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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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We invited friends over for dinner and forgot to purchase the salsa from the market. So I decided to try my hand at creating some of my own. It was a big success and everyone wanted the recipe. I hope you enjoy it, too!
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Marinated Mozzarella

Marinated Mozzarella

Marinated Mozzarella

I always come home with an empty container when I bring this dish to a party. It can be made ahead to free up time later. I serve it with pretty frilled toothpicks for a festive look. —Peggy Cairo, Kenosha, Wisconsin

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

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
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Orange Dip for Fruit

Orange Dip for Fruit

Orange Dip for Fruit

“This light and creamy dip is delightful with fruit, and it can also be used as a fluffy, low-cal frosting,” suggests field editor Kim Marie Van Rheenen from Mendota, Illinois.

Veggie Ranch Tortilla Pinwheels

Veggie Ranch Tortilla Pinwheels

Veggie Ranch Tortilla Pinwheels

These terrific bite-size appetizers are always a hit wherever I take them. They're easy to make ahead of time, and are a great addition to other party fare! —Lori Kostecki, Wausau, Wisconsin

Mark's Marinated Mushrooms

Mark's Marinated Mushrooms

Mark's Marinated Mushrooms

This appetizer is equally delicious served hot or cold. It's a real crowd-pleaser.—Mark Curry, Buena Vista, Colorado

Mini Rice Cake Snacks

Mini Rice Cake Snacks

Mini Rice Cake Snacks

Our Test Kitchen staff had a ball dressing up sweet bite-size rice cakes with a simple spread and colorful fruits. Try them with a combination of your favorite flavors.

Contest-Winning Watermelon Salsa

Contest-Winning Watermelon Salsa

Contest-Winning Watermelon Salsa

“I entered this recipe in a local fair, and it took first place! This is one of my favorites because all of the ingredients (except for the lime juice) came directly from my garden and bee hives.” —Carolyn Butterfield of Lake Stevens, Washington

Tiered Cheese Slices

Tiered Cheese Slices

Tiered Cheese Slices

I can't tell you how many times I've made this recipe or been asked to share it! Guests always think I fussed, but the simple ingredients go together in minutes using pre-sliced cheese. For busy holiday hostesses, it's a do-ahead delight.

Quick Corn Salsa

Quick Corn Salsa

Quick Corn Salsa

“A friend gave us this recipe, and everyone just raves about it.” Canned ingredients make this flavorful salsa a breeze to whip up. Dave Kepler - Metamora, IL

Three-Bean Salsa

Three-Bean Salsa

Three-Bean Salsa

Here’s an easy recipe for fabulous, chunky salsa. “It’s fast, fresh, low in fat and high in fiber,“ shares Regina Gutierrez. To keep calories down, she serves it with baked or low-fat tortilla chips at home in San Antonio, Texas.

Appetizer Tortilla Pinwheels

Appetizer Tortilla Pinwheels

Appetizer Tortilla Pinwheels

A friend gave me this recipe, and whenever I serve these tortilla roll ups, people ask me for the recipe, too! The pinwheels can be made ahead of time and sliced just before serving, leaving you time for other last-minute party preparations. —Pat Waymire, Yellow Springs, Ohio

Christmas Party Pinwheels

Christmas Party Pinwheels

Christmas Party Pinwheels

'Tis the season for easy make-ahead appetizers like these. They look so special and pretty that folks can't resist them! The refreshing flavor of ranch dressing and crisp colorful vegetables makes these pinwheels a pleasure to serve. —Janis Plourde, Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario

Easy Hummus

Easy Hummus

Easy Hummus

Using sun-dried tomato salad dressing instead of tahini adds a new dimension of flavor to this nutritious predinner snack. —Jeannette Jeremias, Kitchener, Ontario
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