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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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Play the mad scientist this year and bring a monster to life. He's frightfully fun and delicious! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Patchwork Veggie Pizza

Patchwork Veggie Pizza

Patchwork Veggie Pizza

Decorating one of my favorite appetizers to serve to an avid group of quilters turned out to be such fun! I arranged the colorful vegetable toppings into a savory sampler for my luncheon guests to snack on. —Grace Yaskovic, Branchville, New Jersey

Pickled Shrimp with Basil

Pickled Shrimp with Basil

Pickled Shrimp with Basil

Red wine vinegar plus the freshness of citrus and basil perk up marinated shrimp with hardly any prep. Serve over greens if you'd like a salad. —James Schend, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

Vegetable Wreath with Dip

Vegetable Wreath with Dip

Vegetable Wreath with Dip

Vegetables and dip are a mainstay at most holiday parties. I like to dress up this appetizer by cutting vegetables into festive shapes and arranging them as a wreath. It's a nice conversation piece. —Edna Hoffman, Hebron, Indiana
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Creamy Thyme Spread

Creamy Thyme Spread

Creamy Thyme Spread

Mary Steiner of West Bend, Wisconsin shares a make-ahead cracker spread that showcases thyme and garlic. "A neighbor who has an herb garden gave me the recipe," Mary writes. "It's simple to stir up and makes a special appetizer for company. It's also fun to serve at a party."

Greek Cheese Balls

Greek Cheese Balls

Greek Cheese Balls

This quick, easy party pleaser is best served with crackers, pita chips or pita bread cut in wedges.

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

Celebration Cheese Balls

Celebration Cheese Balls

Celebration Cheese Balls

A handful of simple ingredients that go together in minutes, three fun flavorful options…these creamy cheese balls from our Test Kitchen are a darling, do-ahead delight for busy holiday hostesses! Why not whip up several batches? Packaged in colored plastic wrap and tied with bright ribbons, they also make quick and easy gifts for friends, drop-in visitors, shut-ins and neighbors.

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.!"

Lincoln Log

Lincoln Log

Lincoln Log

As an appetizer for my Presidents' Day dinner, I reshaped a favorite cheese ball recipe into this log. Rolled in nuts and sprouting herb sprig "branches", it was a fun and flavorful way to honor one of our most famous leaders. -Mary Beth de Ribeaux, Gaithersburg, Maryland

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



Pepper Shooters

Pepper Shooters

Pepper Shooters

Pop one of these savory peppers into your mouth for a tantalizing array of flavors. It's like an antipasto platter all in one bite.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen,

Cucumber Fruit Salsa

Cucumber Fruit Salsa

Cucumber Fruit Salsa

We always have way more cucumbers and tomatoes coming out of our garden than we can handle. This is one of the many recipes I found to use them up in a delightful way. If you want to make this ahead, stir in the banana and peach right before serving. —Anna Davis, Half Way, Missouri

Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon Salsa

From Kansas City Missouri, Pat Bremson relates, "This salsa is so good, I could just eat it with a spoon! It's wonderful over fish or chicken."

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.
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