These tender sandwiches will surely become the talk of any get-together. Helen Hassler of Denver, Pennsylvania hollows out sourdough baguettes before filling them with cucumber, cheese and marinated lamb and artichokes. Simply delicious, the mouthwatering bites are perfect for a spring brunch.
This quick and easy dip begins with purchased hummus. It's then flavored with the Mediterranean flavors of feta cheese, olives and lemon.
—Patterson Watkins, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Tip: You can make homemade pita chips by cutting a package of pita bread into wedges. Toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon pepper and 1 teaspoon coarse salt. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet; bake at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool; store in an airtight container.
"A real crowd-pleaser" is how Christine Halandras, from Meeker, Colorado, describes her baked spinach appetizer."Plus, it's so nice to make ahead of time," she adds. "You can quickly reheat it later or even serve it cold." The recipe makes a delicious vegetable entree or side dish, too—just cut the pieces into larger squares.
This easy hummus from Josephine Devereaux Piro of Easton, Pennsylvania is flavored with garlic and lemon, but has a delicious nuttiness from tahini. “I love the kick the tahini gives this hummus,” she says.
When entertaining, I rely on this make-ahead dish that's full of peppers, eggplant and zucchini. Low on sodium, it gets its delicious flair from garlic, basil and thyme. We like it on homemade bagel chips.
—Margaret Potempa of Oshkosh, Wisconsin
I'm a big fan of hummus, and for this version, I upped the garlic and substituted cannellini beans for the usual garbanzo beans to please my husband. The homemade chips come out of the oven slightly crisp and chewy. —Nicole Clayton, Prescott, Arizona