Showing posts with label crackers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label crackers. Show all posts

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Cheesy Pumpkin Appetizer!

These cheese pumpkins are so cute, and they are not just for Halloween. They would be a perfect starter for Thanksgiving also! I paired them with Ritz Buttery Thin Munchables. I have never had these crackers before, but they are light and bite size, making them perfect for the strong cheddar taste of the pumpkins!
Cheesy Pumpkin Appetizer
(Makes 10 Pumpkins)
10 tablespoons Cheddar cold pack Cheese
2 teaspoons finely chopped Nuts
5 butter flavored Pretzel Sticks
10 pieces tiny fresh Parsley leaves

Chop up the nuts until very fine.
Scoop each tablespoon of cheese into a ball. 
I wore gloves, and rolled the balls between my 
hands to get the correct look.
Place the balls of cheese on a piece of wax paper
or parchment paper. Place in freezer for about 5 minutes,
so they can become firm.
Start scoring lines on the cheese balls, 
so that they resemble pumpkins. Start
in the center, and draw a line from the top
to the bottom center. Do this about 7- 8 times
around each cheese ball.
Here is the completely scored cheese ball.
Snap each of the pretzel sticks in half. On each cheese ball,
place a parsley leaf at the top of the cheese. Take the
pretzel stick and insert it in the top of the cheese to
resemble the pumpkin stem. As you insert the pretzel,
grab a piece of the parsley to secure it as the pretzel goes in.
Tap the bottom of the cheese ball on the chopped
nuts. They should cover the bottom.
All done. Do this to each cheese ball.
If at any time the cheese becomes too soft to
work with, pop it in the freezer for about 5 minutes.
You can serve them all together on one plate,
or go for the homespun look, and serve on a 
cutting board. You could put several on a cutting board.
That would look great! or,
a cheesy pumpkin on an fall inspired appetizer plate.
There is no wrong way!

You could also use cheese that is flavored, such as a
smoked cheddar or a port wine cheese. Of course, your favorite
crackers always fit this recipe!

Happy Halloween!!

Stop by later for more Halloween Happenings!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Onion Dip~A Classic Revisited

Everyone has an appetizer that brings back memories for them. For me, it is Onion Dip! I can remember, way back when I was little, onion dip being served in our house, when someone special came to visit. The recipe was the mayo, sour cream and the onion dip packet all mixed together. Well, now this dip is served in my house, but the dip has been taken up a notch and this recipe is a special one.
 Onion Chip Dip
(adapted from Country Living)
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 large Onion
1 clove Fresh Garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
1 teaspoon low sodium Soy Sauce
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground Thyme
1 cup Sour Cream
Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
Add the onion. Stir occasionally.
Cook until the onions become golden brown, about 10 minutes.
Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat. 
Add worcestershire sauce,
soy sauce, salt, pepper, and thyme.
Put mixture in a bowl, and let it cool completely.
Stir in the sour cream and mix well.
Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.
Serve with crackers!

Thanks for joining me today!

Try and stop by tomorrow for our 
comfort food salad!!

See you then!