100+ Best-Ever Appetizer Recipes for Any Occasion

Slow-Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs
Photo: Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Ali Ramee; Prop Styling: Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland

Nobody throws a party like a Southerner throws a party. There are so many details to consider, from the décor to the music selection. Our primary concern? The food, of course. We know the importance of a delicious, easy appetizer recipe. Start your party off right with these appetizer ideas and simple recipes for dips, spreads, finger foods, and lots more.

Whether you're attending a tailgate, wedding shower, graduation party, or any other occasion, it all starts with finger food. From classics like deviled eggs and meatballs to new twists on iconic recipes, such as deviled potatoes and hot brown tarts, we've compiled our all-time favorite appetizer recipes into one handy guide. You'll want to bookmark this page, y'all. Flavorful, crowd-pleasing, and oh-so easy to make, you'll go back to these recipes again and again. This assortment of easy appetizer recipes will please everyone on the guest list.

The mark of a truly tasty appetizer is an empty platter at the end of an event, so choose one of these top-rated party appetizers and your friends will beg you for the recipe.

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Loaded Deviled Eggs

loaded deviled eggs
Photographer: Greg DuPree, Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

Recipe: Loaded Deviled Eggs

Toppings like bacon, cheddar, sour cream, and chives aren't just for potatoes. Get the taste of two classic dishes, loaded baked potatoes and deviled eggs, in one bite.

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Bacon Bow Tie Crackers

Bacon Bow Tie Crackers
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Lydia Pursell; Food Styling: Tami Hardeman

Recipe: Bacon Bow Tie Crackers

This two-ingredient recipe couldn't be more simple. If you want to provide a light snack without having to use another set of dishes before dinner, this bite-sized appetizer is a great option. Depending on the size of the crowd you'll be serving, you may want to consider doubling this recipe because they'll start to disappear quickly once your guests arrive.

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Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

Secure a repeat invitation by showing up to any potluck or cookout with this slow-cooker rendition of Buffalo Chicken Dip. Frank's Red Hot is our sauce of choice, but you can use your favorite.

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Spicy Bisquick Sausage Balls

Spicy Bisquick Sausage Balls
Photography: Caitlin Bensel Food Styling: Ali Ramee Prop Styling: Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland

Recipe: Spicy Bisquick Sausage Balls

Using hot sausage adds some heat to these sausage balls. As tempting as it may be, make sure not to reach for pre-shredded cheese for this recipe. Grating your own cheese will give you the best results.

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Red Chipotle Pepper Jelly

Red Chipotle Pepper Jelly
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Red Chipotle Pepper Jelly

If you have a jar or two of this pepper jelly in the fridge, you're one block of cream cheese away from the perfect Southern appetizer.

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Bacon-Cheese Gougères

Bacon-Cheese Gougères
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Bacon-Cheese Gougères

Bacon and cheese are always a winning duo in our book, and these Gougères are no exception to that rule. We recommend serving them warm.

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Picnic Egg Salad

Picnic Egg Salad on Toast
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Cat Steele

Recipe: Picnic Egg Salad

Boiling eggs is the most time-intensive part of pulling together this classic egg salad recipe, which of course doesn't take too much time. It's also the perfect make-ahead recipe as you can make it a day in advance and keep it in the refrigerator overnight. We use toasted baguettes as the base, but you can also serve with crackers to make it more portable.

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Bloody Mary Poached Shrimp

Bloody Mary Poached Shrimp
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Recipe: Bloody Mary Poached Shrimp

This poached shrimp can be served at a myriad of events, from a backyard barbecue to a holiday cocktail party.

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Jalapeño Popper Dip

jalapeno popper dip
Photographer: Jennifer Causey Food Stylist: Melissa Gray Prop Stylist: Kay Clarke

Recipe: Jalapeño Popper Dip

You'll know this dip is ready to come out of the oven when the top is bubbling and golden brown. Made with cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, and Pepper Jack Cheese, we assure you there's no shortage of cheesy goodness in this recipe.

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Warm Cheese Box Bites

Warm Cheese Box Bites
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Recipe: Warm Cheese Box Bites

Serving these cheese box bites warm is key to delivering maximum flavor. You can make them ahead of time and keep them in the freezer, just warm them right before serving.

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Asparagus Ribbon Crostini

Asparagus Ribbon Crostini
Greg Dupree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Christina Daley

Recipe: Asparagus Ribbon Crostini

Serving ribbons of asparagus on top of baguette slices turns it from a side dish into a spring-ready finger food. Fresh mint helps make it even more colorful.

