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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.

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."

Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon Salsa

From Kansas City Missouri, Pat Bremson relates, "This salsa is so good, I could just eat it with a spoon! It's wonderful over fish or chicken."

Zippy Shrimp Skewers

Zippy Shrimp Skewers

Zippy Shrimp Skewers

These flavorful skewers from Jalayne Luckett, Marion, Illinois, deliver a mouthwatering kick with minimal effort. Fix them for your next party and watch them disappear.—Jalayne Luckett, Marion, Illinois
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Cola Hot Wings

Cola Hot Wings

Cola Hot Wings

These delectable wings are so easy to make, and they offer year-round versatility, from summer cookouts to autumn tailgates. My husband likes them so much he'll stand out in the snow to grill them! —Lisa Linville, Randolph, Nebraska

Zucchini & Cheese Roulades

Zucchini & Cheese Roulades

Zucchini & Cheese Roulades

My husband enjoys this recipe so much that he even helps me roll up the roulades! You can change the filling any way you like—I have used feta instead of Parmesan, or try sun-dried tomatoes in the place of the olives.

Yogurt Dill Dip

Yogurt Dill Dip

Yogurt Dill Dip

Every person who tries this wants to know what makes it taste special. The secret is the blend of yogurt, sour cream and mayo. —Krisann Durnford, Muskego, Wisconsin

Fresh Chili Salsa

Fresh Chili Salsa

Fresh Chili Salsa

This is a typical New Mexico appetizer that makes good use of fresh cilantro and locally grown tomatillos and serranos. Enjoy it with corn chips or crackers. —Molly Seidel, Edgewood, New Mexico

Triple Berry Salsa

Triple Berry Salsa

Triple Berry Salsa

"Blueberries are so nutritious, low in calories and packed with vitamin C, fiber and disease-fighting antioxidants. This chunky salsa is a fresh, flavorful blend of berries and veggies and would be great over grilled chicken, too.” —Raymonde Bourgeois, Swastika, Ontario

Blue Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Peppers

Blue Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Peppers

Blue Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Peppers

Grilling is a huge summer highlight for my family, and that is one reason we're such fans of this recipe. Whenever I put out a plate of these cute little appetizers, people come flocking. Good thing there are lots of peppers in each bag. —Tara Cruz, Kersey, Colorado

Fruit Kabobs with Cream Cheese Dip

Fruit Kabobs with Cream Cheese Dip

Fruit Kabobs with Cream Cheese Dip

These fruity kabobs are so refreshing on a warm day. They're also a quick and easy meal for get-togethers.

Huevos Diablos

Huevos Diablos

Huevos Diablos

You'll think these eggs really do have a bit of devil's heat in them. For a milder version, remove the ribs and seeds from the jalapeno. #151;Linda Ross, Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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