Showing posts with label appetizer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label appetizer. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Homemade Chicken and Vegetable Egg Rolls

These  Homemade Chicken and Vegetable Egg Rolls are a fun and tasty party food for your New Years Eve celebration! They take some time to make, but most of the time spent is on prep, cutting and dicing, so they can be rolled earlier in the day, or even the day before and fried up before guests arrive. They stay hot for quite a while, and even at room temperature they are fantastic! I have also made these for vegetarian guests, and they were a hit. Just leave out the chicken!

Homemade Chicken and Vegetable Egg Rolls

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Tortellini Caprese Bites/#SundaySupper

If you are looking for a new and tasty appetizer for this years holiday festivities, you have found it! These Tortellini Caprese Bites are quick to put together, making them a welcome addition to any party menu. This week at #SundaySupper we are sharing Last Minute Holiday Recipes, and these Tortellini Caprese Bites definitely qualify! The recipe consists of seven ingredients, with about 40 minutes of hands on time. You could purchase the vinaigrette instead of making it, making your prep time even less.
tortellini, tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella bites, vinaigrette
Tortellini Caprese Bites

Friday, November 13, 2015

Mini Meatball Appetizers w/ Bertolli Reserva Marinara

With the holiday season approaching, I want to share these fun and festive Mini Meatball Appetizers! If you are like me, I love to give holiday parties, and celebrate the season, and unique and yummy appetizers are my favorite things to serve. I made these appetizers using Bertolli Reserva Marinara with Parmigiano Reggiano and YUM! This year marks Bertolli's 150th Anniversary! Help us celebrate 150 years of Bertolli's authentic, delicious flavors and the launch of Bertolli® Riserva sauces! If you would like to celebrate with $1.50 off coupon, click on the above link and then click on products!

Did I mention that I like "easy to make" appetizers? You have found the perfect one!






 Mini Meatball Appetizers

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Southern Fried Pickles / #FoodieExtravaganza

This is the time of year when I start thinking about appetizers and party foods to serve during the holidays. I always enjoy coming up with new and different ideas that I think my guests will love. This season, these Southern Fried Pickle Bites are sure to be on the menu. I used no sugar added, Bread and Butter slices, a homemade batter, and a special, slightly hot dipping sauce that makes this appetizer something all your guests will love.
bread and butter pickles, battered, dipping sauce

Southern Fried Pickles

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Crusted Seafood Mushroom Caps/#Foodie Extravaganza

We are a house divided when it comes to mushrooms. My husband is a lover of the fab fungi, but I absolutely am not. However, I do love cooking my husbands favorite foods, and that is how these Crusted Seafood Mushroom Caps came to be. You start with a base of button mushrooms, sauteed in butter until golden brown, then stuffed with a mix of cream cheese, crab, green onion, and Queso, and topped with a tempura battered shrimp. You won't be disappointed!
Crusted Seafood Mushroom Caps

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Homemade Sushi/#SundaySupper

I am sushi lover, so when I heard that the theme of this weeks #SundaySupper was Asian Cuisine, I was super excited! Asian food is one of my favorites. I have made homemade sushi several times in the past, but it has been a while, so I was a little rusty on technique, but it came back quickly, and it was very tasty! It was also a lot of fun, and it is a great activity to do for a family meal or party with friends. When we have friends over we always end up at the kitchen counter anyway! So have fun with this ~ that's what it's all about!

Fresh homemade sushi with soy sauce and wasabi

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Southwestern Salsa /#SundaySupper

We are talking about saving the summer harvest with different types of  home canning today for #SundaySupper. Do you can?  Have you water bath canned? This was my third time canning, and I have to tell you that canning is satisfying, rewarding and fun. I made a Southwestern Salsa, and I love knowing that I now have some jars of my favorite appetizer in the fridge ready and waiting for me.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cinco de Mayo Chicken Flatbread

I call this recipe Cinco de Mayo Flatbread, but, of course, you do not have to wait until May 5th to enjoy the flavors of this tasty appetizer. It is so easy to make. I used purchased salsa and flatbread, pan fried the chicken, and it was ready in about 20 minutes! As a matter of fact, you might consider serving this flatbread as an entree for lunch or dinner! One thing is for definite. No matter when you eat it, you are going to love it! 

flatbread cinco de mayo
Cinco de Mayo Flatbread

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Championship Party Dip

As we are getting into the first games of the NCAA College Basketball Tournament, I want to share this simple Championship Party Dip! This party dip came about after I bought a box of Everything Crackers from Trader Joes. I tore in to the bag as soon as I got home. I was curious as to the taste and if they were anything like the everything bagel. Well, they were really a little too strong for me. I figured that a dip was the perfect solution. I know I needed to start with cream cheese, because it certainly makes an everything bagel taste good! So I came up with this recipe. The ingredients may seem rather bland, but when you dip the everything crackers into it, it's totally amazing! It brings out all the great taste of the crackers, and is rather addicting!