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Smoked Vidalia Onion Dip with Grilled Crudités

Smoked Vidalia Onion Dip with Grilled Crudités
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Recipe: Smoked Vidalia Onion Dip with Grilled Crudités

While you may usually choose to pick up store-bought onion dip, special occasions are worthy of making it from scratch.

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Butter-Baked Saltine Crackers

Butter-Baked Saltine Crackers
Southern Living

Recipe: Butter-Baked Saltine Crackers

If dinner will be served soon after guests arrive, but you still want to offer up a small bite when they walk through the door, these dressed-up saltines will save the day. Plus, we bet you already have the two ingredients you'll need to pull these crackers together on hand in your kitchen.

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Hot Cheesy Crab Dip

Hot Cheesy Crab Dip
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Hot Cheesy Crab Dip

We paired this cheesy dip with sturdy Endive leaves for dipping, but you can also serve with the crackers or bread of your choice.

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Corn and Jalapeño Dip

Corn and Jalapeno Dip
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Corn and Jalapeño Dip

This dip requires just eight ingredients and minimally no work. All you'll have to do is dump the ingredients in your slow cooker, give them a stir, and then set it to cook. Just make sure to reserve the bacon to add halfway through the cooking process. Plus, making a dip in the slow cooker will ensure it stays warm until your guests arrive.

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Spicy Cheese Twists

Spicy Cheese Twists
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Spicy Cheese Twists

This slightly upgraded version of cheese straws comes together with frozen puff pastry sheets.

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Creamy Avocado Dip

Creamy Avocado Dip
Johnny Autry; Prop and Food Styling: Charlotte L. Autry

Recipe: Creamy Avocado Dip

A slightly creamier version of guacamole, this no-cook avocado dip can be enjoyed with fresh veggies, tortilla chips, or a combination of both.

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Hot Brown Party Rolls

Hot Brown Party Rolls
Victor Protasio; Food Stying: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Hot Brown Party Rolls

Leave it to Test Kitchen Pro Ivy Odom to turn Kentucky's famous Hot Brown sandwiches into a big-batch, one-dish appetizer that's perfect for your Derby party.

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Bacon-Pimiento Guacamole

Bacon-Pimiento Guacamole
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Bacon-Pimiento Guacamole

Just when you thought fresh guacamole couldn't get any better, we added bacon and pimientos.

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Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta
Greg Dupree; Food Styling: Anna Hampton; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch

Recipe: Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

Tangy goat cheese and crispy baguette slices are the ideal canvas for this comforting yet light take on bruschetta.

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Crispy Baked Chicken Wings

Crispy Baked Chicken Wings Recipe
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Crispy Baked Chicken Wings

Sometimes firing up the grill isn't possible, so it's aways a good idea to have a baked chicken wing recipe up your sleeve.

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Warm Spinach-Sweet Onion Dip with Country Ham

Warm Spinach-Sweet Onion Dip with Country Ham
Warm Spinach-Sweet Onion Dip with Country Ham

Recipe: Warm Spinach-Sweet Onion Dip with Country Ham

Is it really a Southern party without a tasty spinach dip on the table? We think not.

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Basic Pimiento Cheese

Basic Pimiento Cheese
Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Basic Pimiento Cheese

Coarse, freshly grated cheese works best, so get out your box grater. The key to great pimiento cheese is to freshly grate the cheese at home. Spread between bread to create little tea sandwiches, or serve as a dip for crackers and veggies.

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Warm Cheese-and-Spicy Pecan Dip

Warm Cheese-and-Spicy Pecan Dip
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Warm Cheese-and-Spicy Pecan Dip

This rich, homemade dip is made with three different cheeses and topped with spiced nuts for an unforgettable flavor.

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Creamy Spinach-Ricotta Crostini

Creamy Spinach-Ricotta Crostini
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Creamy Spinach-Ricotta Crostini

Sometimes when you're spending all of your time preparing the main meal, a quick and simple recipe is needed to save the day. This recipe is just that, coming together in just 15 minutes.

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Mini Potato Skins

Mini Potato Skins
Photo: Greg DuPree; Prop styling: Claire Spollen; Food styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Mini Potato Skins

If you're looking for a fun, crowd-pleasing appetizer that needs to travel well? This just might be the recipe for you. To take them to a party, prepare the recipe through Step 3 and place potato skins in a container. Complete Step 4 before serving.

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Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip

Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip
Jennifer Causey; Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Stylist: Claire Spollen

Recipe: Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip

Rich, creamy, and chicken-filled, this Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe is packed with irresistible flavor.

