Of the 15 to 20 items I set out when hosting holiday parties, these savory puffs are the first to get snapped up. People enjoy the zippy flavor. They're a nice finger food to eat since they're not sticky or drippy.
Adults and kids alike enjoy the make-it-yourself aspect of these festive appetizers. The mint and cilantro add so much flavor, and the lettuce cup provides a refreshing crunch. For accompanying recipes, entertaining tips and a video, visit tasteofhome.com/katielee. —Katie Lee
Meet the Cook: Some wonderful maple syrup I brought back from my last trip to Vermont is what inspired my recipe. These wings have been a hit with family and friends. They're very versatile - use them for TV snacks, hors d'oeuvres for parties or showers, or appetizers...or double or triple the recipe and make the wings a main dish you can serve with a salad or corn on the cob on the side.
-Janice Henck, Clarkston, Georgia
Ranch dressing got its start on a real dude ranch in California. Punch up the Western original with green salsa, green chilies, jalapenos and cilantro for more color, spice and high volume that feeds a crowd. —Lindsay Duke, Goodrich, Texas