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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.

Hot Crab Spread

Hot Crab Spread

Hot Crab Spread

After my mother and sister described the hot crab sandwiches they had eaten at a San Francisco restaurant, I developed this recipe. It's become a family favorite, especially during vacations to the Oregon coast, where we can catch fresh crabs.

Seafood Triangles

Seafood Triangles

Seafood Triangles

"One chilly Easter, my creative clan was looking for an appetizer that would break family traditions and warm hearts...and we came up with these spicy bites filled with shrimp and crabmeat," relates Tarsia Nichols from Prineville, Oregon.

Tortellini with Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Tortellini with Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Tortellini with Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Looking to add a dash of Christmas color to your appetizer mix? This unique, warm and savory treat sent in by Milford, New Hampshire’s Michelle Boucher is sure to be a hit with any hungry holiday crowd! TASTY TIP: To accent a festive holiday occasion, use green spinach tortellini for this hors d’oeuvre and serve with fancy, frilled party picks!
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Baked Onion Brie Spread

Baked Onion Brie Spread

Baked Onion Brie Spread

The buttery brie-and-onion flavor of this spread just melts in your mouth. Plus, you can even eat the bread bowl, which my husband said is the best part. Lori Adams, Mooresville, Indiana

Zippy Party Roll-Ups

Zippy Party Roll-Ups

Zippy Party Roll-Ups

A guaranteed Christmas crowd-pleaser, these zesty appetizers are a great way to pep up a party! The recipe won a blue ribbon at the county fair, and even though I always double it, I never seem to make enough.

Party Barbecued Franks

Party Barbecued Franks

Party Barbecued Franks

These peachy little franks disappear quickly whenever I serve them. The sweet and tangy sauce appeals to all ages.

Mini Hot Dogs 'n' Meatballs

Mini Hot Dogs 'n' Meatballs

Mini Hot Dogs 'n' Meatballs

Hot appetizers don't come much easier than this recipe. It's so popular I usually double the recipe if I have a larger crock pot. You can vary the meats to suit your family's tastes, or increase the heat factor by using a spicier barbecue or spaghetti sauce. Serve with fancy party picks. —Andrea Chamberlain, Macedon, New York

Cream Cheese Wontons with Orange Sauce

Cream Cheese Wontons with Orange Sauce

Cream Cheese Wontons with Orange Sauce

I love making this appetizer for get-togethers. People think you have fussed but they are so easy to make.—Janet Asp, Menomonie, Wisconsin

Marinated Mushrooms

Marinated Mushrooms

Marinated Mushrooms

Guests will never guess a dish so flavorful could take only 10 minutes of hands-on prep and no cooking! Great as a side dish or tempting tidbit on a relish tray, this versatile recipe is from Billie Moss in Walnut Creek, California.

Chicken Mushroom Melts

Chicken Mushroom Melts

Chicken Mushroom Melts

These crisp, cheesy melts look special and taste great! "On busy weeknights, I like to serve these with a salad for a satisfying meal. But they make hearty appetizers as well," notes Sandra Futros of Dugald, Manitoba.

Spicy Ranch Chicken Wings

Spicy Ranch Chicken Wings

Spicy Ranch Chicken Wings

“My mother gave me this recipe more than 10 years ago,” writes Tracy Peters of Corinth, Mississippi. “Since then, I’ve made these lip-smacking wings for all different occasions.”
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