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Ham-and-Cheese Sliders

Ham-And-Cheese Sliders
Photography and Styling: Karen Rankin

Recipe: Ham-and-Cheese Sliders

This ham-and-cheese slider recipe is a beloved Southern classic.

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Pizza Pepper Poppers

Pizza Pepper Poppers
Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Christina Daley

Recipe: Pizza Pepper Poppers

After-school snacking has never looked so fun. Get all the flavor of your favorite pizza in these stuffed peppers that are ready with just 10 minutes of hands-on time.

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Beer-Cheese Fondue

Rosemary-Bacon Nut Mix
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Beer-Cheese Fondue

No one at your holiday gathering will be able to resist the retro charm of a pot of fondue. We switched up the dipping options with sliced bratwurst, steamed broccoli, roasted Brussels sprouts, and fingerling potatoes.

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Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Hummus

Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Hummus
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Hummus

This unique hummus recipe is made with black-eyed peas instead of chickpeas and topped with flavorful paprika.

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Smoked-Fish Dip

Smoked-Fish Dip
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Recipe: Smoked-Fish Dip

Chef Adam Evans of award-winning Automatic Seafood & Oysters in Birmingham, Alabama, shared this incredible dip recipe with us. A good dip almost always disappears before the end of the night, but if you're lucky enough to have any leftovers, this Smoked Fish Dip will be amazing spread on a baguette for a sandwich the next day.

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Mushroom-Stuffed Phyllo Cups

Mushroom-Stuffed Phyllo Cups
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Mushroom-Stuffed Phyllo Cups

Prep these mini mushroom bites ahead of time and pop them in the oven for five minutes just before guests arrive.

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Baked BLT Dip

Baked BLT Dip
Skyler Burt

Recipe: Baked BLT Dip

This creamy dip recipe takes the best qualities of a BLT sandwich and transforms it into an easy and delicious appetizer.

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Stuffed Okra Poppers

Stuffed Okra Poppers
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Stuffed Okra Poppers

If you thought jalapeno poppers were the ultimate appetizer, we made them even more Southern with okra and pimiento cheese.

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Georgia-Style Boiled Peanuts

Georgia-Style Boiled Peanuts
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Georgia-Style Boiled Peanuts

This easy, slow-cooker snack is always a Southern favorite.

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Stuffed Endive with Herbed Goat Cheese

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
Laurey W. Glenn

Recipe: Stuffed Endive with Herbed Goat Cheese

Bite sized and based on vegetables, this easy appetizer is big on flavor and gorgeous on a tabletop (we love the star-shaped presentation for the holidays). Creamy goat cheese stuffing is made from a combination of creamy goat cheese, softened cream cheese, lemon zest, chives, parsley, and tarragon; sub in whichever herbs you desire, like red pepper for a Southern twist.

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Quick Pickled Brussels Sprouts

Traditional Quick-Pickled Brussels Sprouts
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Quick Pickled Brussels Sprouts

Here's an easy and impressive way to amp up your meat and cheese platter. We teamed up with chef and cookbook author Virginia Willis to create this easy pickled Brussels sprouts recipe flavored with black peppercorns, mustard seeds, garlic, bay leaf, and a pinch of spicy red pepper.

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Sweet Potato and Chorizo Sausage Bites

Sweet Potato and Chorizo Sausage Bites
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Sweet Potato and Chorizo Sausage Bites

Extra-sharp cheddar cheese, a dash of cinnamon, and a few scoops of plum jelly give this chorizo sausage ball recipe multiple layers of savory flavor. Take these sweet-potato-and-chorizo-sausage balls as the rest of the South's answer to Louisiana's savory boudin balls–each delicious bite is loaded with meat with a little kick from spicy chorizo.

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Baby Hasselback Potatoes with Blue Cheese and Bacon

Cornmeal Popovers
Laurey W. Glenn; Food Styling: William Smith; Prop Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Recipe: Baby Hasselback Potatoes with Blue Cheese and Bacon

The defining characteristic of perfectly-baked Hasselback-style potatoes? The thin, crispy, accordion-like slices that bake into golden perfection in the oven. This cutting technique allows the outside of the potato to bake into a crispy skin, while the inside remains soft and creamy.

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Yeast Rolls

Thanksgiving Yeast Rolls
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Yeast Rolls

After months of testing, we can accurately say that these buttery, fluffy yeast rolls will steal the show. Making the dough the night before baking cuts down on day-of prep and hands-on kneading time.

