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Flaunting festive colors and flavors, this appetizer gains distinct personality from a choice of two toppers.
Replace the traditional cheese assortment with just one cheese so guests can really focus on its unique character. Partner it with fresh pears and a crock of homemade mustard apple butter to spread on the cheese and pears.
Goat cheese, or chevre, with its intense flavor, is a delightful complement to dried tomatoes and fresh basil. Together, they make an ideal spread for entertaining or everyday snacking.
Cheesy and addictive, this Parmesan-Artichoke spread features Italian parsley, also called flat-leaf parsley. The herb has a milder flavor than the curly-leaf variety.
A great new twist on everyone's favorite -- salsa. Adding avocado and feta to a tomato-based salsa gives the dip a richer taste.
Feta-Fruit Appetizer makes a stunning presentation of the classic fruit-and-cheese duo. A melon baller or plain teaspoon will work to hollow out the cheese; work gingerly to keep the sides from crumbling.
Make these appetizers yourself or put out the fixings of Boursin, basil, roasted sweet peppers, and thinly sliced meats -- then have everyone create their own snacks. Use plain, whole wheat, or colorful spinach or tomato tortillas to wrap up these unique bundles of flavor.
These tiny lacy cups filled with creme fraiche and caviar are simply melted cheese. Not just any cheese, though. The success of these distinctive nibbles comes in using real Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
The base of this sweet and savory appetizer is cream cheese and Monterey Jack spiked with a little orange juice, then studded with dried apricots, raisins, and dates and rolled in almonds. Be inventive -- use whatever your favorite dried fruits are.
A swirl of fresh herbs and green onion add a vivid flavor to this chunky dip of sour cream, a bit of salsa, and chunks of queso fresco -- a white, crumbly Mexican cheese. To scoop up the dip, you'll need a sturdy chip.
These irresistible morsels are easy to make -- just spread tortillas with the light and luscious cheese-and-pepper filling, add fresh basil or spinach, and roll.
Three cheeses -- mozzarella, smoked Gouda, and smoked cheddar -- provide a pleasant backdrop for the sweet onion and date topping.
Two cheeses -- one a mild flavor, the other strong -- make a perfect pairing that's ready to enjoy in 10 minutes. Serve as an appetizer with dippers or spread on dinner rolls.
Slice refrigerated polenta, top with shredded cheese, and add whatever toppings strike your fancy. Serve these savory circles with forks.
This savory cheesecake says "party" with a Greek accent. Make the cheesecake up to 24 hours ahead, then cut it into thin wedges and let guests serve themselves.
This nibble from Tuscany, one of the most traditional versions of bruschetta, is also one of the quickest to assemble.