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Cocktail Party Appetizers

Looking for recipes for cocktail party appetizers? Taste of Home has the best cocktail party appetizer recipes from real cooks like you, featuring reviews, ratings, how-to videos and tips.

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It's surprising what a quick substitution or two will do. By simply switching from full-fat products to reduced- or low-fat, you can often save lots of fat and calories while keeping flavor and texture. This is certainly the case with Leigh Thomas' Makeover Mexican Roll-Ups. The cook from Hahira, Georgia uses fat-free cream cheese and reduced-fat sour cream; this cuts nearly 70% of the fat and a whopping 75% of the cholesterol.
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Beef Fondue with Sauces

Beef Fondue with Sauces

Beef Fondue with Sauces

When my husband was stationed in England in the mid-1960s, I traveled to Switzerland and purchased two copper fondue pots. I've used them countless times since then. —Margaret Inman, Fort Pierce, Florida

Crispy Lime Chips with Crab

Crispy Lime Chips with Crab

Crispy Lime Chips with Crab

Creamy crab dip tops the lime-flavored chips perfectly. These would be popular at a party, so it's a good thing they make a lot. —Tracey Stone, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Zesty Marinated Shrimp

Zesty Marinated Shrimp

Zesty Marinated Shrimp

These easy shrimp look impressive on a buffet table and taste even better! The zesty sauce has a wonderful spicy citrus flavor. I especially like this recipe because I can prepare it ahead of time. —Mary Jane Guest, Alamosa, Colorado
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Foolproof Mushrooms

Foolproof Mushrooms

Foolproof Mushrooms

These yummy bites pack a lot of zingy flavor and can be made up to 4 hours ahead, refrigerated, then warmed, for convenience. Try adding chopped artichoke hearts for an extra-special touch. —Gail Lucas, Olive Branch, Mississippi

Jalapeno Popper Pocket

Jalapeno Popper Pocket

Jalapeno Popper Pocket

For a fresh take on fried jalapeno poppers, we stuff chicken, cheeses and jalapenos inside puff pastry and bake. —Sally Sibthorpe, Shelby Township, Michigan

Roasted Red Pepper Triangles

Roasted Red Pepper Triangles

Roasted Red Pepper Triangles

I sandwich full-flavored meats, cheeses and veggies between layers of flaky crescent dough for this sensational treat. We like to have marinara sauce on hand for dipping. —Amy Bell, Arlington, Tennessee

Ginger Pork Lettuce Wraps

Ginger Pork Lettuce Wraps

Ginger Pork Lettuce Wraps

When I make Asian-spiced lettuce wraps with lean ground pork, I remind my family they’re meant to be an appetizer – but maybe I should just call it supper. —Mary Kisinger, Medicine Hat, AB

Brie-Berry Bruschetta

Brie-Berry Bruschetta

Brie-Berry Bruschetta

I love fresh strawberries, and I try to enjoy as many as possible during the season. Because so many strawberry recipes are quite sweet, I wanted to start the meal with something savory, so I came up with strawberries, cheese and good bread.

Steak & Blue Cheese Bruschetta with Onion & Roasted Tomato Jam

Steak & Blue Cheese Bruschetta with Onion & Roasted Tomato Jam

Steak & Blue Cheese Bruschetta with Onion & Roasted Tomato Jam

An appetizer bursting with flavor from bleu cheese, caramelized onion, jam and balsamic vinegar - tasty bites that vanish in a hurry. —Debbie Reid, Clearwater, Florida

Savory Stuffed Mushrooms

Savory Stuffed Mushrooms

Savory Stuffed Mushrooms

Some snowy night, when just the two of you need a little something to munch on until dinner, try this simple but delicious recipe from Pam Miller in Kokomo, Indiana.

Shrimp Spread

Shrimp Spread

Shrimp Spread

This colorful and tasty appetizer is always a crowd-pleaser. People will never know you've used lighter ingredients. —Norene Wright, Manilla, Indiana
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