You’ve never seen meatballs like these before, with cranberries, sauerkraut and chili sauce adding incredible color and irresistible tang. You’ll love the heavenly aroma, too. —Lisa Potter, Camp Douglas, WI
WHEN I was 13, I came to the United States from Korea with my family. Korean food was the staple of our meals as I was growing up in America and still is today with a family of my own. Although many of the dishes from my heritage are hot and spicy, Korean Wontons (mandoo) are not. The fried dumplings, filled with vegetables and beef, are very easy to prepare, and the ingredients are inexpensive. As a stay-home mom with four kids, I prepare Korean food almost every day because my husband, Yong, says he cannot live without it, even though he’s been in America for almost 30 years!—Christy Lee, Horsham, Pennsylvania
This mouthwatering salsa shared by Suzi LaPar of Wahiawa, Hawaii features fresh pineapple and a handful of seasonings. Serve it with tortilla chips or atop grilled chicken or fish for a jazzed-up meal.—Suzi LaPar, Wahiawa, Hawaii
Did you know that cheesecake could be savory instead of sweet? Tomato and green onions mixed with cream cheese is like an irresistible form of gazpacho. Served on lettuce, the BLT version is great on its own, but it's also a tasty appetizer when served with crackers. This is a flexible recipe, so use other cheese in place of the Gruyere, and add olives, crab meat, cooked mushrooms - whatever strikes your fancy. —Joni Hilton, Rocklin, California
From Royal Oak, Michigan, Cheryl Lama confirms, "The festive green and red of this appetizer will make it a welcomed addition to your holiday buffet table. Store-bought pesto keeps the preparation fast. Sometimes I like to heat the garlic in a skillet and use skewers for a different look."
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
These easy appetizers are always a hit at parties! Zesty strips of chicken and bits of onion sit in jalapeno halves that are wrapped in bacon and grilled. Serve them with blue cheese or ranch salad dressing for dipping.—Leslie Buenz, Tinley Park, Illinois
Meet the Cook: Both my husband and I were raised on farms, and we prefer home cooking to eating out. That works out fine since I love trying new recipes! I've served this treat as an appetizer and a snack. Plus, it's sweet enough to be a dessert. It's easy to transport besides.
We have a 9-year-old daughter.
-Carolyn Brinkmeyer, Aurora, Colorado