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."

Herbed Garlic Cheese Spread

Herbed Garlic Cheese Spread

Herbed Garlic Cheese Spread

I've taken this creamy spread to many holiday gatherings and parties- and there's never any left to bring home! Well-seasoned with a blend of herb flavors, this cheesy treat tastes great on slices of French bread, too.

Gouda Bites

Gouda Bites

Gouda Bites

In Defiance, Ohio, Phylis Behringer seasons refrigerated dough with garlic powder before baking them into golden Gouda-filled cups. It's hard to believe the delectable little appetizers come from just three ingredients.

Oregano Garlic Bread

Oregano Garlic Bread

Oregano Garlic Bread

"When making spaghetti one night, I created this recipe to use up left over sub rolls," says Laura Winemiller of Delta, Pennsylvania. "It's simple to increase when you're having guests for dinner."

Brie Phyllo Cups

Brie Phyllo Cups

Brie Phyllo Cups

Mini phyllo shells from the freezer section hurry along these elegant cups. They look fancy and taste delicious but are a snap to put together for a special occasion.—Brenda Little, Boise, Idaho

Southwestern Cheese Dip

Southwestern Cheese Dip

Southwestern Cheese Dip

To take the edge off the kids' (and our!) hunger, this dip can be whipped up in no time. It's great with vegetable or chips.—Coleen Martin, Brookfield, Wisconsin

Crunchy Trail Mix

Crunchy Trail Mix

Crunchy Trail Mix

"This mix was the perfect item for my daughter to take to high school track meets," says Blue Springs, Nebraska's Theresa Gingery. Five ingredients make up this colorful crowd-pleaser that's crunchy, chewy and not too sweet.

Macaroon Fruit Dip

Macaroon Fruit Dip

Macaroon Fruit Dip

I rely on make-ahead dishes like this when entertaining. Serving the dip in a pineapple shell makes for a pretty presentation. —Jean Forster, Elmhurst, Illinois

Stuffed Shrimp

Stuffed Shrimp

Stuffed Shrimp

Sandy Schneider of Naperville, Illinois shares this delightful shrimp appetizer that’s a breeze to make. The creamy three-ingredient filling has a hint of horseradish. TIP: These can be assembled a day ahead for convenience.
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Dairy Delicious Dip

Dairy Delicious Dip

Dairy Delicious Dip

Munching on fruit becomes so much more fun when there's a sweet, creamy dip to dunk your slices in. After working up an appetite playing party games, the kids enjoyed this dip. I enjoyed its ease of preparation. —Karen Kenney, Harvard, Illinois

Savory Potato Skins

Savory Potato Skins

Savory Potato Skins

"For a simple hot snack that really hits the spot on a cool fall evening, put together a plate of these crisp potato skins," recommends Torrington, Connecticut field editor Andrea Holcomb.
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