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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

Pea Soup Shooters

Appetizers really don’t get any easier than this. Plus, these shooters can be made ahead, they’re colorful, and won’t weigh you down. Top with a small dollop of yogurt for a little more tang. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
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More Cold Appetizer Recipes

Eggcellent Finger Sandwiches

Eggcellent Finger Sandwiches

Eggcellent Finger Sandwiches

Tartar sauce gives these little egg salad sandwiches a slightly sweet flavor. Cut into bell shapes with olive "clappers," they look festive for Christmas.

Honey-Nut Endive Appetizers

Honey-Nut Endive Appetizers

Honey-Nut Endive Appetizers

Sweet and savory flavors combine in this elegant appetizer. It's a nice, light option to serve before a big meal.—Carmel Gillogly, Fort Mill, South Carolina

Carrot Dip

Carrot Dip

Carrot Dip

This creamy appetizer, fresh from Raegan Dexter of Union Grove, Wisconsin, features nothing but great flavor. "you don't have to be a carrot fan to enjoy it," she notes. "I like it even more, because it is so easy to fix.!"
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Olive & Roasted Pepper Bruschetta

Olive & Roasted Pepper Bruschetta

Olive & Roasted Pepper Bruschetta

I've tried many versions of bruschetta but think this recipe contains the perfect blend of ingredients. It's super easy, and you can make the topping ahead. —Jennifer Mathis, Hilton Head, South Carolina

Chili Cheese Ball Spread

Chili Cheese Ball Spread

Chili Cheese Ball Spread

“Easy to make and easy to spread, this spicy cheese ball was my favorite appetizer that Mom made while I was growing up. Now, I enjoy serving it at my own parties and at potlucks.” Jerrie Denson - Hobbs, New Mexico

Cheddar Cheese Carrot

Cheddar Cheese Carrot

Cheddar Cheese Carrot

If you "carrot" all about serving up a good time for your guests, plant this playful appetizer on your party menu. I make this for parties, and it catches everyone's eye.—Pam Goodlet, Washington Island, Wisconsin

Salmon Party Spread

Salmon Party Spread

Salmon Party Spread

"We're proud to serve our delicious Alaskan salmon to guests," says field editor Kathy Crow of Cordova, Alaska.

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

Swiss Walnut Cracker Snack

Swiss Walnut Cracker Snack

Swiss Walnut Cracker Snack

This spread is simple to prepare and makes an excellent snack for holiday and family gatherings. It features "Dairy State" products and has a nice crunch from the walnuts.

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.

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.

Almond Curry Spread

Almond Curry Spread

Almond Curry Spread

Curry and chutney combine nicely in this out-of-the-ordinary spread. "For dippers, use thick apple slices, carrot sticks, crackers, cocktail bread or a combination of these," suggests Barbara Beard of Lexington, Kentucky.

Chunky Blue Cheese Dip

Chunky Blue Cheese Dip

Chunky Blue Cheese Dip

Every time I make this quick dip, someone asks for the recipe. It only requires a few items, so its a snap to put together. I often prepare the thick spread with Gorgonzola cheese and serve it with toasted pecans. -Sandy Schneider Naperville, Illinois

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
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