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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.

Chorizo Cheese Dip

Chorizo Cheese Dip

Chorizo Cheese Dip

Guests will wipe the bowl clean when you set out this spicy cheese dip from our Test Kitchen. Serve it with tortilla chips or even vegetable dippers.

Baked Jalapenos

Baked Jalapenos

Baked Jalapenos

This baked version of jalapeno poppers was developed by our home economists. The crunchy topping nicely complements the creamy filling.

Quick Coconut Shrimp

Quick Coconut Shrimp

Quick Coconut Shrimp

For a tropical taste guests are sure to find delightful, serve this crunchy coconut-coated shrimp with a sweet sauce. “This is an impressive appetizer or can be served as a main course,” says Debbi Barate of Seward, Pennsylvania. “For another easy dipping sauce, combine a favorite jam with some crushed red pepper flakes.”
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Squash Appetizer Cups

Squash Appetizer Cups

Squash Appetizer Cups

“These cheesy, moist bites always go fast!” says Lori Bowes from Waterford, Michigan. “If I’m in a hurry, I bake the mixture in a greased 9 x 13-in. pan and cut into squares.”

Beer Cheese

Beer Cheese

Beer Cheese

I like to serve this zesty and bold cheese spread with crackers and veggie dippers. It's great to take along to picnics.

Saucy Asian Meatballs

Saucy Asian Meatballs

Saucy Asian Meatballs

Go ahead and help yourself to these peppery, sauced-up meatballs. Ground turkey moves them to the lighter side. —Lisa Varner, El Paso, Texas

Basil Shrimp

Basil Shrimp

Basil Shrimp

My husband loves shrimp and agrees nothing beats this incredibly easy, enjoyable dish. You can double the recipe when entertaining.

Sausage Cheese Balls

Sausage Cheese Balls

Sausage Cheese Balls

These bite-size meatballs ae a favorite of Anna Damon from Bozeman, Montana. You can substitute your favorite cheese for the cheddar or serve the appetizers with Dijon mustard or sweet-and-sour sauce instead of barbecue sauce.

Warm Crab Dip

Warm Crab Dip

Warm Crab Dip

Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay is known for crabs, and they’re a big favorite of ours. When fresh crabmeat is available, we’ll use it in this dip, but canned works just as well. This appetizer is nice for any holiday or gathering.

Bacon Cheese Swirls

Bacon Cheese Swirls

Bacon Cheese Swirls

When you want a real crowd-pleaser, turn to these cheesy little bites made with refrigerated crescent dough. The flaky swirls have great onion flavor and a creamy filling.

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

I’ve been making these tasty tidbits at Christmastime for years. Use Italian sausage if you’d prefer a little more zing.
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