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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.

Creamy Olive-Bacon Dip

Creamy Olive-Bacon Dip

Creamy Olive-Bacon Dip

When I had just 15 minutes to prepare something for a party, I combined the ingredients I had on hand and came up with this cheesy dip. I knew the recipe was a keeper when I took home a nearly empty bowl.

Onion Rings

Onion Rings

Onion Rings

“This yummy side dish will keep everyone wondering what's different, and they'll never guess that it's the apple juice!” says Joan Hallford of North Richland Hills, Texas. “I've had this recipe for over twenty years. It's a great side dish when time is of the essence because it's so quick and easy to prepare,” she adds.

Hot Potato Dippers

Hot Potato Dippers

Hot Potato Dippers

These crunchy oven fries are always a hit with Ray Luoma’s family in Mansfield, Ohio. For a little variety, he sometimes substitutes Parmesan cheese and Italian herb seasoning for the chili powder and garlic salt.
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Barbecue Sauce Meatballs

Barbecue Sauce Meatballs

Barbecue Sauce Meatballs

These tender ground beef meatballs have just the right amount of zip, thanks to the tangy sauce.—Cyndi Fynaardt, Oskaloosa, Iowa

Pigs in a Blanket with Homemade Pastry Dough

Pigs in a Blanket with Homemade Pastry Dough

Pigs in a Blanket with Homemade Pastry Dough

This fun take on classic pigs in a blanket wraps up pork-and-beef logs in from-scratch pastry dough. Bet you can't eat just one! Cyndi Fynaardt, Oskaloosa, Iowa

French Onion Deviled Eggs

French Onion Deviled Eggs

French Onion Deviled Eggs

French onion dip adds flavor to the creamy filling in these popular appetizers. For a pretty presentation, pipe the filling into the egg whites and sprinkle with paprika, suggests Joyce Turley of Slaughters, Kentucky.

Makeover Garlic Spinach Balls

Makeover Garlic Spinach Balls

Makeover Garlic Spinach Balls

In her Prattville, Alabama kitchen, Amy Hornbuckle bakes these yummy spinach balls without an ounce of guilt. That's because this recipe cut 72% of the cholesterol and 44% of the calories from the original version.

Crab Filled Deviled Eggs

Crab Filled Deviled Eggs

Crab Filled Deviled Eggs

Whether served as an appetizer or alongside an entree, Karen Conklin's deviled eggs offer a welcomed change of pace. That's because the Santee, South Carolina reader fills them with a creamy combination that includes crabmeat, hot pepper sauce and a dash of cayenne.

Chicken Wonton Rolls

Chicken Wonton Rolls

Chicken Wonton Rolls

Guests will think you fussed over these warm golden bites from Mary Dixson of Decatur, Alabama. "I sometimes turn the recipe into a main course by using egg roll wrappers and serving the rolls with chicken gravy," she explains.

Apple-Stuffed Mushroom Caps

Apple-Stuffed Mushroom Caps

Apple-Stuffed Mushroom Caps

These are no ordinary stuffed mushrooms! Blue cheese blends well with the more milk flavors of mushrooms and apples. The recipe can be doubled if needed. —Allen Mann, Warrior, Alabama

Herbed Deviled Eggs

Herbed Deviled Eggs

Herbed Deviled Eggs

Wondering what to do with hard-cooked eggs when Easter is past? Field editor Sue Seymour of Valatie, New York makes deviled eggs with a twist, adding a mix of herbs to the filling.
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