Winning Appetizers

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Smoked Salmon Bites with Shallot Sauce

Tangy mayonnaise-Dijon sauce adds zip to flaky pastry and layers of crisp arugula, thinly sliced smoked salmon and nutty-flavored Asiago cheese. —Jamie Brown-Miller, Napa, California
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Italian Meatball Buns

Italian Meatball Buns

Italian Meatball Buns

One of the greatest gifts I love to share with my six grandkids is making special recipes just for them. The meatballs inside the rolls are a savory surprise. —Trina Linder-Mobley, Clover, South Carolina

Dunked Strawberries

Dunked Strawberries

Dunked Strawberries

Dressed-up strawberries give any meal an elegant finish. With brown sugar and a hint of lime, they’re sweet, tangy and so tasty, you’ll want more! —Jennifer Reid, Farmington, Maine

Maple-Glazed Chicken Wings

Maple-Glazed Chicken Wings

Maple-Glazed Chicken Wings

Meet the Cook: Some wonderful maple syrup I brought back from my last trip to Vermont is what inspired my recipe. These wings have been a hit with family and friends. They're very versatile - use them for TV snacks, hors d'oeuvres for parties or showers, or appetizers...or double or triple the recipe and make the wings a main dish you can serve with a salad or corn on the cob on the side. -Janice Henck, Clarkston, Georgia

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

Cranberry Salsa Chicken

Cranberry Salsa Chicken

Cranberry Salsa Chicken

I made this dish for my fiance once...and he absolutely loved it. Now that we're married, I prepare it for our dinner guests. Everyone likes it, and no one guesses they're eating "healthy". —Amy VanGuilder Dik of Minneapolis, Minnesota

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

Bacon-Cheese Appetizer Pie

Bacon-Cheese Appetizer Pie

Bacon-Cheese Appetizer Pie

I first made this for an open house 3 years ago and everybody liked it. It's very easy to make and tastes delicious. Cheesecake is popular in these parts - it's fun to have it for an appetizer instead of dessert for a change.

Turkey Cigars with Cranberry-Dijon Dipping Sauce

Turkey Cigars with Cranberry-Dijon Dipping Sauce

Turkey Cigars with Cranberry-Dijon Dipping Sauce

With or without the dipping sauce, this crunchy crowd-pleaser is tasty. The cranberry-Dijon sauce gives the fun snack plenty of tang.—Donna-Marie Ryan, Topsfield, MA

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

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

Swiss Walnut Cracker Snack

Swiss Walnut Cracker Snack

Swiss Walnut Cracker Snack

This spread is simple to prepare and makes an excellent snack for holiday and family gatherings. It features "Dairy State" products and has a nice crunch from the walnuts.
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