Championship Party Dip
Championship Party Dip

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Chicken Fajita Bites

Unless you are stranded on a desert island, you know that it is Super Bowl week, and that the big game is this Sunday. I'm really not sure who is playing, but I will be sure to find out by kickoff! To me, this day is always about the food.  One of the fun appetizers I will be serving are these Fajita Bites. They are tasty and easy to make, with a lot of the prep work done the day before. Win!

Fajita Appetizers
Chicken Fajita Bites

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Chicken Sausage and Mushroom Flatbread Appetizer

This month for the Improv Cooking Challenge I made a Chicken Sausage and Mushroom Flatbread Appetizer. Our necessary ingredients were sausage and mushrooms. I added scallions and red, yellow and orange sweet peppers as a topping and a homemade sausage gravy as the base. It has the appearance of a fancy pants appetizer with a "just plain folks" taste you are going to love.
Flatbread appetizer with sausage and mushroom

Chicken Sausage and Mushroom Flatbread Appetizer

Monday, December 30, 2013

Celebrate New Years with this Buffalo Wings Flatbread Appetizer!

I love a New Years Eve Party! Well, I love just about any reason for a party, but....New Years Eve is a great reason, and if you are looking for a simple, but yummy, appetizer for your New Years festivities, this Buffalo Wings Flatbread is for you! One of the reasons I love this appetizer is because I used actual leftover buffalo chicken wings to create this recipe. My husband and I went to TGI Fridays to have some lunch. We tried some appetizers, one of which was a flatbread. We also ordered chicken wings, some other yummy food, and had a really fun time. As usual, our eyes were bigger than our stomachs, and we ended up bringing home a bunch of chicken wings. After 2 days, the wings were still in the fridge, and I wanted to do something with them. I remembered that I had some flatbread I had bought at the grocery. Then, I thought about the flatbread we had at lunch, and I thought, what if I do this and add this, and I ended up with this flatbread, kinda inspired by TGI Fridays!

Buffalo Wings Flatbread

1 Flatbread
4 oz. Cream Cheese-softened
1 1/2 teaspoon Franks Red Hot Wing Sauce
7 cooked Buffalo Wings
2 stalks Scallions
1 Roma Tomato
Ranch Dressing
Blue Cheese Crumbles

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
I bought these at the grocery store.
They were sitting on shelves in front of the deli case.
The first thing to do is de-bone the chicken wings. I tried
to use a little of the skin, for the great flavor,
 but I pulled out any really fatty pieces. 
Chop your scallions also.
Chop your tomatoes. 
It is best to make them bite size or smaller.
Bake your flatbread, with nothing on it, for 10 minutes in the oven.

While it is cooking, mix your softened cream cheese and 
the wing sauce together. Add more or less to your liking.
Spread the cream cheese mixture over the flatbread.
Top the spread with chicken, scallions and tomatoes.
Bake in the oven for 10 -15 minutes
 Drizzle with ranch dressing, or.......
add some blue cheese crumbles. Yum!!
I cut my flatbread like a pizza slice, but you could do squares
and serve a lot more guests!

Thank you for joining me today!

Have a Happy, Happy New Year !
See you in 2014!!









Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Super Bowl Fun!-Chili and Queso Dip!

I think just about everyone knows that it is the last few days before the Super Bowl. I am not a huge football fan myself, but I do love all the festivities and of course, all the food and the creativity that goes in every dish. I mean, that part is fun!!! This Chili Queso Dip is definitely a fun dip to serve and easy to make. It's fun because it's always a winner, and it's easy because you can serve 2 party foods from 1 recipe. You start by making up a big batch of homemade chili. There's your first party food. Then take some of the chili to make your dip. Now you have something for everyone!

Chili Queso Dip
2 pounds Ground Beef
1 ounce Chili Powder
1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 medium Onion
16 ounces Tomato Sauce
6 ounces Tomato Paste
16 ounces Water
16 ounces Chili Beans
1 tablespoon Hot Sauce
Low Carb Flour Tortillas
1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 pound Cacique Queso 
Crackers 
Brown your beef over medium heat, drain the grease,
and add your chili powder and garlic powder.
Chop and add your onions.
Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, and water.
Drain and rinse beans, and add to chili.
Add your hot sauce. Mix together and let simmer for 1 hour.
Cut your flour tortillas. I cut them by cutting the tortilla into quarters.
I cut each tortilla  into thirds. You end up with 12 pieces per tortilla.
In a small bowl, mix together the vegetable oil and the garlic powder.
Place the tortilla pieces into the bowl and
 coat them with the oil and garlic powder.
Lay the tortilla pieces out on a baking sheet.
I covered my sheet with parchment paper,
but spraying it with pan spray will work also.
You are just trying to eliminate any sticking.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
Then let cool on a rack.
Take 2 cups of chili from your pot, and place in a smaller pot.
Cut your cheese in to small pieces,
and add it to the small pot of chili.
Stir occasionally. The cheese will melt into the chili.
I thought this chili dip would be perfect for a bread bowl,
and I saw these cute, ready to cut bowls at the grocery.
Fill the bowl with chili dip, top with cheese, and party!

