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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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I never thought of using waffle-cut fries as a scoop for dip until a friend of mine did at a baby shower. They’re ideal for my cheesy bacon and chive dip, which tastes just like a baked potato topper. —Betsy King, Duluth, Minnesota
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Garden Veg Salsa

Garden Veg Salsa

Garden Veg Salsa

We love this salsa made mostly with fresh garden vegetables. It’s healthy, and you can easily adjust the ingredients to suit your own tastes. —Dawn Gilson, Denmark, Wisconsin

Sun-Dried Tomato Goat Cheese Spread

Sun-Dried Tomato Goat Cheese Spread

Sun-Dried Tomato Goat Cheese Spread

This simple spread combines sweet and savory sun dried tomatoes, tangy goat cheese, and fresh herbs to make a truly magnificent spread. This flavorful spread is perfect with a glass of red wine.—Sarah Agrella, Mountain View, California

Creamy Onion Spread

Creamy Onion Spread

Creamy Onion Spread

"My daughter came across this recipe a few years ago, and I have adapted it to our family's tastes," writes Janet Joecks of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.
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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

Peanut Butter Fruit Dip

Peanut Butter Fruit Dip

Peanut Butter Fruit Dip

My wife was a great cook and I loved to help her. She served this dip with crackers, pretzels or fresh fruit at our family get-togethers, especially during the holidays. -Cloyd Sensenig, West Lawn, Pennsylvania

Bone Slices

Bone Slices

Bone Slices

A savory seafood filling is featured in these creepy bone pieces from our home economists. For even more fun, stack slices on a platter to resemble a backbone. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Nutty Blue Cheese Spread

Nutty Blue Cheese Spread

Nutty Blue Cheese Spread

With great blue cheese flavor and nice texture from the pecans, this super- simple spread has a company-special feel. Perfect with veggies or crackers, it’s ideal for parties. —SHERRY HULSMAN, ELKTON, FLORIDA

Fiesta Appetizer

Fiesta Appetizer

Fiesta Appetizer

This dip is always a big hit with men—maybe because of the hearty blend of flavors. It stands up great as a leftover besides...if there's any left over. I was raised on a Montana ranch, and my grandmother taught me to cook when I was 10 years old. My husband and I (we have one married daughter) are retired now. To stay active, I bowl and do crafts. My collection of cookbooks keeps right on growing, too—I started it more than 50 years ago.

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

Strawberry Honey Fruit Dip

Strawberry Honey Fruit Dip

Strawberry Honey Fruit Dip

I dress up strawberry cream cheese with honey and a touch of lemon peel. This creamy creation is perfect for dipping berries, sliced kiwi, cubed melon or most any fruit.—Pat Habiger, Spearville, Kansas

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

Artichoke Caprese Platter

Artichoke Caprese Platter

Artichoke Caprese Platter

This classic Italian combination of mozzarella, tomatoes and basil is dressed up with marinated artichokes. It looks so lovely on a platter. Using fresh mozzarella is the key to great taste.

Salsa Guacamole

Salsa Guacamole

Salsa Guacamole

Lauren Heyn of Oak Creek, Wisconsin notes, "I've never tasted better guacamole than this. If there's time, I make homemade tortilla chips by frying 1-inch strips of flour tortillas in oil and salting them."

Finger Sandwiches

Finger Sandwiches

Finger Sandwiches

You can also tuck the carrots inside two slices of bread, so they stick out both ends of the sandwich. Cool and creepy! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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