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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.

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

Holiday Party Deviled Eggs

Holiday Party Deviled Eggs

Holiday Party Deviled Eggs

My family's enjoyed these tidbits for many years and for good reason— the eggs are just delicious. What's the secret? I add cream cheese to the filling to make it smooth and rich.

Melon with Minted Lime Dip

Melon with Minted Lime Dip

Melon with Minted Lime Dip

For a refreshing summer side dish for any meal, our Test Kitchen recommends these marinated melon balls with a cool, creamy dip. You can also serve this fruity treat as a light dessert.
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Grilled Pork Appetizers

Grilled Pork Appetizers

Grilled Pork Appetizers

People can't seem to get enough of these tender hors d'oeuvres. Marinated in a sauce that is slightly sweetened with honey, the party starters also make a wonderful entree when served over rice. —Susan LeBrun Of Sulphur, Louisiana

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

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

Deviled Ham Stuffed Eggs

Deviled Ham Stuffed Eggs

Deviled Ham Stuffed Eggs

I make these stuffed eggs once a month for a fellowship meal at church-and I've yet to bring one back home! Different from typical versions, these hard-cooked eggs get a subtle crunch from chopped veggies, and deviled ham adds zing.

Potato Chip Chicken Strips

Potato Chip Chicken Strips

Potato Chip Chicken Strips

This novel recipe is a fast and tasty change from fried chicken.—Sister Judith LaBrozzi, Canton, Ohio
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