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Make-Ahead Finger Foods

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Zucchini/Herb Pate

Zucchini/Herb Pate

Zucchini/Herb Pate

Meet the Cook: A friend gave me the recipe for this pate after she'd served it at a formal wedding reception. But I make it most often to spread on crackers at picnics, potlucks and other casual get-togethers. My family - my husband, son and I - live on a small acreage. We all enjoy gardening (I grow my own herbs and vegetables). Hunting for antiques is a frequent activity of ours, too! -Melissa Sullivan, Iuka, Kansas

Cucumber Canapes

Cucumber Canapes

Cucumber Canapes

"I always get requests for the recipe whenever I serve these delicate finger sandwiches with a creamy herb spread and festive red and green garnishes," reports Nadine Whittaker of South Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Macaroon Fruit Dip

Macaroon Fruit Dip

Macaroon Fruit Dip

I rely on make-ahead dishes like this when entertaining. Serving the dip in a pineapple shell makes for a pretty presentation. —Jean Forster, Elmhurst, Illinois

Potluck Ham Tortilla Stack

Potluck Ham Tortilla Stack

Potluck Ham Tortilla Stack

"This recipe was in a cookbook my mom gave me when I got married," recalls Eileen Stegall of Omaha, Nebraska. "I have added a few of my own touches. When I take it to a potluck, I always get requests for the recipe."

Spicy Peanut Chicken Kabobs

Spicy Peanut Chicken Kabobs

Spicy Peanut Chicken Kabobs

A little sweet, a little sour, and a whole lot of flavor! These kabobs from Nancy Zimmerman of Cape May Court House, New Jersey make a wonderful accompaniment to any party or get-together.

Salsa Cheesecake

Salsa Cheesecake

Salsa Cheesecake

After receiving this recipe from a friend several years ago, I made it for our family Christmas party. It's now one of our traditional holiday foods. It's a tasty spin on taco dip.

Mexican Cheesecake

Mexican Cheesecake

Mexican Cheesecake

People will rave over this super-easy cheesecake appetizer. I've made this recipe several times at parties, and people were so surprised it was low fat. Make it a day ahead for convenience, adding salsa just before serving. —Sandy Burkett, Galena, Ohio

Baked Sesame Pork Tenderloin

Baked Sesame Pork Tenderloin

Baked Sesame Pork Tenderloin

This easy roasted pork appetizer comes from Shirley Kula of San Diego, California. The ginger, soy sauce and sesame seeds give these truly tender tenderloins obvious Asian flair.

Almond "Feta" with Herb Oil

Almond "Feta" with Herb Oil

Almond "Feta" with Herb Oil

Blanched almonds give this cheese appetizer a rich texture. Unbaked, it’s smooth and spreadable, while baking makes it crumbly like feta. It’s easy to make ahead.—Mary Raymond, Chesterfield, Missouri

Savory BLT Cheesecake

Savory BLT Cheesecake

Savory BLT Cheesecake

Did you know that cheesecake could be savory instead of sweet? Tomato and green onions mixed with cream cheese is like an irresistible form of gazpacho. Served on lettuce, the BLT version is great on its own, but it's also a tasty appetizer when served with crackers. This is a flexible recipe, so use other cheese in place of the Gruyere, and add olives, crab meat, cooked mushrooms - whatever strikes your fancy. —Joni Hilton, Rocklin, California

Avocado Salsa

Avocado Salsa

Avocado Salsa

When I found this recipe, I was planning a party and thought it might be fun, different salsa to set out with chips. It was an absolute success. People love the garlic, corn and avocado combination. —Susan Vandermeer, Ogden, Utah
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