Mardi Gras Appetizers

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Sweet & Spicy Nuts

Sweet & Spicy Nuts

Sweet & Spicy Nuts

Hot and spicy with a hint of brown-sugar sweetness, these snacking nuts are simply sensational. You and your guests will not be able to stop munching! The quick-and-easy skillet recipe also makes a great stocking stuffer or last-minute holiday gift from the kitchen. —Patty Lok, Sherman Oaks, California

Better Than Fried Shrimp

Better Than Fried Shrimp

Better Than Fried Shrimp

Here’s a fabulous alternative to battered and deep-fried shrimp. Coating the shrimp with panko breadcrumbs, spraying with cooking spray and then baking give this appetizer a wonderful crunch without all the saturated fat and calories of deep-frying. —Cher Schwartz, Ellisville, Missouri

Grilled Wing Zingers

Grilled Wing Zingers

Grilled Wing Zingers

My husband fine-tuned this recipe - and the results were spectacular! These spicy-hot grilled wings are true party pleasers. You can easily adjust the heat level by altering the amount of chili powder. The wings take a little time, but they're worth it. -Angela Roster, Greenbackville, Virginia
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Coconut Fried Shrimp

Coconut Fried Shrimp

Coconut Fried Shrimp

These crisp and crunchy shrimp make a tempting appetizer or a fun change-of-pace main dish. The coconut coating adds a little sweetness...and the tangy orange marmalade and honey sauce is great for dipping. It's impossible to stop munching these once you start! -Ann Atchison, O'Fallon, Missouri

Spicy Shrimp

Spicy Shrimp

Spicy Shrimp

“I think my Spicy Shrimp is unique, and it’s easy to prepare,” writes Bob Gebhardt of Wausau, Wisconsin.

Cajun Popcorn

Cajun Popcorn

Cajun Popcorn

"Authentic Cajun popcorn is actually deep-fried crawfish tails seasoned with peppery spices," explains Bogalusa, Louisiana field editor Ruby Williams. "But we like this lighter, simpler version made with real popcorn. It's our favorite TV snack."

Crab Mornay

Crab Mornay

Crab Mornay

"I sometimes have unexpected dinner guests, so I keep the ingredients for this easy microwave entree on hand," relates Beverly Callison of Memphis, Tennessee. Prepared pastry shells overflow with a creamy combination of canned crab and mushrooms. "I serve this with a packaged salad and receive lots of compliments on the meal."

Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail

“I serve this easy-to-make appetizer for every special occasion and for 'munchie meals' on big-game days,” writes Peggy Allen of Pasadena, California. “My neighbors look for it whenever we get together.”

Zesty Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

Zesty Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

Zesty Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

"Whenever there's a family gathering, my sister-in-law brings this zesty bean dip, and it's a big hit," report Pamela Smith of Flushing, New York. "Since it keeps well in the refrigerator, it's great to have on hand for unexpected guests."

Perfect Scalloped Oysters

Perfect Scalloped Oysters

Perfect Scalloped Oysters

My family— husband, children and grandchildren— all look forward to this easy seafood side dish. It's one I've made for well over 30 years.

Chili Cheese Grits

Chili Cheese Grits

Chili Cheese Grits

This zesty dish is a real crowd-pleaser. It's great as a side dish and can also be served as a cold appetizer.
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