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.
The cheesiest party starters
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.
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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
No food processor? Achieve the same creamy result by beating the softened cheeses and cream together with a wooden spoon.
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Prepare this chorizo-studded dip in a cast-iron pan set right on the grill, alongside whatever else you're cooking.
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