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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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Hot Dog Sliders with Mango-Pineapple Salsa

Hot Dog Sliders with Mango-Pineapple Salsa

Hot Dog Sliders with Mango-Pineapple Salsa

For parties, we shrink down lots of foods to slider size, including these quick hot dogs. Pile on the easy but irresistible fruit salsa for a burst of fresh flavor. —Carole Resnick, Cleveland, Ohio

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.”

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
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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

Bourbon-Glazed Meatballs

Bourbon-Glazed Meatballs

Bourbon-Glazed Meatballs

A must for any appetizer menu, these mouthwatering meatballs require very little preparation, leaving you plenty of time to finish all those other last-minute party details.—Bob Bratzel, Deland, Florida

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

Peanut Shrimp Kabobs

Peanut Shrimp Kabobs

Peanut Shrimp Kabobs

In Middletown, Delaware, Helen Gilden gives shrimp a taste of the Orient. Soy sauce and peanut butter are combine in a sauce that glazes the shrimp nicely as she grills them. "I like to serve these kabobs as an appetizer when I'm entertaining," Helen notes.

Crisp Cucumber Salsa

Crisp Cucumber Salsa

Crisp Cucumber Salsa

Here's a fantastic way to use cucumbers. You'll love the creamy and crunchy texture and super-fresh flavors. —Charlene Skjerven, Hoolpe, North Dakota

Cucumber-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Cucumber-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Cucumber-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Besides being tasty, these little tomato poppers are extra awesome because you can make them ahead of time. At parties, I often triple the recipe because they disappear fast. —Christi Martin, Elko, Nevada

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
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