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Easy Appetizers

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Lemon Fruit Dip

Lemon Fruit Dip

Lemon Fruit Dip

"For a party, brunch buffet or healthy snack anytime, fresh fruit with this sweet lemony dip can't be beat," says Regina King of Watertown, Wisconsin. "When I worked in a cafeteria, I'd make up small plates of fruit and this dip. They sold very well."

Cheesy Zucchini Bites

Cheesy Zucchini Bites

Cheesy Zucchini Bites

Garden-fresh zucchini and cherry tomatoes are tastefully combined in these colorful appetizers. Writes Amy Frombach of Bradford, Pennsylvania, "Folks tend to hang around the appetizer tray whenever I serve these pretty party bites."

Nutty Apple Dip

Nutty Apple Dip

Nutty Apple Dip

For a tempting after-school snack or anytime treat, serve this delightful dip with fresh apple slices. Jean Morgan of Roscoe, Illinois needs just five ingredients to blend together the sweet nutty mixture.
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Bacon Cheese Stromboli

Bacon Cheese Stromboli

Bacon Cheese Stromboli

Abby Thompson of Madison Heights, Virginia uses refrigerated pizza dough to speed up preparation of this bacon-filled breakfast stromboli. "Our kids love cheesy slices with salsa and sour cream," she reports.

Chocolate Cream Fruit Dip

Chocolate Cream Fruit Dip

Chocolate Cream Fruit Dip

Cap off this speedy supper with Chocolate Cream Fruit Dip created by Debbie Bond of Richwood, West Virginia. The thick sweet mixture has a mild chocolate flavor that's especially good on strawberries. "This recipe is truly an accident," Debbie admits. "While hosting a graduation party, I realized I'd forgotten the fruit dip. So I raided my cabinets and slapped this combination together. It was a surprising success and has since become one of our family favorites."

Apple Cartwheels

Apple Cartwheels

Apple Cartwheels

Stuff apples with a yummy filling, then slice the fruit into rings to make eye-appealing after-school snacks. The filling is an irresistible combination of creamy peanut butter, sweet honey, miniature chocolate chips and raisins. —Miriam Miller, Thorp, Wisconsin

Sausage-Stuffed Pizza Mushrooms

Sausage-Stuffed Pizza Mushrooms

Sausage-Stuffed Pizza Mushrooms

"These savory mushrooms taste a bit like pizza," says Kathy Andrews of Winter Springs, Florida.

Salmon-Stuffed Snow Peas

Salmon-Stuffed Snow Peas

Salmon-Stuffed Snow Peas

Leona Schmidt's colorful pea pods are a welcome treat at luncheons and family gatherings. "They're simple to make—I just fill a plastic bag with the smoked salmon filling, snip off a corner and pipe it into the pods," says the Madras, Oregon cook.

Creamy Chipped Beef Fondue

Creamy Chipped Beef Fondue

Creamy Chipped Beef Fondue

My mother often served fondue on Christmas Eve and I've since followed in that tradition. It's nice to offer a hearty appetizer that requires very little work. —Beth Fox, Lawrence, Kansas

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Bacon Water Chestnut Wraps

Bacon Water Chestnut Wraps

Bacon Water Chestnut Wraps

The holidays around the house just wouldn't be the same without these classic wraps. Through the years, Christmas Eve guests have proven it's impossible to eat just one. —Laura Mahaffey, Annapolis, Maryland

Fruit 'n' Cheese Kabobs

Fruit 'n' Cheese Kabobs

Fruit 'n' Cheese Kabobs

The home economist in our test kitchen came up with this colorful combination. It's a simple, nutritious snack that's a snap to put together, much to the delight of busy holiday cooks!
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