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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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The best way to get kids interested in cooking and eating right is to let them help. Sliced apple "sandwiches" are one fun way to pique their interest and kitchen creativity. —Shirley Warren, Thiensville, Wisconsin
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Picnic Beans with Dip

Picnic Beans with Dip

Picnic Beans with Dip

Here's a fun way to enjoy fresh-picked beans...with a creamy well-seasoned dip. I first enjoyed it at a friend's house and have made it for several years. Try the dip with other vegetables, too, such as broccoli, celery and carrots. -Martha Bergman, Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Spicy Shrimp Salsa

Spicy Shrimp Salsa

Spicy Shrimp Salsa

Radishes add a wonderful crunch to this colorful salsa that is also great over grilled fish. There's just enough jalapeno to give flavor without much of the heat. Mary Beth Relyea - Canastota, New York

Savory Cucumber Sandwiches

Savory Cucumber Sandwiches

Savory Cucumber Sandwiches

Italian salad dressing easily flavors this simple spread. Serve it as a dip with crackers and veggies or use it as a sandwich filling. —Carol K Henderson, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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Homemade Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter

We eat a lot of peanut butter, so I decided to make my own. I checked the price of peanut butter up here against the cost of making my own and found mine to be much cheaper, with the added value of knowing what goes into it! Not to mention it's a whole lot tastier. —Marge Austin, North Pole, Alaska

Layered Artichoke Cheese Spread

Layered Artichoke Cheese Spread

Layered Artichoke Cheese Spread

“My sister-in-law brought this to a family party, and it went fast. It feeds a lot, plus it’s so colorful and pretty.” And it takes just 15 minutes to prep! —Gina Artrip, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Herbed Shrimp Appetizer

Herbed Shrimp Appetizer

Herbed Shrimp Appetizer

As guests arrive at your garden party, encourage them to sample these marinated shrimp from our Test Kitchen. Herbs, lime juice and red peppers give them great flavor.

Creamy Herb Spread

Creamy Herb Spread

Creamy Herb Spread

This fresh-flavored spread is ideal for chicken, turkey or veggie handhelds. Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Zesty Marinated Shrimp

Zesty Marinated Shrimp

Zesty Marinated Shrimp

These easy shrimp look impressive on a buffet table and taste even better! The zesty sauce has a wonderful spicy citrus flavor. I especially like this recipe because I can prepare it ahead of time. —Mary Jane Guest, Alamosa, Colorado

Pickled Mushrooms

Pickled Mushrooms

Pickled Mushrooms

As a salad or appetizer, these tangy mushrooms are a welcome addition to any meal or party buffet table. It doesn't take long for a whole bowlful to be devoured. I love to cook with fresh mushrooms - a crop our state is well known for. -Sandra Johnson, Tioga, Pennsylvania

Zippy Peach Spread

Zippy Peach Spread

Zippy Peach Spread

Don’t think twice about the ingredient pairings—this creamy spread is absolutely addictive! Lighten it up by using reduced-fat cream cheese. Laurie Hicks - Troy, MT

Blue Cheese Onion Dip

Blue Cheese Onion Dip

Blue Cheese Onion Dip

I decided to tweak the onion soup dip you see at every gathering, and everyone seems to be glad I did. Serve with crisp, raw vegetables or potato chips, and you’re set. —Vicki Desy, Tucson, AZ
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