A handful of simple ingredients that go together in minutes, three fun flavorful options…these creamy cheese balls from our Test Kitchen are a darling, do-ahead delight for busy holiday hostesses! Why not whip up several batches? Packaged in colored plastic wrap and tied with bright ribbons, they also make quick and easy gifts for friends, drop-in visitors, shut-ins and neighbors.
These roll-ups are simply divine. A friend shared the recipe after serving them at a church brunch, where they disappeared fast. They make a unique finger food, a side dish at supper or a lovely lunch served with soup.
"If you like mushrooms," assures Patricia Kile from Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, "you'll love this appetizer! As soon as I tasted it for the first time at a friend's house, I had to get the recipe." Not on the rich side—but full cheese and seasonings—the puffs are satisfying by themselves or as accompaniments to other dishes.
Refrigerated pizza crust dough gets a tasty treatment from pleasant seasonings and easy cheese and tomato toppings. This basic recipe can be modified to suit individual tastes. My husband loves to add sliced ripe olives just before baking. We think it's best when served fresh out of the oven.
-Kimberly McFarland, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Spinach adds unexpected color and flavor to this tasty variation on deviled eggs from Dorothy Sander of Evansville, Indiana. They're easy to make with leftover Easter eggs...and an attractive addition to a party spread.
Three easy ingredients season this fun flat bread from Myra Innes of Auburn, Kansas. "It's simple to make with refrigerated crescent roll dough and easy to slice into savory squares with a pizza cutter," she attests.
There's no secret to this creamy seafood appetizer—it's simply delicious! I first tasted it at a friend's house and liked it so much, I requested the recipe. It's since become a family favorite! —Brenda Buhler, Abbotsford, British Columbia
"These tiny tangy appetizers have such broad appeal. I prepare them often for holiday gatherings, weddings and family reunions," relates Lucille Howell of Portland, Oregon. "They're convenient to serve at parties since the sauce can be made ahead, then just reheated with the franks before serving."