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

Monday, November 4, 2019

Cranberry Salsa

Welcome to Cranberry Week 2019! Join me and some blogging friends as we share lots of fun and tasty cranberry recipes for the holiday season!
There are so many ways to enjoy cranberries, no matter if you are baking, grilling, or even drinking them! Today I thought I would start the week with an appetizer using fresh cranberries, so I made a Cranberry Salsa with some Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips as an accompaniment. It could also be served as a dessert, an afternoon treat, or just a snack. It is also perfect for your Thanksgiving festivities!
 
Cranberry Salsa 
(serves 2)
(printable recipe at end of page)

1 cup fresh Cranberries
1/2 of a fresh Pear
1 tablespoon chopped Serrano Pepper
4-5 leaves fresh Cilantro
Juice from 1 Lime
1 teaspoon Sugar 
1 cup Sugar
2 teaspoon Cinnamon
Flour Tortillas
2 tablespoons melted Butter


Using a food processor, mix together the cranberries, pear, pepper, serrano pepper, cilantro, lime and sugar. You can also chop the above items if a food processor is not available. 

 Process again until the salsa has the consistency you are looking for. Refrigerate while you make the cinnamon sugar chips.

Set up a baking rack, like the kind you cool cookies on when they come out of the oven. Set the rack on top of the baking sheet and then set aside for the moment.

Mix together the sugar and cinnamon. I used a fork, which made it really easy to get them thoroughly mixed. Set aside. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Melt the butter and generously spread it over the tortillas. I used street tacos size tortillas because I had some already. You can use any size that you want. 

Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mix over each of the taco shells. Knock off any extra.


Use a pizza cutter or a sharp knife to cut the tortillas into wedges. Place the pieces on the baking rack and bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes. Check to see if the sugar is melting and creating a glaze over the tortillas. If it is you should remove them from the oven. Let them sit on the rack until cooled. If you are making the tortilla chips ahead of time, place them in a plastic container until ready to use.

Serve chips warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!

Check out what my fellow bloggers made for today's "Cranberry Celebration"!

 It's Cranberry Week! See all the other delicious cranberry recipes being shared today (and follow #cranberryweek to see even more): 

     
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Cranberry Salsa

Cranberry Salsa

Yield: 10-12 servings
Author:

ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh Cranberries
  • 1/2 of a fresh Pear
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Serrano Pepper
  • 4-5 leaves fresh Cilantro
  • Juice from 1 Lime
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • Flour Tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons melted Butter

instructions:

How to cook Cranberry Salsa

  1. Using a food processor, mix together the cranberries, pear, pepper, serrano pepper, cilantro, lime and sugar. You can also chop the above items if a food processor is not available.
  2. Process again until the salsa has the consistency you are looking for. Refrigerate while you make the cinnamon sugar chips.
  3. Set up a baking rack, like the kind you cool cookies on when they come out of the oven. Set the rack on top of the baking sheet and then set aside for the moment.
  4. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon. I used a fork, which made it really easy to get them thoroughly mixed. Set aside. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Melt the butter and generously spread it over the tortillas. I used street tacos size tortillas because I had some already. You can use any size that you want.
  6. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mix over each of the taco shells. Knock off any extra.
  7. Use a pizza cutter or a sharp knife to cut the tortillas into wedges. Place the pieces on the baking rack and bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes. Check to see if the sugar is melting and creating a glaze over the tortillas. If it is you should remove them from the oven. Let them sit on the rack until cooled. If you are making the tortilla chips ahead of time, place them in a plastic container until ready to use.
  8. Serve chips warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!
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Monday, July 29, 2019

Smoked BBQ Wings

Did you know that today is National Chicken Wing Day? It is, and I am celebrating with some fellow bloggers by, what else but, enjoying some fun and fabulous Smoked BBQ Chicken Wings! There are so many different ways to enjoy chicken wings, that it is difficult to decide how to make them. They can be fried, of course. But also baked, slow cooked, air fried, grilled and smoked! Then there is the skin of the wing. It can be seasoned, rubbed, dipped, brushed, breaded, sprinkled, and rolled.  Then the flavors. They are endless! Do you want teriyaki, garlic herb, lemon pepper, cajun bbq, honey garlic, a dry rub, a mild mustard bbq, a hot sauce? I can truly continue for a page or two on the flavors, and I wouldn't have named them all. So, have I helped you decide how you want your wings, or have I just brought up more questions! I know, right! Too many decisions! So I decided to go with a Smoked BBQ Wing with a Spicy Rub, and I am so glad I did. This is the first time I have smoked wings, and they were fantastic! They take about 2 hours, and they are worth the wait!

