8 cheesy appetizers to get any party started

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How to Make the Perfect Grilled Cheese

Whether you're throwing a swanky soiree or a backyard barbecue, cheese is always a welcome guest. These hors d'oeuvres and appetizers are our favorite ways to get any party going.

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Homemade Cheese Spread With Garlic and Herbs

This creamy cheese spread is great on toasts (and anything else you can find to spread it on).

Photo by Chelsea Kyle, Food Styling by Rhoda Boone

Hatch Chile con Queso Dip

If you can't get your hands on hatch chiles, use a combination of Anaheims (or poblanos) and jalapeños instead.

Photo by Rhoda Boone

Garlic and Cheese Crostini

These simple toasts may be basic, but they're never boring.

Photo by Romulo Yanes

Homemade Herbed Paneer Cheese

Once you've mastered the technique for this homemade cheese, play around with different herb and spice combinations to suit your taste.

Photo by Chelsea Kyle, Food styling by Katherine Sacks

Whipped Gorgonzola

No food processor? Achieve the same creamy result by beating the softened cheeses and cream together with a wooden spoon.

Photo by Juco

Flatbread with Fava Beans, Cucumbers, and Burrata

Here, grilled bread is topped with milky burrata, fresh fava beans, and barely pickled cucumbers. It's basically summer on toast.

Photo by Peden & Munk

Queso Fundido

Prepare this chorizo-studded dip in a cast-iron pan set right on the grill, alongside whatever else you're cooking.

Photo by Romulo Yanes

Spring Vegetable and Goat Cheese Dip

This riff on artichoke dip is packed with asparagus, leeks, and plenty of fresh spring herbs.

Photo by Romulo Yanes

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