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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.

Confetti Guacamole

Confetti Guacamole

Confetti Guacamole

Whenever I make this colorful guacamole for summer get-togethers, I'm sure to double the recipe because one batch just isn't enough!

Antipasto-Stuffed Baguettes

Antipasto-Stuffed Baguettes

Antipasto-Stuffed Baguettes

These Italian-style sandwiches can be served as an appetizer or as a light lunch. A homemade olive paste makes every bite delicious.

Radish-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Radish-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Radish-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Christmas appetizer buffets get a refreshing lift with stuffed cherry tomatoes. Plus, the color is appropriate for the season!
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Grilled Shrimp with Cilantro Sauce

Grilled Shrimp with Cilantro Sauce

Grilled Shrimp with Cilantro Sauce

Make this zippy, change-of-pace recipe from our Test Kitchen for a lip-smacking cilantro sauce that really dresses up grilled shrimp.

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.

Quick Watermelon Salsa

Quick Watermelon Salsa

Quick Watermelon Salsa

On hot days, this sweet salsa with watermelon, pineapple and fresh cilantro is sure to satisfy. Betsy Hanson tosses it together in a matter of minutes in her Tiverton, Rhode Island kitchen.

Beer Cheese

Beer Cheese

Beer Cheese

I like to serve this zesty and bold cheese spread with crackers and veggie dippers. It's great to take along to picnics.

Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salsa

Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salsa

Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salsa

Sometimes I'll turn this into individual appetizers by putting a spoonful of salsa in a tortilla chip scoop, then topping with a small dollop of sour cream.

Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

I first made this fresh, fruity salsa for a family baby shower. Everyone wanted the recipe. Now, someone makes this juicy snack for just about every family gathering—and I have to keep reminding everyone who introduced it! —Jessica Robinson, Indian Trail, North Carolina

Grilled Jerk Chicken Wings

Grilled Jerk Chicken Wings

Grilled Jerk Chicken Wings

I have been making this recipe ever since I can remember…and every time I have a party. It's so simple to fix, doesn't take a lot of ingredients or time, and is always a favorite with my guests. You can change it up for different crowds by varying the seasoning for a mild to extra-spicy kick. —Caren Adams, Fontana, California

Spicy Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dip

Spicy Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dip

Spicy Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dip

These fall-off-the-bone-tender wings have just the right amount of heat. The cool blue cheese dressing creates the perfect flavor combination for dipping. —Kevalyn Henderson, Hayward, Wisconsin
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