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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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.

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

Colorful Fruit Kabobs

Colorful Fruit Kabobs

Colorful Fruit Kabobs

"These luscious fruit kabobs are perfect as a summer appetizer, snack or side dish," assures Ruth Ann Stelfox of Raymond, Alberta. "The citrus glaze clings well and keeps the fruit looking fresh."

Smoked Salmon Cherry Tomatoes

Smoked Salmon Cherry Tomatoes

Smoked Salmon Cherry Tomatoes

These bright red festive bites are a show stopping finger food during the holiday season, at Easter and for the Fourth of July. With the smoked salmon filling, these appetizers seem elegant...and they're convenient because you can prepare them ahead.

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.

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.

Smoked Salmon New Potatoes

Smoked Salmon New Potatoes

Smoked Salmon New Potatoes

This recipe is what today's healthy eating is all about--fresh ingredients, healthy fish and low-fat dairy products. Plus, you're bound to get rave reviews when guests uncover these baby stuffed potatoes. This CW Test Kitchen recipe proves that delicious party food and healthy eating are compatible. If you're in a hurry, you can serve the cream cheese mixture as a spread with whole wheat crackers.

Mini Burgers with the Works

Mini Burgers with the Works

Mini Burgers with the Works

I started preparing these mini burgers several years ago as a way to use up bread crusts accumulating in my freezer. They're delicious. —Linda Lane, Bennington, Vermont

Sage Shrimp Skewers

Sage Shrimp Skewers

Sage Shrimp Skewers

“This is such a simple and unique grill recipe,” writes Lacey Kirsch of Vancouver, Washington. “And with just four ingredients, it's very easy to change the amounts for a crowd.”

Fire-Roasted Tomato Salsa

Fire-Roasted Tomato Salsa

Fire-Roasted Tomato Salsa

“I’ve been making this salsa for a few years now. Chipotle pepper gives it a smoky kick. The recipe makes a big batch, but it doesn’t last a day in our house.” —Pamela Paula, Weeki Wachee, Florida

Chardonnay Crackers

Chardonnay Crackers

Chardonnay Crackers

Special occasions call for extraordinary snacks. I use white wine and ranch dip mix to dress up plain wheat crackers. They're great to munch on anytime!—Sandra Cole, Danville, Pennsylvania
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