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Slow Cooker Appetizers

If you're hosting a party, plan ahead with these recipes for slow cooker appetizers, including nachos, crostini, sauces, cheese dip, spreads, party meatballs, sausage bites and more.

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Don't want any leftovers from your party? Serve these tempting sausages in a sweet and savory sauce. I've never had even one piece go uneaten. —Jo Ann Renner, Xenia, Ohio
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Warm Feta Cheese Dip

Warm Feta Cheese Dip

Warm Feta Cheese Dip

We’re big on appetizers, so this dip is a mashup of our favorite tastes, like cream cheese, feta, basil and sweet peppers. Serve with bread or chips. —Ashley Lecker, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Championship Bean Dip

Championship Bean Dip

Championship Bean Dip

My friends and neighbors expect me to bring this irresistible dip to every gathering. When I arrive, they ask, "You brought your bean dip, didn't you?" If there are any leftovers, we use them to make bean and cheese burritos the next day. I've given out this recipe a hundred times. —Wendi Wavrin Law, Omaha, Nebraska

Cheesy Chicken Taco Dip

Cheesy Chicken Taco Dip

Cheesy Chicken Taco Dip

We're huge college football fans (go Irish!), and my chicken taco dip hasn't missed a season opener in 14 years and counting. A slow cooker lets us keep the dip warm for the whole game—if it lasts that long! —Deanna Garretson, Yucaipa, California
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Sweet and Spicy Asian Meatballs

Sweet and Spicy Asian Meatballs

Sweet and Spicy Asian Meatballs

For big parties, I make glazed meatballs and deliver them in the slow cooker. That way they’re spicy, sweet and ready to eat. —Gail Borczyk, Boca Raton, Florida

Party Sausages

Party Sausages

Party Sausages

Don't want any leftovers from your party? Serve these tempting sausages in a sweet and savory sauce. I've never had even one piece go uneaten. —Jo Ann Renner, Xenia, Ohio

Crab & Artichoke Dip

Crab & Artichoke Dip

Crab & Artichoke Dip

Nearly every time my girlfriends and I get together, we dip into this rich and creamy snack and our favorite bottle of wine. It’s so convenient to use the slow cooker to make this recipe—it’s a perfect fit for our relaxed friends nights. —Connie McKinney, Marshall, Missouri

Hot Wing Dip

Hot Wing Dip

Hot Wing Dip

Since I usually have all the ingredients on hand, this is a great go-to snack for entertaining friends and family. —Coleen Corner, Grove City, Pennsylvania

Jalapeno Popper & Sausage Dip

Jalapeno Popper & Sausage Dip

Jalapeno Popper & Sausage Dip

My workplace had an appetizer contest, and I won it with my jalapeno and cheese dip. Every time I take it anywhere, folks empty the slow cooker. —Bev Slabik, Dilworth, Minnesota

Hot Crab Dip

Hot Crab Dip

Hot Crab Dip

I have six children and one grandchild, work full-time, and coach soccer and football. So I appreciate recipes like this one that are easy to assemble. The rich, creamy dip is a fun appetizer for holiday gatherings. —Teri Rasey, Cadillac, Michigan

Butter Chicken Meatballs

Butter Chicken Meatballs

Butter Chicken Meatballs

My husband and I love meatballs, and we love butter chicken. Before an appetizer party, we had the brainwave to combine these two loves, and the new creation got rave reviews! Want them as a main dish? Just serve with basmati rice. —Shannon Dobos, Calgary, Alberta

Marmalade Meatballs

Marmalade Meatballs

Marmalade Meatballs

We had a pre-Superbowl potluck at work, so I started cooking these meatballs in the morning. By lunch time they were ready. They were a big hit! —Jeanne Kiss, Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Mini Hot Dogs 'n' Meatballs

Mini Hot Dogs 'n' Meatballs

Mini Hot Dogs 'n' Meatballs

Hot appetizers don't come much easier than this recipe. It's so popular I usually double the recipe if I have a larger crock pot. You can vary the meats to suit your family's tastes, or increase the heat factor by using a spicier barbecue or spaghetti sauce. Serve with fancy party picks. —Andrea Chamberlain, Macedon, New York

Cheese-Trio Artichoke & Spinach Dip

Cheese-Trio Artichoke & Spinach Dip

Cheese-Trio Artichoke & Spinach Dip

No appetizer spread is complete without one amazing dip, and this is it. Creamy, cheesy and chock-full of veggies, it will quickly become your new go-to appetizer. —Diane Speare, Kissimmee, Florida

Hot Chili Cheese Dip

Hot Chili Cheese Dip

Hot Chili Cheese Dip

In Madera, California, Jeanie Carrigan simplifies party preparation by using her slow cooker to create this thick cheesy dip. "Your guests won't believe how good it is," she says.
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