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

Monday, May 21, 2018

Southwestern 7 Layer Dips / #BBQWEEK


It is finally here! Today is the first day of #BBQWEEK! Hurray! I have been looking forward to this week for a while now, and I am excited about the recipes I have to share with you, as I join more than 20 different bloggers, sharing recipes suitable for a BBQ! With Memorial Day right around the corner, the timing couldn't be better! This week I will be sharing an appetizer, 2 entrees, a side dish and a dessert, and I am pretty sure you are going to want them all at your next BBQ! At the bottom of this page you will find information on a #BBQWeek giveaway from our generous sponsors. Don't forget to enter!



Usually when I host a BBQ, I tend to make food that is made in large dishes, so anyone can dig in! But today I wanted to share these individual Southwestern 7 Layer Dips, that are made for one. They are fun to make, very cute, and made for just you! You can share if you want, but I wouldn't! Besides, I made plenty!


Southwestern 7 Layer Dips
(printable recipe at end of post)

Refried Beans
Chopped Onions
Salsa
Mini Tomatoes
Avocado
Sour Cream
Shredded 4 Cheese
Tortilla Strips
Small cups for dip


Place a tiny spoonful of refried beans into the bottom of the cup. Add chopped onions, chopped very small.
Add salsa, avocado, and chopped mini tomatoes. Chop the avocado pieces into small, tiny bites. Slice tomatoes in half, and down the middle.
Add sour cream and top with cheese. Place pieces of avocado in the back of each cup.


Add tortilla chips to each cup. Adjust placement of avocado if needed. The chips are all you need to enjoy the dip! Any type of cup can be used. A clear cup where you can see all the layers would look great. Also, these can be made ahead of time, such as earlier in the day, but add the chips before serving. Otherwise they might become stale.
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See what the bloggers served up Monday for #BBQWeek

Asiago Garlic and Bacon Grilled Asparagus by Daily Dish Recipes
Asian Grilled Asparagus by Books n' Cooks
  Blackened Chicken, Asparagus & Avocado Salad by Tip Garden
  Chicken and Asparagus Grilled Pizza by Jolene's Recipe Journal
Chicken Souvlaki Kabobs by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Double Blueberry Bison Burgers by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Grilled Asparagus Summer Caprese Salad by Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
  Grilled Blueberry and White Pepper Pork Chops by Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids
Easy Lighter Grilled Buffalo Chicken by Jonesin' For Taste
  Grilled Asparagus with Mustard Dill Sauce by Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
  Grilled Caesar Asparagus by 4 Sons 'R' Us
Grilled Chicken with Pineapple Salsa and Asparagus by Simple and Savory
  Grilled Eggplant Caprese Salad by Everyday Eileen
Grilled Fruit & Cake Kabobs by Red Cottage Chronicles
  Grilled London Broil by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
  Grilled London Broil with Chimichurri Sauce by Cookaholic Wife
Grilled Pork Burgers with Hawaiian-Style Buns by Karen's Kitchen Stories
  Grilled Sweet and Spicy Mustard Pork Chops by Soulfully Made
  Meat Lover’s Kebabs by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
  Southwestern 7 Layered Dips by The Freshman Cook
  Tangerine Hatch Chile Grilled Chicken Fajitas by Family Around the Table
  Tangerine Hatch Chile Honey Chicken Kebabs by Palatable Pastime





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Welcome to #BBQWEEK! This week you’ll enjoy more than 70 recipes from more than 20 bloggers.
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Southwestern 7 Layer Dip

ingredients:

Refried Beans
Chopped Onions
Salsa
Mini Tomatoes
Avocado
Sour Cream
Shredded 4 Cheese
Tortilla Strips
Small cups for dip

instructions:


  1. Place a tiny spoonful of refried beans into the bottom of the cup. Add chopped onions, chopped very small.
  2. Add salsa, avocado, and chopped mini tomatoes. Chop the avocado pieces into small, tiny bites. Slice tomatoes in half, and down the middle.
  3. Add sour cream and top with cheese. Place pieces of avocado in the back of each cup.
  4. Add tortilla chips to each cup. Adjust placement of avocado if needed. Any type of cup can be used. A clear cup where you can see all the layers would look great. Also, these can be made ahead of time, such as earlier in the day, but add the chips before serving. Otherwise they might become stale.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Chocolate Strawberry Brie Bites / #SundaySupper

