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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Blue Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Peppers

Grilling is a huge summer highlight for my family, which is one reason we're such fans of this recipe. Whenever I put out a plate of these cute little appetizers, people come flocking. Good thing there are lots of peppers in each bag. —Tara Cruz, Kersey, Colorado
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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

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

Spiced Peanuts

Spiced Peanuts

Spiced Peanuts

Liven up plain peanuts with a sweet-and-spicy blend of flavors from sugar, cumin and cayenne pepper. You'll want to double...or triple...the recipe!—Holly Kunkle, Walton, Kentucky

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."

Fourth of July Pizza

Fourth of July Pizza

Fourth of July Pizza

This festive pizza requires only four ready-to-use ingredients, so it can be assembled in no time. Kids will get a charge out of adding the cheese stars and stripes to the red "flag." —Flo Burtnett, Gage, Oklahoma

Tangy Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Tangy Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Tangy Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Paired with sweet cinnamon chips, this fruit salsa is quickly gobbled up by friends and family. It makes a nice addition to a brunch buffet. Plus it's a great snack. —Margaret McNeil, Germantown, Tennessee

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

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

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.

Cheeseburger Bites

Cheeseburger Bites

Cheeseburger Bites

This is a recipe from my mother. I like to make up a batch or two and store in the freezer till I'm ready to cook them.—Holly Camozzi, Petaluma, California
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