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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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Football Fest Empanadas

Football Fest Empanadas

Football Fest Empanadas

Classic empanadas from South America are stuffed pastries of beef or chicken, usually fried. That doesn't mean "classic" never changes. Chicken goes well with black beans, corn and jalapenos in this baked version with a Southwestern spin. —Jane McMillan, Dania Beach, Florida

Hot Spinach Spread with Pita Chips

Hot Spinach Spread with Pita Chips

Hot Spinach Spread with Pita Chips

This warm, cheesy spread is absolutely scrumptious served on the toasted pita wedges. And its colorful appearance makes it perfect for the upcoming holidays. —Teresa Emanuel, Smithville, Missouri

Shrimp Tartlets

Shrimp Tartlets

Shrimp Tartlets

Mini tart shells are filled with a cream cheese mixture, then topped with seafood sauce and shrimp for a picture-perfect look and delightful taste. Gina Hutchison of Smithville, Missouri assures, “This recipe makes a great appetizer, but you can also serve several for a fast, light meal.”
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Warm Chicken Fiesta Dip

Warm Chicken Fiesta Dip

Warm Chicken Fiesta Dip

This crowd-pleasing dip is always a success, whether I follow the recipe as is or if I substitute shredded pork and stir in chopped fresh mushrooms.—Shannon Arthur, Lucasville, Ohio

Artichoke Crescent Appetizers

Artichoke Crescent Appetizers

Artichoke Crescent Appetizers

This colorful appetizer is one of my potluck go-to's. My family loves it both warm and cold. —Mary Ann Dell, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Black Bean Dip

Black Bean Dip

Black Bean Dip

With black beans, avocados, corn, peppers and cilantro, this family bean dip has lots of flavor and texture. This dip came about when I was experimenting with a similar recipe one day.

Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

Colorful tomatoes, green pepper and red onion contrast nicely with black-eyed peas. —Lynn McAllister, Mt. Ulla, North Carolina

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

Crispy Caribbean Veggie Wraps

Crispy Caribbean Veggie Wraps

Crispy Caribbean Veggie Wraps

“Filled with a sweet potato mixture, these delicious wraps are great for vegetarians and they’re relatively high in fiber, too,” raves Mary Beth Harris-Murphree of Tyler, Texas. Served with salsa, they’re sure to disappear from appetizer trays fast.

Easy Three-Cheese Pesto Pizza

Easy Three-Cheese Pesto Pizza

Easy Three-Cheese Pesto Pizza

With a ready-made crust, this pizza can be on a serving tray in half an hour. The triple cheese blend will make these slices go fast.

Herb & Roasted Pepper Cheesecake

Herb & Roasted Pepper Cheesecake

Herb & Roasted Pepper Cheesecake

Roasted red peppers and fresh herbs basil, chive and thyme add notes of sweetness, licorice and a hint of peppery finish in ways that will surprise you. Add a drizzle of oil just before serving, and pass the pita chips. —Laura Julian, Amanda, Ohio
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