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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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Herbed Cheese Sticks

We love the breadsticks we get at our local pizza parlor when they're hot and gooey right from the oven. Now I can get that same wonderful goody, but I never have to leave the house. —Heather Bates, Athens, Maine
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Whole Wheat Pepperoni Pizzas

Whole Wheat Pepperoni Pizzas

Whole Wheat Pepperoni Pizzas

People say that the crispy whole wheat crust of this pizza recipe is the best they've tasted. Plus, it's so easy to prepare in the bread machine...and it makes enough for two pizzas.

Creamy Crab Cheesecake

Creamy Crab Cheesecake

Creamy Crab Cheesecake

A savory appetizer cheesecake such as this one, dotted with tender crabmeat, is sure to grab the attention and tempt the taste buds of party guests. It's an elegant spread that you make ahead, so there's no last-minute fuss.

Festive Baked Brie

Festive Baked Brie

Festive Baked Brie

Rich, smooth Brie cheese accented with caramelized onions is reminiscent of fondue. With a red and green tomato and herb topping, it's quite a showpiece on a holiday table.

Ground Beef Snack Quiches

Ground Beef Snack Quiches

Ground Beef Snack Quiches

My husband, Cory, farms, so supper can sometimes be quite late. A hearty appetizer like these meaty mini quiches is a perfect way to start the meal. They taste super made with ground beef, but I sometimes substitute bacon, ham, ground pork or sausage.

Sweet Berry Bruschetta

Sweet Berry Bruschetta

Sweet Berry Bruschetta

I've made this recipe by toasting the bread on a grill at cookouts, but any way I serve it, I never have any leftovers. The bruschetta is sweet instead of savory as is often expected, and visitors enjoy that change. -Patricia Nieh of Portola Valley, California

Cornmeal Onion Rings

Cornmeal Onion Rings

Cornmeal Onion Rings

My husband says these onion rings are the best he's ever eaten. The cornmeal and pecans give them a special crunch.

Garden Spring Rolls

Garden Spring Rolls

Garden Spring Rolls

My family loves Asian food and this recipe captures the healthy benefits of the nutritious veggies without any loss of vitamins from cooking. Even kids will gobble up raw veggies if you offer them in the form of a spring roll and give them a dipping sauce. —Terri Merritts, Nashville, Tennessee

Sausage Pizza Loaf

Sausage Pizza Loaf

Sausage Pizza Loaf

Savory slices of this bread make a favorite Saturday night meal for my family. Just like pizza, it can be eaten as a fun finger food. Guests can't stop nibbling when I serve it at parties. Plus, it's good warm or cold.

Chunky Blue Cheese Dip

Chunky Blue Cheese Dip

Chunky Blue Cheese Dip

Every time I make this quick dip, someone asks for the recipe. It only requires a few items, so its a snap to put together. I often prepare the thick spread with Gorgonzola cheese and serve it with toasted pecans. -Sandy Schneider Naperville, Illinois

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

Italian Red Pepper Bruschetta

Italian Red Pepper Bruschetta

Italian Red Pepper Bruschetta

To make this easy appetizer, I halve a loaf of Italian bread, then top it with a blend of fresh basil, oregano, garlic and red peppers, tomatoes and cheeses. It's hard to eat just one slice! —Josephine Devereaux Piro of Easton, Pennsylvania
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