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Winning Appetizers

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Sweet-Sour Chicken Dippers

Sweet-Sour Chicken Dippers

Sweet-Sour Chicken Dippers

Meet the Cook: Since you can chop up all the ingredients the night before, this can be ready in about 30 minutes. So it's a great after-work dinner. You can also serve it as a snack or an appetizer...similar to chicken nuggets. I've even substituted quail for the chicken, and it was delicious. Next, I may try it with pork! -Kari Caven, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Hearty Rye Melts

Hearty Rye Melts

Hearty Rye Melts

When we moved from the Midwest to Kentucky, we were invited to a neighborhood gathering, where this appetizer was served. “Hanky panky”—as it’s often called around here—is traditionally served at Derby Day parties, but at our home it’s become a year-round favorite.

Creamy Chive Rings

Creamy Chive Rings

Creamy Chive Rings

Recently I served Creamy Chive Rings at lunch at my Home Extension Club meeting. Next meeting I had to bring copies of the recipe for everyone there!

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

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.

Barbecue Sausage Bites

Barbecue Sausage Bites

Barbecue Sausage Bites

This sweet-and-tangy appetizer pairs pineapple chunks with the amounts of pineapple and barbecue sauce to suit my taste. Feel free to do the same.

Rosemary Romano Bread

Rosemary Romano Bread

Rosemary Romano Bread

Our 8-year-old son just loves this delicious bread. It's a perfect addition to a green salad or pasta dinner. Or for a hearty appetizer, dip slices in pizza or spaghetti sauce. -Lois Dykeman Olmstead, Kentucky

Chorizo Bean Dip

Chorizo Bean Dip

Chorizo Bean Dip

With its zesty Mexican flavors and tempting toppings, this dish is the first to empty on the appetizer table. I serve it with extra-thick tortilla chips for some serious scooping.

Almond "Feta" with Herb Oil

Almond "Feta" with Herb Oil

Almond "Feta" with Herb Oil

Blanched almonds give this cheese appetizer a rich texture. Unbaked, it’s smooth and spreadable, while baking makes it crumbly like feta. It’s easy to make ahead.—Mary Raymond, Chesterfield, Missouri

Gingered Sweet & Spicy Hot Wings

Gingered Sweet & Spicy Hot Wings

Gingered Sweet & Spicy Hot Wings

My hot wings are a foolproof way to curry a little favor with the men in my life. Thanks to tons of sweet (orange marmalade) and hot (Sriracha) flavors bursting through with every bite, these wings are a winner on game day…or any day of the week. —Jennifer Locklin, Cypress, TX

Sugar 'n' Spice Nuts

Sugar 'n' Spice Nuts

Sugar 'n' Spice Nuts

To tell the truth, I can't recall where this recipe came from. It's been a regular in my holiday baking, though, for many years. Between Thanksgiving and New Year's, I hand these out to almost everybody—even the mailman's been known to find a batch in the mailbox! I moved from a big city as a bride. My husband soon persuaded me to enter baked goods at our county fair—now, our son, 8, is my cookie tester, and our daughter, 6, is the egg beater.
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