Chocolate Strawberry Brie Bites are definitely an appetizer you will want on your next party menu! Super simple to put together, and you can do it ahead of time, then add the drizzle right before serving. These little appetizers are bursting with flavor, from the chocolate cracker to the fresh strawberry to the balsamic drizzle. You are going to love these, and so will your guests! 
 Chocolate Strawberry Brie Bites
(printable recipe at end of page) 

Chocolate Crackers
Brie Wedge
Fresh Strawberries
8 ounces Balsamic Vinegar

Slice off pieces of brie and melt in microwave or oven. Spread the brie over each cracker. I used a chocolate cracker from a company called 34 Degrees.
 Clean and trim strawberries.
Slice each strawberry in half. Then cut the strawberries lengthwise, leaving a small area uncut at the very top. Three lengthwise cuts per half. Fan strawberry halves and place on top of brie. Place on a tray, and refrigerate until right before serving.
Place balsamic vinegar in frying pan. Bring vinegar to a boil. Turn heat to simmer for 15-20 minutes.
You are looking for the balsamic vinegar to turn thick. Once it has thickened, remove from the heat and let cool. Once it is cooled, pour into a squeeze bottle. It drizzles best at room temperature.
Take Brie Bites out of refrigerator approx. 20 minutes before serving. Drizzle with balsamic reduction, and serve!


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Chocolate Strawberry Brie Bites

ingredients:

Chocolate Crackers
Brie Wedge
Fresh Strawberries
8 ounces Balsamic Vinegar

instructions:


  1. Slice off pieces of brie and melt in microwave or oven. Spread the brie over each cracker. I used a chocolate cracker from a company called 34 Degrees.
  2.  Clean and trim strawberries.
  3. Slice each strawberry in half. Then cut the strawberries lengthwise, leaving a small area uncut at the very top. Three lengthwise cuts per half. Fan strawberry halves and place on top of brie. Place on a tray, and refrigerate until right before serving.
  4. Place balsamic vinegar in frying pan. Bring vinegar to a boil. Turn heat to simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  5. You are looking for the balsamic vinegar to turn thick. Once it has thickened, remove from the heat and let cool. Once it is cooled, pour into a squeeze bottle. It drizzles best at room temperature.
  6. Take Brie Bites out of refrigerator approx. 20 minutes before serving. Drizzle with balsamic reduction, and serve!
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Cranberry Cheese Balls / #CranberryWeek

Sometimes when you are entertaining, simple is best. Simple doesn't mean it isn't tasty good, or it isn't unique, or it doesn't have that party"wow" factor, it just means it is simple and easy to prepare. These little Cranberry Cheese Balls fit all the above qualifications, and they definitely need to be on your party list this holiday season! 
 It's a good idea to make these cheese balls a day or two before you want to serve them. It gives time for the flavors to meld together, and you get to check something off your list a day earlier! These cheese balls also make wonderful hostess gifts and are great  for potlucks!
Cranberry Cheese Balls
(printable recipe at end of page)

8 ounces Cream Cheese~softened
4 ounces Goat Cheese~softened
2 cups Dried Cranberries
Rosemary Sprigs



Mix the goat cheese and cream cheese together. Cover and place in the refrigerator.
Chop the cranberries in a food processor. They can be chopped with a knife, but I like the tiny chop that the processor gives.
Start making balls of cheese using a scoop. If you like the size I made, use a small scoop that is 1/2 ounce. Scoop up the cheese, release it from the scoop, and roll it in to a ball. Then take pieces of chopped cranberry and mix it together with the cheese, using your hands.They should start to look like the cheese balls pictured above. When they are all rolled, refrigerate them until you are ready to serve.
 Pull the stems off of the rosemary. The amount needed depends on the size of the wreath. To pull the leaves off the rosemary, turn the sprig of rosemary upside down, and pull the leaves from the top down.  Place the rosemary on a plate to resemble a wreath. Use the plate you want to serve them on. Top the rosemary sprigs with the cheese balls.

