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Winning Appetizers

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Salsa Corn Cakes

Salsa Corn Cakes

Salsa Corn Cakes

This recipe is super with fresh or canned corn. I whip up these patties to serve alongside nachos or tacos on hot summer evenings. The salsa is subtle but adds flavor. -Lisa Boettcher, Rosebush, Michigan

Hot Kielbasa Dip

Hot Kielbasa Dip

Hot Kielbasa Dip

My husband and I are retired, and I like to look for simple, speedy ways to cook. This thick cheesy dip, with the unusual addition of sausage, goes together in a jiffy. Accompanied by crackers or fresh veggies, it's a hearty appetizer for a football party or family gathering. -Mary Bondegard, Brooksville, Florida

Hawaiian Egg Rolls

Hawaiian Egg Rolls

Hawaiian Egg Rolls

An avid cook, I am constantly trying to come up with recipes for leftovers. This one gives a whole new twist to extra ham. My two children think these egg rolls are great, and they freeze well. I thaw as many as needed and bake them.

Wontons with Sweet-Sour Sauce

Wontons with Sweet-Sour Sauce

Wontons with Sweet-Sour Sauce

This super-simple finger food makes an awesome appetizer and is perfect for potlucks. I serve these crispy pork rolls with sweet-and-sour sauce, and they disappear in a hurry - folks can't seem to get enough of them. -Korrin Grigg, Neenah, Wisconsin

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.

Tomato-Onion Phyllo Pizza

Tomato-Onion Phyllo Pizza

Tomato-Onion Phyllo Pizza

With a delicate crust and lots of lovely tomatoes on top, this dish is a special one to serve to guests. I make it often when fresh garden tomatoes are in season. It freezes well unbaked, so I can keep one on hand to pop in the oven for a quick dinner.—Neta Cohen, Bedford, Virginia

Herbed Cheese Rings

Herbed Cheese Rings

Herbed Cheese Rings

This savory cheese loaf is great sliced in thin wedges to go with soup, salads or casseroles. I've served it to large crowds and received many compliments. One year, I gave it to our neighbor for Christmas. -Evelyn Bear, Kingston, Idaho

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

Picnic Beans with Dip

Picnic Beans with Dip

Picnic Beans with Dip

Here's a fun way to enjoy fresh-picked beans...with a creamy well-seasoned dip. I first enjoyed it at a friend's house and have made it for several years. Try the dip with other vegetables, too, such as broccoli, celery and carrots. -Martha Bergman, Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Italian Red Pepper Bruschetta

Italian Red Pepper Bruschetta

Italian Red Pepper Bruschetta

To make this easy appetizer, I halve a loaf of Italian bread, then top it with a blend of fresh basil, oregano, garlic and red peppers, tomatoes and cheeses. It's hard to eat just one slice! —Josephine Devereaux Piro of Easton, Pennsylvania

Pork with Pineapple Salsa

Pork with Pineapple Salsa

Pork with Pineapple Salsa

Not only odes this easy entree taste awesome, but it's good for you, too. A little brown sugar, ground ginger and Dijon mustard help give the moist tenderloin its incredible flavor, and the tangy salsa can be made in no time. —Nicole Pickett Oro Valley, Arizona
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