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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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Barbecued Meatballs

Barbecued Meatballs

Barbecued Meatballs

This is always a hit with guests— and with me, too, because it's simple and can be assembled ahead of time.—Mrs. Melvin Schnuelle, Manitowac, Wisconsin

Calico Clams Casino

Calico Clams Casino

Calico Clams Casino

A few years ago, I came across this recipe in the back of my files when I was looking for a special appetizer. Everyone raved about it. Now it's often-requested dish. —Paula Sullivan, Barker, New York

Gouda Melt with Baguette Slices

Gouda Melt with Baguette Slices

Gouda Melt with Baguette Slices

This fun appetizer is guaranteed to wow guests! It takes just moments to whip up this melty delight. —Susan Lewis, Reading, Pennsylvania
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Honey Garlic Ribs

Honey Garlic Ribs

Honey Garlic Ribs

When you want a more "meaty" appetizer for your holiday buffet, reach for these finger-licking-good ribs!

Hot Collards and Artichoke Dip

Hot Collards and Artichoke Dip

Hot Collards and Artichoke Dip

Anyone can pull off spinach and artichoke dip - so brighten it up using collard greens for a Southern twist. Serve this dish with warm garlic Naan or tortilla chips. —Billie Williams-Henderson, Bowie, Maryland

Jalapeno Poppers with Lime Cilantro Dip

Jalapeno Poppers with Lime Cilantro Dip

Jalapeno Poppers with Lime Cilantro Dip

Crispy and crunchy with a creamy filling, these little pepper bites always earn rave reviews. They're fit for any event, from a cocktail soiree to a Super Bowl party. —Tana Rogers, New York, New York

Mamma's Caponata

Mamma's Caponata

Mamma's Caponata

Great as an appetizer, but you can easily turn this into a meal. Instead of topping bread, serve over warm pasta. —Georgette Stubin, Canton, Michigan

Maple Jalapenos

Maple Jalapenos

Maple Jalapenos

Craving something sweet with a little bit of heat? Try these creamy, sweet, hot and savory treats. One bite, and you won’t be able to stop! —Nicole Larson, American Fork, Utah

Mini Beef Wellingtons

Mini Beef Wellingtons

Mini Beef Wellingtons

I discovered this lovely starter at a wedding I attended. After sampling one, I decided I had to try duplicating the recipe at home. I think my version is a bit easier and faster to prepare, but just as elegant in appearance and just as crowd-pleasing.—Annie De La Hoz, Delta, Colorado

Parmesan-Coated Brie

Parmesan-Coated Brie

Parmesan-Coated Brie

This is such a wonderful appetizer! Your guests will be impressed. A golden exterior gives way to warm, melty cheese, making this perfect for sliced French bread or crackers. —Karen Grant, Tulare, California

Ranch BLT Dip

Ranch BLT Dip

Ranch BLT Dip

“This recipe is a spin-off of the BLT sandwich. It was served at a friend's party and was a great success, so I asked for the recipe. Now it's a favorite of mine, too.” Barbara Schindler - Napoleon, Ohio
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