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Hot Appetizer Recipes

Looking for hot appetizers? Pick hot appetizers featuring dips, breads, and meats.

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Make a Mediterranean version of nachos using crisped pita wedges topped with ground lamb or beef, feta cheese and a creamy cucumber sauce. —Zaza Fullman-Kasl, Ventura, California
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Southwestern Bean Dip

Southwestern Bean Dip

Southwestern Bean Dip

Just by using different types of beans, you can make this dip as spicy as you like it. My family could eat this as a complete meal.—Jeanne Shear, Sabetha, Kansas

Zucchini Pizza

Zucchini Pizza

Zucchini Pizza

Everyone enjoys the flavor of this delicious and different way to serve zucchini. It is a healthy, quick meal to prepare and a change from what we know as pizza. I serve it quite often to my guests and they can never guess what the "secret ingredient" is!

Nacho Scoops

Nacho Scoops

Nacho Scoops

Serve your clan a big ol’ platter of these fun and crazy-tasty nacho bites as you cheer for your team. You’ll score big with tortilla chips filled with creamy, spicy cheese and beef! —Raine Gottess, Coconut Creek, Florida
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Hoisin Cocktail Meatballs

Hoisin Cocktail Meatballs

Hoisin Cocktail Meatballs

These upscale, Asian-inspired meatballs are ideal for appetizer parties or get-togethers with friends. Deirdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri

Chunky Herbed Pizza Dip

Chunky Herbed Pizza Dip

Chunky Herbed Pizza Dip

“Use your favorite dipper with this. I like to use multicolored bell pepper strips, celery, small breadsticks, mozzarella sticks and pepperoni slices.” -Clara Coulston of Washington Court House, Ohio

Sausage French Bread Pizza

Sausage French Bread Pizza

Sausage French Bread Pizza

"I never seem to have pizza dough on hand, but that doesn't stop our family from enjoying pizza," reports Cherie Sweet. The Evansville, Indiana cook tops crusty French bread with creamy Alfredo sauce, sausage and veggies. "It's great to serve at a party for children or teens," she adds.

Onion Pita Pizza

Onion Pita Pizza

Onion Pita Pizza

For a different appetizer or snack, try these appealing "pizzas" from Mary Lou Wayman of Salt Lake City, Utah. With their mild blue cheese and onion flavor and crispy pita crust, they're sure to hit the spot with your favorite summer beverage.

Hot Cheese Dip

Hot Cheese Dip

Hot Cheese Dip

This recipe started at school—I'm a teacher, and when a colleague brought Hot Cheese Dip to our regular staff potluck, I immediately gave it an A+. Cooking, baking and collecting recipe books are among my favorite hobbies. Best of all, though, I enjoy time with my husband and our daughter.

Ham Asparagus Spirals

Ham Asparagus Spirals

Ham Asparagus Spirals

Just three ingredients are all you need to prepare these impressive-looking hors d'ouevres. A vegetable appetizer is a welcome addition to the table.

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.



Grilled Pineapple with Lime Dip

Grilled Pineapple with Lime Dip

Grilled Pineapple with Lime Dip

This fruit appetizer was created in our Test Kitchen. If desired, the pineapple wedges can be rolled in flaked coconut before grilling.

Italian Sausage Bruschetta

Italian Sausage Bruschetta

Italian Sausage Bruschetta

Flavorful Italian ingredients, such as mascarpone cheese and Italian sausage, come together in a bruschetta that is sure to please. Sometimes I'll top the slices with a sprig of fresh basil. —Teresa Ralston, New Albany, OH

Herb Cheese Bread

Herb Cheese Bread

Herb Cheese Bread

A flavorful combination of herbs makes this cheese-topped loaf a welcome addition to most any menu. In fact, we couldn't believe how light the buttery slices were when compared to frozen breads found in the grocery store. —Test Kitchen

Cheesy Asparagus Bites

Cheesy Asparagus Bites

Cheesy Asparagus Bites

When I managed a cafeteria, I would cook up different snacks for the staff. These tiny squares with big asparagus flavor never lasted long and prompted lots of recipe requests. —Lois McAtee, Oceanside, California
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