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Hot Appetizer Recipes

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

Recipe Spotlight

Mini Mac & Cheese Bites

I made these for a family Christmas get-together because I wanted something fun for my young nephews and niece to eat. Turns out, the adults loved them, too. The poor kids only got to have a few! —Kate Mainiero, Poughkeepsie, New York
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More Hot Appetizer Recipes

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

Deep-Fried Potato Skins

Deep-Fried Potato Skins

Deep-Fried Potato Skins

"The combination of potatoes, cheese, bacon and garlic dip in this recipe is fantastic," says Leslie Cunnian of Peterborough, Ontario. "The skins can be served as an appetizer or as a side dish with roast prime rib or any other entree you choose."

East Coast Crab Appetizers

East Coast Crab Appetizers

East Coast Crab Appetizers

These appetizers are simple to make and absolutely delicious. We love seafood here on the East Coast, so I make these often!
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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.

Brie with Apricot Topping

Brie with Apricot Topping

Brie with Apricot Topping

Folks will think you fussed over this pretty appetizer, but it took our Test Kitchen only minutes to top a round of smooth and creamy brie with warm sweet apricots. This is one easy appetizer certain to make any occasion “special.”

Mozzarella Rye Snacks

Mozzarella Rye Snacks

Mozzarella Rye Snacks

This creamy topping has a subtle tang that pairs perfectly with crisp rye bread. “We enjoy this simple recipe at our summer deck parties,” says Missie Klei from Cincinnati, Ohio. “It’s ideal for unexpected guests or a quick snack.”

Party Pizzas

Party Pizzas

Party Pizzas

"A batch of these snacks gets cleared away fast with the irresistible combination of creamy cheese and lightly seasoned meat on crispy toast," assures Carolyn Snow of Sedalia, Missouri.

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

Mediterranean Polenta Cups

Mediterranean Polenta Cups

Mediterranean Polenta Cups

Need a special appetizer that stands out in a crowd? Our Test Kitchen uses garlic, basil and feta cheese to lend flavor to these scrumptious bite-size treats.

Roasted Red Pepper Triangles

Roasted Red Pepper Triangles

Roasted Red Pepper Triangles

Full-flavored meats, cheeses and veggies top a golden crust in this appetizing recipe sent in by Amy Bell of Arlington, Tennessee. ”I recommend using marinara sauce for dipping,” she says.

Mini Beef Chimichangas

Mini Beef Chimichangas

Mini Beef Chimichangas

I made these the first time with some leftover roast meat. I wanted to jazz up the leftovers and here is what transpired! My husband and I love these little, golden, crisp chimis! We make them for parties all the time. This is excellent served with guacamole, or alone!—

Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

"This grilling recipe has been in our family for many years and always gets rave reviews," comments Jane Bone. The Cape Coral, Florida subscriber combines tender marinated shrimp with bacon strips to produce these delightful appetizers that will surely disappear in a hurry.

Savory Rye Snacks

Savory Rye Snacks

Savory Rye Snacks

"I make the flavorful spread ahead of time and refrigerate it," reports Connie Simon, Reed City, Michigan. "Then all I have to do to have a quick snack is put it on the rye bread and bake."

Bruschetta from the Grill

Bruschetta from the Grill

Bruschetta from the Grill

Dijon mustard, mayonnaise and oregano make a savory spread for chopped tomatoes, garlic and fresh basil in this fun twist on a favorite appetizer. This grilled bruschetta gets rave reviews every time I serve it. —Mary Nafis, Chino, California
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