Crowd-Pleasing 4th of July Appetizers

Wondering what to serve your guests while the burgers and steaks are on the grill? These summery starters are perfect for any backyard gathering ― Independence Day included!

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Bruschetta With Strawberry And Tomato Salad

These gorgeous toasts are surprisingly simple to make ― and every bit as delicious as they look. After letting the strawberries and tomatoes soak in a balsamic marinade, simply spoon the sweet-and-savory topping over freshly grilled bread and serve.

Get the Recipe: Bruschetta With Strawberry And Tomato Salad

American Flag Caprese Salad

This new take on caprese can be the centerpiece at your summer party. Build an American flag with purple potatoes, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. A large wooden cutting board lined with parchment makes the perfect serving platter.

Get the Recipe: American Flag Caprese Salad

Ranch Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs meet Ranch dressing in this simple twist on the classic. The filling is flavored with sour cream and plenty of fresh herbs, along with a little bit of dried horseradish for some spice.

Get the Recipe: Ranch Deviled Eggs 

Buffalo Puppies

Drizzle blue cheese sauce onto cocktail hot dogs and top with red onions and blue chips for bite-size appetizers.

Get the Recipe: Buffalo Puppies

Grilled Clams with Herb Butter

Nothing says summer like a big bowl of grilled clams. Giada uses tender littlenecks and keeps the seasonings simple, so that their subtly sweet flavor has a chance to take center stage in this easy, crowd-pleasing appetizer.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Clams with Herb Butter

Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Salad

Ina's five-minute appetizer is a beautiful display to have on your picnic table. Vary the color of your tomatoes to get the most-appealing presentation.

Get the Recipe: Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Salad

Cherry Tomato Mascarpone Tartlets

These pretty little tarts are topped with sweet, summer tomatoes. Better yet, they’re delicious even when served at room temperature ― which means you can make them the morning of your party and hold them until your guests arrive.

Get the Recipe: Cherry Tomato Mascarpone Tartlets

Red and White Double Dippers with Blue Corn Chips

Serve an easy patriotic appetizer of red pepper salsa, creamy garlic dip and blue corn chips.

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Cornmeal Hushpuppies

While you could just as easily serve these alongside your mains, we love setting them out with the appetizers. They’re easy to pop in your mouth, which makes for easy snacking while the burgers and dogs cook up on the grill. Trisha give hers an extra special kick by adding jalapeno!

Get the Recipe: Mama's Cornmeal Hushpuppies

Melon Feta Bites

You only need 6 simple ingredients for these fresh and flavorful bites. Ree uses three types of melon (honeydew, cantaloupe and watermelon) but you can feel free to use whatever you have on hand or like best.

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Gazpacho

This cold, tomato soup is a nice, refreshing starter at any summer cookout. If your get-together is casual, skip the bowls and serve the gazpacho in shooters or small cups so that guests can easily sip on it while mingling.

Get the Recipe: Gazpacho

Grilled Summer Vegetables with Avocado-Yogurt Dip

The great thing about Valerie’s party-perfect dip is that it can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve it. Make it the morning of your 4th of July bash ― then all you have to do when your guests arrive is grill your veggies and pita.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Summer Vegetables with Avocado-Yogurt Dip

Grilled Pineapple-Jicama Salsa

Once you get a scoop of this sweet-and-smoky dip, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been grilling your salsa ingredients all along!

Get the Recipe: Grilled Pineapple-Jicama Salsa

Deviled Egg American Flag

This creative party appetizer combines two all-American favorites: the Stars and Stripes, and classic deviled eggs.

Get the Recipe: Deviled Egg American Flag

Guacamole with a Kick

It just wouldn’t be a cookout without a few good dips to snack on while you’re grilling ― and guac is no exception! Ree gives hers a nice kick of flavor with jalapenos and chipotle pepper in adobo.

Get the Recipe: Guacamole with a Kick

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