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    Honey-Kissed Savory Shortbread Crackers

    It may seem like a lot of work to make homemade crackers. However, after you’ve tasted these sweet and savory crackers, I think you’ll admit that it’s worth every minute. They’re crispy, cheesy, salty and have a lovely honey finish. They are basically cracker perfection. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia

    Savory Stuffed Peppers

    Our family's holiday dinners include a giant antipasto, and my mom's anchovy stuffed peppers are always the star dish. There...


    Gruyere and Crab Palmiers

    I keep these little bursts of flavor in my freezer so they can be pulled out and popped into the...


    Pressure-Cooker Light Deviled Eggs

    Our updated version of a classic appetizer uses only half the egg yolks of traditional deviled eggs and calls for...


    Baby Swiss Appetizer Cheesecake

    1 review

    This beautiful cheesecake appetizer can be refrigerated up to 24 hours before serving, so it's the perfect make-ahead recipe for...

    Mushroom and Bacon Cheesecake

    2 reviews

    My clan loves anything with cream cheese, so I knew this savory cheesecake appetizer would go down as an all-time...


    Barbecue Meatballs

    3 reviews

    I came across this recipe while living abroad many years ago. These meatballs are as finger-licking good as barbecued ribs...

    Festive Fruit N Franks

    A zesty mix of apricot preserves, pineapple, mandarin oranges and apple gives a sweet treatment to cocktail franks. Serve this...


    Ham N Cheese Quiches

    2 reviews

    When I need a festive finger food, this quiche recipe is the one I reach for. With cheese in both...


    Pistachio Gorgonzola Cheesecake

    More than anything, I love having friends over for drinks & appetizers. My savory cheesecake always makes a grand impression!...


    Petite Sausage Quiches

    1 review

    You won't be able to eat just one of these mini quiches. Filled with savory sausage, Swiss cheese and a...

    Mini Sausage Quiches

    29 reviews

    These bite-sized quiches are loaded with sausage and cheese—and all nestled into easy crescent roll dough. Serve the cute muffinettes...


    Ham and Cheese Puffs

    5 reviews

    These tasty little bites go over well with kids. They're also delicious with soups or as party appetizers....


    Brie Phyllo Cups

    9 reviews

    Mini phyllo shells from the freezer section hurry along these elegant cups. They look fancy and taste delicious but are...


    Mini Mixed Salads in Crispy Wontons

    It's a salad and an appetizer all rolled into one bite-sized offering! Serve these snacks for your next get-together or...


    Ham and Broccoli Puffs

    3 reviews

    These starters look complex, but they're easy to make and still very elegant. —Lynda McCulloch, San Antonio, Texas

    Easy Cheese Straws

    10 reviews

    Five ingredients transform into long, crisp cracker sticks. The hand-held snacks make for easy mingling at parties.—Elizabeth Robinson, Conroe, Texas


    Goat Cheese Mushrooms

    3 reviews

    Stuffed mushrooms are superstars in the hot appetizer category. I use baby portobello mushrooms and load them with creamy goat...


    Sausage and Swiss Mini Quiches

    1 review

    I created my little heavenly morsels for a holiday party. They were so tasty, adorable that my family and friends...


    Rhubarb Chutney Appetizer

    My husband is a true-blue rhubarb lover, so I'm sure to make this spread often each spring. With frozen rhubarb,...


    Feta-Olive Tartlets

    When the occasion calls for easy but elegant party starters, rely on ready-made phyllo tart shells. They’re easy to fill...


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    Creamy Chicken Vol-au-Vent

    My friends and I have been getting together for "ladies lunches" for years. These vol-au-vents are the perfect no-fuss fancy...


    Cheddar Ham Cups

    13 reviews

    When a college classmate and I threw a party for our professor, a friend contributed these savory appetizers. Everyone in...


    Apricot-Glazed Bacon Spirals

    2 reviews

    Here’s a real crowd-pleaser for an appetizer table or brunch buffet. A whole piece of crispy bacon is rolled into...

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    Asparagus Pepperoni Triangles

    Convenient phyllo dough forms the crispy golden crust for the asparagus and turkey pepperoni filling tucked inside these mouthwatering party...


    Hot Mushroom Spread

    I've made this creamy, hearty mushroom appetizer for years—it's a big hit every time.—Barbara Pletzke, Herndon, Virginia


    Muenster Bread

    7 reviews

    Many years ago my sister and I won blue ribbons in 4-H with this bread. The recipe makes a beautiful...


    Asparagus with Horseradish Dip

    2 reviews

    This is a great hot weather party dip. Serve asparagus on a decorative platter with lemon wedges on the side...


    Cheese Meatballs

    18 reviews

    I often rely on these rich, cheesy meatballs for party appetizers. Or I serve them alongside a tossed salad for...


    Artichoke Crescent Appetizers

    6 reviews

    This colorful appetizer is sure to please guests at any affair. My family loves it served both warmed up and...