This convenient and colorful party classic from Linda Austin in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey, can be made several days in advance. In fact, it actually tastes better if prepared ahead so all the fresh flavors can blend together. Best served at room temperature with a crusty loaf of toasted French bread or your favorite crackers.
Havarti cheese, asparagus and red peppers make these tasty roll-ups ideal for a spring celebration. Fresh chive ties give them a fussed-over look, but they're a cinch to make! —Rhonda Struthers, Ottawa, Ontario
I was enjoying a salad with strawberries and blue cheese when the idea hit me to stuff the strawberries and serve them as an appetizer. It worked out great, and the flavors blend so nicely. —Diane Nemitz, Ludington, Michigan
“A creamy rich artichoke spread tops these warm crusty bites that folks just love," says Sherry Campbell of St. Amant, Louisiana. "You won't find a much quicker and more delicious appetizer or last-minute side!”
“There are many recipes for jalapeno pepper poppers here in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where we live,” writes Janice Vernon. “For a potluck at our church, my husband and I came up with this lighter version. The poppers were a hit!”
I tried this dip at a potluck lunch and loved it. I think it represents my region because of the abundance of fresh fruit grown in California. My family especially enjoys it as a refreshing snack on hot summer afternoons.
This hearty, creamy and full-bodied veggie pizza, served as an appetizer, is sure to bring compliments from your guests. It's packed with good-for-you cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms and other vegetables. —Sandra Shafer, Mountain View, California