Classic empanadas from South America are stuffed pastries of beef or chicken, usually fried. That doesn't mean "classic" never changes. Chicken goes well with black beans, corn and jalapenos in this baked version with a Southwestern spin. —Jane McMillan, Dania Beach, Florida
Adults and kids alike enjoy the make-it-yourself aspect of these festive appetizers. The mint and cilantro add so much flavor, and the lettuce cup provides a refreshing crunch. For accompanying recipes, entertaining tips and a video, visit tasteofhome.com/katielee. —Katie Lee
“After a long futile search for the perfect wing recipe, I came up with these hot, sweet and spicy chicken wins. The blend of flavors has something for everyone. We love them during football season.”
—Brent Burns, Long Grove, Illinois
Enjoy the tangy taste of Staca Hiatt's pita pizzas. “I use bottled barbecue sauce, cooked chicken breast, and cheddar cheese for a truly Western-style pizza, and they're very easy to prepare,” writes the Twentynine Palms, California reader.
Meet the Cook: Since you can chop up all the ingredients the night before, this can be ready in about 30 minutes. So it's a great after-work dinner. You can also serve it as a snack or an appetizer...similar to chicken nuggets. I've even substituted quail for the chicken, and it was delicious. Next, I may try it with pork!
-Kari Caven, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho