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30 Appetizers Ready in 15 Minutes

When you need a party-ready appetizer recipe in a hurry, turn to these quickie dips, spreads, roll-ups, finger foods, and more.

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Horseradish Deviled Eggs

People say, “Wow!” when they taste these flavorful tangy deviled eggs. The bold combination of ground mustard, dill, and horseradish is so appealing. The plate is always emptied whenever I serve these eggs. —Ruth Roth, Linville, North Carolina

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Beer Dip

Ranch dressing mix flavors this fast-to-fix mixture that’s packed with shredded cheese and is made to go with pretzels. It’s one of those snacks that when you start eating it, you can’t stop! This dip can be made with any type of beer, including nonalcoholic. I’ve taken it to many parties and am always asked for the recipe. —Michelle Long, New Castle, Colorado

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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 bringing her recipe home for the holidays. —Diane Martin, Brown Deer, Wisconsin

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Antipasto Platter

We entertain often, and this one of our favorite “party pleasers.” It’s such a refreshing change from the usual chips and dip. —Teri Lindquist, Gurnee, Illinois

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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

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Garden Salsa

In this recipe, ripe garden ingredients and subtle seasonings make a mouthwatering salsa that’s a real summer treat. —Michelle Beran, Caflin, Kansas

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Fireside Cheese Spread

When our family and friends get together for holidays or other occasions, I serve this appetizer. It’s always a success. If you prefer, try a Swiss cheese spread instead of the cheddar. And, if you enjoy garlic, substitute a small clove of minced garlic for the garlic powder. —Debbie Terenzini-Wilkerson, Lusby, Maryland

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Caprese Salad Kabobs

This appetizer is more creative than a veggie platter and healthier than chips and dip. I often make it for my family to snack on, and it’s a great recipe for the kids to help with. —Christine Mitchell, Glendora, California

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Cranberry-Chili Cheese Spread

Appetizers just can’t get much easier than this ritzy-looking cheese spread with its refreshing hint of lime. I turn to this recipe whenever unexpected guests drop in. —Laurie LaClair, North Richland Hills, Texas

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Cheddar-Bacon Dip

Both children and adults enjoy this dip. I like it, too—it’s so quick and easy to prepare. I make it for special occasions like birthdays, Christmas parties, and more. —Carol Werkman, Neerlandia, Alberta

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Cucumber Shrimp Appetizers

When my friend’s husband needed lower-fat snacks, she served him this fresh-tasting shrimp spread. Cucumber slices are a fun and healthy alternative to crackers. —Patricia Kile, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

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BLT Dip

Fans of bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches will fall for this creamy dip. It’s easy to transport to different functions and always draws recipe requests. —Emalee Payne, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

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Gorgonzola & Cranberry Cheese Ball

A cheese ball is a classic appetizer to take to any gathering, and it’s so easy to make. This version, studded with tangy dried cranberries, is a holiday hit. —Kathy Hahn, Pollock Pines, California

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Tomato Basil Snackers

Fresh basil, summer-ripe tomatoes, and melted mozzarella cheese top toasted English muffins in this fabulous afternoon pick-me-up. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Homemade Guacamole

My daughters sometimes call my guacamole “five-finger guacamole” to remember that it is made with only five ingredients. —Nanette Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Marinated Mozzarella

I always come home with an empty container when I bring this dish to a party and I’ve used the recipe for years. It can be made ahead to free up time later. I serve it with pretty party picks for a festive, holiday look. —Peggy Cairo, Kenosha, Wisconsin

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Ham ‘N’ Cheese Pinwheels

This recipe is a convenient make-ahead snack. I love the garlic flavor in these roll-ups. Every time I serve them, they’re a hit. —Andrea Bolden, Unionville, Tennessee

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Spinach Dip in a Bread Bowl

When we get together with friends, I like to prepare this creamy spinach dip. It’s a real crowd pleaser. —Janelle Lee, Appleton, Wisconsin

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German Beer Cheese Spread

We’re of German heritage, so we love bold flavors. Cheddar and beer make a tangy dip to serve with pretzels, crackers, pumpernickel, and brats. Choose a beer that you really enjoy the flavor of, as it will come through in your finished recipe. —Angela Spengler, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

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Zesty Marinated Shrimp

These easy shrimp look impressive on a buffet table and taste even better! The zesty sauce has a wonderful spicy citrus flavor. I especially like this recipe because I can prepare it ahead of time. —Mary Jane Guest, Alamosa, Colorado

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Hot Pizza Dip

You can assemble this effortless appetizer in a jiffy. The pizza-flavored dip goes very fast, so you may want to make two batches. —Stacie Morse, South Otselic, New York

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Party Pitas

Whenever the ladies of our church host a shower, these pita sandwiches appear on the menu. Not only are they easy and delicious, they add color to the table. —Janette Root, Ellensburg, Washington

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Loaded Baked Potato Dip

I never thought of using waffle-cut fries as a scoop for dip until a friend of mine did at a baby shower. They’re ideal for my cheesy bacon and chive dip, which tastes just like a baked potato topper. —Betsy King, Duluth, Minnesota

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Shrimp Spread

This colorful and tasty appetizer is always a crowd-pleaser. People will never know you’ve used lighter ingredients. —Norene Wright, Manilla, Indiana

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Creamy Taco Dip

You’ll know this snack is a hit at your next gathering when you come home with an empty pan. —Denise Smith, Lusk, Wyoming

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Parmesan-Coated Brie

This is such a wonderful appetizer! Your guests will be impressed. A golden exterior gives way to warm, melty cheese, making this perfect for sliced French bread or crackers. —Karen Grant, Tulare, California

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Strawberry Corn Salsa

This recipe makes art in a bowl! All the colors of summer are captured in this dish with a fresh, light flavor perfect for snacking between swims or to kick off a backyard barbecue. This can be served with chips or alone as a side dish. —Catherine Ann Goza, Leland, North Carolina

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Fresh Vegetable Dip

This cool and creamy dip is a real family favorite for snacking. Kids are all smiles while they munch their fresh veggies. —Denise Goedeken, Platte Center, Nebraska

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Caramel Apple and Brie Skewers

I’m a caterer, and this is one of my best-selling appetizers. With shortcuts like prepared caramel and pre-sliced apples, it’s a breeze to prepare. —Camille Ellis, Tampa, Florida

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Bacon Cheese Spread

Each year, I share Christmas cheer by setting up a buffet at my family’s hardware store. This cheese spread is always a biggie! —Sharon W. Bickett, Chester, South Carolina

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