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Black Forest Ham Pinwheels

Black Forest Ham Pinwheels

Black Forest Ham Pinwheels

My popular pinwheels wow guests at holiday parties I attend. People like the smokiness of the ham and the sweet surprise of the cherries. I appreciate the make-ahead convenience.

Hot Pepper Pleasers

Hot Pepper Pleasers

Hot Pepper Pleasers

Here's a real crowd-pleaser! The banana peppers pack a subtle punch, and the pepperoni adds spice. Have knives, forks and napkins ready so folks can eat them up neatly. —Darius Kovacina, Acme, Pennsylvania

Olive Zucchini Spread

Olive Zucchini Spread

Olive Zucchini Spread

Zucchini tends to spread—across bread, crackers and veggies—when this recipe is served at a reception, potluck or casual get-together. It makes enough to satisfy a crowd. —GaleLynn Peterson, Long Beach, California
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Brie with Apricot Topping

Brie with Apricot Topping

Brie with Apricot Topping

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.”

Chicken Taco Ring

Chicken Taco Ring

Chicken Taco Ring

If you want to wow your guests with southwestern zest, try this eye-catching appetizer. I serve it with salsa and sour cream toppings in small homemade tortilla bowls. —Kathy Martinez, Enid, Oklahoma

Cranberry Meatballs and Sausage

Cranberry Meatballs and Sausage

Cranberry Meatballs and Sausage

Years ago, I found a version of this recipe in a cookbook. At first taste, my family judged it a keeper. The tangy saucy meatballs are requested by our friends whenever I host card night. We also take the yummy dish on camping trips.

Cheesy Beef Taco Dip

Cheesy Beef Taco Dip

Cheesy Beef Taco Dip

For a warm, hearty snack with a bit of a kick, try this recipe. It's a hit with my family, and guests rave about it, too. Ideal for parties, it makes a big potful. The only "utensil" you'll need to serve it with is a brimming bowl of tortilla chips.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Fondue

Peanut Butter Chocolate Fondue

Peanut Butter Chocolate Fondue

When the family wanted to do a little celebrating over the years, I would make this fondue. It's fun to gather around the table to get a taste of it.—Beverly Olthaus, Cinncinati, Ohio

Quick Black Bean Salsa

Quick Black Bean Salsa

Quick Black Bean Salsa

This sensational salsa is a colorful combination of lots of fresh-tasting flavors. My husband, son and I think it's great as a dip or with main-dish burritos or chimichangas. We love taste-testing my creations together.

Sweet-Sour Chicken Dippers

Sweet-Sour Chicken Dippers

Sweet-Sour Chicken Dippers

Meet the Cook: Since you can chop up all the ingredients the night before, this can be ready in about 30 minutes. So it's a great after-work dinner. You can also serve it as a snack or an appetizer...similar to chicken nuggets. I've even substituted quail for the chicken, and it was delicious. Next, I may try it with pork! -Kari Caven, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Taco Tater Skins

Taco Tater Skins

Taco Tater Skins

Meet the Cook: The idea for my recipe started with a food demonstration I didn't like. That version used things most people don't have on hand. So I decided to experiment, and out came Taco Tater Skins. We - my husband and I have a girl, 7, and a boy, 4 - make a meal out of these skins. But they're also great for parties as appetizers. (Have the recipe handy...you'll be asked for a copy!) -Phyllis Douglas, Fairview, Michigan
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