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Mini Black Bean and Cheese Enchiladas

Appetizer Mini Black Bean and Cheese Enchiladas
Stephen Devries

Recipe: Mini Black Bean and Cheese Enchiladas

You'll never guess you can whip up these easy appetizers in only three steps. Simply bake flour tortillas in muffin pans, fill with all the fixin's (like black beans, refried beans, enchilada sauce, green chilies, and shredded Monterey Jack cheese) and bake. Top with sour cream, lettuce, pico de gallo, and scallions. You can have these appetizers out in 30 minutes or less.

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Cornmeal Popovers

Cornmeal Popovers
Laurey W. Glenn; Food Styling: William Smith; Prop Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Recipe: Cornmeal Popovers

Classic airy bread popover bites get a comfort-filled Southern makeover with the addition of our favorite grain: cornmeal. With basic pantry staples, like flour, milk, eggs, and butter, you can make these crowd-pleasing popovers in less than 30 minutes. The secret to party-ready popovers lies in getting them just fluffy and airy enough to "pop."

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Baked Brie Bites

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
Laurey W. Glenn

Recipe: Baked Brie Bites

Made from only five ingredients but packed with flavor, these bites come together in under 10 minutes. Each ingredient is store-bought; simply assemble the flaky phyllo dough shells, creamy Brie cheese, tasted pecans, sweet and spicy pepper jelly, fresh parsley, and serve.

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Party Poppers

Party Poppers
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Party Poppers

This quick and easy appetizer, with just a few ingredients and even fewer steps, will make entertaining easy without the hassle of fussing over the oven all day and night. For those who like it hot, swap mini sweet peppers for spicy jalapeños.

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Chicken Liver Mousse Crostini with Pepper Jelly

Chicken Liver Mousse Crostini with Pepper Jelly
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Chicken Liver Mousse Crostini with Pepper Jelly

Pepper jelly lifts the flavor in this chicken liver mousse appetizer served with toasted baguettes. Onion, garlic, and heavy cream also bring out the delicious flavors in this appetizer staple. This recipe takes time, but will be well worth the wait once finished.

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Spinach-and-Vidalia Dip

Spinach-and-Vidalia Dip
Photo: Greg Dupree

Recipe: Spinach-and-Vidalia Dip

Take a moment to meet your new favorite appetizer. This twist on the classic spinach dip is sure to please even the most particular guests. Just like classic spinach dip, the recipe mixes together spinach, sour cream, and chives to achieve that cool, onion flavor with a kick.

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Deviled Potatoes

Deviled Potatoes
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Deviled Potatoes

Two Southern classics, deviled eggs and potato salad, join forces to create these two-bite wonders. Scooping out the middle of the potato, filling it with flavor, and it stuffing it back in make it reminiscent of a deviled egg, but it taste just a like a scoop of bite-sized potato salad goodness. The pulp is mixed with sour cream, capers, mustard and a few other key ingredients that will not leave guests missing a traditional potato salad.

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Crawfish Dip

Crawfish Dip
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Crawfish Dip

Filled with flavor from a variety of spices, guests will be wowed by the flavor of this simple dish that lets the slow cooker do most of the work. After making this dip, serve it in a slow cooker to keep it warm (and to avoid doing any extra dishes). Set this appetizer out with crackers or toasted baguette slices and watch it disappear at your next party.

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Tex-Mex Deviled Eggs

Tex-Mex Deviled Eggs
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Tex-Mex Deviled Eggs

One of the South's most iconic appetizers fuses with the nineties' obsession with Tex-Mex to create a twist on this beloved party appetizer. Traditional ingredients such as mayonnaise and mustard still garnish the dish, but ingredients reminiscent of Tex-Mex such as cilantro, jalapeño, and chili powder infuse the dish with plenty of the Tex-Mex flavor that guests will immediately recognize.

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Cheese Snappy Wafers

Cheese Snappy Wafers
Hector M. Sanchez

Recipe: Cheese Snappy Wafers

Southern hostesses have long relied on cheese wafers to keep their party guests satiated, and with just six ingredients, this recipe is any hostesses dream appetizer to prepare. Held together by sharp cheddar cheese, rice cereal, butter, and flour, this recipe will be a crowd pleaser simply because of its simplicity and deliciously crunchy texture

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Turnip Green Pesto

Turnip Green Pesto
Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Recipe: Turnip Green Pesto

A bright blend of turnip greens, grated Parmesan cheese, and honey turn this essential leafy green into a delicious appetizer even the kiddos will enjoy. The smooth blend of the greens, olive oil, and garlic make this creamy pesto spread a delight at the appetizer table.

