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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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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
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Grilled Greek Crostini Topping

Grilled Greek Crostini Topping

Grilled Greek Crostini Topping

“I got the idea for this quick and easy appetizer while on a vacation in Greece. It’s nice for summer get-togethers.” —Stephanie Proebsting, Barrington, Illinois

Tomatillo Salsa

Tomatillo Salsa

Tomatillo Salsa

“Dare to deviate from tomato salsa and try this tomatillo-based version for a deliciously addictive change of pace. It’s fantastic on its own with tortilla chips or served as a condiment alongside a variety of meats." —Lori Kostecki, Wausau, Wisconsin

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
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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."

Fruity Brownie Pizza

Fruity Brownie Pizza

Fruity Brownie Pizza

In Laverne, Oklahoma, Nancy Johnson starts with a basic brownie mix to create this luscious treat that's sure to impress company. "Sometimes I add mandarin oranges for even more color," Nancy notes.

Three-Bean Salsa

Three-Bean Salsa

Three-Bean Salsa

Here’s an easy recipe for fabulous, chunky salsa. “It’s fast, fresh, low in fat and high in fiber,“ shares Regina Gutierrez. To keep calories down, she serves it with baked or low-fat tortilla chips at home in San Antonio, Texas.

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

Pineapple Cheddar Spread

Pineapple Cheddar Spread

Pineapple Cheddar Spread

I came across this easy idea when looking for something new and unique to impress guests. The slightly sweet spread received rave reviews from friends. Try it with celery sticks or crackers the next time you need a fast appetizer. — Rebecca Pester Beale Air Force Base, California

Zesty Marinated Shrimp

Zesty Marinated Shrimp

Zesty Marinated Shrimp

These easy shrimp look impressive on a buffet table and taste even better! The zesty sauce has a wonderful spicy citrus flavor. I especially like this recipe because I can prepare it ahead of time. —Mary Jane Guest, Alamosa, Colorado

Herbed Cheese Spread

Herbed Cheese Spread

Herbed Cheese Spread

This spread definitely lives up to its name. Flavored with six different herbss, it is one of the best cream cheese spreads I've had.—Laurel Leslie, Sonora, California



Fresh Herb Dip

Fresh Herb Dip

Fresh Herb Dip

From Annapolis, Maryland, Mitzi Sentiff writes, "People won't guess that this delicious dip, which is great for parties, is also low in fat. I love to serve it with a nice assortment of fresh vegetables for dipping."

Chive Egg Dip

Chive Egg Dip

Chive Egg Dip

"I love the combination of cream cheese and chives...and it goes so well with the other savory ingredients in this dip," writes field editor Ruth Peterson from Jenison, Michigan.

Party Cheese Balls

Party Cheese Balls

Party Cheese Balls

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.

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.
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