Enjoy this fun dip with crackers or veggies or on your favorite sandwich or burger. To make it smoother, add a bit more olive oil. If you prefer a more rustic texture, decrease the oil a little. —Kimberly Grusendorf, Medina, Ohio
This is a lovely appetizer when served with crostini, pita bread, bagel chips or crackers. I've also used it as a topping over a salad of mixed greens. This mushroom version of a caponata is healthier than the eggplant one.—Julia Cotton, Pacific Palisades, California
I like to pair this rich, nutty spread with a variety of crackers, but my best friend swears it tastes best with garlic bread. Give the cheese ball extra color with a sprinkling of fresh parsley.—Aysha Schurman, Ammon, Idaho
My nutty cheese dip has bold flavors that go well with baked pita chips. If I’m hosting guests who like their food milder, I dial down the heat a bit by reducing the red pepper flakes.—Sonya Labbe, West Hollywood, California
Mushroom lovers will fall for this appetizer which has the flavor of Stroganoff. When I can't find tubes of prepared polenta, I make instant polenta according to package directions and cut out pieces with cookie cutters.
“Everyone loves hummus, but I enjoy the garlic and onion types so much that I decided to let them shine in this homemade version. I get so many compliments when I serve it!”—Sarah Gilbert, Beaverton, Oregon