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Lump Crab Mornay

Lump Crab Mornay
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Lump Crab Mornay

Recipe developer Julia Reed adapted this creamy dip from a recipe in Bayou Cuisine by St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Indianola, Mississippi. Located in the Mississippi Delta, this recipe pays homage to the rich culture in the region, using lump crabmeat and red pepper to add spice. This dip can be kept in a chafing dish or a slow cooker set on a very low temperature to keep the dip perfect throughout the night for guests to enjoy.

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Cocktail Meatballs

Quiche Lorraine
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Cocktail Meatballs

Cocktail meatballs hold a special place in the canon of Southern party appetizers, in part because they are a study in ground-beef perfection and simplicity. While we love the ones our mamas made with chili sauce and grape jelly, this recipe is the one we still pull out for company.

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Feta-Olive-Fresh Herb Cheese Ball

Feta-Olive-Fresh Herb Cheese Ball
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Feta-Olive-Fresh Herb Cheese Ball

The bright green appearance will also draw guests to this aesthetically appeasing appetizer that is best served with cucumber slices. Other ingredients including green olives, hot sauce, lemon zest, and Worcestershire sauce add another layer of flavor to balance out the others.

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Inside-Out Hot Brown Bites

Inside-Out Hot Brown Bites
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Inside-Out Hot Brown Bites

We've reimagined this signature Kentucky sandwich of bacon, turkey, and cheese sauce into beautiful bite-size cups. These cheesy bites are made from a crispy Parmesan crust and drizzled with a decadent cheese sauce with the turkey and the bacon to balance the creamy flavors from the cheese. Top with diced tomatoes and flat-leaf parsley for fresh flavors and watch them disappear.

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Sweet-and-Salty Snack Mix

Sweet-and-Salty Snack Mix
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Katie Jacobs

Recipe: Sweet-and-Salty Snack Mix

This grab-and-go snack is a delightful combination of cereal, pretzels, peanut butter, marshmallows, brown sugar, and honey.

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Creamy Shrimp Dip with Crispy Wonton Chips

Chicken Liver Mousse Crostini with Pepper Jelly
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Creamy Shrimp Dip with Crispy Wonton Chips

Win over guests with this creamy shrimp dip, perfect for any party occasion. The best part about this recipe is its simplicity; all it takes is to stir all the ingredients and chill for a half hour or up to one day. Ingredient such as green onions, tarragon leaves, and fresh chives for garnish pack this appetizer with plenty of flavor.

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Petite Sweet Potato Biscuits with Pulled Pork and Slaw

Petite Sweet Potato Biscuits with Pulled Pork and Slaw
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Petite Sweet Potato Biscuits with Pulled Pork and Slaw

Dress up barbecue pork in this small appetizer with just a hint of barbecue sauce, mayonnaise, and sliced green onion. Serve pork on a sweet potato biscuit with red cabbage, shredded carrots, red wine vinegar and chopped fresh chives for a stunning presentation. Also if looking to make this dish ahead of time, the sweet potato biscuits freeze beautifully--thaw, bake, and top them just before serving.

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Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos

Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos
Laurey W. Glenn

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos

What's better than nachos as an appetizer at the next game day party or a small casual gathering? Take all the manual labor out of preparing this dish and let the slow cooker cook do the work so you don't have to. Receiving a five-star rating from online reviewers, this slow-cooked meat with banana peppers, beef broth, and garlic will produce juicy and flavorful meat.

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Cheese Dreams Recipe

Cheese Dreams
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Cheese Dreams

These little gems will be one of the first appetizers to disappear. Sharp cheddar cheese is the star of this dish, but Worcestershire sauce, heavy cream, and dry mustard also make this dish a hit among guests.

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Muffuletta Deviled Eggs

Muffuletta Deviled Eggs
Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Recipe: Muffuletta Deviled Eggs

A spin on the classic New Orleans sandwich, this easy appetizer melds the flavors of olive salad and salty salami that would go on a traditional mufletta with a creamy mayonnaise for a deviled egg spin.

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Pickled Tiny Tomatoes

Orange-Basil Yogurt Dip
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Pickled Tiny Tomatoes

-Paired with rice vinegar, garlic cloves, and pickling spice, these tangy tomatoes can be enjoyed between just a few people or a large crowd. Ginger is optional in this recipe, but we suggest adding it for added flavor. This dish uses 3 pints of tomatoes, but feel free to halve the recipe.