 See all the other recipes being shared today as part of Cranberry week - follow #cranberryweek for all the tasty cranberry creations:



Thanks for joining me today! Drop by on Friday to see the recipe for my Cranberry Clusters! Delicious Cranberry Clusters Candy to serve to guests, stick into gift tins, or enjoy yourself! See you Friday!


Cranberry Cheese Balls

ingredients:


  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese~softened
    4 ounces Goat Cheese~softened
    2 cups Dried Cranberries
    Rosemary Sprigs

instructions:


  1. Mix the goat cheese and cream cheese together. Cover and place in the refrigerator.
  2. Chop the cranberries in a food processor. They can be chopped with a knife, but I like the tiny chop that the processor gives.
  3. Start making balls of cheese using a scoop. If you like the size I made, use a small scoop that is 1/2 ounce. Scoop up the cheese, release it from the scoop, and roll it in to a ball. Then take pieces of chopped cranberry and mix it together with the cheese, using your hands.They should start to look like the cheese balls pictured above. When they are all rolled, refrigerate them until you are ready to serve.
  4.  Pull the stems off of the rosemary. The amount needed depends on the size of the wreath. To pull the leaves off the rosemary, turn the sprig of rosemary upside down, and pull the leaves from the top down.  Place the rosemary on a plate to resemble a wreath. Use the plate you want to serve them on. Top the rosemary sprigs with the cheese balls.
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Friday, September 8, 2017

Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Dip / #15 Minute Friday

After school snacks were a necessity in our house when my son was growing up. Sometimes the snacks were a treat that I bought, and sometimes they were something I made earlier in the day. It all depended on how busy I was at work. These days I have a lot more time, but my son is grown, and not looking for after school snacks. But, sometimes I see things at the grocery, and they are just too cute to pass up. That is how this Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Dip happened!

 Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Dip
(printable recipe at end of page)

1-13.8 ounce Pillsbury Pizza Crust
1 1/4 cup Pizza Sauce
Hormel Pepperoni Mini's
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese


preheat oven to 425℉

Open the pizza crust and spread it out on a pizza pan. You can use a baking sheet or anything that is oven safe. Bake for 11 minutes, but watch the crust to make sure it cooks thoroughly. 
Remove pizza crust from the oven and cool on cooling rack. Turn oven to 325 degrees.
Place half of the pizza sauce in a bowl. Add mini pepperoni pieces around the top of the sauce. 
Place the rest of the sauce on top of the pepperoni pieces. Just spoon it right on top. Place pepperoni pieces on top of sauce, just like the first layer. Place shredded mozzarella on to the top of the pepperoni's.
Place in oven and bake for 3 minutes. Turn to broil and broil for 1 minute.
Cut the pizza crust into strips for dipping.
Have fun enjoying your Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Dip!






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Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Dip

INGREDIENTS:


  • 1-13.8 ounce Pillsbury Pizza Crust
  • 1 1/4 cup Pizza Sauce
  • Hormel Pepperoni Mini's
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. preheat oven to 425℉
  2. Open the pizza crust and spread it out on a pizza pan. You can use a baking sheet or anything that is oven safe. Bake for 11 minutes, but watch the crust to make sure it cooks thoroughly.
  3. Remove pizza crust from the oven and cool on cooling rack. Turn oven to 325 degrees.
  4. Place half of the pizza sauce in a bowl. Add mini pepperoni pieces around the top of the sauce.
  5. Place the rest of the sauce on top of the pepperoni pieces. Just spoon it right on top. Place pepperoni pieces on top of sauce, just like the first layer. Place shredded mozzarella on to the top of the pepperoni's.
  6. Place in oven and bake for 3 minutes. Turn to broil and broil for 1 minute.
  7. Cut the pizza crust into strips for dipping. Enjoy!
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