Friday, February 3, 2017

Bacon Cheese Pops

It's time for the "Big Game" and that means lots of food, drinks, and fun. Oh yeah....and some football! To help you celebrate I made these Bacon Cheese Pops! They are so good! They are kind of like your own little cheese ball, all to yourself. Plus they are cute! I used straws, that I cut in half, for my sticks. That way you can make them with team colors to show your spirit! I used an Herb and Spices Cream Cheese Spread, but if you have a favorite, use it!
These Bacon Cheese Pops are based on a recipe from my favorite grocery, Lowes Foods, with some small changes. Make these a day ahead of the game and be sure to refrigerate them!

Bacon Cheese Pops
(printable recipe at end of page)
1 tub Herbs and Spices Cream Cheese Spread
2 ounces chopped Bacon 
2 1/4 ounces chopped Pecans
Various Crackers
Sticks to place in pops

Cook and chop bacon. To get the necessary 2 ounces you will need to cook  pieces of raw bacon. You could also use bacon bits.
Chop pecans. If you buy them in the 2 1/4 oz. package, you still need to chop them smaller. They should be as small as the bacon bits.
Mix the bacon and pecans together in a bowl. Use a small scoop to form the cheese spread into balls. Roll the cheese ball into the bacon and nuts mix. You will have to help the pecans and bacon stick to the cheese. Patting the mix on helps it to stay.
I used straws for my sticks. Cut them in half for the appropriate size. Refrigerate the balls until you are ready to serve. I used this basket to make sure they did not flat. You could also place the straws in rice so they are elevated.
Serve on a platter with crackers. 
Thanks for stopping by today! Enjoy the Big Game! 


yield: 18-20 pops print recipe

Bacon Cheese Pops

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tub Herbs and Spices Cream Cheese Spread
  • 2 ounces chopped Bacon
  • 2 1/4 ounces chopped Pecans
  • Various Crackers
  • Sticks to place in pops

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cook and chop bacon. To get the necessary 2 ounces you will need to cook pieces of raw bacon. You could also use bacon bits.
  2. Chop pecans. If you buy them in the 2 1/4 oz. package, you still need to chop them smaller. They should be as small as the bacon bits.
  3. Mix the bacon and pecans together in a bowl. Use a small scoop to form the cheese spread into balls. Roll the cheese ball into the bacon and nuts mix. You will have to help the pecans and bacon stick to the cheese. Patting the mix on helps it to stay.
  4. I used straws for my sticks. Cut them in half for the appropriate size. Refrigerate the balls until you are ready to serve. I used this basket to make sure they did not flat. You could also place the straws in rice so they are elevated.
  5. Serve on a platter with crackers.
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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Touchdown Dip

When it comes to the Super Bowl, I am not really that interested. But, when it comes to the food being served at a Super Bowl Party, I am 100% in the zone! I love all the cute, tasty theme foods, and that goes for this Touchdown Dip! It is very similar to my 7 layer Dip that I have been making for years, but there are a few differences. The ingredients in this dip are combined together, and spread into the bowl. So simple! Make it the day ahead of time and that makes it easy! So it is easy and simple! It also tastes fantastic served with tortilla chips! Dress it up to look like footballs with some sour cream!


Touchdown Dip
(printable recipe at end of post)
2 16 ounce cans Refried Beans
2 Roma Tomatoes, chopped small
3/4 cup Onion, chopped small
1/4 cup Sour Cream
1/2 cup Salsa
1 ripe Avocado
8 ounce Cream Cheese, softened 
1 cup Shredded 4 Cheese
1/4 cup Sour Cream
Pastry Bag 
Decorating Tips #3 and #10



In a large bowl, mix together the refried beans, tomatoes and onion.
Drain the salsa using a small holed colander. Add the salsa to the mix. Too much of the salsa juice will make the dip too watery.
Add the salsa and sour cream to the mix.
Chop the entire avocado in to small bite size pieces.
 Whip cream cheese with mixer.
Add avocado, cream cheese and shredded cheese to the mix. Mix all together with spatula or spoon.
Spoon dip into serving bowls. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Before serving, use a pastry bag filled with the rest of the sour cream, and a Wilton #10 and #3 tip to decorate the dip to look like a football. Serve with tortilla chips!
 Enjoy the game and have fun!


Here are some other game eats that you may have missed:



I have one more Football Party "must have" coming your way on Friday!
Stop back to get the recipe for "Bacon Party Pops"!
Have a great day, and thank you for stopping by!


