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Mardi Gras Appetizers

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Seafood is plentiful here, and crayfish is my favorite. I like to serve this tasty appetizer while the main course is finishing up in the oven. Suggested romance: Shrimp may be substituted for the crawfish.
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Better Than Fried Shrimp

Better Than Fried Shrimp

Better Than Fried Shrimp

Here’s a fabulous alternative to battered and deep-fried shrimp. Coating the shrimp with panko breadcrumbs, spraying with cooking spray and then baking give this appetizer a wonderful crunch without all the saturated fat and calories of deep-frying. —Cher Schwartz, Ellisville, Missouri

Grilled Wing Zingers

Grilled Wing Zingers

Grilled Wing Zingers

My husband fine-tuned this recipe—and the results were spectacular! These spicy-hot grilled wings are true party pleasers. You can easily adjust the heat level by altering the amount of chili powder. The wings take a little time, but they're worth it. —Angela Roster, Greenbackville, Virginia

Spicy Shrimp

Spicy Shrimp

Spicy Shrimp

“I think my Spicy Shrimp is unique, and it’s easy to prepare,” writes Bob Gebhardt of Wausau, Wisconsin.
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Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

Colorful tomatoes, green pepper and red onion contrast nicely with black-eyed peas. —Lynn McAllister, Mt. Ulla, North Carolina

Chili Shrimp

Chili Shrimp

Chili Shrimp

This spicy shrimp appetizer is a hit at every buffet I host. The fiery sauce clings to the succulent shrimp, which look so pretty arranged on a festive platter. Best of all, the shrimp can be easily prepared the day before your event.—Beth Schaefer, Sherwood, Ohio

Grilled Cajun Shrimp Skewers

Grilled Cajun Shrimp Skewers

Grilled Cajun Shrimp Skewers

Add some veggies like red and orange bell pepper rings on a bed of salad greens for a healthy, elegant meal. —Bridget Coulter, San Diego, California

Chicken Creole Deviled Eggs

Chicken Creole Deviled Eggs

Chicken Creole Deviled Eggs

Scrambling for a quick-and-easy recipe to use up some of those hard-cooked Easter eggs? Just add a little diced chicken and these zippy deviled-egg snacks from our Test Kitchen are almost a lunch in themselves! NO CREOLE seasoning or honey mustard? The following spices can be substituted for the Creole seasoning: ¼ teaspoon each paprika and garlic powder, and a pinch each of cayenne pepper, dried thyme and ground cumin. As a substitute for honey mustard, combine ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard and ½ teaspoon honey.

Crab Mornay

Crab Mornay

Crab Mornay

"I sometimes have unexpected dinner guests, so I keep the ingredients for this easy microwave entree on hand," relates Beverly Callison of Memphis, Tennessee. Prepared pastry shells overflow with a creamy combination of canned crab and mushrooms. "I serve this with a packaged salad and receive lots of compliments on the meal."

Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail

“I serve this easy-to-make appetizer for every special occasion and for 'munchie meals' on big-game days,” writes Peggy Allen of Pasadena, California. “My neighbors look for it whenever we get together.”

Zippy Shrimp Spread

Zippy Shrimp Spread

Zippy Shrimp Spread

Horseradish adds kick to the seafood sauce in this shrimp spread from Leigh Hein, Vernon, Connecticut. "It's a must a Christmas, New Year's Eve and other special occasions," she notes.
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