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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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Jalapenos with Olive-Cream Filling

“These jalapenos are great!” says Krystal Peterson of Walker, Louisiana. “I take them to all get-togethers and potlucks, and the people at my husband's work are always requesting them.”
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Jalapeno Ranch Dip

Jalapeno Ranch Dip

Jalapeno Ranch Dip

Ranch dressing got its start on a real dude ranch in California. Punch up the Western original with green salsa, green chilies, jalapenos and cilantro for more color, spice and high volume that feeds a crowd. —Lindsay Duke, Goodrich, Texas

Noodle Nibblers

Noodle Nibblers

Noodle Nibblers

For a tasty alternative to plain old potato chips, try the crunchy snack Lee Denney of Cushing, Oklahoma created from pasta. "The spices and cheese that coat the fried noodles give them a terrific flavor," she assures. "We love to eat them with soup, sandwiches or in between meals."

Chicken Ham Pinwheels

Chicken Ham Pinwheels

Chicken Ham Pinwheels

These pretty pinwheels have been a part of our annual Christmas Eve appetizer buffet for many years. I love them because they can be made a day in advance and taste great alone or served with crackers. —Laura Mahaffey, Annapolis, Maryland
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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.

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.

Pretty Stuffed Spring Peas

Pretty Stuffed Spring Peas

Pretty Stuffed Spring Peas

These stuffed peas are the perfect way to welcome spring and sail right through summer. I serve them on a platter surrounded by juicy strawberries. —Phyllis Cooper, Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts

Hearty Nacho Dip

Hearty Nacho Dip

Hearty Nacho Dip

This hearty dip is very filling! It's packed with fresh ingredients like avocados, tomatoes, onions and more.—V. Eleanor Dargo, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Salmon Pinwheels

Salmon Pinwheels

Salmon Pinwheels

Inexpensive and impressive, this recipe is a must have anytime you want to wow your guests without spending all day in the kitchen!—Cristina Mathers of San Miguel, California

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!

Pinecone-Shaped Blue Cheese Spread

Pinecone-Shaped Blue Cheese Spread

Pinecone-Shaped Blue Cheese Spread

This savory pinecone is a blend of delicious cheeses and herbs. Topped with plenty of almonds, it makes an impressive and welcoming appetizer. —Kathy Johnson Council Bluffs, Iowa

Simple Salmon Dip

Simple Salmon Dip

Simple Salmon Dip

This is my go-to dip recipe for summer barbecues. The secret is the green chilies—they add just enough heat. —Susan Jordan, Denver, Colorado

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!

Caesar Salsa Baguette Slices

Caesar Salsa Baguette Slices

Caesar Salsa Baguette Slices

“I love throwing themed get-togethers. This appetizer was the hit of 'Mediterranean Night.' The fresh garden flavors in the tomatoey salsa are outstanding with a crusty, chewy baguette.“ —Jodie Gharbi, San Antonio, Texas

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.
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