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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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Tuscan Sausage & Bean Dip

Tuscan Sausage & Bean Dip

Tuscan Sausage & Bean Dip

This is a spin-off of a Mexican dip I had once. The original was wicked good, but I was going through an I’m-so-over-Mexican-dip phase and decided to switch it up. Take it to a party—I'll bet you no one else will bring anything like it! —Mandy Rivers, Lexington, South Carolina

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

This creamy, bubbly appetizer spread is sure to please. Baked to a golden brown, it gets its richness from cream cheese and mayonnaise. —Valerie Elkinton, Gardner, Kansas

Holiday Salsa

Holiday Salsa

Holiday Salsa

When we offer this cream-cheesy salsa of fresh cranberries, cilantro and a little jalapeno kick, everyone hovers around the serving dish until it’s scraped clean. —Shelly Pattison, Lubbock, Texas
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Smoky Chicken Spread

Smoky Chicken Spread

Smoky Chicken Spread

The unique "smoky" flavor in this spread comes from smoked almonds. It makes a hearty snack on your favorite crackers. Don't expect many leftovers! —Mary Beth Wagner, Rio, Wisconsin

Cascading Fruit Centerpiece

Cascading Fruit Centerpiece

Cascading Fruit Centerpiece

"It's exciting and fun to build this pretty centerpiece, which I have made for holidays, weddings and showers over the past 20 years," notes Ellen Brown of Aledo, Texas. "The ginger dip is wonderful, or you can fill the fruit cups with other favorite dips, flavored yogurt or whipped topping.

Veggie Ranch Tortilla Pinwheels

Veggie Ranch Tortilla Pinwheels

Veggie Ranch Tortilla Pinwheels

These terrific bite-size appetizers are always a hit wherever I take them. They're easy to make ahead of time, and are a great addition to other party fare! —Lori Kostecki, Wausau, Wisconsin

Blue Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

Blue Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

Blue Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

A rich, warm and cheesy recipe for classic stuffed mushrooms, this attractive appetizer is perfect for your next dinner party or special event. —Kristen Woodburn, Atlanta, Georgia

Rustic Tomato Cheese Tart

Rustic Tomato Cheese Tart

Rustic Tomato Cheese Tart

My fresh tomato tart is perfect when you want a taste of summer any time of year. The crust stays nice and crisp and the toppings are bursting with garden-fresh flavor! —Moji Dabney, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey

Better Than Fried Shrimp

Better Than Fried Shrimp

Better Than Fried Shrimp

Here’s a fabulous alternative to battered and deep-fried shrimp. Coating the shrimp with panko breadcrumbs, spraying with cooking spray and then baking give this appetizer a wonderful crunch without all the saturated fat and calories of deep-frying. —Cher Schwartz, Ellisville, Missouri

Shrimp Appetizer Spread

Shrimp Appetizer Spread

Shrimp Appetizer Spread

There's no secret to this creamy seafood appetizer—it's simply delicious! I first tasted it at a friend's house and liked it so much, I requested the recipe. It's since become a family favorite! —Brenda Buhler, Abbotsford, British Columbia

Tomato-Herb Focaccia

Tomato-Herb Focaccia

Tomato-Herb Focaccia

With its medley of herbs and tomatoes, this rustic bread will liven up any occasion, whether it’s a family dinner or a game-day get-together. It never lasts long! —Janet Miller, Indianapolis, Indiana
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