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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.

Honey-Mustard Turkey Meatballs

Honey-Mustard Turkey Meatballs

Honey-Mustard Turkey Meatballs

I serve this appetizer often during the holidays. It's nice to have a turkey meatball that doesn't taste like you should have used beef. These tangy meatballs can be prepared ahead and frozen, so even drop-in guests can be treated to a hot snack. -Bonnie Durkin, Nescopeck, Pennsylvania

Strawberry Salsa

Strawberry Salsa

Strawberry Salsa

This deliciously different salsa is versatile, fresh-tasting and colorful. People are surprised to see a salsa made with strawberries, but it's excellent over grilled chicken and pork and as a dip with corn chips. -Jean Giroux, Belchertown, Massachusetts

Beefy Taco Dip

Beefy Taco Dip

Beefy Taco Dip

This taco dip is actually a combination of several different recipes I received from friends. I just experimented until I came up with my favorite! It's always a hit, no matter where I take it! —Faye Parker, Bedford, Nova Scotia
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Sauerkraut Ham Balls

Sauerkraut Ham Balls

Sauerkraut Ham Balls

Cooking is something I've always enjoyed...particularly when I'm doing it for people who enjoy eating! This dish is such a family favorite that I'll buy a ham sometimes just so I can make. I'm a city bus driver who likes to swap recipes with passengers. My husband and I have two sons, 20 and 18.

Ham and Cheese Calzones

Ham and Cheese Calzones

Ham and Cheese Calzones

This sort of inside-out pizza is something I concocted one evening when I had leftover baked ham and needed to fix something quick and simple. My husband loved it—so did all his friends when he took some to work for lunch. —Shelby Marino, Neptune Beach, Florida

Almond Deviled Eggs

Almond Deviled Eggs

Almond Deviled Eggs

Meet the Cook: This recipe's one I've used many times for potlucks, during the holidays and several times a month when entertaining. The reactions have ranged from "These eggs slide down gently" from one young man to just "Scrumptious!" Though this dish is good on its own, you might also want to consider adding it to a salad plate or serving it with soup and sandwich for lunch. -Martha Baechle, Nipomo, California

Three-in-One Cheese Ball

Three-in-One Cheese Ball

Three-in-One Cheese Ball

Every Christmas, I make these cheese balls for an annual get-together. They aren't only for the holidays, however. You'll find they freeze well and last for a week in the refrigerator. I have even re-formed leftovers into smaller balls. I do my cooking in an 1892 home we're fixing up (my husband's a renovations contractor). We have a son, 3, and a baby daughter born last spring.

Golden Ham Croquettes

Golden Ham Croquettes

Golden Ham Croquettes

Neighbors happened to drop in the first time I made these...they loved them! I say my hobby's crafting. Actually, though, it's helping my husband with ranch work and running after the kids. We have four of them, from 13 to 9.

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.

Zucchini/Herb Pate

Zucchini/Herb Pate

Zucchini/Herb Pate

Meet the Cook: A friend gave me the recipe for this pate after she'd served it at a formal wedding reception. But I make it most often to spread on crackers at picnics, potlucks and other casual get-togethers. My family - my husband, son and I - live on a small acreage. We all enjoy gardening (I grow my own herbs and vegetables). Hunting for antiques is a frequent activity of ours, too! -Melissa Sullivan, Iuka, Kansas

Cranberry Meatballs

Cranberry Meatballs

Cranberry Meatballs

Meet the Cook: Since we raise hogs, pork's plentiful at our place. If my husband's able to identify cranberries in a dish, however, he won't eat it. So, the first time I made these meatballs, I was thrilled when he raved about them. Our children - 5 and 2 - also consider them a favorite. And I've had many people request the recipe. But I really knew I had a "winner" when my grandmother asked me for it! -Tammy Neubauer, Ida Grove, Iowa
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