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Party Appetizers

Looking for party appetizers? Find party appetizers including snack mixes, cheese appetizers, and more tasty party appetizer recipes.

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This is a “dash in the pan” dish that’s always a hit. The spicy nachos have plenty of chicken and two kinds of beans, so they make a filling snack. —Karen Horning, Rockford, Illinois
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Pear-Walnut Tea Sandwiches

Pear-Walnut Tea Sandwiches

Pear-Walnut Tea Sandwiches

These satisfying tea sandwiches boast crunchy walnuts, chopped pear and deli chicken. Use white, pumpernickel and rye bread for variety. —David Bostedt, Zephyrhills, Florida

Homemade Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter

We eat a lot of peanut butter, so I decided to make my own. I checked the price of peanut butter up here against the cost of making my own and found mine to be much cheaper, with the added value of knowing what goes into it! Not to mention it's a whole lot tastier. —Marge Austin, North Pole, Alaska

Crescent Butterflies

Crescent Butterflies

Crescent Butterflies

Our Test Kitchen home economists created these savory snacks that kids will enjoy dipping in marinara sauce. A cookie cutter makes it easy to cut the butterfly shapes from crescent roll dough.
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Festive Cheese Beach Ball

Festive Cheese Beach Ball

Festive Cheese Beach Ball

Made to resemble a beach ball, this appetizer always rounds up compliments. It's filled with a variety of cheese, and each cut through the ball gives guests a taste along with garnishes of their choice.—Florence McClelland, Fredonia, New York

Citrus Spiced Olives

Citrus Spiced Olives

Citrus Spiced Olives

Lemon, lime and orange bring a burst of sunny citrus flavor to marinated olives that are great for nibbling on at holiday buffets. You can even blend the olives and spread the mixture onto baguette slices.—Ann Sheehy, Lawrence, Massachusetts

Mini Mac & Cheese Dogs

Mini Mac & Cheese Dogs

Mini Mac & Cheese Dogs

We wanted to get creative with hot dogs, so we made a mac-and-cheesy one. Pile on the extra cheese, relish and even bacon. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland

Blue Cheese-Stuffed Shrimp

Blue Cheese-Stuffed Shrimp

Blue Cheese-Stuffed Shrimp

Cooked shrimp become something more extraordinary when stuffed with blue cheese. The mild flavor has mass appeal.—Amy Dollimount, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia

Blueberry Fruit Dip

Blueberry Fruit Dip

Blueberry Fruit Dip

This fruit dip makes a great snack for my kids. What could be better after a long day at school? —Renee Sevigny, Wayland, Michigan

Asparagus Bruschetta

Asparagus Bruschetta

Asparagus Bruschetta

For a light bite, Elaine Sweet created these pretty appetizers. “I really like asparagus, so I’m always trying it in different things,” says the Dallas, Texas reader. "This is a delicious twist on traditional bruschetta."

Makeover Crab Appetizer Mold

Makeover Crab Appetizer Mold

Makeover Crab Appetizer Mold

The delicate flavors of crab and green onion come through in each bite of this elegant dish from Kathi Mulchin of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Macaroon Fruit Dip

Macaroon Fruit Dip

Macaroon Fruit Dip

I rely on make-ahead dishes like this when entertaining. Serving the dip in a pineapple shell makes for a pretty presentation. —Jean Forster, Elmhurst, Illinois

Crab Salad Tea Sandwiches

Crab Salad Tea Sandwiches

Crab Salad Tea Sandwiches

I make these sandwiches for showers, weddings, and special family events. I got the recipe from a friend many years ago while attending the wedding of their daughter. They are so delicious, you can't stop at just one. —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah

Holiday Cranberry Chutney

Holiday Cranberry Chutney

Holiday Cranberry Chutney

A chunky chutney like this one makes a great gift for friends and neighbors. I give them the chutney in a decorated jar with a package of cream cheese and a box of crackers. It makes a lovely snack and is just as good alongside a main dish. —Cheryl Lottman Stillwater, Minnesota

Gingersnap Dip

Gingersnap Dip

Gingersnap Dip

I serve this dip in a clean plastic pumpkin at all of our fall church gatherings. It's a nice way to dress up packaged gingersnaps. —Tessie Hughes, Marion, Virginia
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