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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.

Smoked Salmon New Potatoes

Smoked Salmon New Potatoes

Smoked Salmon New Potatoes

This recipe is what today's healthy eating is all about--fresh ingredients, healthy fish and low-fat dairy products. Plus, you're bound to get rave reviews when guests uncover these baby stuffed potatoes. This CW Test Kitchen recipe proves that delicious party food and healthy eating are compatible. If you're in a hurry, you can serve the cream cheese mixture as a spread with whole wheat crackers.

Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

“Mushroom caps plump with crabmeat make a wonderful appetizer for entertaining,” suggests Tonya Farmer, Iowa City, Iowa. She suggests using the recipe as a light entree, served on salad greens or with pasta.

Phyllo Crab Cups

Phyllo Crab Cups

Phyllo Crab Cups

These cute appetizers taste scrumptious in their phyllo tart shells—horseradish and paprika add a nice kick.
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Dried Beef Cheese Spread

Dried Beef Cheese Spread

Dried Beef Cheese Spread

"A friend shared this thick cracker spread with a sister a while ago, and we all agree it's delicious," writes Laura Martin of Indianapolis, Indiana. "Be ready to hand out the recipe whenever you make it."

Meatballs with Cranberry Sauce

Meatballs with Cranberry Sauce

Meatballs with Cranberry Sauce

Although this recipe is perfect for the holiday season, plan to use it all year-round—cranberries add "zing" to menus anytime.

Warm Broccoli Cheese Dip

Warm Broccoli Cheese Dip

Warm Broccoli Cheese Dip

This creamy dip is a "must" for family parties. Everyone loves the zippy jalapeno and crunchy broccoli.—Barbara Maiol, Conyers, Georgia

Cranberry Onion Salsa

Cranberry Onion Salsa

Cranberry Onion Salsa

Tucked into a basket with a bag of crunchy tortilla chips, a jar of this homemade salsa makes an incredible edible gift. “With only seven ingredients, it takes no time to make,” writes Jamie Milligan of Kimberley, British Columbia. TIP: This salsa also can be served warm as a condiment for pork or poultry.

Brie Phyllo Cups

Brie Phyllo Cups

Brie Phyllo Cups

Mini phyllo shells from the freezer section hurry along these elegant cups. They look fancy and taste delicious but are a snap to put together for a special occasion.—Brenda Little, Boise, Idaho

Hot Seafood Spread

Hot Seafood Spread

Hot Seafood Spread

This creamy flavorful dip from Linda Doll of St. Albert, Alberta is sure to be popular at parties. “Bake it in a hollowed-out pumpernickel or white round bread loaf,” she suggests. “Serve it with bread cubes, pita bread or assorted raw veggies.” TIP: “I often used canned crab,” Linda notes.

Blue Cheese Crostini

Blue Cheese Crostini

Blue Cheese Crostini

“My sister-in-law gave me this great recipe, which includes two of my favorite ingredients—blue cheese and pears. Yum!” writes Kate Hilts of Grand Rapids, Michigan. TIP: “Instead of a loaf of French bread, I usually buy a baguette and cut it at an angle to give the slices a nice look,” Kate adds.

Creamy Herb Slices

Creamy Herb Slices

Creamy Herb Slices

These dressed up slices of French bread go well with soup or salad...or can be served as an appetizer. I have to move fast after putting them out-or there are none left for me!
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