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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.

Buffalo Macaroni and Cheese Bites

Buffalo Macaroni and Cheese Bites

Buffalo Macaroni and Cheese Bites

I make a great vegetarian buffalo-style appetizer. Macaroni and cheese get heated up with Louisiana-style hot sauce, breaded and baked. These tasty nibbles are served with blue cheese dressing.—Ann Donnay, Milton, Massachusetts

Pistachio Gorgonzola Cheesecake

Pistachio Gorgonzola Cheesecake

Pistachio Gorgonzola Cheesecake

More than anything, I love having friends over for drinks & appetizers. My savory cheesecake always makes a grand impression! —Michaela Rosenthal, Woodland Hills, California
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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

Kalamata Cheesecake Appetizer

Kalamata Cheesecake Appetizer

Kalamata Cheesecake Appetizer

It's believed the Greeks served cheesecake at the first Olympics, so why not rewrite history with a Greek cheesecake appetizer? Ingredients in this version "tame" the Kalamata olives, so even if you shy away from Kalamatas, you'll be glad you tried this one. For a milder flavor, use the more common black or green olives. —Theresa Kreyche, Tustin, California

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

Holiday Salsa

Holiday Salsa

Holiday Salsa

You know it’s an amazing salsa when your guests hover around the serving plate till it’s scraped clean! This boasts fresh cilantro, cranberries and just a hint of heat. —Shelly Pattison, Lubbock, Texas

Pacific Northwest Pickled Shrimp

Pacific Northwest Pickled Shrimp

Pacific Northwest Pickled Shrimp

This refreshing recipe is one of my husband's favorites. I like to serve the sweet-sour pickled shrimp when we're entertaining. People say it's addictive! —Kathy Wright, Highland, California

Sweet & Savory Cheese Pie

Sweet & Savory Cheese Pie

Sweet & Savory Cheese Pie

There is nothing better than cream cheese, green onions and bacon. Here's a kicker, you top it off with berry preserves! — Annette Whitmarsh, Lincoln, Nebraska

Quick Creamy Dill Dip

Quick Creamy Dill Dip

Quick Creamy Dill Dip

Beau Monde seasoning is the secret ingredient that adds a little special zing to this low-fat, classic dill dip. Says Corky: “I usually double the recipe since it only gets better after a few days in the fridge.” Corky Huffsmith - Indio, California

Pecan Cheese Logs

Pecan Cheese Logs

Pecan Cheese Logs

Monterey Jack, Colby and cream cheese come together with seasonings to create these logs that everyone will enjoy. Roll them in toasty pecans for the perfect finishing touch. —Melissa Goff, Burkburnett, Texas
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