Easy Appetizers

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Bacon Cheese Fries

Bacon Cheese Fries

Bacon Cheese Fries

"These tempting potatoes are one finger food I can make a meal of," informs Marilyn Dutkus of Laguna Beach, California. "Quick to fix, they're a hit at parties and as a snack. Ranch dressing is a tasty alternative to sour cream."

Basil Cream Cheese Bruschetta

Basil Cream Cheese Bruschetta

Basil Cream Cheese Bruschetta

This appealing appetizer takes classic bruschetta to new heights. Instead of olive oil, these savory treats are spread with reduced-fat cream cheese, then topped with tomato, green onion and ripe olives.—Michelle Wentz, Fort Polk, Louisiana

Creamy Caramel Fruit Dip

Creamy Caramel Fruit Dip

Creamy Caramel Fruit Dip

This creamy, melt-in-your-mouth dip, served with assorted fruits, makes a refreshing accompaniment to a holiday cheese tray. —Trish Gehlhar, Ypsilanti, North Dakota
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Creamy Swiss Spinach Dip

Creamy Swiss Spinach Dip

Creamy Swiss Spinach Dip

A few items and a microwave oven are all you need to throw together this warm cheesy dip. It's always gone at the party's end. My favorite way to serve the dip is in a bread bowl with bread cubes, but it's also good with tortilla chips or French bread slices. -Heather Millican, Fort Meyers, Florida

Grilled Cheese-Stuffed Jalapenos

Grilled Cheese-Stuffed Jalapenos

Grilled Cheese-Stuffed Jalapenos

We make these several times throughout the summer and everyone loves them. With ooey-gooey cheese and salty bacon, these jalapenos are irresistible! —Bruce Hahne, Acworth, Georgia

Grilled Prosciutto Asparagus

Grilled Prosciutto Asparagus

Grilled Prosciutto Asparagus

After tasting an asparagus appetizer at a lovely restaurant, I created my version of it to enjoy at home. —Michele Merlino, Wakefield, Rhode Island

Spicy Ranch Chicken Wings

Spicy Ranch Chicken Wings

Spicy Ranch Chicken Wings

“My mother gave me this recipe more than 10 years ago,” writes Tracy Peters of Corinth, Mississippi. “Since then, I’ve made these lip-smacking wings for all different occasions.”

Cinnamon Spiced Pecans

Cinnamon Spiced Pecans

Cinnamon Spiced Pecans

Here is a treat enjoyed by people of all ages. Spiced pecans are nice to have on hand during the Christmas season - to serve as an appetizer or add to your cookie plate, or to give as gifts packaged in decorated jars or containers! I love making foods that will delight my family or guests.

Slow-Cooked Smokies

Slow-Cooked Smokies

Slow-Cooked Smokies

"I like to include these little smokies smothered in barbecue sauce on all my appetizer buffets since they're popular with both children and adults," says field editor Sundra Hauck of Bogalusa, Louisiana.

Tomato Basil Snackers

Tomato Basil Snackers

Tomato Basil Snackers

Fresh basil, summer-ripe tomatoes and melted mozzarella cheese top toasted English muffins in this fabulous afternoon pick-me-up. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Asparagus Ham Spirals

Asparagus Ham Spirals

Asparagus Ham Spirals

These appealing appetizers are sure to be a hit at your next party. I'm on the arts council in our small town, so I came up with this snack recipe to serve at some of the events we cater. People will think you really fussed with these yummy bits! -Linda Fischer Stuttgart, Arkansas
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