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Hot Appetizer Recipes

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

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Ring of Piggies

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Julie Peterson
This charming plate of piggies looks like a holiday wreath when I drape fresh rosemary in the center. It’s a cute display for merry get-togethers. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, MD
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Artichoke Hearts Romano

Artichoke Hearts Romano

Artichoke Hearts Romano

“I’ve enjoyed cooking all my life, and most of my endeavors are Italian. With a zippy marinara sauce for dipping, these golden, breaded artichoke quarters make a unique and popular appetizer.” — Anthony Greco, Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania

Pepperoni Pizza Twists

Pepperoni Pizza Twists

Pepperoni Pizza Twists

My stepsister gave me this recipe and I just tweaked it. You can add diced green peppers and olives, too.” Lisa Worley - Adairsville, Georgia

Cheesy Pizza Fondue

Cheesy Pizza Fondue

Cheesy Pizza Fondue

While I was growing up, I would sit for hours reading cookbooks from cover to cover. I've carried that love of cooking with me through the years. I found this recipe when we lived in Wisconsin. - Julie Barwick, Mansfield, Ohio.
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Party Salsa

Party Salsa

Party Salsa

My husband's mom, Connie Swanson, prepared a big batch of this pretty and zippy salsa to serve at our wedding reception. It's very special and fresh-tasting. There's no need to peel the tomatoes since they're so finely chopped.

Brie in Puff Pastry

Brie in Puff Pastry

Brie in Puff Pastry

This rich stylish appetizer shared by field editor Marion Lowery of Medford, Oregon adds an elegant touch to any get-together.

Nacho Cheese Dip

Nacho Cheese Dip

Nacho Cheese Dip

"With jobs, school and sport activities, evening is our time for family fun," says Dawn Taylor of Milton, Kentucky. "We munch on this zippy dip while visiting or watching a movie."

Vidalia Onion Swiss Dip

Vidalia Onion Swiss Dip

Vidalia Onion Swiss Dip

I’ve got one of those sweet, creamy dips you can't resist. Bake it in the oven, or use the slow cooker to make it ooey-gooey marvelous. —Judy Batson, Tampa, Florida

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.

Sweet Berry Bruschetta

Sweet Berry Bruschetta

Sweet Berry Bruschetta

I've made this recipe by toasting the bread on a grill at cookouts, but any way I serve it, I never have any leftovers. The bruschetta is sweet instead of savory as is often expected, and visitors enjoy that change. -Patricia Nieh of Portola Valley, California

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



Creamy Crab Cheesecake

Creamy Crab Cheesecake

Creamy Crab Cheesecake

A savory appetizer cheesecake such as this one, dotted with tender crabmeat, is sure to grab the attention and tempt the taste buds of party guests. It's an elegant spread that you make ahead, so there's no last-minute fuss.

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

Cheesy Vegetable Pizza

Cheesy Vegetable Pizza

Cheesy Vegetable Pizza

An assortment of fresh veggies tops this delicious meatless pizza Beverly Little shares from Marietta, Georgia. “Use any vegetables you like,” she advises. “I often add a few sliced black olives.”

Crisp Cheese Breadsticks

Crisp Cheese Breadsticks

Crisp Cheese Breadsticks

This recipe is a great way to use up day-old bread. They are great served alongside soup or salad. And guests at my card game parties love them as appetizers.—Elizabeth Tonn, Waukesha, Wisconsin
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