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Easy Appetizers

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Hot appetizers don't come much easier than this recipe. It's so popular I usually double the recipe if I have a larger crock pot. You can vary the meats to suit your family's tastes, or increase the heat factor by using a spicier barbecue or spaghetti sauce. Serve with fancy party picks. —Andrea Chamberlain, Macedon, New York
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Dated Eyes

Dated Eyes

Dated Eyes

These spooky-looking appetizers are the perfect balance between sweet and salty. They are easy to serve and hold, making it a good hand-held appetizer. Shape the dates as round as you can.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Chive Biscuit Ornaments

Chive Biscuit Ornaments

Chive Biscuit Ornaments

Ring in the holiday season with these tender bell-shaped bites from our Test Kitchen home economists. they used cookie cutters and whole chive "hangers" to from the warm and appetizing ornaments, which get a slight kick from red pepper flakes.

Ring of Piggies

Ring of Piggies

Ring of Piggies

This charming plate of piggies looks like a holiday wreath when I drape fresh rosemary in the center. It’s a cute display for merry get-togethers. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, MD
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Pickled Eggs and Beets

Pickled Eggs and Beets

Pickled Eggs and Beets

This is a popular dish, especially at Eastertime when hard-cooked eggs are abundant.—Ellen Benninger, Stoneboro, Pennsylvania

Sausage Breadsticks

Sausage Breadsticks

Sausage Breadsticks

Bring out the kid in everyone by preparing pigs-in-a-blanket with sausage links and refrigerated breadsticks. This old-fashioned finger food is a fun addition to a breakfast buffet. Or make a heaping plateful for a snack.

Mexican Salsa Pizza

Mexican Salsa Pizza

Mexican Salsa Pizza

“This recipe gets rave reviews” exclaims Carla McMahon of Hermiston, Oregon. It’s great as is, but you can kick up the heat with spicy salsa and pepper jack cheese. 8

Reuben Roll-Ups

Reuben Roll-Ups

Reuben Roll-Ups

"This recipe turns the popular Reuben sandwich into an interesting and hearty snack," explains field editor Patricia D Kile, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. "We love these roll-ups at our house."

Lemon Cream-Stuffed Grapes

Lemon Cream-Stuffed Grapes

Lemon Cream-Stuffed Grapes

”This is a refreshing snack on a hot summer day,” notes field editor Janis Plourde from Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario. ”It’s simple, plus it offers a light change from heartier party foods.”

Jalapeno Cheese Spread

Jalapeno Cheese Spread

Jalapeno Cheese Spread

“I keep the ingredients for this wonderful cheese spread on hand so that I can assemble it any time,” notes Patricia Kitts of Dickinson, Texas. “The combination with jalapenos, cream cheese and pecans is always a hit at parties.”

Jalapeno-Pecan Cheese Spread

Jalapeno-Pecan Cheese Spread

Jalapeno-Pecan Cheese Spread

I like to shape this pepper jelly spread like a Christmas tree around the holidays, but this is a recipe I make year-round. —Charolette Westfall, Houston, TX

Spinach Flatbreads

Spinach Flatbreads

Spinach Flatbreads

Instead of the same old side of garlic bread, serve up wedges of toasty, mouthwatering Spinach Flatbreads from Kristen Westbrook in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “I always seemed to have spinach that would spoil before I could use it all,” she explains. “So I started making these delicious and quick flatbreads. They’re low-fat, work well with almost any vegetable I have on hand and can double as a light lunch.”—Kristen Westbrook, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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