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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.

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

Chickaritos

Chickaritos

Chickaritos

This recipe is one I created, substituting chicken for beef and omitting the frying, when our son grew fond of a fast-food restaurant's "junior burritos". They've been a big hit with our whole family ever since! —Nancy Coates, Oro Valley, Arizona

Crispy Chicken Wings Appetizer

Crispy Chicken Wings Appetizer

Crispy Chicken Wings Appetizer

I'm a beginner at cooking, so if I can make these chicken wings, anybody can! The recipe came from a co-worker at the hospital where I am a nurse's aide. I make it for Christmas, picnics, softball parties…you name it! —Nancy Lesky, La Crosse, Wisconsin
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Curried Chicken Balls Appetizer

Curried Chicken Balls Appetizer

Curried Chicken Balls Appetizer

Guests love these little chicken bites that get some zip from curry. The savory snacks work well for any occasion, big or small. —Judy Slotter, Alpharetta, Georgia

Fiesta Appetizer

Fiesta Appetizer

Fiesta Appetizer

This dip is always a big hit with men—maybe because of the hearty blend of flavors. It stands up great as a leftover besides...if there's any left over. I was raised on a Montana ranch, and my grandmother taught me to cook when I was 10 years old. My husband and I (we have one married daughter) are retired now. To stay active, I bowl and do crafts. My collection of cookbooks keeps right on growing, too—I started it more than 50 years ago.

Black Bean Salsa

Black Bean Salsa

Black Bean Salsa

This recipe is great for entertaining. Guests will be impressed with the wonderful taste of this salsa.—Susan Cochran, Anaheim, California

Sesame Chicken Wings

Sesame Chicken Wings

Sesame Chicken Wings

Many times I've taken this dish to church dinners and I'm always asked for the recipe. It's a super appetizer for any gathering.

Wade's Shrimp Spread

Wade's Shrimp Spread

Wade's Shrimp Spread

I prefer to prepare main dishes, but I do make desserts once in a while and appetizers for parties. This is a flavorful spread with a bit of zip. I've been making this for the holidays for over 15 years.—Wade Harmon, Orange, Massachusetts

Pecan-Date Cheese Ball

Pecan-Date Cheese Ball

Pecan-Date Cheese Ball

Says Sue Broyles of Cherokee, Texas, "This lightly sweet cheese ball is great to have on hand when we crave something creamy or if company drops by. It's even nice enough for the holidays."

Marinated Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

Marinated Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

Marinated Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

Every January, we host a family get-together to watch "the big game" on TV. I'm not much of a football fan, but I do enjoy that annual opportunity to try out new recipes. These tasty finger sandwiches scored a "touchdown" with everyone who tried them! If you don't want to miss a play, you can prepare this appetizer ahead and heat it up at halftime.

Ham and Cheese Spread

Ham and Cheese Spread

Ham and Cheese Spread

For a quick and easy spread as an appetizer at your next party, try this recipe. Sever with a side of crackers and breads.—Lorna Graham, Carberry, Manitoba
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