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Meatball Sliders with Tomato Sauce

Meatball Sliders with Tomato Sauce
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Meatball Sliders with Tomato Sauce

This fun dish is two recipes in one: delicious, easy meatballs and a slow-simmered tangy tomato sauce. The sauce is slow cooked for 8 hours on low, and that rich, tangy flavor can only be achieved when the sauce is made with plenty of time in advance. After sauce has cooked, submerge meatballs and cook on high for 1 hour to ensure that the meatballs are cooked through and the sauce penetrates every crevice of the hearty meat dish.

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Roasted Fennel-and-Prosciutto Flatbread

Roasted Fennel-and-Prosciutto Flatbread
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Roasted Fennel-and-Prosciutto Flatbread

Topped with traditional Italian flavors such as fresh thyme and oregano and gooey fontina cheese, this flatbread will surely be a crowd pleaser. Crushed red pepper adds an extra kick while a balsamic glaze takes the flavor palette to the next level. The natural paring of fennel and prosciutto marry this appetizer in a harmonious way that will leave guests searching for seconds.

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Old Bay Rémoulade with Crudités and Shrimp

Old Bay Rémoulade with Crudités and Shrimp
Johnny Autry; Prop and Food Styling: Charlotte L. Autry

Recipe: Old Bay Rémoulade with Crudités and Shrimp

This is Test Kitchen Pro Ivy Odom's go-to appetizer to enjoy after a day at the beach. Grab some fresh shrimp while you're on the coast for the best results.

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Spicy Sweet Potato Crostini

Spicy Sweet Potato Crostini
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Spicy Sweet Potato Crostini

These mini crostinis are the perfect fall happy hour snack. Look for sweet potatoes that are uniform width so that when you cut them, you will have uniform round slices. This will help ensure they all cook in the same amount of time.

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Baked Goat Cheese Spread with Pepper Jelly

Baked Goat Cheese Spread with Pepper Jelly
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Baked Goat Cheese Spread with Pepper Jelly

To save you time the day of your party, you can prepare the goat cheese mixture one day in advance; place it in a baking dish and store in the refrigerator. When you're ready to serve, let the dish sit at room temperature for 20 minutes, then proceed with the recipe as directed.

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Cheesy Potato Croquettes

Cheesy Potato Croquettes
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Christina Daley

Recipe: Cheesy Potato Croquettes

Serving eight, this recipe was designed for Hannukah celebrations.

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Goat Cheese-Herb Spread

Herbed-Goat Cheese Spread
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Recipe: Goat Cheese-Herb Spread

Four ingredients and five minutes will get you an elegant appetizer that's delicious with whatever you have on hand, whether crudités, bread, or crackers.

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Hot Crab-and-Artichoke Dip

Hot Crab-and-Artichoke Dip
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Margaret Monroe Dickey

Recipe: Hot Crab-and-Artichoke Dip

You know that when jumbo lump crabmeat and Old Bay seasoning meet in a recipe, it's going to be good. Throw in cream cheese, two types of cheeses, a hit of lemon, and artichokes, and you've got a crowd-pleasing dip for the holidays.

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Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp Skewers with Chipotle Comeback Sauce

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp Skewers with Chipotle Comeback Sauce
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp Skewers with Chipotle Comeback Sauce

Perfect for tailgates or even a cocktail party, these skewers and the sauce can be prepared a day ahead, so all you have to do before your party is fire up the grill.

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Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Back Bean Corn Salsa
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Black Bean and Corn Salsa

This fresh mixture of corn, bell pepper, black beans, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, lime juice, and jalapenos is our new favorite way to serve a bowl of salsa alongside a Tex-Mex supper.

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Cranberry Brie Bites

Cranberry Brie Bites
Southern Living

Recipe: Cranberry Brie Bites

Cranberry is already a holiday favorite, and green pistachios add an even more festive touch on top of these reader-favorite bites.

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Maple-Bacon Smokies

Maple Bacon Smokies
Southern Living

Recipe: Maple-Bacon Smokies

There's a time and a place for beautiful appetizer feats like Oysters Rockefeller or escargot, but sometimes, you just need something that you know is going to taste amazing and be a hit with the family. These little bites are just that.

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Pear-and-Brie Puff Pastry Tarts

Pear-and-Brie Puff Pastry Tarts
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Pear-and-Brie Puff Pastry Tarts

How beautiful is this for a fall starter? Even though it looks impressive, this tart comes together with frozen puff pastry, brie, a few seasonings, and fresh rosemary.

