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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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I've tried several appetizers before, but this one is a surefire people-pleaser. The thick dip has lots of bacon flavor and keeps my guests happily munching before dinner. I serve it with tortilla chips or sliced French bread. -Suzanne Whitaker Knoxville, Tennessee
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Sweet & Smoky Salsa

Sweet & Smoky Salsa

Sweet & Smoky Salsa

I love the roasted flavor that grilling gives food, so I decided to make a salsa from grilled vegetables. I think this recipe would also taste great using plum tomatoes. Also, if you can't use wood chip charcoal, you might try adding a little liquid smoke to the salsa while it cooks.—Shelly Bevington, Hermiston, Oregon

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.

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
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Heirloom Tomato Galette with Pecorino

Heirloom Tomato Galette with Pecorino

Heirloom Tomato Galette with Pecorino

I found beautiful heirloom tomatoes and had to show them off. In this easy galette, the tomatoes are tangy and the crust is beyond buttery. —Jessica Chang, Playa Vista, California

Hot Cheese Dip

Hot Cheese Dip

Hot Cheese Dip

This recipe started at school—I'm a teacher, and when a colleague brought Hot Cheese Dip to our regular staff potluck, I immediately gave it an A+. Cooking, baking and collecting recipe books are among my favorite hobbies. Best of all, though, I enjoy time with my husband and our daughter.

Chili-Cheese Egg Rolls

Chili-Cheese Egg Rolls

Chili-Cheese Egg Rolls

More than an inventive way to use leftover or store-bought chili, this is the No. 1 request in the Bender household (and our judges know why). —Jennifer Bender, Baldwin, Georgia

Festive Appetizer Spread

Festive Appetizer Spread

Festive Appetizer Spread

Our state is known for its cranberries, and there are many bogs in our area. I won first place with this recipe in a contest sponsored by our local newspaper.

Warm Feta Cheese Dip

Warm Feta Cheese Dip

Warm Feta Cheese Dip

We’re big on appetizers, so this dip is a mashup of our favorite tastes like cream cheese, feta, basil and sweet peppers. Serve with bread or chips. —Ashley Lecker, Green Bay, WI

Steak & Blue Cheese Bruschetta with Onion & Roasted Tomato Jam

Steak & Blue Cheese Bruschetta with Onion & Roasted Tomato Jam

Steak & Blue Cheese Bruschetta with Onion & Roasted Tomato Jam

An appetizer bursting with flavor from bleu cheese, caramelized onion, jam and balsamic vinegar - tasty bites that vanish in a hurry. —Debbie Reid, Clearwater, Florida

Stromboli Slices

Stromboli Slices

Stromboli Slices

“I've served this dish to teens, college students and a women's group," laughs Rachel Jackson in Pennsville, New Jersey. "Everyone has loved it, and many people have asked for the recipe. Easy and delicious, it's sure to please your party guests!”

Mini Mac & Cheese Bites

Mini Mac & Cheese Bites

Mini Mac & Cheese Bites

Young relatives were coming for a Christmas party, so I wanted something fun for them to eat. Instead, the adults devoured my mini mac and cheese. —Katherine Mainiero, Poughkeepsie, NY
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