40 Appetizers for an Unforgettable Galentine's Day Party (2024)

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40 Appetizers for an Unforgettable Galentine's Day Party (1)Annamarie HigleyUpdated: Oct. 31, 2019

    Chock full of dips, small bites and spreads, this list of delicious appetizers will have you and your friends wishing it was Galentine's Day every day.

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    40 Appetizers for an Unforgettable Galentine's Day Party (2)

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    Galentine’s Day, an unofficial holiday celebrated on Valentine’s Day eve invented by Amy Poehler’s character in Parks and Recreation, is an ode to gal pals in all their glory. Celebrate your BFFs this year with irresistible food and drinks (like these16 co*cktails to Make for Your Galentine’s Day Party.)

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    Best Deviled Eggs

    Herbs lend amazing flavor to these deviled eggs, which truly are the best you can make! The recipe includes tasty variations that feature bacon, chipotle peppers and crab.—Jesse & Anne Foust, Bluefield, West Virginia

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    Queso Fundido

    Dig in to this one-skillet dip and enjoy the gooey cheese and the spicy kicks from chorizo and pepper jack. —Julie Merriman, Seattle, Washington

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    Appetizer Blue Cheese Logs

    Three kinds of cheese and some curry powder make this cheese log a little more lively than most. Swipe it on your favorite cracker with a drizzle of honey for a sensational snack. —Ethel Johnson, North Saanich, British Columbia

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    There's plenty of both crunch and cream in these party appetizers. Fresh chives help them really stand out. —Jean McKenzie, Vancouver, Washington

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    Slow-Cooker Cheddar Bacon Beer Dip

    My tangy, smoky dip won the top prize in our office party recipe contest. Other beers can work for this, but be sure to steer clear of dark varieties. —Ashley Lecker, Green Bay, Wisconsin

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    Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Potato Bites

    After making little bacon-wrapped sausages for years, I needed a change! I had an extra sweet potato and half a package of bacon on hand, so I put on my thinking cap and came up with this treat. —Kelly Williams, Forked River, New Jersey

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    Marshmallow Fruit Dip

    You can whip up this sweet and creamy dip in just 10 minutes. I like to serve it in a bowl surrounded by fresh-picked strawberries at spring brunches or luncheons. —Cindy Steffen, Cedarburg, Wisconsin

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    Nacho Tots

    This is an easy, versatile party appetizer that everyone loves. If you can't find chorizo, ground beef or ground chicken are wonderful, too. Top with anything you like! —Connie Krupp, Racine, Wisconsin

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    Baked Crab Dip

    We enjoyed this exquisite dip at my grandson's wedding reception. It looks fancy but is easy to make. You can even make this crab dip recipe ahead of time by filling the bread bowl early in the day and chilling it until serving. Just remove it from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. —Marie Shelley, Exeter, Missouri

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    Cilantro Tomato Bruschetta

    This is an easy tomato appetizer that all of my family and friends love. The garden-fresh ingredients capture summer and meld together for a delightful hors d’oeuvre recipe that goes well with many different main dishes. —Lisa Kane, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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    Slow-Cooker Pizza Dip

    I created this dip for my daughter's pizza-themed birthday party. It was an instant hit and I've continued to take it along to other gatherings. Everyone loves it! —Stephanie Gates, Waterloo, Iowa

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    Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip

    Everyone will simply devour this savory and delicious dip with shredded chicken throughout. The spicy kick makes it a perfect football-watching food, and the recipe always brings raves. —Janice Foltz, Hershey, Pennsylvania

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    Blue Cheese Potato Chips

    Game day calls for something bold. I top potato chips with tomatoes, bacon and tangy blue cheese. I make two big pans, and they always disappear. —Bonnie Hawkins, Elkhorn, Wisconsin

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    Dill Dip

    Be prepared—you'll likely need to make a double batch of this delightful dill dip recipe. One batch is never enough when we have a get-together! It tastes fantastic with just about any vegetable, so you can use whatever you have on hand as a dipper. —Kathy Beldorth, Three Oaks, Michigan

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    Swiss Cheese Bread

    This bread will receive rave reviews, whether you serve it as an appetizer or with a meal. For real convenience, you can make it ahead of time and freeze it! —Karla Boice, Mahtomedi, Minnesota

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    Crispy Sriracha Spring Rolls

    While in the Bahamas, friends suggested a restaurant that served amazing chicken spring rolls. When I got home, I created my own version. Such a great appetizer to have waiting in the freezer! —Carla Mendres, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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    Roasted Eggplant Spread

    Black pepper and garlic perk up this out-of-the-ordinary spread that hits the spot on a crisp cracker or toasted bread slice. —Barbara McCalley, Allison Park, Pennsylvania.