 Smoked BBQ Wings 
(makes 1 dozen wings)
(printable recipe at end of page)


1 dozen raw Chicken Wings
3 tablespoons Chipotle Seasoning
1 1/2 teaspoons Garlic Salt
1 teaspoon Onion Powder
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Paprika
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Dark Brown Sugar


Mix all of the dry rub ingredients together in a bowl.
Roll each raw chicken wing in the rub, and place on a baking sheet. I rolled them sparingly, as I knew it would be a bit hot, and I didn't want to overdo it! It ended up being the right way to dry rub them, as they had the perfect amount of heat!
I used applewood chips for the smoke. This picture is about 1 hour into the process. They are coming along great, and this is a good time to check the internal temperature of the wings.
Another 40-60 minutes, and the wings are temping at 165 degrees, so they are done!
Enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce!

Thank you for joining me today! I hope you have the opportunity to try my Smoked BBQ Wings! My family and I loved them!


Thank you to Christie, who blogs at A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures 
for hosting this fun and very tasty event!
Check out all the wing recipes from my blogging friends listed below!



Ain’t nothing but a chicken wing! 
Chicken Wing Day recipes:



Smoked BBQ Wings

Yield: 12
Author:

ingredients:

  • 1 dozen raw Chicken Wings
  • 3 tablespoons Chipotle Seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Garlic Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dark Brown Sugar

instructions:

How to cook Smoked BBQ Wings

  1. Mix all of the dry rub ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Roll each raw chicken wing in the rub, and place on a baking sheet. I rolled them sparingly, as I knew it would be a bit hot, and I didn't want to overdo it! It ended up being the right way to dry rub them, as they had the perfect amount of heat!
  3. I used applewood chips for the smoke. This picture is about 1 hour into the process. They are coming along great, and this is a good time to check the internal temperature of the wings.
  4. Another 40-60 minutes, and the wings are temping at 165 degrees, so they are done!
  5. Enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce!
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Monday, July 15, 2019

Blueberry Lemon Naan Bread Appetizer / #BlueberryWeek

If you are a blueberry lover, this is the week for you! I have joined in with some blogging friends to offer a fun and tasty week of blueberry recipes! There are so many lip smacking blueberry ideas to check out, that I think I need a trip to the market for more berries!

I am starting the week with a Blueberry Lemon Naan Bread Appetizer. It is definitely on the sweet side of appetizers, and I think it would make an excellent dessert also. I used a new favorite product I found, called Naan Dippers. They are little Naan Breads that are only 2-3 bites in size. 

This recipe can be made in small pockets of time. The creamy topping and the chunky blueberry sauce can be made and refrigerated until it is time for your event.

 Blueberry Lemon Naan Bread Appetizer
 (makes 10-15 appetizers)
 (printable recipe at end of page)

 Creamy Topping
12 ounces Cream Cheese, softened 
6 tablespoons Sour Cream, softened
2 tablespoon Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Blueberry Sauce
1/2 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
1 pint fresh Blueberries
1/2 teaspoon Cornstarch
1 teaspoon Water
1 tablespoon fresh Lemon Juice 

