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Mardi Gras Appetizers

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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."

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.

Oyster Cheese Appetizer Log

Oyster Cheese Appetizer Log

Oyster Cheese Appetizer Log

When you say "holiday tradition" around our house, this appetizer comes to mind immediately. Every winter, I make lots of cheese logs and freeze them for when I'm expecting company or need to take food to someone's home. The blend of smoked oysters, chili powder, nuts and cream cheese tastes good-even people who don't like oysters may enjoy this interesting appetizer.

Spicy Hush Puppies

Spicy Hush Puppies

Spicy Hush Puppies

These spicy hush puppies make a wonderful side dish to fish. They taste best when served warm.

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."

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."

Chili Shrimp

Chili Shrimp

Chili Shrimp

This spicy shrimp appetizer is a hit at every buffet I host. The fiery sauce clings to the succulent shrimp, which look so pretty arranged on a festive platter. Best of all, the shrimp can be easily prepared the day before your event.—Beth Schaefer, Sherwood, Ohio

Spicy Skeleton Ribs

Spicy Skeleton Ribs

Spicy Skeleton Ribs

These ribs are sure to add kick to the party thanks to the haunting combination of spices. This can be served as an appetizer or even a hearty sandwich, depending on the occasion. Let the kids fill up on this before trick-or-treating.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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

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

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
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