While tinkering and tuning up recipes for my spring menu, I came up with a snazzy little appetizer that's perfect for Cinco de Mayo. It features two favorites: shrimp and margaritas! —Nancy Buchanan, Costa Mesa, California
Filled with three kinds of cheese and lots of spinach, these light little bites pack a delectable punch. Friends and family will think you fussed, but these starters come together quickly. —Sherri Melotik, Oak Creek, Wisconsin
"Blueberries are so nutritious, low in calories and packed with vitamin C, fiber and disease-fighting antioxidants. This chunky salsa is a fresh, flavorful blend of berries and veggies and would be great over grilled chicken, too.” —Raymonde Bourgeois, Swastika, Ontario
"These bite-size appetizers offer a nice change from the usual party fare," notes Karen Rolfe of Dayton, Ohio. "It takes a little effort to assemble them, but the shells can be made ahead and frozen to cut party prep time."
Luscious caramel apples aren't forbidden fruit when you fix them the way Tami Escher of Dumont, Minnesota does. Folks will never know they're eating lighter when they dip apple slices into this warm, yummy caramel-flavored dip!
Our taste panel just raved about this creamy low-fat spinach dip from Corrine Rupp in Statesville, North Carolina. Richly caramelized sweet onions and a hint of wine make for a decadently delicious appetizer—but this one’s guilt-free!
Good-for-you things come in tasty little packages when you follow the recipe Barbara Nowakowski sent from North Tonawanda, New York. Wonton wrappers form the crisp cups that hold the cheddary artichoke filling in these cute appetizers.
Folks always seem to flock to the snack table when the lineup includes a warm cheesy dip. When my brother-in-law brought this dip to our house for a get-together, everyone asked for the recipe. He first tasted this delectable dip at a football party. We've made it many times—it's so popular.—Katrina Turner, West Chester, Ohio
"I first became acquainted with chutney while I was serving overseas," writes LaVonne Wettering of Clermont, Florida. "I prefer a tart, rather than a sweet, taste—and that's just what the ginger, apple juice and lemon juice bring to the ruby-red spread. I usually serve it with cream cheese and crackers, but it's wonderful with turkey slices and pork chops, too."
"This fruity dip is easy to prepare and so refreshing for summer get-togethers or brunches," writes Linda Venema from Fulton, Illinois. "The secret ingredient is the lemon-lime soda. It adds a little extra zing." Crushed pineapple and coconut extract bring a hint of the tropics to the creamy dip. Serve it with strawberries, grapes and bite-size melon pieces.
“This is a nice change of pace from other meatless meals,” suggests Jill Heatwole of Pittsville, Maryland. “Using reduced-fat cheese trims calories without cutting flavor in the mouthwatering quesadillas.”—Jill Heatwole, Pittsville, Maryland