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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.

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Cheese Spread Pinecone

Cheese Spread Pinecone

Cheese Spread Pinecone

folks quickly cluster around this outdoorsy appetizer from Cindy Harrington of Euless, Texas. She turned her super cheese spread into a pinecone—using slice almonds, dill sprigs and a cinnamon stick!

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

Mock Devonshire Cream

Mock Devonshire Cream

Mock Devonshire Cream

I made this recipe often when I worked in the food service area of a local university. The cream pairs well with scones and muffins. —Carol Allen, Emporia, Kansas
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Crunchy Garden Salsa

Crunchy Garden Salsa

Crunchy Garden Salsa

"A co-worker brought this fun crunchy salsa to a potluck and everyone loved it," shares Tammy Mahlke of La Crescent, Minnesota. "The ingredients are available at the grocery store all year, but it tastes like you picked the produce from your very own backyard!"

Zucchini/Herb Pate

Zucchini/Herb Pate

Zucchini/Herb Pate

Meet the Cook: A friend gave me the recipe for this pate after she'd served it at a formal wedding reception. But I make it most often to spread on crackers at picnics, potlucks and other casual get-togethers. My family - my husband, son and I - live on a small acreage. We all enjoy gardening (I grow my own herbs and vegetables). Hunting for antiques is a frequent activity of ours, too! -Melissa Sullivan, Iuka, Kansas

Pecan-Date Cheese Ball

Pecan-Date Cheese Ball

Pecan-Date Cheese Ball

Says Sue Broyles of Cherokee, Texas, "This lightly sweet cheese ball is great to have on hand when we crave something creamy or if company drops by. It's even nice enough for the holidays."

No-Yolk Deviled Eggs

No-Yolk Deviled Eggs

No-Yolk Deviled Eggs

"This lighter recipe still provides traditional deviled egg flavor and appearance," conveys Dottie Burton of Cincinnati, Ohio. "A mashed potato mixture magically replaces the yolk filling."

Crab-Stuffed Celery

Crab-Stuffed Celery

Crab-Stuffed Celery

Convenient canned crab and flavored cream cheese combine to turn ordinary celery sticks into special appetizers. I keep this recipe's ingredients on hand for anytime snacking. —Marian Platt, Sequim, Washington

Veggie Tortilla Pinwheels

Veggie Tortilla Pinwheels

Veggie Tortilla Pinwheels

"These bite-size snacks are delicious anytime of the day," writes Doris Ann Yoder from her kitchen in Arthur, Illinois. Simple combine cream cheese, dried beef, chopped vegetables and salad dressing mix, then roll into tortillas, refrigerate, slice and serve.

Dill-icious Deviled Eggs

Dill-icious Deviled Eggs

Dill-icious Deviled Eggs

A cute carrot garnish tops these dill-ectable deviled eggs that come together in a snap! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen



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

Creamy Crab Spread

Creamy Crab Spread

Creamy Crab Spread

"This spread is so good we never have leftovers," writes Norma Reynolds of York, Pennsylvania. "It's great for busy days because it's ready in a jiffy."

Ham-Cheddar Cheese Ball

Ham-Cheddar Cheese Ball

Ham-Cheddar Cheese Ball

A ham and cheese football studded with pecans is a favorite for game day, and it always gets compliments. Present it with assorted crackers. —Michele Moore, Mooresville, Indiana

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
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