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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Texas Taco Platter

Texas Taco Platter

Texas Taco Platter

I take full advantage of versatile ground beef when entertaining by serving up this fun-filled dish. I've used this recipe many times, and everyone enjoys it. No one can resist this beefy entree topped with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and olives.—Kathy Young, Weatherford, Texas

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.

Pepper Avocado Salsa

Pepper Avocado Salsa

Pepper Avocado Salsa

Much of our summer menu is done on the grill, and peppers and avocados are favorites in my family. That led me to create this recipe to help spice up our barbecued entrees. I have also served it as an appetizer or thin wedges of bread and as a topping for easy country-style dishes like chicken and rice pilaf. With our 14-year-old daughter, we live on 4 wooded acres on Mt. Pisqua. -Theresa Mullens, Gill, Massachusetts

Baked Spinach Dip Loaf

Baked Spinach Dip Loaf

Baked Spinach Dip Loaf

"A crusty round sourdough loaf provides not only 'dippers' but also the serving bowl for this popular snack," points out Frieda Meding from Trochu, Alberta.

Nutty Cereal Crunch

Nutty Cereal Crunch

Nutty Cereal Crunch

"This is one of my favorite snacks to take to large get-togethers," writes Grace Yaskovic from her Branchville, New Jersey home. Cinnamon, brown sugar and butter create a lip-smacking coating for cereal and a variety of nuts in this change-of-pace party mix. One handful simply isn't enough!

Cucumber Salsa

Cucumber Salsa

Cucumber Salsa

Zippy jalapeno, tart lime juice and garden-fresh cucumbers take center stage in this chunky salsa from Sandy Lee of Choctaw, Oklahoma. "I always have more cucumbers than I can use, so I created this recipe," she says. "It complements just about anything."

Spicy Barbecued Peanuts

Spicy Barbecued Peanuts

Spicy Barbecued Peanuts

Cayenne pepper gives these sugar-glazed nuts a spicy kick. I've found that folks who favor sweet and savory flavors can't stop eating these mouthwatering morsels.—Linda Johnsson, Marion, Ohio

Zesty Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

Zesty Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

Zesty Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

"Whenever there's a family gathering, my sister-in-law brings this zesty bean dip, and it's a big hit," report Pamela Smith of Flushing, New York. "Since it keeps well in the refrigerator, it's great to have on hand for unexpected guests."

Watermelon Herb Salsa

Watermelon Herb Salsa

Watermelon Herb Salsa

A burst of fresh flavor comes your way in this unique summer salsa sparked with cilantro, basil and mint. It's delicious served over chicken. —Ann Chan, Augusta, Georgia. Romance to serve this over chicken.

Striped Chocolate Popcorn

Striped Chocolate Popcorn

Striped Chocolate Popcorn

Mary Schmittinger writes from Colgate, Wisconsin, “For a bake sale last year, I wanted to try something different. I’d seen chocolate popcorn in a candy shop and thought I’d try making it. This recipe was a great success.”

Cinnamon-Glazed Peanuts

Cinnamon-Glazed Peanuts

Cinnamon-Glazed Peanuts

This is the perfect topper for any ice cream treat at the end of a meal. The sweetness of the peanuts will enhance the flavor the ice cream.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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