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Whether you’re gathering for the weekly sporting event or staging a dinner party, you’ll enjoy putting together some tasty appetizers for your guests. Cheese plates with an assortment of crackers or breads are always welcome. And dips with chips or veggie sticks are another standby.

But let’s explore some more interesting tidbits to offer your guests. How about tiny tomato tarts made with fresh parmesan and cheddar, sweet potato squares speared with chunks of crispy smoked sausage and dipped in lemon garlic mayonnaise, or tiny cups of spiced butternut-pumpkin soup? You’ll find all these recipes and many more at Southern Living.

You might enjoy serving a cranberry feta pinwheel appetizer made with either whole wheat or spinach tortillas. Or a creamy pumpkin pie dip made with cream cheese and served with gingersnaps or crisp apple slices. You’ll find these recipes at

For that very special event, you’ll want more upscale appetizers. How about cold roasted Moroccan spiced salmon, classic liver pate or a tangy Indonesian Satay? These tasty treats are found at Gourmet Appetizers.