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Easy Appetizers

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Your family will love the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of these toasted bread slices, which get a kick from cayenne pepper.—Tanya Brady, Montague, Michigan
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Refreshing Fruit Dip

Refreshing Fruit Dip

Refreshing Fruit Dip

From Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, Jessica Humphrey shares this colorful dip made by blending peaches and strawberries from the freezer. "Sometimes I don't completely thaw the fruit first, because I like the dip cold," she says.

Brie-Berry Bruschetta

Brie-Berry Bruschetta

Brie-Berry Bruschetta

I love fresh strawberries, and I try to enjoy as many as possible during the season. Because so many strawberry recipes are quite sweet, I wanted to start the meal with something savory, so I came up with strawberries, cheese and good bread.

Onion Pita Pizza

Onion Pita Pizza

Onion Pita Pizza

For a different appetizer or snack, try these appealing "pizzas" from Mary Lou Wayman of Salt Lake City, Utah. With their mild blue cheese and onion flavor and crispy pita crust, they're sure to hit the spot with your favorite summer beverage.
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Hearty Cheese Spread

Hearty Cheese Spread

Hearty Cheese Spread

Using the red wax covering from gouda cheese, Vernie Nicolaisen of Cherokee, Iowa fashions a decorative "poinsettia" bowl in which to serve this treat.

Blue Cheese Dip

Blue Cheese Dip

Blue Cheese Dip

Our Test Kitchen shares this tasty dip with blue cheese and pecans. It’s excellent with assorted vegetables or sliced apples and pears.

Chutney-Topped Brie

Chutney-Topped Brie

Chutney-Topped Brie

This easy and elegant appetizer from Rebecca Irons in Lubbock, Texas has only four ingredients! “I first tasted something similar at a cheese shop,” she says. “Most any chutney flavor will work—from pineapple or mango to onion—for a toasty, melt-in-your-mouth treat on chilly days.”

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

Fruit Compote With Brie

Fruit Compote With Brie

Fruit Compote With Brie

What a special, versatile recipe! “I stir leftover compote into yogurt or serve it over cheesecake, ice cream, blintzes and crepes.” Clara Coulston - Washington Court House, OH

Fried Garlic Toast

Fried Garlic Toast

Fried Garlic Toast

I serve this fast toast with many meals and as a snack. For a change, sprinkle on onion powder instead of the garlic powder or use a favorite herb seasoning.—Leah Carrell, Quitman, Texas

Yummy Chocolate Dip

Yummy Chocolate Dip

Yummy Chocolate Dip

Turn fresh fruit into an irresistible and tantalizing snack or dessert with this dreamy, creamy chocolate dip. Four ingredients and 10 minutes are all it takes! You could also serve with graham cracker sticks for an easy after-school snack. —Stacey Shew, Cologne, Minnesota

Sausage Breadsticks

Sausage Breadsticks

Sausage Breadsticks

Bring out the kid in everyone by preparing pigs-in-a-blanket with sausage links and refrigerated breadsticks. This old-fashioned finger food is a fun addition to a breakfast buffet. Or make a heaping plateful for a snack.
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