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Winning Appetizers

Looking for winning appetizers? Find contest winning appetizers including the best dips and spreads, cheesy appetizers, and more winning appetizers.

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Local veggies and herbs have a magical knack for inspiring me to cook. After my CSA box arrived, I used the fresh ingredients to create this adorable appetizer. —Kristen Heigl, Staten Island, New York
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Sweet Gingered Chicken Wings

Sweet Gingered Chicken Wings

Sweet Gingered Chicken Wings

I first tasted this delicious chicken dish 11 years ago when I attended a class on using honey in cooking. When I prepare this recipe for a party, it's one of the first dishes to disappear! —Debbie Dougal, Roseville, California

Zucchini Tomato Salsa

Zucchini Tomato Salsa

Zucchini Tomato Salsa

Wondering what to do with all her garden zucchini, Jennifer Magrey of Sterling, Connecticut came up with this versatile and colorful salsa: “I also serve it on crackers, burgers, chips, baked potatoes or over cream cheese as a spread!”

Picnic Beans with Dip

Picnic Beans with Dip

Picnic Beans with Dip

Here's a fun way to enjoy fresh-picked beans...with a creamy well-seasoned dip. I first enjoyed it at a friend's house and have made it for several years. Try the dip with other vegetables, too, such as broccoli, celery and carrots. -Martha Bergman, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
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Oregano-Swiss Slices

Oregano-Swiss Slices

Oregano-Swiss Slices

I like serve slices of this dressed-up French bread with a chef's salad. It's also a great complement to soup on a cold day. Sometimes I hollow out the loaf and fill it with the creamy mixture before baking. —Laura Murphy Ventura, California

Butternut-Gouda Pot Stickers

Butternut-Gouda Pot Stickers

Butternut-Gouda Pot Stickers

My family can't get enough butternut squash. I had some left over, so I used pot sticker wraps and veggies to create these fun little appetizers. —Carla Mendres, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Appetizer Tomato Cheese Bread

Appetizer Tomato Cheese Bread

Appetizer Tomato Cheese Bread

I found this recipe a few years ago in a dairy cookbook, and it has become a family favorite. We milk 180 cows and have a large garden, so dishes like this that use both dairy products and fresh vegetables are welcome. My husband, Wayne, and our two children are mostly meat-and-potato eaters...but I don't hear any complaints when I make this bread!

Herbed Cheese Rings

Herbed Cheese Rings

Herbed Cheese Rings

This savory cheese loaf is great sliced in thin wedges to go with soup, salads or casseroles. I've served it to large crowds and received many compliments. One year, I gave it to our neighbor for Christmas. -Evelyn Bear, Kingston, Idaho

Italian Meatball Buns

Italian Meatball Buns

Italian Meatball Buns

These soft little rolls come with a surprise inside—savory Italian meatballs. They're wonderful dipped in marinara sauce, making them fun for my grandkids and adults, too. I love how easy they are to put together. —Trina Linder-Mobley, Clover, South Carolina

Roasted Grape Tomatoes

Roasted Grape Tomatoes

Roasted Grape Tomatoes

“Everyone loves this mouthwatering starter with just a few ingredients. We appreciate that it’s a fast, simple way to use up extra tomatoes from our garden.” —Linda Green, Ardmore, Oklahoma

Nacho Scoops

Nacho Scoops

Nacho Scoops

Serve your clan a big ol’ platter of these fun and crazy-tasty nacho bites as you cheer for your team. You’ll score big with tortilla chips filled with creamy, spicy cheese and beef! —Raine Gottess, Coconut Creek, Florida

Smoky Onion Biscuit Squares

Smoky Onion Biscuit Squares

Smoky Onion Biscuit Squares

Whip up a batch of my savory, biscuit-like squares to complement dinner or whenever you need a yummy bit of comfort. —Donna-Marie Ryan, Topsfield, Massachusetts
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