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Make-Ahead Finger Foods

Looking for make-ahead finger food recipes? Get make ahead finger foods for your next party or holiday gathering from Taste of Home.

Grilled Glazed Drummies

Grilled Glazed Drummies

Grilled Glazed Drummies

My family prefers these mild-tasting chicken wings more than the traditional hot wings. They are great for any gathering. —Laura Mahaffey, Annapolis, Maryland

Tiered Cheese Slices

Tiered Cheese Slices

Tiered Cheese Slices

I can't tell you how many times I've made this recipe or been asked to share it! Guests always think I fussed, but the simple ingredients go together in minutes using pre-sliced cheese. For busy holiday hostesses, it's a do-ahead delight.

Creamy Black Bean Dip

Creamy Black Bean Dip

Creamy Black Bean Dip

“This appealing southwestern dip can be made well in advance. It goes well with tortilla chips and crackers, too,” writes Ashley Donovan from Glasgow, Kentucky.
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Chili Cheese Ball

Chili Cheese Ball

Chili Cheese Ball

It wouldn't be Christmas at our house without this zippy, well-seasoned cheese ball-my husband's absolute favorite. The family starts asking about it 2 weeks before the holidays! It's also a big hit at Super Bowl parties.

Pickled Mushrooms with Garlic

Pickled Mushrooms with Garlic

Pickled Mushrooms with Garlic

I'm always asked to bring these tempting tidbits to holiday gatherings. Easy to make ahead and transport, they're something to celebrate on a festive relish tray.

Nutty Pimiento-Olive Spread

Nutty Pimiento-Olive Spread

Nutty Pimiento-Olive Spread

When my husband was a school bus driver, he received a jar of this special spread as a Christmas gift from a student. Now I like to share it with others.

Layered Three-Cheese Spread

Layered Three-Cheese Spread

Layered Three-Cheese Spread

I first made this spread for a baby shower, and it was a huge success. This appetizer tastes like a club sandwich and looks picture-perfect when served. Conveniently, the cream cheese layer can by made ahead of time.

Favorite Marinated Mushrooms

Favorite Marinated Mushrooms

Favorite Marinated Mushrooms

Brenda Snyder from Hesston, Pennsylvania notes, "This is a nice way to serve mushrooms as an appetizer...and it also makes a great side dish for any type of meat. Sometimes I add these tangy mushrooms to salads for extra flavor, too."

Mexican Corn Dip

Mexican Corn Dip

Mexican Corn Dip

For tasty make-ahead dip try this recipe. It goes fast at office parties or any gathering. Mildly spicy, it's easy to alter if you want it to have more of a kick. Make sure your corn chips are large enough to scoop up a hearty helping.

Honey-Glazed Wings

Honey-Glazed Wings

Honey-Glazed Wings

My family favors chicken wings that are mildly seasoned with honey, ginger, soy sauce and chili sauce. Tasty and tender, they are sure to be a hit at your next get-together. They're a crowd-pleaser! -Marlene Wahl, Baldwin, Wisconsin

Holiday Cheese Ball

Holiday Cheese Ball

Holiday Cheese Ball

Andrea Bolden from Unionville, Tennessee writes, "With its colorful flecks of green onion and pimiento, this cheese ball is great as a Christmas or New Year's appetizer. It can be made with fat-free cheeses without sacrificing the zesty Italian taste."
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