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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.

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

Caesar Salsa Baguette Slices

Caesar Salsa Baguette Slices

Caesar Salsa Baguette Slices

“I love throwing themed get-togethers. This appetizer was the hit of 'Mediterranean Night.' The fresh garden flavors in the tomatoey salsa are outstanding with a crusty, chewy baguette.“ —Jodie Gharbi, San Antonio, Texas
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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.

Mini Burgers with the Works

Mini Burgers with the Works

Mini Burgers with the Works

I started preparing these mini burgers several years ago as a way to use up bread crusts accumulating in my freezer. They're delicious. —Linda Lane, Bennington, Vermont

Sweet 'n' Tangy Chicken Wings

Sweet 'n' Tangy Chicken Wings

Sweet 'n' Tangy Chicken Wings

This slow cooker recipe is perfect for parties. Put the wings in before you prepare for the party, and in a few hours, you'll have wonderful appetizers! —Ida Tuey, Kokomo, Indiana

Spiced Sour Cream Dip (with fruit)

Spiced Sour Cream Dip (with fruit)

Spiced Sour Cream Dip (with fruit)

This slightly sweet dip is always a big hit at family gatherings. It's a nice addition to a brunch buffet.

Blueberry Watermelon Salsa

Blueberry Watermelon Salsa

Blueberry Watermelon Salsa

Shake things up this season with our Test Kitchen's fruity take on a classic treat. This salsa combines traditional corn and hot jalapenos with cool chopped watermelon and fresh blueberries for a well balanced chip dipper.

Grilled Pineapple with Lime Dip

Grilled Pineapple with Lime Dip

Grilled Pineapple with Lime Dip

This fruit appetizer was created in our Test Kitchen. If desired, the pineapple wedges can be rolled in flaked coconut before grilling.

Spiced Chips and Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Spiced Chips and Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Spiced Chips and Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Your food processor does most of the work for this green salsa studded with mango and splashed with lime. Yum! —Mary Relyea, Canastota, New York

Fresh Tomato Mexican Salsa

Fresh Tomato Mexican Salsa

Fresh Tomato Mexican Salsa

Mexican fare only gets better when topped with Anna Yeatts' colorful Fresh Salsa. The Pinehurst, North Carolina cook uses ripe tomatoes, crisp onion and a touch of minced serrano pepper, making it just as good as a side dish or appetizer with crunchy baked tortilla chips!
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