Make-Ahead Finger Foods

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Pickled Shrimp

Pickled Shrimp

Pickled Shrimp

I appreciate this appetizer’s ease of preparation, especially during the hectic holiday season. The recipe can easily be doubled for a crowd.

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

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.

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.

Bowl of Bones

Bowl of Bones

Bowl of Bones

These tender, saucy wings have a hint of sweet and tangy lime flavor. Your guests will devour them!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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

Chutney-Bacon Cheese Ball

Chutney-Bacon Cheese Ball

Chutney-Bacon Cheese Ball

Your guests will love this tasty, ingredient-packed holiday cheese ball. Serve with crackers for a yummy appetizer.—Dena Gurley, Southaven, Mississippi

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.

Make-Ahead Marinated Shrimp

Make-Ahead Marinated Shrimp

Make-Ahead Marinated Shrimp

"Dress up your holiday buffet table with this tasty shrimp recipe. You'll have time to enjoy your party because this appetizer is that easy." – Phyllis Schmalz, Kansas City, Kansas

Greek Chicken Wings

Greek Chicken Wings

Greek Chicken Wings

Your guests will be delighted to munch on these herbed chicken wings from Lorraine Caland of Thunder Bay Ontario. Just be sure to make plenty of cucumber dipping sauce—it goes quickly!

Spicy Pork Baguette Bites

Spicy Pork Baguette Bites

Spicy Pork Baguette Bites

Here's an interesting twist on mini cocktail sandwiches. Lime mayonnaise provides a cool counterpoint to the nicely spiced pork, and toasted baguette slices contribute the crunch.
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