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Crudités Platter

Curdités Platter
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Katie Jacobs

Recipe: Crudités Platter

If you really want to wow a spring crowd, put together a healthy, colorful crudités platter like Nashville entertaining expert Katie Jacobs.

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Shrimp on Seasoned Crackers with Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese

Shrimp on Seasoned Crackers with Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Recipe: Shrimp on Seasoned Crackers with Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese

This elevated take on the classic pepper jelly and cream cheese combination is a beautiful addition to a dinner party spread.

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Smoked-Tomato Salsa

Smoked-Tomato Salsa
Greg Dupree; Food Styling: Anna Hampton; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch

Recipe: Smoked-Tomato Salsa

Once you try this smoky, homemade version of salsa, you'll be convinced to leave store-bought behind.

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Focaccia with Ricotta and Crispy Herbs

Focaccia with Ricotta and Crispy Herbs
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Recipe: Focaccia with Ricotta and Crispy Herbs

Thanks to a store-bought hack, you don't have to go through the process of learning to home make your own bread—but your guests don't have to know that.

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Mini Crab Cakes with Cajun Sauce

Cheesy Mushroom Tartlets
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Mini Crab Cakes with Cajun Sauce

Serving these classic crab cakes in lettuce leaves not only makes them look pretty but they're also easy for guests to grab and go. Instead of risking a mess with people drizzling Cajun Sauce everywhere, simply pipe a dollop onto each crab cake in advance.

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Spicy Strawberry-Goat Cheese Crostini

Spicy Strawberry-Goat Cheese Crostini
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Recipe: Spicy Strawberry-Goat Cheese Crostini

This spring appetizer is pretty enough to be part of your Easter spread but easy enough to accompany any seasonal lunch or dinner. A few tips from the Test Kitchen: While your baguette slices are toasting, set out your goat cheese to soften on the countertop, which will make it easier to spread. The riper the strawberries, the more vibrant and flavorful your crostini will be—but overripe berries will turn to mush when you try to slice them.

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Marinated Feta with Cherry Tomatoes

Marinated Feta with Cherry Tomatoes
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Marinated Feta with Cherry Tomatoes

This is the ultimate make-ahead appetizer for summertime. Simple yet elegant, this starter can stand alone or be part of a colorful charcuterie and cheese setup.

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Austin Diner-Style Queso

Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Austin Diner-Style Queso

Your at-home game day spread and Taco Tuesdays just got a whole lot more delicious. This will officially be your go-to cheese dip recipe once you try it.

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Baked Brie with Pecans

Baked Brie with Pecans
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Baked Brie with Pecans

Baked brie alone is a favorite party trick, but we added a flavorful blend of toasted pecans, honey, dried cherries, and five-spice powder for the most gorgeous topping your party guests have seen.

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Crab Cake Bites with Old Bay Mayo, Chives, and Lemon

Crab Cake Bites with Old Bay Seasoning
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Recipe: Crab Cake Bites with Old Bay Mayo, Chives, and Lemon

Form the crab cakes one day in advance, and store them, covered, in the refrigerator. This not only saves prep time but also ensures they are properly chilled, which helps them hold their shape.

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Bacon Bites

Bacon Bites
Oxmoor House

Recipe: Bacon Bites

With just three ingredients, you can serve up an appetizer that everyone will go crazy for. Seriously, y'all: Make two batches.

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Buttery Toasted Pecans

Buttery Toasted Pecans
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Buttery Toasted Pecans

Buttery toasted pecans can be served in different ways at a dinner party. They can be whipped up quickly and used as a garnish for a favorite appetizer or alone as a small snack before dinner begins if guests are saving their appetite. Butter makes everything better, and the same is true for these toasted pecans.

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Pimiento-Stuffed Summer Squash

Baked Brie with Jezebel Peaches
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Pimiento-Stuffed Summer Squash

Beaming with bright ingredients, guests will enjoy the familiar Southern flavors of pimiento cheese and squash along with fresh basil and bacon. Can't find pattypans? Pipe the filling on thinly sliced squash rounds, or stuff it into squash blossoms.

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Spinach-and-Artichoke Bites

Spinach-and-Artichoke Bites
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Karin Olsen; Food Styling: William Smith

Recipe: Spinach-and-Artichoke Bites

Ensure Mama won't drip Spinach-Artichoke dip on her Sunday best with these poppable, mess-free bites that have all the flavor of the beloved dip.

