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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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Grilled Cheese & Tomato Flatbreads

Grilled Cheese & Tomato Flatbreads

Grilled Cheese & Tomato Flatbreads

This is a combination of grilled pizza and a cheesy flatbread recipe I discovered years ago. It's a great appetizer or main dish. —Tina Repak Mirilovich, Johnstown, Pennsylvania

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

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.
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Blue Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Peppers

Blue Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Peppers

Blue Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Peppers

Grilling is a huge summer highlight for my family, and that 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

Inside-Out Veggie Dip

Inside-Out Veggie Dip

Inside-Out Veggie Dip

Cherry tomatoes and cucumber slices make these savory, bite-size treats ideal for Christmas or New Year parties. —Judie Thurstenson, Colcord, Oklahoma

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.

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

Pepper Steak Quesadillas

Pepper Steak Quesadillas

Pepper Steak Quesadillas

“I came up with this savory snack when my family needed a quick lunch before running off in several directions,” writes Barbara Moore from Farmington, New Mexico. “I threw together what I had in the fridge and it was a big hit!”

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.

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."

Cilantro Bean Dip

Cilantro Bean Dip

Cilantro Bean Dip

This chunky fresh-tasting dip, shared by Wendy Prevost of Cody, Wyoming, gets a little kick from hot pepper sauce.
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