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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.

Relish Cheese Spread

Relish Cheese Spread

Relish Cheese Spread

“I got this recipe from my mother years ago, and my own kids and grandkids love it,” writes Wanda Zacher from Oroville, Washington. “Now, I often double the ingredients and take it along on family picnics.” TIP: This spread also tastes great on crisp celery sticks.

Contest-Winning Fried Green Tomatoes

Contest-Winning Fried Green Tomatoes

Contest-Winning Fried Green Tomatoes

A quick and easy homemade salsa makes a mouthwatering addition to these fried tomatoes. The golden coating is so crispy, no one suspects the slices are light. —Ingrid Parker, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Orange-Glazed Smokies

Orange-Glazed Smokies

Orange-Glazed Smokies

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. —Judy Wilson Sun City West, Arizona
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Mini BLTs

Mini BLTs

Mini BLTs

Celery adds a nice crunch to these no-fuss appetizers. The delightful nibbles are always popular at parties and get-togethers.—Elizabeth Borgemenke, Mason, Ohio

Meatballs in Plum Sauce

Meatballs in Plum Sauce

Meatballs in Plum Sauce

A tasty sauce made of plum jam and chili sauce coats these moist meatballs beautifully. Make sure these delightful appetizers are on your holiday menus. —Mary Poninski, Whittington, Illinois

Cheese Puffs

Cheese Puffs

Cheese Puffs

"I found this recipe in one of my mother’s old cookbooks and updated the flavor by adding cayenne and mustard," recalls Jamie Wetter of Boscobel, Wisconsin. "Tasty and quick for this busy season, these tender, golden puffs go together in minutes and simply disappear at parties!"

Pineapple-Pecan Cheese Spread

Pineapple-Pecan Cheese Spread

Pineapple-Pecan Cheese Spread

Cynde Sonnier’s smooth and creamy cheese spread is chock-full of red pepper, green chilies and crunchy pecans. It’s always a hit in Mont Belvieu, Texas…and a sure-fire way to get the kids to eat more veggies.

Cheese Rye Appetizers

Cheese Rye Appetizers

Cheese Rye Appetizers

“I enjoy serving this hors d’oeuvre at family gatherings. It can be mixed ahead of time, refrigerated, and then spread on bread and baked at the last minute. Even kids like it.” —Joyce Dykstra, Lansing, Illinois

Creamy Ranch Dip

Creamy Ranch Dip

Creamy Ranch Dip

Janice Freeman in Kewanee, Illinois shares her secret for a wonderfully thick and easy dip to dress up fresh veggies, crackers or chips—and it goes together with only three ingredients! “I just add cream cheese to the directions on the dressing envelope,” she says, “and it’s much better.”

Creamy Dill Dip

Creamy Dill Dip

Creamy Dill Dip

Be prepared—you'll likely need to make a double batch of this delightful dip. One is never enough when we have a get-together. It tastes great with just about any vegetable, so you can use whatever you have on hand as dippers.

Ranch Pizza Pinwheels

Ranch Pizza Pinwheels

Ranch Pizza Pinwheels

I developed this appetizer to mimic a dish at one of my favorite restaurants. I often need to double the recipe because one batch disappears quickly!
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