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July 4th Appetizers

Know what sounds appetizing? These family-favorite recipes for summer dips, bacon-wrapped treats, salsa, and other small-plate pleasers.

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Chilled Raspberry Soup

Family and friends enjoy this lovely cold soup. I often use sugar substitute and reduced-fat sour cream to make it a little lighter.—Amy Wenger, Severance, Colorado
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Nacho Scoops

Nacho Scoops

Nacho Scoops

Serve your clan a big ol’ platter of these fun and crazy-tasty nacho bites as you cheer for your team. You’ll score big with tortilla chips filled with creamy, spicy cheese and beef! —Raine Gottess, Coconut Creek, Florida

Strawberry Tomato Salsa

Strawberry Tomato Salsa

Strawberry Tomato Salsa

Here’s a sweet and tangy salsa that's miles away from the spicy version people expect. Serve it as an appetizer with tortilla chips for scooping, or make it part of the main event and spoon it over white meat. —Amy Hinkle, Topeka, Kansas

Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon Salsa

From Kansas City Missouri, Pat Bremson relates, "This salsa is so good, I could just eat it with a spoon! It's wonderful over fish or chicken."
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Garden Veg Salsa

Garden Veg Salsa

Garden Veg Salsa

We love this salsa made mostly with fresh garden vegetables. It’s healthy, and you can easily adjust the ingredients to suit your own tastes. —Dawn Gilson, Denmark, Wisconsin

Spicy Peanut Chicken Kabobs

Spicy Peanut Chicken Kabobs

Spicy Peanut Chicken Kabobs

A little sweet, a little sour, and a whole lot of flavor! These kabobs from Nancy Zimmerman of Cape May Court House, New Jersey make a wonderful accompaniment to any party or get-together.

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

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

Grilled Pineapple with Lime Dip

Grilled Pineapple with Lime Dip

Grilled Pineapple with Lime Dip

This fruit appetizer was created in our Test Kitchen. If desired, the pineapple wedges can be rolled in flaked coconut before grilling.

Lime Cucumber Salsa

Lime Cucumber Salsa

Lime Cucumber Salsa

This unique salsa tastes terrific with chicken and fish, on top of baked potatoes or eaten as a dip with tortilla chips.—Marcia Kwiecinski, Corregidor, Philippines

Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

"This grilling recipe has been in our family for many years and always gets rave reviews," comments Jane Bone. The Cape Coral, Florida subscriber combines tender marinated shrimp with bacon strips to produce these delightful appetizers that will surely disappear in a hurry.

Savory Stuffed Figs

Savory Stuffed Figs

Savory Stuffed Figs

“I use this three-ingredient recipe when I want a sweet and savory appetizer that’s simple to make. It can be made ahead, and is nice for elegant or casual parties.” —Maggie Zabinko, Anchorage, Alaska
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