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Make-Ahead Finger Foods

Looking for make-ahead finger food recipes? Get make ahead finger foods for your next party or holiday gathering from Taste of Home.

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Tomato Chili Dip

Tomato Chili Dip

Tomato Chili Dip

"This fresh-tasting dip is excellent for summer barbecues and picnics," relates Rachael Santarsiero of Orange City, Iowa.

Cheddar Cheese Spread

Cheddar Cheese Spread

Cheddar Cheese Spread

A simple spread like this with some crackers is often all you need when entertaining. Letting the spread refrigerate overnight blends the flavors beautifully. —Kathy Rairigh, Milford, Indiana

Easy Bagel Dip

Easy Bagel Dip

Easy Bagel Dip

The longer this creamy, beefy blend chills, the better it tastes. I usually have to make a double batch when I bring it to family gatherings. It's good not only with bite-size bagel pieces, but also with veggies.
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Marinated Olives

Marinated Olives

Marinated Olives

Our son often made these olives for holiday get-togethers. They're simple to make and add a little zest to the buffet table offerings.—Marguerite Shaeffer, Sewell, New Jersey

Nutty Pimiento-Olive Spread

Nutty Pimiento-Olive Spread

Nutty Pimiento-Olive Spread

When my husband was a school bus driver, he received a jar of this special spread as a Christmas gift from a student. Now I like to share it with others.

Pesto Cheese Ring

Pesto Cheese Ring

Pesto Cheese Ring

With garlic and red pepper flakes, this rich cheese spread has an irresistible zing. It's perfect for parties because a little bit goes a long way. —Amy Cronwall, Stacy, Minnesota

Southwest Cheesecake

Southwest Cheesecake

Southwest Cheesecake

I often serve this recipe as an appetizer before a Mexican dinner. It is great if you have a diabetic in the family.—Lori Walton, Stuttgart, Arkansas

Veggie Dill Dip

Veggie Dill Dip

Veggie Dill Dip

I like to keep this good-for-you dip on hand, along with a variety of cut-up vegetables, for an easy snack.—Hazel Baber, Yuma, Arizona

Wade's Shrimp Spread

Wade's Shrimp Spread

Wade's Shrimp Spread

I prefer to prepare main dishes, but I do make desserts once in a while and appetizers for parties. This is a flavorful spread with a bit of zip. I've been making this for the holidays for over 15 years.—Wade Harmon, Orange, Massachusetts

Fiesta Pinwheels

Fiesta Pinwheels

Fiesta Pinwheels

Whenever I serve these make-ahead appetizers, 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

Simple Marinated Shrimp

Simple Marinated Shrimp

Simple Marinated Shrimp

My easy crowd-pleasing recipe is prepared a day ahead of time, cutting down on the need for party-day fuss. I always seem to get a lot of requests for the recipe whenever I make it for a special occasion. —Margaret DeLong, Lake Butler, Florida
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