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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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I need only five ingredients to fix these easy appetizers. Grape juice and apple jelly are the secrets behind the sweet yet tangy sauce that complements convenient packaged meatballs. —Janet Anderson, Carson City, Nevada
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Slow Cooker Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Slow Cooker Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Slow Cooker Spinach & Artichoke Dip

With this creamy dip, I can get my daughters to eat spinach and artichokes. We serve it with chips, toasted pita bread or fresh veggies. —Jennifer Stowell, Montezuma, Iowa

Pork Picadillo Lettuce Wraps

Pork Picadillo Lettuce Wraps

Pork Picadillo Lettuce Wraps

Warm pork and cool, crisp lettuce are a combination born in culinary heaven. My spin on a lettuce wrap is chock full of scrumptious flavor and spice. —Janice Elder, Charlotte, North Carolina

Cheesy Meatballs

Cheesy Meatballs

Cheesy Meatballs

Can meatballs be lucky? My guys think so, and they want them for game time. My beef, sausage and cheese recipe has a big fan following. —Jill Hill, Dixon, Illinois
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Southwestern Pulled Pork Crostini

Southwestern Pulled Pork Crostini

Southwestern Pulled Pork Crostini

For a unique take on crostini, these hearty appetizers are great for tailgating and other casual parties. Everyone enjoys these spicy, sweet and salty bites, which makes the recipe even more special to me. —Randy Cartwright, Linden, Wisconsin

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

Slow Cooker Cheddar Bacon Ale Dip

Slow Cooker Cheddar Bacon Ale Dip

Slow Cooker Cheddar Bacon Ale Dip

My tangy, smoky dip won the top prize at our office party recipe contest. Other beers can work, but steer clear of dark varieties. —Ashley Lecker, Green Bay, Wisconsin

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

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

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

Chicken Sliders with Sesame Slaw

Chicken Sliders with Sesame Slaw

Chicken Sliders with Sesame Slaw

These sweet, tangy, spicy chicken sliders have an Asian style that tingles the taste buds. At our potlucks, they quickly vanish. —Priscilla Yee, Concord, California

Easy Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Easy Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Easy Pepperoni Pizza Dip

This is so easy to make and transport. You won't have to keep it warm long, because it'll be gone in a flash. It's a great appetizer for any party. —Lisa Francis, Elba, Alabama

Jalapeno Spinach Dip

Jalapeno Spinach Dip

Jalapeno Spinach Dip

Everyone loves spinach dip, and this version is as easy as it is delicious. Just mix the ingredients together in the slow cooker for a savory and creamy appetizer. —Michaela Debelius, Waddell, Arizona

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

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 they got rave reviews! Want them as a main dish? Just serve with basmati rice. —Shannon Dobos, Calgary, AB
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