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Cold Appetizer Recipes

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

Recipe Spotlight

This refreshing hors d'oeuvre has gained a big following since a friend shared her family recipe with me. My 7-year-old son says it best: The celery and shrimp are so good together. —Solie Kimble, Kanata, Ontario
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Italian Party Appetizers

Italian Party Appetizers

Italian Party Appetizers

"Quick, easy, delicious, colorful and impressive! This is one great recipe to serve with a refreshing white wine to unexpected guests. Easily doubled for a crowd.” Heather Nygren - Cumming, Georgia

Fried Cinnamon Strips

Fried Cinnamon Strips

Fried Cinnamon Strips

"I first made these crispy strips for a special family night at our church," recalls field editor Nancy Johnson of Laverne, Oklahoma. "Most of them were snapped up before dinner!"

Margarita Granita with Spicy Shrimp

Margarita Granita with Spicy Shrimp

Margarita Granita with Spicy Shrimp

While tinkering and tuning up recipes for my spring menu, I came up with a snazzy little appetizer that's perfect for Cinco de Mayo. It features two favorites: shrimp and margaritas! —Nancy Buchanan, Costa Mesa, California
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Herbed Shrimp Appetizer

Herbed Shrimp Appetizer

Herbed Shrimp Appetizer

As guests arrive at your garden party, encourage them to sample these marinated shrimp from our Test Kitchen. Herbs, lime juice and red peppers give them great flavor.

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

Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches

Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches

Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches

This is one of several kinds of finger sandwiches my wife, Michelle, and I served for an English tea. We planned this fun theme party to celebrate the Queen's birthday in April. —Chuck Hinz, Parma, Ohio

Party Vegetable Spread

Party Vegetable Spread

Party Vegetable Spread

"This chunky spread is a tasty treat for a party or any event featuring finger food," confirms Martha Reese from Highland, North Carolina.

Spring Green Guacamole

Spring Green Guacamole

Spring Green Guacamole

Love guacamole, but hate the calories and fat? Try this vibrant version with yummy peas. “We eat a lot of this and we never feel one bit guilty,” shares Carey Waterworth from Silvana, Washington.

3-in-1 Cheese Ball

3-in-1 Cheese Ball

3-in-1 Cheese Ball

Three incredible cheese balls in flavors like pesto, horseradish-bacon and Gorgonzola make for a dazzling display at any get-together. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Vegetable Garden

Vegetable Garden

Vegetable Garden

I was planning on bring veggies and dip to my grandson's graduation party, but I wanted to do something special. So I created a mini garden by arranging by corn, cherry tomatoes and other small vegetables on fa foam board. I was a big hit!—Barbara Wellner, Menominee, Michigan

Dill Spiral Bites

Dill Spiral Bites

Dill Spiral Bites

"it takes only six ingredients to roll out these savory pinwheels," says Valerie Belley of St. Louis, Missouri. "They're great for lunch, as a snack or with soup."

Pineapple Boat with Fluffy Fruit Dip

Pineapple Boat with Fluffy Fruit Dip

Pineapple Boat with Fluffy Fruit Dip

At the root of this appetizer is a boatload of sweet, citrusy flavor. Children will find the carved pineapple appealing and be eager to dig into the delicious dip inside with fresh-cut chunks of summer fruit. "Adults also find the fruit dip delightful," comments Katie Adams from Red Oak, Texas. "I often treat myself to a batch when melons are in season."—Katie Adams, Red Oak, Texas

Disappearing Fruit Dip

Disappearing Fruit Dip

Disappearing Fruit Dip

"This tangy dip never lasts long at our house," says Camille Langford of Branson, Missouri. "For variety, try substituting orange juice and orange peel."

Citrus Spiced Olives

Citrus Spiced Olives

Citrus Spiced Olives

Lemon, lime and orange bring a burst of sunny citrus flavor to marinated olives that are great for nibbling on at holiday buffets. You can even blend the olives and spread the mixture onto baguette slices.—Ann Sheehy, Lawrence, Massachusetts
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