Linda Haas created this fuss-free recipe after tasting something similar on a cruise. It makes a speedy and summery, light bite at home in Tenmile, Oregon.
LINDA’S TIP: “To make it even lighter, use a fat-free Italian dressing.”
With just four ingredients you can be the talk of the party! These tasty bites are special enough for a fancy gathering and no one will know they're healthy! They are shown with Goat Cheese, Pear & Onion Pizza (recipe also on Recipe Finder). Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia
This creamy topping has a subtle tang that pairs perfectly with crisp rye bread. “We enjoy this simple recipe at our summer deck parties,” says Missie Klei from Cincinnati, Ohio. “It’s ideal for unexpected guests or a quick snack.”
Marybeth Wright of Maitland, Florida says it takes her only minutes to make this time-saving pasta toss. Leftover ham, canned ripe olives, sliced mushrooms and roasted red peppers lend plenty of flavor to the colorful combination of tastes.
Garlic lovers will literally eat this up! Fresh basil gives it a lovely aroma; crushed red peppers offer a hint of heat; and sun-dried tomatoes make the creamy sandwich spread bright. Terrific on crackers, too. —Anndrea Bailey, Huntington Beach, California
One word describes this summer appetizer..."wonderful"! The crispy exterior of the tender eggplant slices and the robust taste of tomato and basil topping create a dynamic flavor duo. It's delicious served chilled or at room temperature.
It's always a joy to watch people's faces when I present them with homemade bread. This recipe makes two loaves—one for you to enjoy and one to share with others.—Nicole Gillenardo, St. Peters, Missouri
"This popular recipe began as herb focaccia but gradually came to include our favorite vegetables," writes Michele Fairchok of Throop, Pennsylvania. "There's no cheese because my husband can't have dairy products. But some people who try it think it has cheese anyway!"
"Pit-Stop Stromboli was the main course for our race day meal," says Amber Kimmich from Powhatan, Virginia. "This hearty, all-time champ features a three-cheese filling and plenty of pepperoni slices baked into a homemade bread dough roll."
Take a break from ordinary steamed brussels sprouts by combining them with raisins and a slightly tart dressing. Thinly slicing the sprouts makes them appeal to people who normally don't like the texture.—Michaela Rosenthal, Woodland Hills, California
"One night when my husband and I needed a quick supper, I threw together this satisfying soup using only what we had on hand," shares Margaret Glassic of Easton, Pennsylvania. "It's a family favorite, and it's good for us, too!"
From Orange Park, Florida, Barbara Carlucci shares this warm appetizer dip that sets its flavor from an herb soup mix. Crispy golden pizza dough strips are perfect for digging into the thick cheesy mixture.