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12 Contest-Winning Recipes You Can Make From Stuff in Your Pantry

No time to make a grocery run? No problem! Toss together clever starters, entrees and desserts using staples you've already stocked up on.

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Cranberry And Bacon Swiss Cheese Dip  Exps Tohfm20 241265 B09 19 5b 2

Grand Prize: Cranberry & Bacon Swiss Cheese Dip

This warm, rich and creamy Swiss cheese dip is guaranteed to please family and friends alike. Served with thin, crunchy slices of French bread, it makes the perfect appetizer—especially since it can be prepared ahead, put in the fridge, and then baked just before you want to serve it. —Jeanne Holt, Mendota Heights, Minnesota
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Key Lime Pie Trifle Exps Tohfm20 241316 B09 20 6b 4

First Place: Easy Key Lime Pie Trifle

I came up with this easy Key lime pie trifle because I adore Key lime pie in all its forms. It's a refreshing treat on a hot summer day, and since it can be made ahead, it's ideal for entertaining, too. The pie is easier to cut when still a little frozen, but be sure to let the pieces finish thawing before starting the recipe. —Barbara Moorhead, Gaffney, South Carolina
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Quick Mango Passion Fruit Sorbet Exps Tohfm20 238674 B09 20 3b 4

2nd Place: Quick Mango Sorbet

Last summer I decided to try my hand at making a passion fruit and mango sorbet. But fresh fruits require more prep and are difficult to find ripened at the same time, so I experimented using frozen fruit and juice. And voila! Both are readily available and inexpensive, too. —Carol Klein, Franklin Square, New York
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Bacon Peanut Butter Cornbread Baby Cakes Exps Tohfm20 238321 B09 19 11b 9

3rd Place: Bacon-Peanut Butter Cornbread Muffins

My family just can't get enough bacon and peanut butter, so I created these quick and easy cornbread muffins using ingredients I regularly keep stocked in my pantry and fridge. The streusel topping adds a delicious sweet-salty crunch! No peanut butter baking chips on hand? For a different flavor twist, swap in chocolate chips, then drizzle the warm muffins with chocolate syrup instead of caramel topping. —Shannon Kohn, Summerville, South Carolina
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Runner Up: Savory Cracker Snack Mix

A Taste of Home recipe inspired this one! Because I love everything bagel seasoning, I decided to give this a try. A friend later suggested I make the mix more versatile with something other than oyster crackers, and now it's a deliciously addictive snack! —Cyndy Gerken, Naples, Florida—Cyndy Gerken, Naples, Florida
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Greek Chicken Bowls  Exps Tohfm20 241326 B09 20 4b 4

Runner Up: Greek Chicken & Rice

A fresh take on comfort food, Greek chicken and rice is my go-to on busy weeknights and when unexpected company stops by. Boost the health benefits and toss in chopped spinach. —Savannah Lay, Baker City, Oregon
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Runner Up: Quick & Easy Vegetable Potpie

This meatless Monday superstar comes together quickly and is inexpensive as well. My 4-year-old always asks for seconds! You can substitute any canned or frozen beans for the canned lentils in this easy vegetable potpie. We also like using frozen edamame. —Maggie Torsney-Weir, Los Angeles, California
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Italian Beef Rolls With Red Pepper Sauce Exps Tohfm20 237879 B09 20 5b 8

Runner Up: Italian Stuffed Beef Rolls

The combination of spinach, artichokes and cream cheese is always a crowd pleaser. Add basil and a roasted red pepper sauce, and you have perfection on a fork! To save time, the stuffed beef filling can be made ahead and chilled. You can also make the sauce ahead and reheat it when you are ready to serve. —Noelle Myers, Grand Forks, North Dakota
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Curry Shrimp And Rice Exps Tohfm20 240991 B09 20 1b 7

Runner Up: Curry Shrimp & Rice

My family and I absolutely love curry shrimp and rice. I created this version so I I can make it in a hurry. Except for the butter and shrimp, all the ingredients are right in my pantry. To add a little heat, we like to stir in a tablespoon of fresh ground chili paste. —Angela Spengler, Niceville, Florida
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Easy Jambalaya Exps Tohfm20 241013 B09 20 2b 2

Runner Up: Easy Jambalaya

I brought this easy jambalaya to a Sunday potluck and it was quickly gobbled up. When friends asked me for the recipe, they couldn't believe how easy it was! —Tami Kuehl, Loup City, Nebraska
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Double Butterscotch Coconut Cake Exps Tohfm20 241116 B09 19 3b 14

Runner Up: Double Butterscotch Coconut Cake

I got this recipe from a co-worker years ago, and then I changed it a bit by adding a family favorite: butterscotch. It is super easy to throw together and is a perfect accompaniment to coffee or tea. —Marina Castle Kelley, Canyon Country, California
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Blueberry Corn Cakes Exps Tohfm20 241299 B09 19 2b 2

Runner Up: Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes

These blueberry cornmeal pancakes are one of my family's favorite breakfasts. No time to make it from scratch? No problem! My grandmother's standby of store-bought corn muffin mix makes quick work of the job. —Carolyn Eskew, Dayton, Ohio

Rashanda Cobbins
When Rashanda’s not tasting and perfecting Taste of Home’s recipes, you’ll find this food editor sifting through our recipe collection, curating digital content or tracking the latest culinary trends. While studying for her bachelor’s degree in culinary arts, Rashanda interned in Southern Living’s test kitchen and later spent nearly a decade developing recipes and food content at ConAgra Brands. In her spare time, she loves scoping out local farmers markets and having picnics in the park.

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