Cheese Appetizers

Served hot or cold, cheese appetizers please even the pickiest eaters. From nacho cheese dip to baked Brie to gooey cream cheese, these easy cheese appetizers disappear fast.

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Brie en Croute

Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry

Watch this elegant, sure-to-impress appetizer disappear at your next party as creamy Brie, topped with almonds and parsley, oozes out of its flaky pastry crust.

Total: 2 hrs

Brie and Walnut Tartlets

Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry

Perfectly beautiful on an appetizer buffet, these puff pastry tartlets will charm your guests. Mustard and brown sugar add to the classic combination of Brie and walnuts for terrific flavor.

Total: 1 hr 15 mins

Goat Cheese, Cranberry Chutney and Toasted Walnut Envelopes

Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry

Golden puff pastry envelopes are filled with an appetizing combination of goat cheese, cranberry chutney and walnuts to make these sweet and savory delights.

Total: 1 hr 10 mins

Three Cheese Loaf

Better Homes and Gardens

This savory nut loaf is similar to a cheese ball but the cheese mixture and nuts are layered into a loaf pan. Use strips of red pepper to add a festive splash of color.

Cranberry-Topped Three-Cheese Spread

Betty Crocker

Juicy, tart cranberries complement a delicious spread made with three types of tasty cheese.

Total: 2 hrs 15 mins

Marinated Cheese

Better Homes and Gardens

Toss together a bit of garlic and lemon juice with peppercorns and Monterey Jack cheese for a simple and easy appetizer recipe.

Crespelle with Ricotta and Marinara

Food & Wine

In this recipe, adapted from Wine Bar Food by Tony Mantuano and his wife, Cathy, lush ricotta-filled crepes bake in a rich marinara sauce.

Total: 2 hrs 10 mins

Cheese Triangles

Better Homes and Gardens

These puffy, crisp appetizers are always a favorite at parties.

Phyllo-Wrapped Brie with Mushrooms

Better Homes and Gardens

Serving these appetizers to guests is an experience to remember. The bundles are split open, then fruit or crisp crackers are used to scoop up the cheese-herb-mushroom mixture.

Crispy Mozzarella Sticks

Prego Italian Sauce

Here's a great way to dress up mozzarella sticks...just try this baked version that uses golden puff pastry as the "breading". You'll find that the melted mozzarella together with the flaky pastry is a delectable combination.

Total: 1 hr 25 mins

Cheese Fondue

Better Homes and Gardens

Two cheeses and a splash of white wine flavor this gooey appetizer fondue that is delicious when dunked with bread chunks.

Goat Cheese Mousse with Red-Wine Caramel

Food & Wine

This crostini from Karen Small at the Flying Fig in Cleveland, topped with goat cheese mousse, red-wine caramel, and strawberry compote, is a delightful example of a dish that combines sweet and savory. Each component can be used in a variety of sweet and savory ways: The caramel, for instance, is great drizzled over pecorino cheese or vanilla ice cream.

Total: 1 hr 30 mins

October Dinner Fondue


Friends coming over? Add to the fun by serving this easy to make, main-dish fondue to serve with chicken, veggies or tortellini. Or you can be creative, and come-up with your own dippers for this versatile recipe.

Total: 30 mins

Phyllo-Wrapped Goat Cheese

The Food Channel

A simple appetizer with a crunchy, flaky exterior and delicate goat cheese center that never fails to please guests.

Homestyle Swiss Cheese Fondue

Swanson Broth & Stock

This rich, savory Swiss cheese fondue is an easy to make classic that will become a favorite at your table.

Total: 25 mins

Cheese Straws

Better Homes and Gardens

You'll love the easy, four ingredient preparation for this kid-favorite cheese straw bread recipe.

Marinated Feta Cheese and Olives

Better Homes and Gardens

This salty Mediterranean-style appetizer bowl pairs well with crackers or crusty bread.

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