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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.

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.

Eggplant Dip

Eggplant Dip

Eggplant Dip

Garlic and a host of herbs pleasantly season this savory spread. It's a "must" on my holiday menu because I can make it in advance.—Linda Roberson, Collierville, Tennessee

Luscious Fruit Platter

Luscious Fruit Platter

Luscious Fruit Platter

I often make this fruit and dip dish in summer, when the finest fruits are at their best. Paired with angel food cake, this also makes a marvelous dessert.—Dixie Terry, Goreville, Illinois
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Fiesta Corn Dip

Fiesta Corn Dip

Fiesta Corn Dip

I first came across this recipe at a friend's bridge party. To give it a little more flair, I added the cilantro and olives. —Shirley Herring, Conroe, Texas

BLT Dip

BLT Dip

BLT Dip

Fans of bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches will fall for this creamy dip. It's easy to transport to different functions and always draws recipe requests. —Emalee Payne, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

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.

Sweet Liberty Fruit Wreath

Sweet Liberty Fruit Wreath

Sweet Liberty Fruit Wreath

Whether you craft it for a patriotic picnic or an everyday summer celebration, this colorful table topper will appetizingly round out the occasion. People positively eat it up! Our crafty kitchen experts first came up with the idea after spotting a plain foam wreath form. Rather than embellish it with dried flowers or ribbons, they decided to try fresh fruit instead. The process turned out to be so simple and so fast that they had time to add a savory centerpiece center—which doubles as a creamy dipping sauce. The final touch is a cinch, too. You simply top the sauce with strawberry stars you slice using mini cookie cutters.

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

Bear's Picnic Veggie Dip

Bear's Picnic Veggie Dip

Bear's Picnic Veggie Dip

A colorful array of vegetables served with this delicious dip added more appealing finger food at the teddy bear theme party. A nice accompaniment to the sandwich, this popular appetizer would be a welcome snack just about anytime. -Susan Schuller, Brainerd, Minnesota

Fruit Kabobs with Dip

Fruit Kabobs with Dip

Fruit Kabobs with Dip

The creamy dipping sauce in this recipe is so easy to make. Its pleasant banana flavor, sweetened with honey, complement fresh fruit.—LaChelle Olivet, Pace, Florida

Sweet-Sour Deviled Eggs

Sweet-Sour Deviled Eggs

Sweet-Sour Deviled Eggs

Folks will be sweet on these appetizers when they try them! "My family doesn't like traditional deviled eggs—but they gobble these sweet-sour versions right up," Claudia Millhouse of Myersville, Maryland reveals. "The eggs have also proven popular with our friends."
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