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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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Homemade Guacamole

Homemade Guacamole

Homemade Guacamole

Nothing is better than fresh guacamole when you're eating something hot. It's easy to whip together in a matter of minutes and quickly tames anything that's too spicy. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

Easy Party Meatballs

Easy Party Meatballs

Easy Party Meatballs

Meatballs are always great for parties. This is an easy twist on the usual recipe, and it's very fast to make. —Debbie Paulsen, Apollo Beach, Florida

Deviled Eggs with Bacon

Deviled Eggs with Bacon

Deviled Eggs with Bacon

These yummy deviled eggs went over so well at our summer cookouts, I started making them for holiday dinners as well. Everyone likes the addition of crumbled bacon. —Barbara Reid, Mounds, Oklahoma
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Stuffed Bread Appetizers

Stuffed Bread Appetizers

Stuffed Bread Appetizers

You may want to double the recipe for this hearty cold appetizer because I've found that folks just can't seem to stop eating it! —Tracy Westrom, Lansdale, Pennsylvania

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."

Fresh Peach Salsa

Fresh Peach Salsa

Fresh Peach Salsa

Scooped up on a chip or in a taco, peach salsa makes everything taste like summer. It's also great served with chicken or fish, and since it comes together in a food processor, it really takes almost no time to make. —Shawna Laufer, Ft. Myers, Florida

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

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.

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.

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

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."
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