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Hot Appetizer Recipes

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

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Mushroom & Leek Strudel

This elegant hors d'oeuvre is almost effortless. Use fresh herbs if possible, and feel free to sub in whole-wheat phyllo. —Lisa Diehl, Edina, Minnesota
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Miniature Shepherd's Pies

Miniature Shepherd's Pies

Miniature Shepherd's Pies

These mini pies are ideal for nibbling at holiday parties. If ground beef isn't your preference, change up the flavor with ground lamb and a teaspoon of dried rosemary instead. —Suzanne Banfield, Basking Ridge, New Jersey

Makeover Garlic Spinach Balls

Makeover Garlic Spinach Balls

Makeover Garlic Spinach Balls

In her Prattville, Alabama kitchen, Amy Hornbuckle bakes these yummy spinach balls without an ounce of guilt. That's because this recipe cut 72% of the cholesterol and 44% of the calories from the original version.

Red Pepper Bruschetta

Red Pepper Bruschetta

Red Pepper Bruschetta

Roasted red peppers take the place of tomatoes in this twist on traditional bruschetta. If your bakery doesn't offer baguettes, buy regular French bread instead then cut the slices in half to create the crunchy snacks. —Test Kitchen

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.”

Sour Cream Cheese Puffs

Sour Cream Cheese Puffs

Sour Cream Cheese Puffs

These cute little puffs are the hit of almost any menu! From a wedding rehearsal dinner to Super Bowl party, I make them for all occasions. —Annie Darling, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Diploma Appetizers

Diploma Appetizers

Diploma Appetizers

After studying this delightful recipe Joanne Shew Chuck sent from St. Benedict, Saskatchewan, our kitchen staff unrolled a crafty way to display her appetizers—by tying the tidbits with green onion tops to resemble diplomas. Her response? "What a neat idea!" Adds Joanne, "We use these appetizers for all sorts of occasions. In fact, I regularly freeze them so I'm always prepared...even if unexpected guest drop in."—Pasty Dean, Sealy, Texas

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.

Chili Ham Cups

Chili Ham Cups

Chili Ham Cups

I like to entertain a lot and have used this recipe on several occasions as an appetizer. I also like how it is easy to switch around the ingredients to give it a different flavor.—Laura Metzger, York, Pennsylvania

Peanutty Chicken Wings

Peanutty Chicken Wings

Peanutty Chicken Wings

A pleasant, mild blend of peanut and curry flavors the sauce for these wings. I doubled the recipe, and was I glad I did! The tasty wings were gobbled right up.—Kristen Proulx, Canton, New York

Hawaiian Chicken Wings

Hawaiian Chicken Wings

Hawaiian Chicken Wings

"The slightly sweet sauce in this recipe makes it hard to stop munching these golden chicken wings," assures Carol Jones of Oregon City, Oregon.

Hot Crab Pinwheels

Hot Crab Pinwheels

Hot Crab Pinwheels

"I got the recipe for these crabmeat bites from a friend. What amazed me most is that my husband, who hates seafood, couldn't stop eating them," shares Kitti Boesel of Woodbridge, Virginia.

Pineapple Ham Pizzas

Pineapple Ham Pizzas

Pineapple Ham Pizzas

In Alum Creek, West Virginia, Vicky Priestley recommends whipping up these barbecue Hawaiian pizzas as a quick after-school snack. Prepared on English muffins, the cheesy pizzas are something that kids of all ages enjoy.

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.”

Salsa Corn Cakes

Salsa Corn Cakes

Salsa Corn Cakes

This recipe is super with fresh or canned corn. I whip up these patties to serve alongside nachos or tacos on hot summer evenings. The salsa is subtle but adds flavor. -Lisa Boettcher, Rosebush, Michigan
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