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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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Creamy Fruit Dip

Creamy Fruit Dip

Creamy Fruit Dip

"You can whip this three-ingredient dip in no time in a blender or with a mixer," points out Bonnie Wither of Branford, Connecticut. "It's yummy and smooth and goes great with any kind of fresh fruit."

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

Jazzed-Up French Bread

Jazzed-Up French Bread

Jazzed-Up French Bread

Fire up the grill right away for this tasty French bread. It takes seconds to prepare and then cooks away over indirect heat, giving you plenty of time to assemble the rest of the meal. —Lori LeCroy, East Tawas, Michigan
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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.”

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.

Sweet & Smoky Salsa

Sweet & Smoky Salsa

Sweet & Smoky Salsa

I love the roasted flavor that grilling gives food, so I decided to make a salsa from grilled vegetables. I think this recipe would also taste great using plum tomatoes. Also, if you can't use wood chip charcoal, you might try adding a little liquid smoke to the salsa while it cooks.—Shelly Bevington, Hermiston, Oregon

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."

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

Cream-Filled Strawberries

Cream-Filled Strawberries

Cream-Filled Strawberries

"These plump berries filled with a creamy pudding mixture are so elegant-looking and luscious-tasting that they're perfect for parties or holiday gatherings," notes Karin Poroslay from Wesley Chapel, Florida

Deviled Eggs Extraordinaire

Deviled Eggs Extraordinaire

Deviled Eggs Extraordinaire

“For adult occasions, tiny amounts of red or black caviar may be appropriate garnish on top for variety.” This creamy, mild deviled egg boasts a pleasant, mustard flavor, as well. —Carol Ross, Anchorage, Alaska

Spicy Chunky Salsa

Spicy Chunky Salsa

Spicy Chunky Salsa

Vinegar adds delightful tang to this sweet tomato salsa. You'll love its taste, but for more heat, leave in some hot pepper seeds. —Donna Goutermont, Juneau, Alaska
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