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    Taco Tater Skins

    I wanted to make a version of these with ingredients most people have on hand. We make a meal out of these skins, but they're also great for parties as appetizers. —Phyllis Douglas, Fairview, Michigan

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    We love to make meals into celebrations, and antipasto always kicks off the party for Italian dinners. This one is almost too pretty to eat, especially when sprinkled with pimientos, fresh basil and parsley. —Patricia Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania

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    Korean Wontons

    Korean wontons (called mandoo) are not hot and spicy like many of the traditional Korean dishes. Filled with inexpensive vegetables and beef, the fried dumplings are very easy to prepare and so tasty!. —Christy Lee, Horsham, Pennsylvania

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    Soft Giant Pretzels

    My husband and our friends and family love these soft, chewy pretzels. Let the bread machine mix the dough, then all you have to do is shape and bake these fun snacks. —Sherry Peterson, Fort Collins, Colorado

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    Jalapeno Popper Spread

    I've been told by fellow partygoers that this recipe tastes exactly like a jalapeno popper. I like that it can be made without much fuss. —Ariane McAlpine, Penticton, British Columbia

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    Sicilian Nachos

    Crispy bread replaces the classic tortilla chips and savory meat sauce tops things off. This hearty appetizer easily doubles as a main dish. Add a salad and you have dinner. —Sonya Labbe, West Hollywood, California

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    Garlic-Parmesan Cheese Ball

    This is one of our entertaining mainstays. It complements most meals and is so easy to prepare and dress up with a variety of garnishes. —Susan Seymour, Valatie, New York

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    Mini Zucchini Pizzas

    This simple snack is the perfect, low-carb way to satisfy your pizza cravings. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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    Homemade Guacamole

    I always judge a Tex-Mex restaurant by its guacamole. And although it's simple to prepare, it can go wrong oh, so easily. I've spent many years perfecting mine, to the point where I think it's better than most restaurants. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

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    Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread

    This festive dip is a snap to make, taking only 10 minutes from start to finish. Thanks to its hint of sweetness, both kids and adults will gobble it up. —Frankie Robinson, Lockhart, Texas

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    Slow-Cooker Mexican Dip

    My husband and I love to entertain, and we make this hearty seven-ingredient Mexican dip often. Using our slow cooker leaves us free to share quality time with our guests. After all, isn't that the purpose of a party? —Heather Courtney, Ames, Iowa

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    Party Cheese Bread

    You can't go wrong with this cheese bread recipe. The cheesy, butter bread is so simple to make but the taste is sinful. Plus it looks fantastic, and people just flock to it! It's better than the usual garlic bread with pasta, too. —Karen Grant, Tulare, California

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    Taste of Home

    This great-tasting beer cheese fondue is my mom's favorite, so I make it for her birthday every year. I like to serve this cheddar cheese fondue recipe with apple slices, rye bread cubes, and chunks of carrots, mushrooms, celery, zucchini, squash and broccoli. —Amanda Wentz, Virginia Beach, Virginia

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    Slow-Cooker Reuben Spread

    My daughter shared this recipe with me for a hearty spread that tastes just like a Reuben sandwich. Serve it from a slow cooker set to warm so the dip stays at its most tasty temperature. —Rosalie Fuchs, Paynesville, Minnesota

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    Mini Pizza Cups

    Served hot or cold, these little pizzas are wonderful. Their small size makes them ideal for an after-school snack or a kid-friendly party. Plus, they’re so easy to make that little ones can help you in the kitchen! —Jane Jones, Cedar, Minnesota

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    Cider Cheese Fondue

    Cheese lovers are sure to enjoy dipping into this creamy quick-to-fix fondue cheese dip that has just a hint of apple. You can also serve this appetizer with pear wedges. —Kim Marie Van Rheenen, Mendota, Illinois

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    Layered Asian Dip

    Guests are quick to dig into this delectable dip. With tender chunks of chicken and Asian seasoning, it's a nice switch from traditional taco dip.— Bonnie Mazur, Reedsburg, Wisconsin

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    Buffalo Wing Poppers

    These buffalo chicken poppers combine the flavor of hot wings and jalapeño appetizers to make a snack greater than the sum of their parts. —Barbara Nowakowski, Mesa, Arizona

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    Whenever I go to an event, I'm always asked to bring this hot dip. Five types of cheese make it a standout and oh-so delicious. I love its party-ready convenience—I serve it straight from the slow cooker, so set-up and cleanup are a breeze! —Noelle Myers, Grand Forks, North Dakota

