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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Strawberries with Chocolate Cream Filling

Strawberries with Chocolate Cream Filling

Strawberries with Chocolate Cream Filling

Just a sweet little something to top off any meal at all and make it special — from breakfast to dinner! These party-pretty bites are as easy to make as they are delicious. Try them as a refreshing fruit appetizer, too. Lisa Huff – Clive, IA

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

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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Apple Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Apple Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Apple Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Meet the Cook: Both my husband and I were raised on farms, and we prefer home cooking to eating out. That works out fine since I love trying new recipes! I've served this treat as an appetizer and a snack. Plus, it's sweet enough to be a dessert. It's easy to transport besides. We have a 9-year-old daughter. -Carolyn Brinkmeyer, Aurora, Colorado

Fresh Peach Salsa

Fresh Peach Salsa

Fresh Peach Salsa

"This pairs well with grilled chicken or fish.” Since this fresh salsa comes together in a food processor, it really takes almost no time to make. Shawna Laufer - Ft. Myers, FL

Caprese Tomato Bites

Caprese Tomato Bites

Caprese Tomato Bites

I love the classic combination of tomatoes, mozzarella and basil in these bite-size appetizers. The juicy explosion you get when you pop one into your mouth is the genuine taste of springtime.

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

Smokin' Hot Deviled Eggs

Smokin' Hot Deviled Eggs

Smokin' Hot Deviled Eggs

“Nearly everybody loves deviled eggs, and this variation has a nice kick. You can’t go wrong bringing these to a party or potluck.”—Jan Roberts, San Pedro, California

Special Stuffed Strawberries

Special Stuffed Strawberries

Special Stuffed Strawberries

Marcia Orlando from Boyertown, Pennsylvania writes, "These sweet bites can be made ahead of time...and they look really colorful on a tray. I sometimes sprinkle the piped filling with finely chopped pistachio nuts."

Sweet Chipotle Pretzels

Sweet Chipotle Pretzels

Sweet Chipotle Pretzels

Pretzels are a great snack food. I love this recipe because it is sweet as well as spicy, but not too spicy. It's a great combination for munching. —Geraldine Saucier, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Firecracker Shrimp

Firecracker Shrimp

Firecracker Shrimp

These delightful grilled shrimp from Mary Tallman of Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin are coated in a sweet and spicy glaze. The marinade comes together in moments for sizzling shrimp skewers.
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