Warm and Cheesy Appetizer Recipes

For party food that's guaranteed to please, cheese appetizers are a must. Savory, melty, and versatile, cheese makes the dish in each of these appetizer recipes. Choose a few and watch the cheesiest appetizers disappear first.

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    Cheddar and Bacon Loaf

    So many great appetizer recipes start with a loaf of French bread. Here, simply layer a basic baguette with bacon, butter, and cheddar -- then watch guests go wild as they pull it apart slice by slice.

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    Cheesy Skillet Artichoke Dip

    No stressing over dishes when you're done making this warm and hearty spinach-artichoke dip -- the whole shebang uses just one skillet! Fill it with our cheesy dip and top with a layer of frozen dinner rolls before baking for an all-in-one recipe.

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    Pepperoni Pizza Cups

    Please your guests -- adults and kids alike! -- with our too-cute mini pizzas. They're surprisingly easy to make: Just press pizza dough in each cup and fill with a mix of marinara sauce, pepperoni, and cheese.

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    Cheesy Sausage Bread

    Fontina, mozzarellla, and Parmesan cheeses all find a home in our incredibly oozy cheese appetizer. Spicy Italian sausage and basil pesto add even more flavor to the hearty pull-apart bread.

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    Cheddar-Beer Wienies

    Salty bacon, melty cheese, and beer flavor our version of your favorite party appetizer: cocktail wieners! Add a little hot pepper sauce and chili powder to the gooey sauce for an unexpected flavor kick.

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    Cheesy Mexican Fondue

    There's no discussing cheesy party appetizers without talking about the ultimate ooey-gooey snack: fondue! Our recipe is prepared with chile peppers for a hint of heat.

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    Herb- and Goat Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms

    Stuffed mushrooms are a beloved party appetizer, so why not use a mix of herbs and goat cheese to make up the filling? To save time, assemble the cheesy tidbits the day before your party, and stick them in the oven 15 minutes before guests arrive.

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    Double-Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

    Take a quick cooking lesson with top chef Scott Peacock as he shows you how to master his double-cheddar cheese biscuits. Watch to learn how to make the flaky crowd-pleasers.

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    Asiago Cheese Dip

    Let bold Asiago cheese be the star of the show in our full-bodied slow cooker dip. We mixed the cheese with artichokes, roasted peppers, and green onions for a robust appetizer that pairs best with a hearty dipper (think bread rounds, baguette slices, or pita chips).

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    Tuscan Mac 'n' Cheese Cups

    Sophisticated add-ins (Gorgonzola, Fontina, prosciutto, and kale) and adorable individual servings prove that even a classic recipe like mac and cheese can be an elegant affair. Turn to your muffin tin to get the single-serve size.

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    Blue Cheese and Pine Nut Puffs

    Just because our cheese puffs are delightfully light and airy doesn't mean they skimp on flavor. In fact, the party appetizers are rich and perfectly crisp thanks to the blend of Roquefort and Gruyere cheeses in the pretty star puffs.

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    Cheese Rolls

    Cinnamon rolls get a savory makeover when prepped with an oozy cheddar-and-onion-filling. The slightly sweet dough makes every bite of the buttery rolls feel like a reason to celebrate.

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    Baked Mozzarella and Tomato-Basil Antipasti

    If you're searching for an easy appetizer you can count on to satisfy everyone at your gathering, look no further. The "nothing-fancy" crowd will love the pizza flavors, while sophisticated foodies will tap right into the fresh-mozzarella angle.

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    The Best Way to Shred Cheese

    Did you know there are two main ways to shred cheese? Learn how to pick which method to use depending on the cheese you're shredding.

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    Warm Brie with Fig and Pistachio Tapenade

    You can never go wrong serving baked Brie at any party, and our melty, gooey version is the best around. Simply pop it in the oven before topping with a homemade dried-fig-and-pistachio tapenade.

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    Oregano-Manchego Cheese Straws

    Spain's most famous cheese, Manchego, is rich and buttery with a semihard texture. Here, we've paired it with oregano to make our crisp and sophisticated cheese straws.

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    Hot Fennel Cheese Dip

    Delicious, easy, and always a crowd pleaser -- yup, we're talking about hot dips! Try our bacon and blue cheese version the next time you're in an appetizer pinch.

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    The Top Tip for a Great Cheese Tray

    There's no appetizer more classic than a basic cheese tray. Learn how to choose the best cheese for an unforgettable presentation.

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    Beer and Cheddar Fondue

    When it's melted-cheese appetizers you're after, what could be more perfect than fondue? This version calls on beer, a great flavor complement to cheddar cheese. Try a variety of dippers with the ooey-gooey goodness.

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    Roasted Cherry Tomato Pizza Poppers

    Make mozzarella your No. 1 go-to when it comes to cheesy appetizers -- it melts into incredible deliciousness. You'll love the way it provides a rich base for the bright tomato topping in these fun bites.

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    Gorgonzola and Pear Focaccia

    What's the easiest path to the best party appetizers? Simply choose a handful of ingredients that mingle beautifully together. Blue cheese, pears, and walnuts are a classic trio, and they pull off some major magic here.

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