Thanks for joining The Freshman Cook today!














Friday, January 25, 2013

Super Bowl Party~Southwestern Egg Rolls!

This recipe for Southwestern Egg Rolls (just like Chili's) is the perfect appetizer for your Super Bowl Party! I rolled some of the spicy goodness in flour tortillas and some in egg rolls wrappers. Then I baked them instead of putting them in the fryer. They are better for you, taste great, and they don't require you to stand by the fryer while everyone else is watching the game! Just pop them in the oven as you need them, and 7 minutes later, they are done!! Simple and scrumptious!

Southwestern Egg Rolls
(adapted from Most Wanted Recipes)

1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
1 boneless, skinless Chicken Breast
2 tablespoons Green Onion, minced
2 tablespoons Red Bell Pepper, minced
1/3 cup frozen Corn Kernels
1/4 cup Black Beans, cooked
2 tablespoons Lettuce, chopped
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons Fresh Parsley, minced
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cumin
1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder
Pinch of Salt
3/4 cup Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
5-8" Low Carb Flour Tortillas
Egg Roll Wrappers

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook your chicken in a pan sprayed with cooking oil.
Remove from heat and let it cool.
Once cool, dice the chicken, and set aside.
Heat your pan with the veggie oil over medium heat.
Stir in your green onion and peppers.
I just love those colors!!!
Cook for 5 minutes or until tender.
I had to switch pans here. :) Sorry, but my small
pan just wouldn't hold all of these ingredients.
I placed the cooked peppers and onion in to this pan,
then added the diced chicken.
Then add in the corn, black beans, lettuce,parsley,
cumin, chili powder, and cayenne pepper.
Cook, stirring for 5 minutes or until tender.
Remove from the hear, and stir in the Monterey Jack cheese
so that it melts.
When wrapping your mix in the tortillas, place the mix in the middle
of the tortilla.....
fold in the sides.....
and roll the tortilla tightly.
When wrapping your mix in egg roll wrappers, place the mix
diagonal between 2 opposite sides of the wrap.
Brush the edges with water.
Fold the 2 opposite sides in and roll the egg roll tight.
Using a pastry brush, spread a small amount of melted butter
over the egg rolls rolled in the egg roll wrappers.
It will help them brown a bit. It is not necessary for the
tortillas. Place the egg rolls on a baking sheet
and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes.

Enjoy!

I took these egg rolls to a party, and they were a hit!
They were served with duck sauce and avocado ranch dip.

Thanks for joining me today!






Monday, January 21, 2013

Mini Cheeseball Bites!

Today is the Secret Recipe Club reveal! This month I was given the blog, The Avid Appetite, written by Rachel. This blog is amazing and wonderful! Rachel's blog is full of incredible recipes. She has them all neatly indexed, and they are so easy to find. She has everything from appetizers to breakfast to meats to desserts, and more. Even her desserts are categorized! Thank you Rachel, for making it so easy to browse your blog. The problem is, you made it hard for me to decide what to make! Everything looked great! I finally decided on Cheeseball Bites, and I am so glad I did! They were perfect for a football party we were invited to, and everyone loved them!!
Mini Cheeseball Bites!
There were 2 kinds of cheeseballs in Rachel's recipe.
They were both so easy to make, which make them perfect for
a party, and they both had just a few ingredients, which made them 
fantastic for entertaining!
Feta Cheeseball Bites
4 oz Cream Cheese, softened
3 oz Feta Cheese Crumbles
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Cloves, minced
Black Pepper, to taste
1/2 cup Mixed Nuts, finely diced

Cheddar Cheeseball Bites
4 oz Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 cup Cheddar Cheese, fine shred
1/2 teaspoon Paprika
Black Pepper, to taste
1/2 cup Mixed Nuts, finely diced

For either recipe, beat the cream cheese until soft.
Add the second cheese and mix together. 
Add in the spices and beat until mixed well.
Place each cheese mix in plastic wrap
and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Roll the cheese into 1 tablespoon sized balls
and roll them in walnuts.
Serve with crackers!
Enjoy!

I made some minor changes in Rachel's recipe because
I wanted to use what I already had in my kitchen. 
Stop by and see her original recipe for a lower fat version!

Best wishes to Rachel! She and her husband Shaun are 
expecting their first baby any day now!
How exciting!

Thanks for joining me today!