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We Ate Over 30 Frozen Appetizers. Here Are Our Favorites

Sometimes,appetizersare the best part of a meal; our favorites include crispgougresmelting with gruyre cheese and nutmeg;wafflebites studded with caviar, crme fraîche, and snipped chives; and lightfeta-and-radish toaststhat crunch with each bite. And to be honest, theres just as much allure in the frozen aisle of thegrocery storewhen it comes to crowd-pleasers, especially if youre short on time. Supermarkets have long stocked perfectly delicious mini quiches, pastries, and rolls that can be readied after a few minutes in the oven. We all have our go-tos. Some of our editors swear by the humble Ore Ida Bagel Bites, while others are firmly in campTrader Joes(the Parmesan Pastry Pups were frequently evangelized). So it made us wonderwhen you dont feel like whipping up an appetizer from scratch, which boxed and bagged hors doeuvres are your best bet?

We triedover thirty different frozen appetizersto get to the truth. (Dont do this at home, kids. We were extremely dehydrated afterwards.) After traveling to Trader Joes,Whole Foods, Target, and other grocers to raid their freezers, we ended up with trays and trays of beige food in our test kitchen. (Samosas! Egg rolls! Tiny pizzas!) Eachtaste testerwent through and ranked their favorites on a scale of one to five. We then added up the appetizers with the most points (scores of 1 equaled 5 points, two equaled four points, etc.), and ultimately came up with our top five picks. Read on for the results.

Deliciouswell-spiced. Reheats well and didnt burst.

Really love the crispy Parmesan pastry; it elevates your typical pig in a blanket.

Really good tastethe Parmesan adds a nice touch and plays off the hot dog taste.

Tasty! Chicken isnt dry, well-seasoned, looks good.

I like the addition of the everything blend. Gets close to a Chicago dog.

Really good! Like eating a bagel with a hot dogtwo great tastes!

Tangy and sweet. Could use more onion but it is balanced and tasty.

We really, really had a hard time narrowing these downand there were several fan favorites that didnt make it into the top tier, but still deserved our love and affection. Behold, our runners-up:

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