Years ago, when bakeries in my Midwestern hometown made pasties, people scrambled to get there before they were all gone. Now I make my own...filled with meat, potatoes and vegetables, they make a complete meal and are great for picnics or potlucks. —Gayle Lewis
The whole gang will munch these "top dogs" up in a jiffy. "Mom and I make them for get-togethers," tells Donna Sternthal of Sharpsville, Pennsylvania. "Leftovers are no problem—there never are any!"—Donna Sternthal, Sharpsville, Pennsylvania
Bring out the kid in everyone by preparing pigs-in-a-blanket with sausage links and refrigerated breadsticks. This old-fashioned finger food is a fun addition to a breakfast buffet. Or make a heaping plateful for a snack.
Instead of plain tuna salad sandwiches, I fix this creamy tuna mixture, which includes crunchy apples. Then I put it on a crisp English muffin half with triangle tortilla chips sticking out to look like the sails of a ship.—Judy Archuleta, Escalon, California
"It's a challenge finding lunch fare that both our children enjoy," confides Rhonda Cliett of Belton, Texas. "These mini pizzas are fun to make. They pack nicely in plastic sandwich bags and travel well, so there's no mess."
Instead of ordinary bread crumbs, seasoned crushed corn chips coat these slightly crunchy chicken fingers. If your family likes food with some zip, use the full 1-1/2 teaspoons of chili powder. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Watch the room light up with smiles when you bring this fun dish to the table. "Our children love the crunchy nut coating on these chicken strips," reports Beba Cates of Pearland. Texas. And with only a handful of ingredients, preparation is a snap.