Fresh cranberries make and unusual, but sensational salsa, which is great in the fall when cranberries are readily available. This brilliant red appetizer will attract party goers to it.—Jerri Gradert, Lincoln, Nebraska
Folks will think you fussed over this pretty appetizer, but it took our Test Kitchen only minutes to top a round of smooth and creamy brie with warm sweet apricots. This is one easy appetizer certain to make any occasion “special.”
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
For extra ease, our Test Kitchen says to bake the pita crackers the night before. Cool and store in an airtight container at room temperature. You can also prepare and chill the spread overnight; remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.
A chunky chutney like this one makes a great gift for friends and neighbors. I give them the chutney in a decorated jar with a package of cream cheese and a box of crackers. It makes a lovely snack and is just as good alongside a main dish.
For a winning appetizer, serve crispy phyllo cups filled with taco-seasoned ground beef and zesty shredded cheese. The handheld munchies are sure to be named MVP of the menu.—Roseann Weston, Philipsburg, Pennsylvania