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Hot Appetizer Recipes

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My family can't get enough butternut squash. I had some left over, so I used pot sticker wraps and veggies to create these fun little appetizers. —Carla Mendres, Winnipeg, Manitoba
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Savory Pork Turnovers

Savory Pork Turnovers

Savory Pork Turnovers

Apples, potatoes, ground pork and seasonings tucked inside flaky golden pastry never fail to win praise from my family at home and friends at church functions. The assembly requires a bit of effort, but these impressive little turnovers are worth it. -Ruby Carves, Litchfield, Maine

Chili-Cheese Egg Rolls

Chili-Cheese Egg Rolls

Chili-Cheese Egg Rolls

More than an inventive way to use leftover or store-bought chili, this is the No. 1 request in the Bender household (and our judges know why). —Jennifer Bender, Baldwin, Georgia

Chilaquilas Appetizer

Chilaquilas Appetizer

Chilaquilas Appetizer

I learned how to make this recipe when I was attending high school in California. It's been a family favorite for years.—Joy Frost, Wood River, Illinois
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Mini Shrimp Rolls

Mini Shrimp Rolls

Mini Shrimp Rolls

"These tasty tidbits make a great appetizer or even a mini meal," writes Jennifer Jones of Pine City, New York. "Plus, they're healthier than deep-fried egg rolls. I experimented with various ingredients to come up with the creamy filling...then baked the egg rolls to keep the fat lower."

Festive Turkey Meatballs

Festive Turkey Meatballs

Festive Turkey Meatballs

Turkey gives a different twist to these slightly sweet and spicy meatballs. For the holidays, I serve them on a tray lined with parsley and garnished with red pepper or pimientos.

Sausage French Bread Pizza

Sausage French Bread Pizza

Sausage French Bread Pizza

"I never seem to have pizza dough on hand, but that doesn't stop our family from enjoying pizza," reports Cherie Sweet. The Evansville, Indiana cook tops crusty French bread with creamy Alfredo sauce, sausage and veggies. "It's great to serve at a party for children or teens," she adds.

Vegetable Spiral Sticks

Vegetable Spiral Sticks

Vegetable Spiral Sticks

"I love to serve these savory wrapped vegetable sticks for parties or special occasions," remarks Teri Albrecht, Mt. Airy, Maryland. "They're an easy impressive appetizer."

Goat Cheese, Pear & Onion Pizza

Goat Cheese, Pear & Onion Pizza

Goat Cheese, Pear & Onion Pizza

Goat cheese and basil take this pizza to the next level of flavor. “My husband and I developed this recipe several years ago because we love onions. It's always a hit with guests!” Radelle Knappenberger - Oviedo, Florida

Ginger Pork Lettuce Wraps

Ginger Pork Lettuce Wraps

Ginger Pork Lettuce Wraps

When I make Asian-spiced lettuce wraps with lean ground pork, I remind my family they’re meant to be an appetizer – but maybe I should just call it supper. —Mary Kisinger, Medicine Hat, AB

Broccoli Cheddar Spread

Broccoli Cheddar Spread

Broccoli Cheddar Spread

In Graysville, Alabama, Beth Parker has contributed this rich creamy spread to family get-togethers for years. "I was able to lighten up the original recipe with out loosing any of the terrific flavor," she says.



Herb-Roasted Olives & Tomatoes

Herb-Roasted Olives & Tomatoes

Herb-Roasted Olives & Tomatoes

Eat these roasted veggies with a crunchy baguette or a couple of cheeses. You can also double, or triple, the amounts and have leftovers to toss with spaghetti the next day. —Anndrea Bailey, Huntington Beach, CA

Roasted Goat Cheese with Garlic

Roasted Goat Cheese with Garlic

Roasted Goat Cheese with Garlic

Now that we have kids, my husband and I don't entertain much. But when we do, I serve this savory spread. The combination of goat cheese, garlic and onions always earns rave reviews. —Carol Barlow, Berwyn, Illinois

Oregano-Swiss Slices

Oregano-Swiss Slices

Oregano-Swiss Slices

I like serve slices of this dressed-up French bread with a chef's salad. It's also a great complement to soup on a cold day. Sometimes I hollow out the loaf and fill it with the creamy mixture before baking. —Laura Murphy Ventura, California

Party Pizzas

Party Pizzas

Party Pizzas

"A batch of these snacks gets cleared away fast with the irresistible combination of creamy cheese and lightly seasoned meat on crispy toast," assures Carolyn Snow of Sedalia, Missouri.
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