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
These easy shrimp look impressive on a buffet table and taste even better! The zesty sauce has a wonderful spicy citrus flavor. I especially like this recipe because I can prepare it ahead of time. —Mary Jane Guest, Alamosa, Colorado
"This rich creamy spread looks so festive with flecks of green onion and red pimiento dotting with cheddar cheese," relates field editor Sundra Hauck of Bogalusa, Louisiana. "It's a crowd-pleaser at any party."
You can serve this chunky chutney over cream cheese or Brie with crackers, or as a condiment with roast pork or poultry. Either way, its slightly tart flavor and deep red hue lend a festive flair to the table. —Karyn Gordon, Rockledge, Florida
Classic empanadas from South America are stuffed pastries of beef or chicken, usually fried. That doesn't mean "classic" never changes. Chicken goes well with black beans, corn and jalapenos in this baked version with a Southwestern spin. —Jane McMillan, Dania Beach, Florida
Make sweet Easter baskets filled with fantastic flavor! These adorable eggs would be a wonderful project for the kids while moms and dads finish up preparations for an Easter feast. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
People will rave over this super-easy cheesecake appetizer. I've made this recipe several times at parties, and people were so surprised it was low fat. Make it a day ahead for convenience, adding salsa just before serving. —Sandy Burkett, Galena, Ohio
I always get rave reviews when I bring these tasty sausages to a party. They can be whipped up in a matter of minutes, and the tangy-citrus sauce is an instant conversation starter.
Sun City West, Arizona
Mini tart shells are filled with a cream cheese mixture, then topped with seafood sauce and shrimp for a picture-perfect look and delightful taste. Gina Hutchison of Smithville, Missouri assures, “This recipe makes a great appetizer, but you can also serve several for a fast, light meal.”