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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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These tangy cheese balls are guaranteed to spread cheer at your next gathering. The ingredients create a colorful presentation and a savory combination of flavors. As a grandmother who loves to cook, I send many pantry presents off to college.
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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

Garlic-Kissed Tomatoes

Garlic-Kissed Tomatoes

Garlic-Kissed Tomatoes

Everyone I know loves this recipe— even my husband who normally doesn't like garlic! These tomatoes are a hit at potlucks...folks always ask for the recipe.

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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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!

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.

Pea Soup Shooters

Pea Soup Shooters

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

Feta Cheese Balls

Feta Cheese Balls

Feta Cheese Balls

Dill and garlic go well with the tang of feta in this cheese ball...in fact, I think it tastes like a million bucks. It's super easy to do and since the recipe makes two, it's ideal for gatherings.—Kelly Yeager, Hahnville, Louisiana

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.

Salmon Mousse Tartlets

Salmon Mousse Tartlets

Salmon Mousse Tartlets

The S&D test kitchen also tried these tartlets baked in the oven at 350º for 10 minutes. While they were delicious both ways, the no-bake version is easier to take to a potluck. —Diana Doran, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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."

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

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

Italian Party Appetizers

Italian Party Appetizers

Italian Party Appetizers

"Quick, easy, delicious, colorful and impressive! This is one great recipe to serve with a refreshing white wine to unexpected guests. Easily doubled for a crowd.” Heather Nygren - Cumming, Georgia

Asparagus Bruschetta

Asparagus Bruschetta

Asparagus Bruschetta

For a light bite, Elaine Sweet created these pretty appetizers. “I really like asparagus, so I’m always trying it in different things,” says the Dallas, Texas reader. "This is a delicious twist on traditional bruschetta."
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