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Quick Appetizers

Looking for quick appetizers? Find dips, cheese spreads, snack mixes and more finger foods and appetizer recipes ready in 30 minutes or less.

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Artichoke Caprese Platter

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Margaret Wilson
I dressed up the classic Italian trio of mozzarella, tomatoes and basil with marinated artichokes. It looks so yummy on a pretty platter set out on a buffet. Using fresh mozzarella is the key to its great taste. —Margaret Wilson, San Bernardino, California
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Brandied Blue Cheese Spread

Brandied Blue Cheese Spread

Brandied Blue Cheese Spread

Pour on the holiday spirit with a splash of brandy and three kinds of cheese. Pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, are a crunchy topping for the smooth spread. —T.B. England, San Antonio, Texas

Fudgy Fruit Dip

Fudgy Fruit Dip

Fudgy Fruit Dip

Says Wilma Knobloch of Steen, Minnesota, "This rich chocolaty dip is especially nice at holiday gatherings or served with fresh strawberries."

Cheddar Cheese Carrot

Cheddar Cheese Carrot

Cheddar Cheese Carrot

If you "carrot" all about serving up a good time for your guests, plant this playful appetizer on your party menu. I make this for parties, and it catches everyone's eye.—Pam Goodlet, Washington Island, Wisconsin
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Veggie Cheese Spread

Veggie Cheese Spread

Veggie Cheese Spread

This easy cheese spread is one of my family's favorite snacks. To make it a bit fancier, sprinkle tiny shrimp over the seafood sauce. It can be made ahead of time and is an ideal addition to an appetizer table.

Fresh Fruit Salsa

Fresh Fruit Salsa

Fresh Fruit Salsa

This salad has all the bright colors and fresh flavors of summer.— Mary E. Relyea, Canastota, New York.

East Coast Crab Appetizers

East Coast Crab Appetizers

East Coast Crab Appetizers

These appetizers are simple to make and absolutely delicious. We love seafood here on the East Coast, so I make these often!

Southwestern Cheese Dip

Southwestern Cheese Dip

Southwestern Cheese Dip

To take the edge off the kids' (and our!) hunger, this dip can be whipped up in no time. It's great with vegetable or chips.—Coleen Martin, Brookfield, Wisconsin

Salmon Party Spread

Salmon Party Spread

Salmon Party Spread

We're proud to serve our delicious Alaskan salmon to guests. Set out some crackers, and this slightly smoky spread will be gone in no time! —Kathy Crow, Cordova, Alaska

Lincoln Log

Lincoln Log

Lincoln Log

As an appetizer for my Presidents' Day dinner, I reshaped a favorite cheese ball recipe into this log. Rolled in nuts and sprouting herb sprig "branches", it was a fun and flavorful way to honor one of our most famous leaders. —Mary Beth de Ribeaux, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

This creamy dip is a nice addition to an appetizer buffet. It's received many compliments, and I've handed out several copies of the recipe. —Priscilla Gilbert, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida

Carrot Dip

Carrot Dip

Carrot Dip

This creamy appetizer, fresh from Raegan Dexter of Union Grove, Wisconsin, features nothing but great flavor. "you don't have to be a carrot fan to enjoy it," she notes. "I like it even more, because it is so easy to fix.!"
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