Shrimp Salsa

"Every time I take this salsa to a party, it's the first thing to go," details Monique Jacketta of West Bountiful, Utah. She was skeptical when her mother gave her the recipe, but says one taste won her heart!

Tomatillo Salsa

Tomatillo Salsa

Tomatillo Salsa

“Dare to deviate from tomato salsa and try this tomatillo-based version for a deliciously addictive change of pace. It’s fantastic on its own with tortilla chips or served as a condiment alongside a variety of meats." —Lori Kostecki, Wausau, Wisconsin

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.
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