Naan Bread Dippers
additional Lemon Zest and Blueberries for topping 


 
Mix together the softened cream cheese and the sour cream. Add in the sugar and the vanilla. Refrigerate until ready to assemble the dish.
 In a medium size pan, add the sugar and the lemon zest. Bring it to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. You will want to do this on a medium low to medium heat. You want to be careful not to burn the sugar. (don't ask me how I know!!)
Add the blueberries and cook over medium heat, lightly crushing the berries as you are stirring. Do this for about 10 minutes. The berries should be soft be then. While you are waiting the ten or so minutes, add the corn starch and water together in a small bowl. Pour the cornstarch mixture into the sauce and cook until it has thickened just a bit and it is slightly shiny. You will feel it has thickened as you are stirring. Add the lemon juice, stir it into the mix and remove the pan from the heat. Let cool. If you are making ahead, refrigerate.
The naan breads are really too small for the toaster. If you have a toaster oven you might be able to toast them in there. I used the method of toasting in a dry fry pan. Heat the pan, but do not add anything else. Once it is warm, add the breads. Keep an eye on them, turning them whenever you think is best, depending on how toasted you want them. They take approximately 3 minutes per side. If you don't want the breads toasted, the appetizer will still taste fantastic. The toasting helps keep the breads stiff for eating.
Use a #3M size decorating tip and a decorating bag to squiggle the cream mix onto the toasted Naan bread. You could also spread it on with a knife.
I placed approximately a teaspoon of sauce in the middle of the cream. If you put too much, the blueberry mix will start to fall off. 
 Add a berry or two wherever you think it may need it on each of the breads. Add some lemon zest to make it look pretty. See how the blueberry sauce is following in the lines on the cream made from the #3M decorating tip. That is why I used that tip. I was looking for that effect. 

I hope you will give this recipe a try. If you are a blueberry lover, I know you will love this Blueberry Lemon Naan Bread Appetizer! Let me know what you think and don't forget to keep reading to find many more blueberry recipes to enjoy!



Thank you to Family Around the Table and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures for hosting #BlueberryWeek. More than 20 top notch bloggers are sharing a variety of blueberry recipes from breakfast to dessert. Follow #BlueberryWeek on social media so you don't miss one delicious recipe.

Blueberry Week Recipes
Breakfast
Drinks and Appetizers
Sauces and Spreads
Dinner
Dessert





 Thank you for stopping by today!






Blueberry Lemon Naan Bread Appetizer

Yield: 10-15
Author:

ingredients:

Creamy Topping
  • 12 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 6 tablespoons Sour Cream, softened
  • 2 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
Blueberry Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
  • 1 pint fresh Blueberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon Water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Lemon Juice
Additional Items Needed
  • Naan Bread Dippers
  • additional Lemon Zest and Blueberries for topping

instructions:

How to cook Blueberry Lemon Naan Bread Appetizer

  1. Mix together the softened cream cheese and the sour cream. Add in the sugar and the vanilla. Refrigerate until ready to assemble the dish.
  2. In a medium size pan, add the sugar and the lemon zest. Bring it to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. You will want to do this on a medium low to medium heat. You want to be careful not to burn the sugar.
  3. Add the blueberries and cook over medium heat, lightly crushing the berries as you are stirring. Do this for about 10 minutes. The berries should be soft be then. While you are waiting the ten or so minutes, add the corn starch and water together in a small bowl. Pour the cornstarch mixture into the sauce and cook until it has thickened just a bit and it is slightly shiny. You will feel it has thickened as you are stirring. Add the lemon juice, stir it into the mix and remove the pan from the heat. Let cool. If you are making ahead, refrigerate.
  4. The naan breads are really too small for the toaster. If you have a toaster oven you might be able to toast them in there. I used the method of toasting in a dry fry pan. Heat the pan, but do not add anything else. Once it is warm, add the breads. Keep an eye on them, turning them whenever you think is best, depending on how toasted you want them. They take approximately 3 minutes per side. If you don't want the breads toasted, the appetizer will still taste fantastic. The toasting helps keep the breads stiff for eating.
  5. Use a #3M size decorating tip and a decorating bag to squiggle the cream mix onto the toasted Naan bread. You could also spread it on with a knife.
  6. I placed approximately a teaspoon of sauce in the middle of the cream. If you put too much, the blueberry mix will start to fall off.
  7. Add a berry or two wherever you think it may need it on each of the breads. Add some lemon zest to make it look pretty. See how the blueberry sauce is following in the lines on the cream made from the #3M decorating tip. That is why I used that tip. I was looking for that effect.
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Monday, May 20, 2019

Ceviche Shrimp Cups / #BBQWeek



Welcome to #BBQWEEK! With grilling season upon us, a few blogging friends and I will be sharing some fun and tasty recipes this week. To kick things off, today, I am sharing my Ceviche Shrimp Cups. They are a great appetizer for your BBQ, and one your guests will love. Full of shrimp and some spicy veggies, they are easy to make and can be made ahead of time, to a point, which is always a plus in my book. With this recipe I used wonton wrappers to make little cups. They look cute, maybe a bit fancy, and they are fun! If you want to forego the cups, serve the ceviche in a big bowl, so everyone can share, or serve with little bowls, so everyone can have their own. I served these Ceviche Shrimp Cups with the mini tortilla chips! You can elevate this recipe by substituting lobster or crab for the shrimp. This recipe is the perfect appetizer for your next bbq!



