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Hot Appetizer Recipes

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

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“These savory bean and vegetable quesadillas are great for those who love Mexican flavors but can’t handle too much heat,” Cherylyn Radford explains from Fox Creek, Alberta. “I like to serve slices with salsa and fat-free sour cream.”
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Little Mexican Pizzas

Little Mexican Pizzas

Little Mexican Pizzas

"These little pizzas are perfect for lunch, snacks or parties," says Linda Eggers of Albany, California.

Apple Onion Sausage Appetizers

Apple Onion Sausage Appetizers

Apple Onion Sausage Appetizers

This appetizer is both sweet and savory. The apples add freshness to the heavier sausage dish.—Diane Hixon, Niceville, Florida

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."
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Polenta Parmigiana

Polenta Parmigiana

Polenta Parmigiana

“This warm, Italian-flavored appetizer also makes a quick, filling lunch. I prefer this veggie version, but my kids like to add pepperoni or sausage to create mini pizzas.” —Carolyn Kumpe, El Dorado, California

Pepper-Crusted Tenderloin Crostini

Pepper-Crusted Tenderloin Crostini

Pepper-Crusted Tenderloin Crostini

Caramelized onions add a touch of sweetness to this elegant appetizer. Use the higher range of pepper if you like a little more zip. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Zucchini Crab Cakes

Zucchini Crab Cakes

Zucchini Crab Cakes

Fried to golden perfection, these nicely seasoned cakes from Jacqui Correa of Landing, New Jersey, are loaded with fresh zucchini and succulent crabmeat.

Cheddar Artichoke Quiche Cups

Cheddar Artichoke Quiche Cups

Cheddar Artichoke Quiche Cups

Santa himself couldn't resist sampling these savory bites chockfull of artichokes, onions and cheese. They're at the top of my family's list for every holiday gathering. And whether I serve them hot or cold, there are never any left!

Double Chili Cheese Dip

Double Chili Cheese Dip

Double Chili Cheese Dip

"This rich and zesty dip for tortilla chips can be made in a jiffy when the munchies strike," reports Linda Keller of Sylvania, Ohio. "My husband and I often have it as a late-night snack after the kids are all in bed."

Kielbasa Bundles

Kielbasa Bundles

Kielbasa Bundles

"My family really enjoys these flavorful sandwiches," remarks Robin Touhey of San Angelo, Texas.

Sweet Sriracha Wings

Sweet Sriracha Wings

Sweet Sriracha Wings

Serve my fiery hot wings on game day or any time friends and family gather. If you don’t like a ton of sweetness, add the honey slowly and taste as you go. —Logan Holser, Clarkston, Michigan

Mushroom Broccoli Cups

Mushroom Broccoli Cups

Mushroom Broccoli Cups

"This is my very favorite appetizer and the one all my friends and family ask me to make," says Linda Senuta of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. "I've given out this recipe to so many people that I've lost count. I use the leftover read to make croutons," she adds.

Supreme Pizza

Supreme Pizza

Supreme Pizza

Even if you've never made pizza from scratch, I hope you'll try this recipe. It's the highlight of my favorite casual meal. You have to plan ahead to allow rising time for the dough, but it is easy to work with and the crust is good.—Gaylene Anderson, Sandy, Utah

Mushroom Quesadillas

Mushroom Quesadillas

Mushroom Quesadillas

Crisp and cheesy, these Mexican-style snacks from field editor Jeri Dobrowski of Beach, North Dakota are fun and flavorful. "We hosted a family reunion one spring and made a fiesta dinner. Everyone loved these quesadillas," notes Jeri.

Margarita Granita with Spicy Shrimp

Margarita Granita with Spicy Shrimp

Margarita Granita with Spicy Shrimp

While tinkering and tuning up recipes for my spring menu, I came up with a snazzy little appetizer that's perfect for Cinco de Mayo. It features two favorites: shrimp and margaritas! —Nancy Buchanan, Costa Mesa, California
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