These cute little appetizers are so adorable, they're likely to steal the spotlight at your next wintertime gathering or kids' party. No one believes how easily these whimsical bites come together.—Darline Michaelis, New Auburn, Wisconsin
If you're looking for a scrumptious way to get a party started, bring out a tray of these cheesy crab puffs. They bake up golden brown and taste wonderful right out of the oven. Try serving them with soup instead of bread or crackers.
This recipe is what today's healthy eating is all about--fresh ingredients, healthy fish and low-fat dairy products. Plus, you're bound to get rave reviews when guests uncover these baby stuffed potatoes. This CW Test Kitchen recipe proves that delicious party food and healthy eating are compatible. If you're in a hurry, you can serve the cream cheese mixture as a spread with whole wheat crackers.
Cannellini (white kidney beans) and tofu give body to this festive dip without added fat. "If you have never tried tofu, this is a tasty way to introduce it," explains recipe developer Jean Ecos of Hartland, Wisconsin. The CW test kitchen recommends serving this dip with fresh vegetables, pita bread or reduced-fat crackers.
“Mushroom caps plump with crabmeat make a wonderful appetizer for entertaining,” suggests Tonya Farmer, Iowa City, Iowa. She suggests using the recipe as a light entree, served on salad greens or with pasta.
What a mouthwatering mix of flavors and textures in this delicious spread from Greenwood, Indiana’s Brenda Martin! Mild eggplant makes a perfect backdrop for the blend of fresh garlic, dill and salty capers. “It’s also terrific on pita sandwiches or makes a great party dip.”—Brenda Martin, Greenwood, Indiana
Chopped pastrami adds a tasty twist to this artichoke spread from Donna Plarman in Elgin, Illinois, but it’s the wonderful blend of flavors that’ll make you want to serve it often. “I’m a caterer,” shares Donna, “and this is an absolute hors d’oeuvre staple for many of my customers. It's also wonderful served warm.”
Looking for a standout appetizer that could double as a dessert? Try this fast, no-fuss favorite that Darlene Brenden whips up for family and friends in Salem, Oregon. “It’s a fun change of pace for your munchies menu and an easy way to get folks to snack on apples instead of junk food,” Darlene points out.
From Mendota, Illinois, Kim Marie Van Rheenen shares a simple but scrumptious recipe with make-ahead convenience. “I like to serve these savory mushrooms alongside sliced baguettes and crackers,” Kim suggests. “They’re colorful and so versatile. You might like to vary the cheese or add olives, artichokes or a little basil.”
“After I’d tasted this quick yummy pizza at a party,” writes Heidi Mellon from Waukesha, Wisconsin, “I just knew I had to have the recipe. I’ve been serving it in my household for years, and it always disappears in minutes.”