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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 knew these stuffed crescents were keepers when my husband ate most of the filling before I could roll it into the dough. I’ve had to get sneaky now when I make them. —Carrie Pommier, Farmington, Minnesota
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Jalapeno Popper Pocket

Jalapeno Popper Pocket

Jalapeno Popper Pocket

For a fresh take on fried jalapeno poppers, we stuff chicken, cheeses and jalapenos inside puff pastry and bake. —Sally Sibthorpe, Shelby Township, Michigan

Slow Cooker Cheddar Bacon Ale Dip

Slow Cooker Cheddar Bacon Ale Dip

Slow Cooker Cheddar Bacon Ale Dip

My tangy, smoky dip won the top prize at our office party recipe contest. Other beers can work, but steer clear of dark varieties. —Ashley Lecker, Green Bay, Wisconsin

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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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

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

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.

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.

Muenster Bread

Muenster Bread

Muenster Bread

My sister and I won blue ribbons in 4-H with this bread many years ago. The recipe makes a beautiful, round golden loaf. With a layer of cheese peeking out of every slice, it's definitely worth the effort. -Melanie Mero, Ida, Michigan

Hot Macadamia Spread

Hot Macadamia Spread

Hot Macadamia Spread

While my husband was in the Army, I'd get together with other wives for snacks and to exchange favorite recipes. I still enjoy serving this rich spread because most guests can't quite put their finger on the zippy ingredient—horseradish. —Naomi Francis, Waukesha, Wisconsin

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.

Foolproof Mushrooms

Foolproof Mushrooms

Foolproof Mushrooms

These yummy bites pack a lot of zingy flavor and can be made up to 4 hours ahead, refrigerated, then warmed, for convenience. Try adding chopped artichoke hearts for an extra-special touch. —Gail Lucas, Olive Branch, Mississippi
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