Quick and Easy Party Foods

Who says it takes all week to plan and prep for a party? With a few easy appetizer recipes in your pocket, you can invite guests over tonight. Choose from saucy wings, hot dip recipes, and simple skewers to create a feast of irresistible party foods.

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    Asian BBQ Pork Wontons with Cucumber-Peanut Salsa

    You want easy appetizers that are fresh and creative, but sometimes you want them to be stick-to-your-ribs satisfying, too! Done and done -- thanks to the hearty pork filling and the fresh-and-lively salsa sparked with jalapenos, ginger, and cilantro.

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    Honey-Pepper Bacon Pops

    Watch bacon enthusiasts go wild when you bring out a platter of these simple appetizers. The beloved ingredient shares the spotlight with honey for one irresistibly sweet-and-salty bite.

     

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    Five-Spice Chicken Wings

    Wings always snag a premium spot on a cook's list of easy appetizer recipes. Five-spice powder is the surprising star of this version -- it adds intruigue to the sweet, fruity plum sauce.

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    Mini Burgers with Cheesy Onions

    When you're on the hunt for quick appetizer recipes that both kids and adults will enjoy, get these burgers on the menu. Everyone will love the irresistible combo of melty-good Gouda and sweet golden onions.

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    Four-Cheese Pimiento Dip

    Add this to your file of quick appetizer recipes! The rich dip blends boldly flavored ingredients with four cheeses. Plus, optional stir-ins let you tailor it to your tastes.

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    Gorgonzola-Thyme Stuffed Olives

    Looking for easy appetizers to serve with cocktails? These cuties can't be beat. For added enjoyment (but little added effort), serve with crackers and cured meats, such as salami and prosciutto.

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    Ricotta, Gorgonzola, and Honey Spread

    Keep Gorgonzola on hand -- it adds rich, intense flavors to all kinds of simple appetizers. Here, sweet honey makes a wonderful complement to the sharp cheese.

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    Beef on a Stick

    These luscious strips of sirloin -- flavored with pineapple and orange juices, soy sauce, and mustard -- make filling party appetizers.

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    Caramelized Salmon Skewers

    With just five ingredients and mere minutes on the grill, this can be one of those easy appetizer recipes you call on to jump-start the fun at the end of a busy day. Caramel sauce and soy sauce anchor the wonderful glaze.

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    Coconut Shrimp with Mango Sauce

    Crisp coconut shrimp with a kicky fruit salsa is a restaurant favorite. But why spend top dollar going out when you can make such easy appetizers at home?

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    Avocado Pesto-Stuffed Tomatoes

    Your food processor can be your secret weapon when making quick appetizer recipes. Here, the appliance helps you whip up a creamy and colorful filling for these bites in no time.

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    Bacon-Peach Pinwheels

    Bake crisp bacon, sauteed onion, peach preserves, and pecans into refrigerated crescent dough for a treat that will become a go-to recipe.

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    Sonoma Toast

    Most yeast breads, including the sourdough in this recipe, freeze well. Keep a loaf on hand to make simple appetizers -- such as these fresh toasts -- anytime you crave them.

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    Cherry-Pomegranate Chutney

    A few well-chosen cheeses and some quality crackers can make for easy appetizers. To turn the combo into something spectacular without a lot of extra work, serve this bright-and-spicy chutney alongside.

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    Bonanza Bean Dip

    When you're looking for easy appetizers, it pays to keep an eye out for those that can be made in advance. Assemble this colorful dip up to 24 hours beforehand, and it will be ready to party when you are!

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    Parmesan Pastry Spirals

    Many simple appetizers start with a sheet of purchased puff pastry. Here, snappy Parmesan cheese gets baked into the flaky layers for a delightfuly tempting treat.

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    Crab and Horseradish Havarti Dip

    Any menu of quick appetizer recipes must include a creamy and luscious hot dip. This colorful beauty gets added wow factor from crabmeat and Havarti cheese.

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