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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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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
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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

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

Spicy Pineapple Salsa

Spicy Pineapple Salsa

Spicy Pineapple Salsa

Here’s a sweet and spicy twist on salsa. Served with chips, it’s an excellent party starter. It also adds a refreshing touch on top of grilled fish or meat.—Angela Longtin, Cavalier, North Dakota
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Santa Fe Cheesecake

Santa Fe Cheesecake

Santa Fe Cheesecake

"All of my favorite Southwestern ingredients are combined in this savory cheesecake. It looks and tastes fantastic!" relates field editor Jean Ecos of Hartland, Wisconsin

Frankenguac

Frankenguac

Frankenguac

Play the mad scientist this year and bring a monster to life. He's frightfully fun and delicious! —Nanette Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada

Smoked Salmon Cheesecake

Smoked Salmon Cheesecake

Smoked Salmon Cheesecake

"We live on Kodiak Island off the coast of Alaska, and salmon is one of our favorite foods," writes Becky Applebee of Chiniak, Alaska. "This elegant dish was the star attraction at the open house we hosted at my husband's business."

Smoked Salmon Cherry Tomatoes

Smoked Salmon Cherry Tomatoes

Smoked Salmon Cherry Tomatoes

These bright red festive bites are a show stopping finger food during the holiday season, at Easter and for the Fourth of July. With the smoked salmon filling, these appetizers seem elegant...and they're convenient because you can prepare them ahead.

Holiday Cranberry Chutney

Holiday Cranberry Chutney

Holiday Cranberry Chutney

A chunky chutney like this one makes a great gift for friends and neighbors. I give them the chutney in a decorated jar with a package of cream cheese and a box of crackers. It makes a lovely snack and is just as good alongside a main dish. —Cheryl Lottman Stillwater, Minnesota

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

Makeover Crab Appetizer Mold

Makeover Crab Appetizer Mold

Makeover Crab Appetizer Mold

The delicate flavors of crab and green onion come through in each bite of this elegant dish from Kathi Mulchin of Salt Lake City, Utah.



Asparagus Guacamole

Asparagus Guacamole

Asparagus Guacamole

To trim down traditional guacamole, I experimented with asparagus instead. My husband and our three hungry sons say this chunky low-fat version is as tasty as the original. I love the guilt-free dipping. —Judi Hammer of Litilz, 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."

Brandied Blue Cheese Spread

Brandied Blue Cheese Spread

Brandied Blue Cheese Spread

Pour on the holiday spirit with a splash of brandy and three kinds of cheese. Pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, are a crunchy topping for the smooth spread. —T.B. England, San Antonio, Texas

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
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