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Marinated Mozzarella & Tomato Appetizers

This party hit was inspired by a dish I ate at a restaurant. It’s best served chilled and should marinate for a few days—the longer the better. My daughter likes to put the mozzarella on her antipasti platters. —Mary Ann Lee, Clifton Park, New York

Pina Colada Dip

If you like pina coladas, you’ve gotta try this fluffy fruit dip. Scooped up with a slice of fresh pineapple, it tastes just like the beloved beachside drink. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Cheesy Chicken Taco Dip

We’re huge college football fans (go Irish!), and my chicken taco dip hasn’t missed a season opener in 14 years and counting. A slow cooker lets us keep the dip warm for the whole game—if it lasts that long! —Deanna Garretson, Yucaipa, California

Oven-Fried Chicken Strips

Kid-friendly and quick, these crunchy oven-baked chicken strips are coated with a mixture of crushed potato chips, panko bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Dip them in ranch dressing, barbecue sauce or honey-mustard.—Nick Iverson, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Chicken Fries

Kid-friendly and quick, these crunchy oven-baked chicken strips are coated with a mixture of crushed potato chips, panko bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Dip them in ranch dressing, barbecue sauce or honey-mustard.—Nick Iverson, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Caramel-Toffee Apple Dip

One of my dear friend’s husband’s who died of cancer loved this recipe. The outer circle of apples makes for a very festive, eye catching piece. I have never had anyone try this that doesn’t absolutely love it and ask me every year to bring it to all fall social …

Pressure Cooker Hoisin Meatballs

I love the start of fall because that means it’s football season! Meatballs are filling and hearty and great for a tailgate. I served this for the first time at the OSU home opener. My best friend, who hates meatballs, couldn’t get enough of them! I created a meatball convert! …

Slow Cooker Crab Dip

With just 10 minutes of prep time, this creamy and delicious crab dip couldn’t be easier. The recipe comes from my hometown cookbook. My co-workers rave about it at every work potluck! —Julie Novotney, Rockwell, Iowa

Black Bean Chicken Nachos

One of my favorite local restaurants, Zeppelins, has the best chicken nachos. Their famous dish inspired me to create my own but with the added convenience of using the slow cooker. I always use fresh cilantro because it’s economical and it makes the dish pop with flavor. —Natalie Hess, Cedar …

BBQ Turkey Meatballs

What’s a party without meatballs? We have these at all of our big gatherings, but they also work great for an easy weeknight meal. This recipe can also be made with ground beef or even store-bought meatballs. —Lisa Harms, Moline, Michigan

BBQ Turkey Meatballs

What’s a party without meatballs? We have these at all of our big gatherings, but they also work great for an easy weeknight meal. This recipe can also be made with ground beef or even store-bought meatballs. —Lisa Harms, Moline, Michigan

Slaw-Topped Beef Sliders

When I was working full time, I would rely on these delicious, fast-to-fix beef sliders for simple meals. To ease on prep time and avoid extra clean-up, I used bagged coleslaw mix and bottled slaw dressing. —Jane Whittaker, Pensacola, Florida

Slaw-Topped Beef Sliders

When I was working full time, I would rely on these delicious, fast-to-fix beef sliders for simple meals. To ease on prep time and avoid extra clean-up, I used bagged coleslaw mix and bottled slaw dressing. —Jane Whittaker, Pensacola, Florida

Mushroom-Stuffed Baked Brie

My husband loves sauteed mushrooms and I love brie, so I decided to experiment and see if I could create an appetizer that we both love. After so many attempts, I came up with this recipe that our friends love, too. I like to serve it with baguette slices on …

Mushroom-Stuffed Baked Brie

My husband loves sauteed mushrooms and I love brie, so I decided to experiment and see if I could create an appetizer that we both love. After so many attempts, I came up with this recipe that our friends love, too. I like to serve it with baguette slices on …

Cheese & Sausage Bread Bowl Dip

Guests can’t resist this creamy, cheesy goodness presented in a sourdough bowl. I guarantee that the warm sausage and cheese dip will be the first appetizer to disappear at your next party. —Nadine Mesch, Mount Healthy, Ohio

Cheese & Sausage Bread Bowl Dip

Guests can’t resist this creamy, cheesy goodness presented in a sourdough bowl. I guarantee that the warm sausage and cheese dip will be the first appetizer to disappear at your next party. —Nadine Mesch, Mount Healthy, Ohio

Baked Crab Wontons

These little crab bites put a smile on everyone’s face. My family loves them for their size, texture and taste. I love them because they’re quick and simple to make. They even won first prize in a cooking competition. Instead of baking them in the oven, you can deep fry …

Baked Crab Wontons

These little crab bites put a smile on everyone’s face. My family loves them for their size, texture and taste. I love them because they’re quick and simple to make. They even won first prize in a cooking competition. Instead of baking them in the oven, you can deep fry …