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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Hot Cheese Dip

Hot Cheese Dip

Hot Cheese Dip

This recipe started at school—I'm a teacher, and when a colleague brought Hot Cheese Dip to our regular staff potluck, I immediately gave it an A+. Cooking, baking and collecting recipe books are among my favorite hobbies. Best of all, though, I enjoy time with my husband and our daughter.

Party Spinach Spread

Party Spinach Spread

Party Spinach Spread

This appetizer is delicious, easy and pretty, too! Everyone who tries it asks for the recipe. The spread keeps for several days, so it's great for making in advance for a party. But once you put it out, it won't last long!

Gail's Homemade Salsa

Gail's Homemade Salsa

Gail's Homemade Salsa

We invited friends over for dinner and forgot to purchase the salsa from the market. So I decided to try my hand at creating some of my own. It was a big success and everyone wanted the recipe. I hope you enjoy it, too!

Festive Ham 'n' Cheese Spread

Festive Ham 'n' Cheese Spread

Festive Ham 'n' Cheese Spread

"My family goes wild over this mild-tasting, hearty cheese spread," comments Cara Flora of Olathe, Colorado.

Oyster Cheese Appetizer Log

Oyster Cheese Appetizer Log

Oyster Cheese Appetizer Log

When you say "holiday tradition" around our house, this appetizer comes to mind immediately. Every winter, I make lots of cheese logs and freeze them for when I'm expecting company or need to take food to someone's home. The blend of smoked oysters, chili powder, nuts and cream cheese tastes good-even people who don't like oysters may enjoy this interesting appetizer.

Snackin' Granola

Snackin' Granola

Snackin' Granola

Granola's a popular treat with children, and this one couldn't be easier to prepare. I flavor it with lots of tasty good-for-you ingredients. It's perfect to send in bag lunches or to serve after school. I've also used it as an "in-the-car" treat when we take family vacations. —Marlene Mohr, Cincinnati, Ohio

Dilly Pretzels

Dilly Pretzels

Dilly Pretzels

This savory snack shapes up in mere minutes...and disappears just as quickly, assures Sharon Skildum of Maple Grove, Minnesota. "My family agrees that you can't eat just one," she grins. "That's okay, though—making more is just a matter of coating purchased pretzels with spices. Our children are always happy to help!"—Sharon Skildum, Maple Grove, Minnesota

Roasted Garlic

Roasted Garlic

Roasted Garlic

When garlic is roasted, it becomes mild and soft enough to spread over bread or crackers. For additional herb flavor, place a sprig of fresh thyme over the cut surface of the garlic before roasting. Roasted garlic can also be used to flavor cream of potato soup. Simply roast as directed. When cool, squeeze the garlic from the skin into the soup and puree the entire mixture. One whole head or bulb of garlic will flavor 6 to 8 quarts of soup.

Garlic Cheese Spread

Garlic Cheese Spread

Garlic Cheese Spread

Making this cheese spread is easy and fun. It tastes great on flatbread, focaccia or crackers. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Nuts and Bolts

Nuts and Bolts

Nuts and Bolts

Since I was a child, we've made buckets of this mix each Christmas for everyone. These days, though, I fix it for just about any occasion.—TaNauna Bunch, Grand Centre, Alberta

Smoky Chicken Spread

Smoky Chicken Spread

Smoky Chicken Spread

The unique "smoky" flavor in this spread comes from smoked almonds. It makes a hearty snack on your favorite crackers. Don't expect many leftovers! —Mary Beth Wagner, Rio, Wisconsin
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