 

print recipe

Touchdown Dip

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 16 ounce cans Refried Beans
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes, chopped small
  • 3/4 cup Onion, chopped small
  • 1/4 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup Salsa
  • 1 ripe Avocado
  • 8 ounce Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 cup Shredded 4 Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Sour Cream
  • Pastry Bag
  • Decorating Tips #3 and #10 (Wilton)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the refried beans, tomatoes and onion.
  2. Drain the salsa using a small holed colander. Add the salsa to the mix. Too much of the salsa juice will make the dip too watery.
  3. Add the salsa and sour cream to the mix.
  4. Chop the entire avocado into small bite size pieces.
  5. Whip cream cheese with mixer.
  6. Add avocado, cream cheese and shredded cheese to the mix. Mix all together with spatula or spoon.
  7. Spoon dip into serving bowls. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Before serving, use a pastry bag filled with the rest of the sour cream, and a Wilton #10 and #3 tip to decorate the dip to look like a football. Serve with tortilla chips!
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Monday, January 30, 2017

Sweet Party Nuts/#SuperBowlFood

Last week, I shared these Spicy Party Nuts which are the perfect addition to your Super Bowl festivities. Today I want to share another party specialty, the spicy nuts counterpart, Sweet Party Nuts! They are very easy to make, and can even be made ahead of time.
 Sweet Party Nuts 
(printable recipe at end of post)

1 pound Pecan Halves
1/2 cup Butter
1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
2 teaspoon ground Cinnamon 
1 teaspoon ground Nutmeg

Set slow cooker to high and allow it to heat for approx. 10 minutes. Place nuts in the slow cooker, and drizzle the melted butter over them. Mix so that all of the nuts are coated.
Add the sugar and spices, and stir, so all pecans are coated evenly.
Put lid on slow cooker and cook on high for 15 minutes. During those 15 minutes, stir nuts several times. Turn the slow cooker to low and remove lid. Allow nuts to cook until they are enveloped in a crisp glaze. This will take anywhere from 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Move nuts to a parchment covered baking sheet. Let cool.
Serve to guests, or enjoy yourself!

Looking for more Super Bowl ideas? Here are few you may have not seen:

Stop by on Wednesday, just in time for the big game, 
the recipe for:
Touchdown Dip!
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

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Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding

During the winter months, do you ever crave fruits that are unavailable, or so you think? This was the case with the fresh cherries I craved and desperately wanted to use to bake this Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding. I love fresh cherries, and I was so sure it would be quite a while until I could buy them. But about 2 weeks ago, as I walked into the grocery, I found them! I had no idea I would be able to find fresh cherries during the winter months! I was so excited because I had this idea to make a bread pudding with some left over bread I had, and I wanted to make it with a Valentine's Day theme! I thought about several ways to put the bread pudding together. I know I needed chocolate, of course, and something red. So I had that handled. But should I make the bread chocolate? What kind of chocolate? Should I cut the cherries? Should I slice or chop them? Will the left over cuban bread I have work ok?
So, I gathered all my ingredients together, looked through a few web pages, and a couple cookbooks. I have made bread pudding a few million times, but I wanted to know the best way to use the chocolate. Should I melt it over the bread and mix it in? Should I drizzle it over the baked bread pudding? Should I dip the cherries in it first?  And the cherries. Should I use them whole? Cut them in half? Cook them to make a juice?
So what did I end up with?  A bread pudding with pockets of chocolate, flavor bursts of whole fresh cherries,and raw sugar sprinkled over the top for a surprise little crunch. It is amazing, and a great dessert to bake for Valentine's day! It is easy to make and I know you will love it!

 Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding
(printable recipe at end of post)
(makes 6 servings)
5-6 cups stale Bread, chopped into cubes
2 teaspoon Butter
12 ounces Fresh Cherries
6 ounces Milk Chocolate 
2 cups Milk 
4 eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/3 cup Raw Sugar 

Cut bread in to small bite size pieces. Butter a 2-3 quart dish, and place bread cubes in dish. Set aside.
Wash and pit the cherries. Set aside.
Chop chocolate into small pieces. I used the Milk Chocolate bar from Trader Joe's. Set aside.
Mix together the milk, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Distribute the cherries and chocolate chunks in the dish with the bread and mix thoroughly.
Sprinkle the sugar onto the bread pudding mix. Pour the milk mix over the bread. Press the bread, cherries and chocolate down in to the milk mix if needed.
Bake at 350℉ for 30-40 minutes. Make sure the custard has set up. You can test it by sticking a toothpick into the mix. If it is not ready, cook a little longer, in 10 minute intervals. 
Let cool or enjoy it hot! It tastes great either way!
Thanks for joining me today! I hope you will try this Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding! 

Here are some other ideas for Valentine's Day that you might enjoy!:



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Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding

prep time: 30 MINScook time: 40 MINStotal time: 70 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5-6 cups stale Bread, chopped into cubes
  • 2 teaspoon Butter
  • 12 ounces Fresh Cherries
  • 6 ounces Milk Chocolate
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup Raw Sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut bread in to small bite size pieces. Butter a 2-3 quart dish, and place bread cubes in dish. Set aside.
  2. Wash and pit the cherries. Set aside.
  3. Chop chocolate into small pieces. I used the Milk Chocolate bar from Trader Joe's. Set aside.
  4. Mix together the milk, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  5. Distribute the cherries and chocolate chunks in the dish with the bread and mix thoroughly.
  6. Sprinkle the sugar onto the bread pudding mix. Pour the milk mix over the bread. Press the bread, cherries and chocolate down in to the milk mix if needed.
  7. Bake at 350℉ for 30-40 minutes. Make sure the custard has set up. You can test it by sticking a toothpick into the mix. If it is not ready, cook a little longer, in 10 minute intervals.
  8. Let cool or enjoy it hot! It tastes great either way!
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