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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.

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
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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.

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."

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."

Sweet 'n' Hot Mustard Dip

Sweet 'n' Hot Mustard Dip

Sweet 'n' Hot Mustard Dip

"With pretzels, this sweet and spicy mustard is a fun snack," remarks Rita Reifenstein of Evans City, Pennsylvania. "It also sparks the flavor of grilled chicken strips or sausages."

Simmered Smoked Links

Simmered Smoked Links

Simmered Smoked Links

A tasty sweet-sour sauce glazes bite-size sausages in this recipe shared by Maxine Cenker of Weirton, West Virginia. "Serve these effortless appetizers with toothpicks at parties or holiday get-togethers," she suggests.
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