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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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Deviled Eggs Extraordinaire

Deviled Eggs Extraordinaire

Deviled Eggs Extraordinaire

“For adult occasions, tiny amounts of red or black caviar may be appropriate garnish on top for variety.” This creamy, mild deviled egg boasts a pleasant, mustard flavor, as well. —Carol Ross, Anchorage, Alaska

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

Strawberries with Chocolate Cream Filling

Strawberries with Chocolate Cream Filling

Strawberries with Chocolate Cream Filling

Just a sweet little something to top off any meal and make it special. These party-pretty bites are as easy to make as they are delicious. Try the strawberries as a refreshing fruit appetizer, too. —Lisa Huff, Wilton, Connecticut
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Creamy Radish Dip

Creamy Radish Dip

Creamy Radish Dip

This Scandinavian dish is one of our favorite spring appetizers. We use homegrown onions and radishes. —Terri Chatfield, Hamilton, Ohio

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

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."

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

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.
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