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    Chicken Pot Stickers

    Chicken and mushrooms make up the filling in these pot stickers, a traditional Chinese dumpling. Greasing the steamer rack makes it easier to remove them once they're steamed. —Jacquelynne Stine, Las Vegas, Nevada

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    Hot Bacon Cheese Dip

    I've tried assorted appetizers before, but this one is a surefire people-pleaser. The thick bacon cheese dip has lots of flavor and keeps my guests happily munching as long as it lasts. I serve it with tortilla chips or sliced French bread. —Suzanne Whitaker, Knoxville, Tennessee

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    Originally Published: December 14, 2018

    40 Appetizers for an Unforgettable Galentine's Day Party (41)

    Annamarie Higley

    Annamarie is Taste of Home’s Shopping Editor and previously worked on the brand’s magazine and special issues. It was during this time she tapped into her love language, gifts, and spearheaded the print holiday gift guides in 2021 and 2022. She’s thrilled to continue creating gift guides full time for the shopping team, in addition to testing and reviewing products, spotlighting viral gadgets and editing freelanced content. A midwestern transplant from the San Francisco Bay Area, she enjoys hiking, crafting and—you guessed it!—shopping and cooking.

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    As an expert and enthusiast, I have personal experiences or expertise, but I can provide information based on the search results I have access to. Here is some information related to the concepts mentioned in this article:

    Galentine's Day

    Galentine's Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated on February 13th, the day before Valentine's Day. It was popularized by the television show Parks and Recreation, where the character Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, created the holiday as a way to celebrate female friendships. Galentine's Day is typically marked by women getting together to celebrate their friendships and show appreciation for each other [[1]].

    Deviled Eggs

    Deviled eggs are a popular appetizer made from hard-boiled eggs that have been halved and filled with a mixture of the egg yolks, mayonnaise, mustard, and other seasonings. The filling is often piped back into the egg white halves and garnished with various toppings such as paprika, chives, or bacon. Deviled eggs are a classic dish often served at parties and gatherings [[2]].

    Queso Fundido

    Queso Fundido is a Mexican dish that translates to "melted cheese." It is typically made by melting cheese, often a combination of melting cheeses like Chihuahua or Oaxaca, with other ingredients such as chorizo, peppers, onions, or mushrooms. The melted cheese mixture is then served hot and often enjoyed with tortillas or chips as a dip or filling for tacos [[3]].

    Blue Cheese Logs

    Blue Cheese Logs are appetizers made with a mixture of blue cheese, cream cheese, and other ingredients such as curry powder. The mixture is rolled into a log shape and can be served with crackers or bread. The combination of blue cheese and cream cheese creates a creamy and tangy flavor that pairs well with the crunch of crackers [[4]].

    Cheddar Bacon Beer Dip

    Cheddar Bacon Beer Dip is a tangy and smoky dip made with cheddar cheese, bacon, and beer. The dip is typically made by combining shredded cheddar cheese, cooked bacon, cream cheese, beer, and various seasonings. It is often served with pretzels, chips, or vegetables as an appetizer [[6]].

    Sweet Potato Bites

    Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Potato Bites are a tasty appetizer made by wrapping sweet potato cubes with bacon and baking them until crispy. The combination of the sweet and savory flavors makes them a popular choice for parties and gatherings [[7]].

    Marshmallow Fruit Dip

    Marshmallow Fruit Dip is a sweet and creamy dip made with marshmallow creme, cream cheese, and other ingredients. It is often served with fresh fruit as a dessert or appetizer. The dip can be whipped up quickly and is a popular choice for brunches or luncheons [[8]].

    Crab Dip

    Baked Crab Dip is a creamy and flavorful dip made with crab meat, cream cheese, and various seasonings. It is typically served warm and can be enjoyed with crackers or bread. The dip is often a hit at parties and gatherings [[10]].

    Tomato Bruschetta

    Cilantro Tomato Bruschetta is a simple and refreshing appetizer made with fresh tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, and other ingredients. The mixture is typically served on toasted bread slices and can be enjoyed as an hors d'oeuvre or alongside main dishes [[11]].

    Pizza Dip

    Slow-Cooker Pizza Dip is a cheesy and flavorful dip inspired by the flavors of pizza. It is made with a combination of cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, pizza sauce, and various toppings such as pepperoni or bell peppers. The dip is often served with breadsticks or tortilla chips [[12]].

    Buffalo Chicken Dip

    Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip is a savory and spicy dip made with shredded chicken, cream cheese, hot sauce, and other ingredients. It is a popular choice for parties and game day gatherings, often served with tortilla chips or celery sticks [[13]].

    These are just a few examples of the appetizers mentioned in the article. Let me know if you would like more information on any specific dish or if there's anything else I can assist you with!

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