Every Christmas Eve, I bring out a platter of my fresh-from-the-oven mushrooms. When you want a change, consider fixing the sausage and cream cheese filling all by itself—it's good spread on baguette slices and crackers. —Debby Beard, Eagle, Colorado
"I never seem to have pizza dough on hand, but that doesn't stop our family from enjoying pizza," reports Cherie Sweet. The Evansville, Indiana cook tops crusty French bread with creamy Alfredo sauce, sausage and veggies. "It's great to serve at a party for children or teens," she adds.
Our winters can get cold here, so I like to warm up holiday guests with oven-fresh appetizers. Crunchy bread slices are topped with mushrooms, artichokes and a blend of cheeses. —Nancy Mueller, Bloomington, Minnesota
As a salad or appetizer, these tangy mushrooms are a welcome addition to any meal or party buffet table. It doesn't take long for a whole bowlful to be devoured. I love to cook with fresh mushrooms - a crop our state is well known for.
-Sandra Johnson, Tioga, Pennsylvania
For scrumptious and super-healthy party fare, Sarah Mercer suggests her colorful, hearty fajitas packed with crisp-tender veggies. “My husband prefers these to chicken or beef fajitas and I serve them for dinner often,“ says the Wichita, Kansas cook.