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Caesar Salad Bites

Caesar Salad Bites
Photo: Jennifer Davick/Prop Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell/Food Styling: Marian Cooper Cairns

Recipe: Caesar Salad Bites

Fresh, chilled Caesar Salad Bites are tasty, super-easy to make, and perfectly suitable for eating out of hand. Creamy Caesar dressing, cucumber, tomatoes, croutons, and parsley make this simple salad recipe one guests will easily recognize and enjoy.

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Salt-and-Pepper Oven Fries

Salt-and-Pepper Oven Fries
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Salt-and-Pepper Oven Fries

French Fries are an easy dish to serve to even the pickiest guests. Serve for adult friends or at a kid's party to please small taste buds.

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Spicy-Sweet Pecans

Spicy-Sweet Pecans
Helen Norman

Recipe: Spicy-Sweet Pecans

Guests are in for a treat with these spicy-sweet pecans, coated in a brown and white sugar mixture with a kick of red pepper. Other spices include cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, for flavors that can be enjoyed best during the fall and winter seasons.

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Curried Shrimp Tarts

Curried Shrimp Tarts Recipes
Photo: Beau Gustafson

Recipe: Curried Shrimp Tarts

Step away from the oven and enjoy the party with this no-cook appetizer recipe. Ready-made pastry shells make preparation of these tarts super-fast. Simply spoon a shrimp-and-cream-cheese mixture and jarred mango chutney into the shells. Top with chopped fresh chives and toasted sweetened coconut.

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Cheddar-Horseradish-Walnut Cheese Ball

Feta-Olive-Fresh Herb Cheese Ball
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Cheddar-Horseradish-Walnut Cheese Ball

A mix of cream cheese, sharp Cheddar cheese, fresh lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, a dash of hot sauce, and horseradish make the filling of this cheese ball coated in toasted walnuts. With a prep time of under an hour and no need to keep chilled or heated, this appetizer takes the stress out of entertaining and brings the flavor back into serving a great appetizer.

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Grilled Yellow Squash Roll-Ups

Grilled Yellow Squash Roll-Ups
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch; Food Styling: Anna Hampton

Recipe: Grilled Yellow Squash Roll-Ups

We bet you've never thought to do this with your summer squash! How cute are these healthy roll-ups? There just the colorful addition your appetizer board needs.

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Buttermilk-Ricotta Cheese Dip

Buttermilk-Ricotta Cheese Dip
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Buttermilk-Ricotta Cheese Dip

When a Southern staple meets a creamy cheese dip, magic happens. If you've never tried homemade ricotta, then you're in for a tasty surprise. Four simple steps make this the dip of a hostess' dreams, and online reviewers say this dip will go flying off the appetizer table. Serve with crackers or fresh veggies for dipping. It can also be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to two days (if there are any leftovers, of course!)

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Chicks in a Blanket

Chicks in a Blanket
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Chicks in a Blanket

Just a few simple and easy ingredients grace this spin on the classic pigs in a blanket. We recommend baking a ton because we know these will go fast once they hit the table!

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Orange-Basil Yogurt Dip

Orange-Basil Yogurt Dip
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Orange-Basil Yogurt Dip

Savory, sweet, and tangy, this bright dip is great for dunking anything from breadsticks to crudités. The refreshing flavor from the Greek yogurt mixed with orange zest and basil with a little touch of garlic make this dip absolutely irresistible. Prepped and ready to serve in twenty minutes, will not be on the appetizer table long.

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Baked Brie with Jezebel Peaches

Baked Brie with Jezebel Peaches
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Baked Brie with Jezebel Peaches

Bring this recipe to your next elegant dinner party, a holiday get-together, or the next time you have a friends and family over. The peaches are a mesmerizing sweet-and-spicy mixture that makes this Brie recipe absolutely irresistible. Hot jalapeño pepper jelly and spicy brown mustard kick these peaches up a notch, pairing perfectly with creaminess of the baked Brie.

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Slow-Cooker Beef Sliders with Pickled Peppers

Slow-Cooker Beef Sliders with Pickled Peppers
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Beef Sliders with Pickled Peppers

This shredded meat treat will be a crowd-pleaser on game day. Slow-cooked with onion, garlic, beef broth, celery, red wine, and thyme, the level of flavor in this beefy appetizer will score you a winning touchdown as a crowd-pleaser.

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Slow-Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs

Slow-Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs
Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Ali Ramee; Prop Styling: Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs

Mama will recognize this charmingly retro appetizer, and she'll thank you for it! If you're having a casual cookout or football watch party, you don't even need to get out the serving dishes for this one. Simply leave the meatballs in the slow cooker to stay warm and pop some toothpicks and plates next to it. Voila!

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