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Cold Appetizer Recipes

Looking for cold appetizer recipes? Find cold appetizers including sandwich platters or meat and cheese platters for any social gathering.

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This deliciously different salsa is versatile, fresh-tasting and colorful. People are surprised to see a salsa made with strawberries, but it's excellent over grilled chicken and pork and as a dip with corn chips. -Jean Giroux, Belchertown, Massachusetts
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Fiesta Pinwheels

Fiesta Pinwheels

Fiesta Pinwheels

Whenever I serve this make-ahead pinwheel recipe, they disappear fast. When a friend at the office shared them with me, I knew in one bite I'd be taking her recipe home for the holidays. —Diane Martin, Brown Deer, Wisconsin

Cafe Mocha Mini Muffins

Cafe Mocha Mini Muffins

Cafe Mocha Mini Muffins

Cafe Mocha Mini Muffins are a good choice, assures Tina Sawchuk of Ardmore, Alberta. "These mini muffins freeze will, so it's always easy to keep some on hand," she says. "And they're just the right size for snacking."

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Your guests are in for a sweet surprise when they try this unusual cheese ball…it tastes just like cookie dough! Rolled in chopped pecans, the chip-studded spread is wonderful on regular or chocolate graham crackers. I especially like it because it can be assembled in a wink. —Kelly Glascock, Syracuse, Missouri
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Mini BLTs

Mini BLTs

Mini BLTs

Celery adds a nice crunch to these easy, delightful appetizers. They’re always popular at parties and get-togethers. —Elizabeth Borgemenke, Mason, Ohio

Mini Muffuletta

Mini Muffuletta

Mini Muffuletta

People love these hearty little sandwich wedges. The recipe is great for a party and can be made the day before.—Gareth Craner, Minden, Nevada

Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip

Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip

Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip

My husband and two kids are sure to eat the first dozen of these cookies, warm from the oven, before the next tray is even done. A co-worker gave me the recipe for the pumpkin dip, which everyone loves with the cookies. —Kelly McNeal, Derby, Kansas

In-a-Snap Bruschetta

In-a-Snap Bruschetta

In-a-Snap Bruschetta

This simple yet elegant finger food looks like you fussed, but it's really easy to make!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Fireside Cheese Spread

Fireside Cheese Spread

Fireside Cheese Spread

When our family and friends get together for holidays or other occasions, I serve this appetizer. It's always a success. If you prefer, try a Swiss cheese spread instead of the cheddar. And, if you enjoy garlic, substitute a small clove of minced garlic for the garlic powder. —Debbie Terenzini-Wilkerson, Lusby, Maryland

Creamy Caramel Dip

Creamy Caramel Dip

Creamy Caramel Dip

Because I feed three hungry "men" (my husband, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and our two little boys), I love satisfying snacks that are easy to make. We all appreciate this cool, light fruit dip. —Karen Laubman, Spruce Grove, Alberta

Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

I love to serve this dip for tailgate parties or as an appetizer for any occasion. It's so quick and easy to pull together and just full of flavor! —Andrea Reynolds, Rocky River, Ohio

Pumpkin Pie Dip

Pumpkin Pie Dip

Pumpkin Pie Dip

I came up with this rich, creamy pumpkin dip when I had a small amount of canned pumpkin left in the fridge after my holiday baking. It's also great served with sliced pears and apples, or as a spread on zucchini bread. —Laurie LaClair, North Richland Hills, Texas

Marinated Olive & Cheese Ring

Marinated Olive & Cheese Ring

Marinated Olive & Cheese Ring

We love to make meals into celebrations, and antipasto always kicks off the party for Italian dinners. This one is almost too pretty to eat, especially when sprinkled with pimientos, fresh basil and parsley. —Patricia Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania

Contest-Winning BLT Pizza

Contest-Winning BLT Pizza

Contest-Winning BLT Pizza

A friend shared the recipe for this cold pizza that gets its crispy crust from refrigerated crescent roll dough. My co-workers especially like it when I bring this refreshing snack in to work.

Spicy Chunky Salsa

Spicy Chunky Salsa

Spicy Chunky Salsa

Vinegar adds a refreshing tang to this sweet tomato salsa. It's wonderful as is, but for more heat, leave in some hot pepper seeds. —Donna Goutermont, Sequim, Washington
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