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Winning Appetizers

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We love big-time spicy chicken wings. I do a caramel sauce to balance the heat, but you could also glaze the wings with melted brown sugar. —Nuraniza Salazar, Westminster, Colorado
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Bourbon Ham Balls

Bourbon Ham Balls

Bourbon Ham Balls

Grandma Nette was the queen of ham ball recipes. I make them salty-sweet with a bourbon and vinegar kick. Serve them alone, in a sandwich or over pasta or rice. —Kimla Carsten, Grand Junction, Colorado

Sweet Potato Cheese Ball

Sweet Potato Cheese Ball

Sweet Potato Cheese Ball

My husband and I farm 300 acres of sweet potatoes. I promote our product at fairs, ag expos and school functions. I pass out recipes and this is one of the favorites.

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
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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.

Cherry & Fontina Stuffed Portobellos

Cherry & Fontina Stuffed Portobellos

Cherry & Fontina Stuffed Portobellos

I developed this hearty appetizer for my mushroom-lovin’ kids. They’re grown now with families of their own, but they still lobby for these when they come home. —Wendy Rusch, Trego, Wisconsin

Secret-Ingredient Stuffed Eggs

Secret-Ingredient Stuffed Eggs

Secret-Ingredient Stuffed Eggs

My take on deviled eggs is full of surprises. The down-home appetizer Mom used to make gets an upscale touch from mango, goat cheese and pecans. People love these tempting treats.—Beth Satterfield, Dover, Delaware

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.

Olive Bruschetta

Olive Bruschetta

Olive Bruschetta

This convenient and colorful party classic from Linda Austin in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey, can be made several days in advance. In fact, it actually tastes better if prepared ahead so all the fresh flavors can blend together. Best served at room temperature with a crusty loaf of toasted French bread or your favorite crackers.

Mexican Sausage Crostini

Mexican Sausage Crostini

Mexican Sausage Crostini

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Lisa Huff, Wilton, Connecticut
Lisa loves to combine flavors in her cooking while keeping it quick and easy.

Three-Cheese Pepperoncini Spread

Three-Cheese Pepperoncini Spread

Three-Cheese Pepperoncini Spread

Our big family loves to celebrate with food. Here’s my take on a cheesy Greek spread known as Kopanisti. We serve it with pita crisps or crackers. —Michael Hall, Goodland, Indiana

Hawaiian Egg Rolls

Hawaiian Egg Rolls

Hawaiian Egg Rolls

An avid cook, I am constantly trying to come up with recipes for leftovers. This one gives a whole new twist to extra ham. My two children think these egg rolls are great, and they freeze well. I thaw as many as needed and bake them.
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