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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.

Cheddar Ham Cups

Cheddar Ham Cups

Cheddar Ham Cups

When a college classmate and I threw a party for our professor, a friend contributed these savory appetizers. Everyone in the class requested the recipe before the party was done. Try the cups with chicken instead of ham if you'd like. -Brandi Ladner Gulfport, Mississippi

Ham and Swiss Dip

Ham and Swiss Dip

Ham and Swiss Dip

I have been making this scrumptious dip for 25 years, and I can't think of a time where there haven't been multiple requests for the recipe. It's wonderful for the holiday celebrations, sports parties and even brunch buffets. -Laurie LaClair North Richland Hills, Texas

Asparagus Ham Bites

Asparagus Ham Bites

Asparagus Ham Bites

Fresh asparagus, honey mustard, ham and cheese make a tasty filling for these bite-size rounds of toasted whole wheat bread. I like to assemble them ahead of time and bake them as guests arrive. -Lucille Mead Ilion, New York
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Bacon-Stuffed Mushrooms

Bacon-Stuffed Mushrooms

Bacon-Stuffed Mushrooms

I first tried these broiled treats at my sister-in-law's house. The juicy mushroom caps and creamy filling were so fabulous that I had to get the recipe. It's hard to believe how simple, fast and easy they are. -Angela Coffman Stewartsville, Missouri

Dilly Veggie Pizza

Dilly Veggie Pizza

Dilly Veggie Pizza

This is one of my favorite ways to use up leftover chopped veggies, or start new ones! It's a cinch to prepare and you can change the mixture to match your kids' taste buds. Always popular at special events, it tastes just as good the next day. -Heather Ahrens, Columbus, Ohio

Bacon Nachos

Bacon Nachos

Bacon Nachos

These crispy nachos have always been a big hit in our house. Topped with kid-friendly ingredients like ground beef and cheddar cheese, they're sure to be requested by your children. And older kids enjoy that they can microwave them themselves. -Ruth Ann Bott, Lake Wales, Florida

Cheese Fries

Cheese Fries

Cheese Fries

I came up with this recipe after my daughter had cheese fries at a restaurant and couldn't stop talking about them. She loves that I can fix them so quickly at home. Plus, the frozen fry packets can be refrigerated and reheated. -Melissa Tatum, Greensboro, North Carolina

Mini Bagelizzas

Mini Bagelizzas

Mini Bagelizzas

Garlic powder gives these speedy mini pizzas extra pizzazz. Not only are they a snap to put together, but best of all, the ingredient list is easy on your pocketbook. My husband loves them. And my toddler will soon enjoy them as an after-school treat. -Stephanie Klos-Kohr, Moline, Illinois

Chocolate Fruit Dip

Chocolate Fruit Dip

Chocolate Fruit Dip

I've been told I'm not allowed to come to neighborhood parties unless I bring this dip! It's always a big hit. I usually serve it with strawberries and pineapple, but it's good with other fruit, such as apples and melon.

Savory Ham Cheesecake

Savory Ham Cheesecake

Savory Ham Cheesecake

My mom was the best cook—everything she made was special. She served this elegant cheesecake on Sunday following a Saturday ham dinner. Now my family loves it, too!—Shannon Soper, West Bend, Wisconsin

Italian Sausage Calzone

Italian Sausage Calzone

Italian Sausage Calzone

My teenage daughter and I have been experimenting in the kitchen to recreate some old-time family dishes. This calzone with spinach and sausage is definitely a favorite. Using a refrigerated pizza crust, it’s a cinch prepare one for us or several for a crowd. –Terri Gallagher, King George, Virginia
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