Ceviche Shrimp Cups 
(makes 10-12 cups)
(printable recipe at end of page)

Wonton Wrappers
1 pound Shrimp, raw, large 
1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
3 Fresh Lemons
4 fresh Limes
1 diced Celery Stalk
2 Roma Tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup Chopped Red Onion
1 diced Jalapeno Pepper 
Hot Sauce, as much or as little as you want
Refried Beans
Sour Cream 
1 chopped Avocado


Make the wonton wrapper cups using a mini muffin pan or something similar in size. 
1. Spray mini muffin pan with cooking spray.
2. Fold the wrapper in half diagonally.
3. Bring the other two sides in to the point.
4. Place the wrapper in the muffin opening.
5. Fold the other sides in.
6. Place a piece of aluminum foil in the bottom of the wrapper. 

Bake wontons at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
Let cool and remove from pan. Throw away foil. 


Clean and devein the shrimp.
Boil water and following directions on the old bay bottle for cooking the shrimp.
 Immediately ice the shrimp to stop them from cooking. Place shrimp in refrigerator to keep them chilled.
While the shrimp are keeping chilled, chop the celery, tomatoes, pepper, and onion.
Chop the shrimp into small pieces. Because they are going into the wonton cups, they need to be small to fit, along with the vegetables. Squeeze the juice from the lemons and limes into a large bowl. Add the shrimp to the bowl of juice and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

After the 30 minutes, drain the juice and add the vegetables to mix.
  Add hot sauce to taste and mix all ingredients together. 
Place a small dab of refried beans in each cup.
Add shrimp mix to the top of beans. 
Add sour cream and chopped avocado pieces to the top of some of the ceviche cups. That will give your guests a choice. Or add it to them all if you like! 

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Ceviche Shrimp Cups

Yield: 10-12 cups
Author:

ingredients:

Ceviche Shrimp Cups
  • Wonton Wrappers
  • 1 pound Shrimp, raw, large
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 3 Fresh Lemons
  • 4 fresh Limes
  • 1 diced Celery Stalk
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Red Onion
  • 1 diced Jalapeno Pepper
  • Hot Sauce, as much or as little as you want
  • Refried Beans
  • Sour Cream
  • 1 chopped Avocado

instructions:

How to cook Ceviche Shrimp Cups

  1.  Make the wonton wrapper cups using a mini muffin pan or something similar in size. Spray mini muffin pan with cooking spray.  Fold the wrapper in half diagonally. Bring the other two sides in to the point. Place the wrapper in the muffin opening. Fold the other sides in. Place a piece of aluminum foil in the bottom of the wrapper. Bake wontons at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Let cool and remove from pan. Throw away foil.
  2. Clean and devein the shrimp.
  3.  Boil water and following directions on the old bay bottle for cooking the shrimp.
  4.  Immediately ice the shrimp to stop them from cooking. Place shrimp in refrigerator to keep them chilled.
  5. While the shrimp are keeping chilled, chop the celery, tomatoes, pepper, and onion.
  6. Chop the shrimp into small pieces. Because they are going into the wonton cups, they need to be small to fit, along with the vegetables. Squeeze the juice from the lemons and limes into a large bowl. Add the shrimp to the bowl of juice and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  7. After the 30 minutes, drain the juice and add the vegetables to mix.
  8. Add hot sauce to taste and mix all ingredients together.
  9. Place a small dab of refried beans in each cup.
  10. Add shrimp mix to the top of beans.
  11.  Add sour cream and chopped avocado pieces to the top of some of the ceviche cups. That will give your guests a choice. Or add it to them all if you like!
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