“My husband loved the appetizers we ordered at a Chinese restaurant so much that I was determined to make them at home,” relates Cathy Blankman of Warroad, Minnesota. “After two more trips to the restaurant to taste them again and about four home trials, I had them perfected.” TIP: “I often make the filling earlier in the day to save time later,” Cathy says.
I created this appetizer when I had some leftover phyllo dough in the freezer. It’s perfect for a party because it looks elegant but is easy to make. I serve the shrimp with two sauces, so guests can decide if they’re in a sweet or spicy mood. —Sonali Ruder, New York, New York
My family loves Asian food and this recipe captures the healthy benefits of the nutritious veggies without any loss of vitamins from cooking. Even kids will gobble up raw veggies if you offer them in the form of a spring roll and give them a dipping sauce. —Terri Merritts, Nashville, Tennessee
Casual, flavorful and low in carbohydrates, these Vietnamese Pork Lettuce Wraps are a perfect and low-fuss way to feed a group. Place the ingredients in separate dishes and let your guests assemble their own wrap, which allows them to personalize to suit their tastes. —Gretchen Barnes, Fairfax, Virginia
This recipe is pretty simple as is, but to save even more time, leave the block of cream cheese whole and let your guests spoon up what they'd like. If you can't find crystallized ginger, simply substitute with a 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger. —Lori Stefanishion, Drumheller, Alberta
"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."
A little sweet, a little sour, and a whole lot of flavor! These kabobs from Nancy Zimmerman of Cape May Court House, New Jersey make a wonderful accompaniment to any party or get-together. —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey