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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.

Asparagus Ham Spirals

Asparagus Ham Spirals

Asparagus Ham Spirals

These appealing appetizers are sure to be a hit at your next party. I'm on the arts council in our small town, so I came up with this snack recipe to serve at some of the events we cater. People will think you really fussed with these yummy bits! -Linda Fischer Stuttgart, Arkansas

Contest-Winning BLT Pizza

Contest-Winning BLT Pizza

Contest-Winning BLT Pizza

A friend shared the recipe for this cold pizza that gets its crispy crust from refrigerated crescent roll dough. My co-workers especially like it when I bring this refreshing snack in to work.

Fresh Tomato Basil Pizza

Fresh Tomato Basil Pizza

Fresh Tomato Basil Pizza

I crave this bruschetta-like pizza in spring, when I'm planting tomatoes in our garden. Slices make great appetizers when the tomatoes are ripe. But you can also serve the pizza alongside a grilled entree or as a meatless main course.
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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.

Berry Bread with Spread

Berry Bread with Spread

Berry Bread with Spread

The recipe for these two loaves and the creamy strawberry spread came from my mother's collection. I added macadamia nuts to give the fruit bread a fun crunch and tropical flair. —Pat Stewart Lees Summit, Missouri

Open-Faced Crab Salad Sandwiches

Open-Faced Crab Salad Sandwiches

Open-Faced Crab Salad Sandwiches

Everyone loved the crab salad my mother-in-law contributed to a family gathering, so I reduced the fat in her recipe for this version. Serve it hot or cold or as a spread for crackers. —Lanie Kappe of Santa Ana, California

Fast Fruit Salsa

Fast Fruit Salsa

Fast Fruit Salsa

We like this refreshing and colorful salsa served with tortilla chips or spooned over grilled chicken. For a fun twist, try stirring in some diced cantaloupe or peaches when they're in season.

Contest-Winning Freezer Salsa

Contest-Winning Freezer Salsa

Contest-Winning Freezer Salsa

Typically, I make 60 jars of salsa each fall to enjoy all winter long. I also give it as gifts and donate jars to parties sponsored by the schools our four sons attend. This tasty salsa adds zip to everything from chips to meat loaf to fajitas.

Chicken and Broccoli Cups

Chicken and Broccoli Cups

Chicken and Broccoli Cups

Frozen puff pastry makes these rich and creamy appetizers a snap to prepare. Sometimes, instead of chopping the tomatoes, I put a slice on top of each cup before popping them in the oven. —Marty Kingery of Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Warm Broccoli Cheese Spread

Warm Broccoli Cheese Spread

Warm Broccoli Cheese Spread

I cut this recipe out of a newspaper a year ago and decided to trim it down by substituting fat-free and reduced-fat ingredients. Whenever I make this for an occasion, I end up being asked for the recipe,—Patricia Moore, Toledo, Ohio

Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Jalapenos

Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Jalapenos

Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Jalapenos

Sunday is grill-out day for my husband, Cliff, and these zesty peppers are some of his specialties. We usually feature them at our annual Daytona 500 party. They disappear from the appetizer tray in no time.
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