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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.

Simple Marinated Shrimp

Simple Marinated Shrimp

Simple Marinated Shrimp

Seafood is a staple here in Florida. This recipe is quick and easy to make and can be prepared well in advance. I always seem to get a lot of requests for the recipe when I make it for a party or special occasion. —Margaret DeLong, Lake Butler, Florida

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.

Party Chicken Wings

Party Chicken Wings

Party Chicken Wings

These moist wings— marinated overnight in a soy sauce, mustard and brown sugar mixture— are excellent party appetizers. At our house, they're a must for holiday gatherings.
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Southwest Cheesecake

Southwest Cheesecake

Southwest Cheesecake

I often serve this recipe as an appetizer before a Mexican dinner. It is great if you have a diabetic in the family.—Lori Walton, Stuttgart, Arkansas

Cheddar Cheese Spread

Cheddar Cheese Spread

Cheddar Cheese Spread

A simple spread like this with some crackers is often all you need when entertaining. Letting the spread refrigerate overnight blends the flavors beautifully. —Kathy Rairigh, Milford, Indiana

Marinated Mozzarella Cubes

Marinated Mozzarella Cubes

Marinated Mozzarella Cubes

Being from America's Dairyland, I'm always on the lookout for new ways to serve cheese. I received this delicious recipe from a friend a few years ago and am happy to share it with others. —Arline Roggenbuck, Shawano, Wisconsin

Blue Cheese Walnut Cheesecake

Blue Cheese Walnut Cheesecake

Blue Cheese Walnut Cheesecake

This elegant party spread is smooth and creamy and has a mild blue cheese flavor. It's popular every time I serve it. Garnished with chopped walnuts, it looks like you fussed, but it's not that tricky to prepare. -Rita Reifenstein, Evans City, Pennsylvania

Smoked Salmon Cheesecake

Smoked Salmon Cheesecake

Smoked Salmon Cheesecake

"We live on Kodiak Island off the coast of Alaska, and salmon is one of our favorite foods," writes Becky Applebee of Chiniak, Alaska. "This elegant dish was the star attraction at the open house we hosted at my husband's business."

Broccoli Veggie Dip

Broccoli Veggie Dip

Broccoli Veggie Dip

This yummy variation on spinach dip gets a bit of crunch from chopped broccoli. Everyone enjoys this delicious blend, which you can serve with crackers or in a bread bowl.

Ham Tortilla Stack

Ham Tortilla Stack

Ham Tortilla Stack

This tasty appetizer is considered my specialty— I'm asked to make it whenever we have a sizable get-together. It has crunchy colorful peppers and a creamy ham filling tucked between tortillas.

Garlic Herb Spread

Garlic Herb Spread

Garlic Herb Spread

Garlic and a host of herbs pleasantly season this savory spread. It's a "must" on my holiday menu because I can make it in advance. —Cheryl Fortier, Athabasca, Alberta
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