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Italian Meatball Buns

Italian Meatball Buns

Italian Meatball Buns

These soft little rolls come with a surprise inside—savory Italian meatballs. They're wonderful dipped in marinara sauce, making them fun for my grandkids and adults, too. I love how easy they are to put together. —Trina Linder-Mobley, Clover, South Carolina

Mediterranean Tomato Bites

Mediterranean Tomato Bites

Mediterranean Tomato Bites

My friend Mary served these lovely appetizers at a summer gathering several years ago, and I adapted it a bit to my taste. It's a great August recipe when tomatoes and herbs are at their freshest! —Susan Wilson, Milwaukee, WI

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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Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

For a delicious appetizer for two, try this spicy recipe. The bacon adds a smokey flavor to the traditional popper.—Bernice Knutson, Danbury, Iowa

Bear's Picnic Veggie Dip

Bear's Picnic Veggie Dip

Bear's Picnic Veggie Dip

A colorful array of vegetables served with this delicious dip added more appealing finger food at the teddy bear theme party. A nice accompaniment to the sandwich, this popular appetizer would be a welcome snack just about anytime. -Susan Schuller, Brainerd, Minnesota

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."

Creepy-Crawly Bugs

Creepy-Crawly Bugs

Creepy-Crawly Bugs

Who wouldn't want to eat our cute little bugs? Quick and easy prep and undeniable kid appeal make these a must-have for the buffet at a child's party. Be prepared for the recipe requests. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Grilled Bacon-Onion Appetizers

Grilled Bacon-Onion Appetizers

Grilled Bacon-Onion Appetizers

”I’m the father of three girls who loves cooking for the family in my spare time,” says Dayton Hulst from Moorhead, Minnesota. ”All of us really love this savory treat.”

Pizza Dip

Pizza Dip

Pizza Dip

Everybody loves this simple dip. If you have any left over, spoon it on toasted English muffins for a great open-faced sandwich. —Sara Nowacki, Franklin, Wisconsin.

Bacon Ranch Dip

Bacon Ranch Dip

Bacon Ranch Dip

I used reduced-fat items to lighten up this Parmesan and bacon dip. Not only it is a snap to mix up the night before a party, but the proportions can easily by adjusted for smaller or larger groups. I get requests for the recipe whenever I serve it. —Pam Garwood, Lakeville, Minnesota

Cucumber Pita Wedges

Cucumber Pita Wedges

Cucumber Pita Wedges

I first tasted these delicious snacks at a friend's houses. Of the finger foods she served, this platter was the first to empty.—Grace Yaskovic, Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey
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