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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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Because I feed three hungry "men" (my husband, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and our two little boys), I love satisfying snacks that are easy to make. We all appreciate this cool, light fruit dip. —Karen Laubman, Spruce Grove, Alberta
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Apple Pear Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Apple Pear Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Apple Pear Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

For a unique treat that's always a hit at fall get-togethers, try this easy appetizer. The salsa is packed with crunchy apples, grapes and pears, which are so fun to scoop up with crisp cinnamon chips. —Courtney Fons, Brighton, Michigan

Tempura Chicken Wings

Tempura Chicken Wings

Tempura Chicken Wings

When I moved to Kansas City from Texas, I brought many of my mom's best-loved recipes with me, including these saucy sweet-and-sour wings. This recipe turned a friend of mine, who's not a fan of chicken, into a real wing lover. —Susan Wuckowitsch, Lenexa, Kansas

Garlic Pizza Wedges

Garlic Pizza Wedges

Garlic Pizza Wedges

Our pastor made this for a get-together, and my husband and I just couldn't stay away from the hors d'oeuvres table. The cheesy slices taste great served warm, but they're still wonderful when they've cooled slightly. -Krysten Johnson Simi Valley, California
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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

Ham and Cheese Calzones

Ham and Cheese Calzones

Ham and Cheese Calzones

This sort of inside-out pizza is something I concocted one evening when I had leftover baked ham and needed to fix something quick and simple. My husband loved it—so did all his friends when he took some to work for lunch. —Shelby Marino, Neptune Beach, Florida

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

My children wanted to plant a garden, and we ended up with buckets of cucumbers. When I tired of making pickles, I came up with these pretty, little sandwiches. We made 200 of them for a family gathering, and everyone wanted the recipe. —Kimberly Smith Brighton, Tennessee

Fried Onion Rings

Fried Onion Rings

Fried Onion Rings

Meet the Cook: Try these as an accompaniment to hamburgers or fried fish, or with steaks on the grill. The recipe's from my mom, and it's one of her most popular. (As a newlywed 15 years ago, I often found myself on the kitchen "hotline" to her!) My husband and I have three children - 9,7 and just about to turn 1. -Marsha Moore, Poplar Bluff, Missouri

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

Dilly Veggie Pizza

Dilly Veggie Pizza

Dilly Veggie Pizza

This is one of my favorite ways to use up leftover veggies. It's a cinch to prep and you can change the mixture to match your kids' taste buds. Always popular at special events, it's just as yummy the next day. —Heather Ahrens, Columbus, Ohio

Warm Bacon Cheese Spread

Warm Bacon Cheese Spread

Warm Bacon Cheese Spread

My friends threaten not to come by unless this dip is on the menu! The rich spread bakes right in the bread bowl and goes well with almost any dipper. Plus, cleanup is a breeze. —Nicole Marcotte, Smithers, British Columbia

Appetizer Tortilla Pinwheels

Appetizer Tortilla Pinwheels

Appetizer Tortilla Pinwheels

A friend gave me this recipe, and whenever I serve these pretty and delicious appetizers, people ask me for the recipe, too! The pinwheels can be made ahead of time and sliced just before serving, leaving you time for other last-minute party preparations. —Pat Waymire, Yellow Springs, Ohio
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