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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.

Eggnog Dip

Eggnog Dip

Eggnog Dip

I put together a cookbook of my grandma's Christmas recipes that includes this classic eggnog appetizer. Serve it as a dip with fresh fruit or drizzle it over cake for dessert.

Peachy Chicken Wings

Peachy Chicken Wings

Peachy Chicken Wings

"I've been making these slightly sweet wings for 25 years, and people always love them," says Linda Walker of Dumfries, Virginia. "The wings marinate overnight, then I bake them an hour before serving. The recipe is easy to double or triple for a crowd," she adds.

Meatballs in Apple Butter

Meatballs in Apple Butter

Meatballs in Apple Butter

"The apple butter and maple syrup give these simple sausage balls a delicious zing," says Joan Reesman, Franklin, Tennessee.
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Cranberry Feta Cheesecake

Cranberry Feta Cheesecake

Cranberry Feta Cheesecake

“I modified a cheese spread into a cheesecake by lightening the filling with part skim ricotta, crushed cranberry and orange and other ingredients,” shares Josephine Piro from Easton, Pennsylvania.

Easy Egg Salad

Easy Egg Salad

Easy Egg Salad

This pretty mold is an attractive way to display egg salad. My family enjoys hearty helpings on crackers for a snack or on bread for lunch.

German-Style Pickled Eggs

German-Style Pickled Eggs

German-Style Pickled Eggs

I make them these deviled eggs and refrigerate them in a glass gallon jar for my husband to sell at his tavern. The customers love them! I found the recipe in an old cookbook years ago. —Marjorie Hennig, Green Valley, Arizona

Stuffed Bread Appetizers

Stuffed Bread Appetizers

Stuffed Bread Appetizers

You may want to double the recipe for this hearty cold appetizer because I've found that folks just can't seem to stop eating it! —Tracy Westrom, Lansdale, Pennsylvania

Pimiento-Olive Cheese Log

Pimiento-Olive Cheese Log

Pimiento-Olive Cheese Log

Pimientos give great color to this soft-textured cheese log. I make it for many occasions throughout the year.

Pineapple Cheese Ball

Pineapple Cheese Ball

Pineapple Cheese Ball

Pineapple lends a fruity tang to this fun and tasty appetizer. Instead of one large cheese ball, you could make two smaller ones...one to serve before a meal and one to take to a party. —Anne Halfhill, Sunbury, Ohio

Savory Ham Cheesecake

Savory Ham Cheesecake

Savory Ham Cheesecake

My mom was the best cook—everything she made was special. She served this elegant cheesecake on Sunday following a Saturday ham dinner. Now my family loves it, too!—Shannon Soper, West Bend, Wisconsin

Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa

I was raised in South Florida, where we enjoyed plenty of fresh tropical fruits. While this salsa is good for snacking with chips, I'll often serve it on fresh fish, which is plentiful here, too.
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