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Comfort Food Appetizers

Entertain with ease with these crowd-pleasing comfort food appetizers, including bruschetta, deviled eggs, fondue, focaccia, nachos, dip, chicken wings, jalapeno poppers, sliders, fries, onion rings, potato skins, wontons, party mix, spreads, tartlets and more.

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Honey-Mustard Chicken Wings

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For a change from spicy buffalo sauce, try these sweet and sticky wings. There's a good chance they'll become your new favorite! —Susan Seymour, Valatie, New York
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Old-Fashioned Fruit Compote

Old-Fashioned Fruit Compote

Old-Fashioned Fruit Compote

A perfect partner for your Christmas goose, this warm and fruity side dish can simmer while you prepare the rest of your menu, or make it a day ahead and reheat before serving. —Shirley A. Glaab, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Stromboli Slices

Stromboli Slices

Stromboli Slices

“I've served this dish to teens, college students and a women's group," laughs Rachel Jackson in Pennsville, New Jersey. "Everyone has loved it, and many people have asked for the recipe. Easy and delicious, it's sure to please your party guests!”

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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Cranberry-Beef Mini Burgers

Cranberry-Beef Mini Burgers

Cranberry-Beef Mini Burgers

Cranberry tapenade brings a deep red color and sweet-sour zing to these fun little bacon cheeseburgers. Serve them for parties or any time you want to treat your family. —Priscilla Yee, Concord, California

Hot Artichoke Spread

Hot Artichoke Spread

Hot Artichoke Spread

Green chilies add a bit of zip to this rich cracker spread from Victoria Casey of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. "I serve this appetizer often because it's tasty, quick to make and looks so pretty with the red tomatoes and green onions on top."

Vegetable Garden

Vegetable Garden

Vegetable Garden

I was planning on bring veggies and dip to my grandson's graduation party, but I wanted to do something special. So I created a mini garden by arranging by corn, cherry tomatoes and other small vegetables on fa foam board. I was a big hit!—Barbara Wellner, Menominee, Michigan

Skull Deviled Eggs

Skull Deviled Eggs

Skull Deviled Eggs

Thrill partygoers with these bone-chilling deviled eggs. The mayonnaise-filled bites are one of my favorite apps, so I had fun creating a Halloween version. —Nick Iverson, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Cheese & Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Cheese & Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Cheese & Pepperoni Pizza Dip

You know those times when you want to use up a few ingredients and nothing comes to mind? Spaghetti sauce, assorted cheeses, pepperoni and a prebaked pizza crust go together well when you keep them separate. Warm up the crust, then cut it up for dipping in the pizza sauce. —Julie Puderbaugh, Berwick, Pennsylvania

Smoky Onion Biscuit Squares

Smoky Onion Biscuit Squares

Smoky Onion Biscuit Squares

Whip up a batch of my savory, biscuit-like squares to complement dinner or whenever you need a yummy bit of comfort. —Donna-Marie Ryan, Topsfield, Massachusetts

Mixed Mushroom Tartlets

Mixed Mushroom Tartlets

Mixed Mushroom Tartlets

I summer in northern Michigan and find the morels that grow wild up there just irresistible, but never pick mushrooms if you are not 100% sure they are safe to eat. If morels are not available, I use whatever mushrooms I can find at the supermarket. If you like crumble some goat cheese over the top. The tarts can be used as a vegetarian entree or an appetizers.—Jennifer Condreay, Centennial, Colorado

Moo Shu Chicken Cones

Moo Shu Chicken Cones

Moo Shu Chicken Cones

My Asian-inspired cones make a distinctively different main dish for holiday get-togethers and game-day parties. If you like, substitute pulled pork for the shredded chicken.
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