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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.

Bruschetta Melts

Bruschetta Melts

Bruschetta Melts

I made this awesome bruschetta for my daughter’s baby shower, but I should've planned for more. We ran out right away! —Coleen McCrea Katz, Havertown, Pennsylvania

Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots

Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots

Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots

Indulge in just one of these scrumptious bacon-wrapped goodies and you’ll taste why they’re a hit with kids of all ages. They’ll go fast, so you may want double the recipe! —Joni Hilton, Rocklin, California

Rich Horseradish Cheese Spread

Rich Horseradish Cheese Spread

Rich Horseradish Cheese Spread

Cheesy, thick and rich, this flavorful dip stays put on freshly baked soft pretzels. It’s also delicious spread on slices of crusty French bread.—Cathy Bodell, Frankfort, Michigan
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Scallop Kabobs for 2

Scallop Kabobs for 2

Scallop Kabobs for 2

“I’m always on the lookout for recipes that are lower in fat and heart-healthy, too. These kabobs fill the bill. I like to serve them with a fruit salad and a light dessert.” Edie DeSpain - Logan, UT

Fresh Summer Salsa

Fresh Summer Salsa

Fresh Summer Salsa

“This fresh-tasting combination is great with chips or grilled salmon, chicken or pork chops. But it’s so good, sometimes I just eat it with a spoon!" —Lindsay Anderson, Inman, Kansas

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

Grilled Steak Appetizers with Stilton Sauce

Grilled Steak Appetizers with Stilton Sauce

Grilled Steak Appetizers with Stilton Sauce

Here’s a hearty appetizer that’ll get any gathering off to a delicious start. The rich, creamy cheese sauce complements the grilled steak to perfection. —Radelle Knappenberger, Oviedo, Florida

Blue Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

Blue Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

Blue Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

A rich, warm and cheesy recipe for classic stuffed mushrooms, this attractive appetizer is perfect for your next dinner party or special event. —Kristen Woodburn, Atlanta, Georgia

Savory Stuffed Figs

Savory Stuffed Figs

Savory Stuffed Figs

“I use this three-ingredient recipe when I want a sweet and savory appetizer that’s simple to make. It can be made ahead, and is nice for elegant or casual parties.” —Maggie Zabinko, Anchorage, Alaska

Grilled Peach BBQ Chicken Wings

Grilled Peach BBQ Chicken Wings

Grilled Peach BBQ Chicken Wings

These wings make an irresistible addition to any backyard get-together! —Silvana Nardone, Brooklyn, New York

Sesame Chicken with Creamy Satay Sauce

Sesame Chicken with Creamy Satay Sauce

Sesame Chicken with Creamy Satay Sauce

These exotic skewers are surprisingly simple to make but taste like they came from an Asian restaurant. Before grilling, the chicken strips marinate in a sesame salad dressing.
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