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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.

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

Melon-Mango Salsa

Melon-Mango Salsa

After tasting a similar salsa on top of fresh fish at a fishing tournament, I went home and tried to duplicate it. This is my surprising result! It’s terrific with cinnamon pita chips. —Sylvia Fincham, New Bern, North Carolina

Creamy Crab Cheesecake

Creamy Crab Cheesecake

Creamy Crab Cheesecake

A savory appetizer cheesecake such as this one, dotted with tender crabmeat, is sure to grab the attention and tempt the taste buds of party guests. It's an elegant spread that you make ahead, so there's no last-minute fuss.

Steak Crostini with Carrot-Horseradish Marmalade

Steak Crostini with Carrot-Horseradish Marmalade

Steak Crostini with Carrot-Horseradish Marmalade

I've been making little tweaks to this family favorite for years. Prep everything ahead, then layer up the crostini right before party time. —Greg Fontenot, The Woodlands, Texas
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Italian Red Pepper Bruschetta

Italian Red Pepper Bruschetta

Italian Red Pepper Bruschetta

To make this easy appetizer, I halve a loaf of Italian bread, then top it with a blend of fresh basil, oregano, garlic and red peppers, tomatoes and cheeses. It's hard to eat just one slice! —Josephine Devereaux Piro of Easton, Pennsylvania

Smoky Onion Biscuit Squares

Smoky Onion Biscuit Squares

Smoky Onion Biscuit Squares

Whip up a batch of my savory, biscuit-like squares to complement dinner or whenever you need a yummy bit of comfort. —Donna-Marie Ryan, Topsfield, Massachusetts

Festive Baked Brie

Festive Baked Brie

Festive Baked Brie

Rich, smooth Brie cheese accented with caramelized onions is reminiscent of fondue. With a red and green tomato and herb topping, it's quite a showpiece on a holiday table.

Olive & Roasted Pepper Bruschetta

Olive & Roasted Pepper Bruschetta

Olive & Roasted Pepper Bruschetta

I've tried many versions of bruschetta but think this recipe contains the perfect blend of ingredients. It's super easy, and you can make the topping ahead. —Jennifer Mathis, Hilton Head, South Carolina

Pork & Chive Pot Stickers

Pork & Chive Pot Stickers

Pork & Chive Pot Stickers

Here's my top make-ahead appetizer. My three kids are old enough to cook these themselves, right from the freezer. They're a lot more nutritious than the ones you get at a restaurant. —Marisa Raponi, Vaughan, Ontario

Heirloom Tomato Galette with Pecorino

Heirloom Tomato Galette with Pecorino

Heirloom Tomato Galette with Pecorino

I found beautiful heirloom tomatoes and had to show them off. In this easy galette, the tomatoes are tangy and the crust is beyond buttery. —Jessica Chang, Playa Vista, California

Roasted Grape Tomatoes

Roasted Grape Tomatoes

Roasted Grape Tomatoes

Everyone loves this mouthwatering starter with just a few ingredients. We appreciate that it’s a fast, simple way to use up extra tomatoes from our garden. —Linda Green, Ardmore, Oklahoma

Chorizo-Queso Egg Rolls

Chorizo-Queso Egg Rolls

Chorizo-Queso Egg Rolls

Little bites deliver big flavor in this combination of tangy sausage and creamy cheese in crisp wontons. The recipe is an appetizing takeoff on my favorite Mexican entree. —Kari Wheaton, South Beloit, Illinois
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