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Winning Appetizers

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Mediterranean Tomato Bites

Mediterranean Tomato Bites

Mediterranean Tomato Bites

My friend Mary served these lovely appetizers at a summer gathering several years ago, and I adapted it a bit to my taste. It's a great August recipe when tomatoes and herbs are at their freshest! —Susan Wilson, Milwaukee, WI

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

Onion Brie Appetizers

Onion Brie Appetizers

Onion Brie Appetizers

Guests will think you spent hours preparing these cute appetizers, but they're really easy to assemble, using purchased puff pastry. And the tasty combination of Brie, caramelized onions and caraway is terrific. -Carole Resnick, Cleveland, Ohio
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Bacon Ranch Dip

Bacon Ranch Dip

Bacon Ranch Dip

I used reduced-fat items to lighten up this Parmesan and bacon dip. Not only it is a snap to mix up the night before a party, but the proportions can easily by adjusted for smaller or larger groups. I get requests for the recipe whenever I serve it. —Pam Garwood, Lakeville, Minnesota

Cheesy Beef Taco Dip

Cheesy Beef Taco Dip

Cheesy Beef Taco Dip

For a warm, hearty snack with a bit of a kick, try this recipe. It's a hit with my family, and guests rave about it, too. Ideal for parties, it makes a big potful. The only "utensil" you'll need to serve it with is a brimming bowl of tortilla chips.

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.

Three-Pepper Bean Dip

Three-Pepper Bean Dip

Three-Pepper Bean Dip

My husband’s great-grandmother and I spent time together creating this recipe after trying a similar version from his aunt. So it not only tastes delicious, it also has a lot of sentimental value. —Amber Massey, Coppell, Texas

Herb & Roasted Pepper Cheesecake

Herb & Roasted Pepper Cheesecake

Herb & Roasted Pepper Cheesecake

Roasted red peppers and fresh herbs basil, chive and thyme add notes of sweetness, licorice and a hint of peppery finish in ways that will surprise you. Add a drizzle of oil just before serving, and pass the pita chips. —Laura Julian, Amanda, Ohio

Buffalo Wing Bites

Buffalo Wing Bites

Buffalo Wing Bites

The buffalo wing fans in my family were happy to taste test when I invented these snacks. We love them anytime—especially during football games. —Jasey McBurnett, Rock Springs, Wyoming

Cheesy Pita Crisps

Cheesy Pita Crisps

Cheesy Pita Crisps

I first made these golden wedges when my college roommates and I wanted garlic bread but only had pitas on hand. My husband likes this "skinny" version even better than the original! —Christine Mattiko of Dallastown, Pennsylvania

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
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