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Father's Day Appetizers

Treat the dads in your life to their favorite apps including homemade salsa, dips, bruschetta, nachos, bacon-wrapped goodies and more.

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Your guests are in for a sweet surprise when they try this unusual cheese ball…it tastes just like cookie dough! Rolled in chopped pecans, the chip-studded spread is wonderful on regular or chocolate graham crackers. I especially like it because it can be assembled in a wink. —Kelly Glascock, Syracuse, Missouri
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Waffle Fry Nachos

Waffle Fry Nachos

Waffle Fry Nachos

"My husband and tow grown sons really enjoy these appetizers when we're camping," writes Debra Morgan of Idaho Falls, Idaho. "They can devour a platter of them in no time. They're also fun to fix when friends come over."

Caesar Salsa Baguette Slices

Caesar Salsa Baguette Slices

Caesar Salsa Baguette Slices

“I love throwing themed get-togethers. This appetizer was the hit of 'Mediterranean Night.' The fresh garden flavors in the tomatoey salsa are outstanding with a crusty, chewy baguette.“ —Jodie Gharbi, San Antonio, Texas

Chili Cheese Ball Spread

Chili Cheese Ball Spread

Chili Cheese Ball Spread

“Easy to make and easy to spread, this spicy cheese ball was my favorite appetizer that Mom made while I was growing up. Now, I enjoy serving it at my own parties and at potlucks.” Jerrie Denson - Hobbs, New Mexico
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Grilled Potato Skins with Creamy Topping

Grilled Potato Skins with Creamy Topping

Grilled Potato Skins with Creamy Topping

The creamy topping on these potato skins is so delicious. These make an excellent summertime treat alongside your favorite grilled meat. They are especially good with barbecue ribs. If you're not grilling your meal, you can bake these appetizers in a 375° oven for 18-20 minutes. —Stephanie Moon, Boise, Idaho

Walnut Chicken Spread

Walnut Chicken Spread

Walnut Chicken Spread

"It's a breeze to stir together this tasty chicken spread," confirms Joan Whelan of Green Valley, Arizona. "We enjoy the mild combination of chicken, crunchy walnuts, onion and celery. It's perfect with crackers or as a sandwich filling."

Sweet Gingered Chicken Wings

Sweet Gingered Chicken Wings

Sweet Gingered Chicken Wings

I first tasted this delicious chicken dish 11 years ago when I attended a class on using honey in cooking. When I prepare this recipe for a party, it's one of the first dishes to disappear! —Debbie Dougal, Roseville, California

Quick and Easy Corn Salsa

Quick and Easy Corn Salsa

Quick and Easy Corn Salsa

Colorful corn salsa is sure to be a hit with family and friends. It’s an easy accompaniment to an outdoor cookout and adds a kick of flavor to whatever’s on the grill.—Shirley A. Glaab, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Hearty Cheese Spread

Hearty Cheese Spread

Hearty Cheese Spread

Using the red wax covering from gouda cheese, Vernie Nicolaisen of Cherokee, Iowa fashions a decorative "poinsettia" bowl in which to serve this treat.

Zucchini/Herb Pate

Zucchini/Herb Pate

Zucchini/Herb Pate

Meet the Cook: A friend gave me the recipe for this pate after she'd served it at a formal wedding reception. But I make it most often to spread on crackers at picnics, potlucks and other casual get-togethers. My family - my husband, son and I - live on a small acreage. We all enjoy gardening (I grow my own herbs and vegetables). Hunting for antiques is a frequent activity of ours, too! -Melissa Sullivan, Iuka, Kansas

Steak & Blue Cheese Bruschetta with Onion & Roasted Tomato Jam

Steak & Blue Cheese Bruschetta with Onion & Roasted Tomato Jam

Steak & Blue Cheese Bruschetta with Onion & Roasted Tomato Jam

An appetizer bursting with flavor from bleu cheese, caramelized onion, jam and balsamic vinegar - tasty bites that vanish in a hurry. —Debbie Reid, Clearwater, Florida

Jalapeno Cheese Spread

Jalapeno Cheese Spread

Jalapeno Cheese Spread

“I keep the ingredients for this wonderful cheese spread on hand so that I can assemble it any time,” notes Patricia Kitts of Dickinson, Texas. “The combination with jalapenos, cream cheese and pecans is always a hit at parties.”
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