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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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Seafood is plentiful here, and crayfish is my favorite. I like to serve this tasty appetizer while the main course is finishing up in the oven. Suggested romance: Shrimp may be substituted for the crawfish.
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Vegetable Wreath with Dip

Vegetable Wreath with Dip

Vegetable Wreath with Dip

Vegetables and dip are a mainstay at most holiday parties. I like to dress up this appetizer by cutting vegetables into festive shapes and arranging them as a wreath. It's a nice conversation piece. —Edna Hoffman, Hebron, Indiana

Chili-Lime Roasted Chickpeas

Chili-Lime Roasted Chickpeas

Chili-Lime Roasted Chickpeas

Looking for a lighter snack that's still a crowd-pleaser? You've found it! Chili-Lime Roasted Chickpeas will have everyone happily munching. —Julie Ruble, Charlotte, North Carolina

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.
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Colorful Fruit Kabobs

Colorful Fruit Kabobs

Colorful Fruit Kabobs

"These luscious fruit kabobs are perfect as a summer appetizer, snack or side dish," assures Ruth Ann Stelfox of Raymond, Alberta. "The citrus glaze clings well and keeps the fruit looking fresh."

Chive Egg Dip

Chive Egg Dip

Chive Egg Dip

"I love the combination of cream cheese and chives...and it goes so well with the other savory ingredients in this dip," writes field editor Ruth Peterson from Jenison, Michigan.

Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon Salsa

From Kansas City Missouri, Pat Bremson relates, "This salsa is so good, I could just eat it with a spoon! It's wonderful over fish or chicken."

Simple Salmon Dip

Simple Salmon Dip

Simple Salmon Dip

This is my go-to dip recipe for summer barbecues. The secret is the green chilies—they add just enough heat. —Susan Jordan, Denver, Colorado

Strawberry Honey Fruit Dip

Strawberry Honey Fruit Dip

Strawberry Honey Fruit Dip

I dress up strawberry cream cheese with honey and a touch of lemon peel. This creamy creation is perfect for dipping berries, sliced kiwi, cubed melon or most any fruit.—Pat Habiger, Spearville, Kansas

Crabmeat Appetizer Cheesecake

Crabmeat Appetizer Cheesecake

Crabmeat Appetizer Cheesecake

I found a lobster cheesecake recipe and decided to come up with my own version using crabmeat instead. It tastes great!

Santa Fe Cheesecake

Santa Fe Cheesecake

Santa Fe Cheesecake

"All of my favorite Southwestern ingredients are combined in this savory cheesecake. It looks and tastes fantastic!" relates field editor Jean Ecos of Hartland, Wisconsin

Black Bean Dip

Black Bean Dip

Black Bean Dip

With black beans, avocados, corn, peppers and cilantro, this family bean dip has lots of flavor and texture. This dip came about when I was experimenting with a similar recipe one day.

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

Pepper Shooters

Pepper Shooters

Pepper Shooters

Pop one of these savory peppers into your mouth for a tantalizing array of flavors. It's like an antipasto platter all in one bite.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen,

Shallot-Blue Cheese Dip

Shallot-Blue Cheese Dip

Shallot-Blue Cheese Dip

Perfect party fare, this five-ingredient dip is a treat on baked potatoes, too. —Alisa Pirtle, Browns Valley, California
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