Tag: appetizer

Easy Artichoke Bread

Easy Artichoke Bread

Easy Artichoke Bread makes a great snack for game day, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday…or really any day for that matter. This crusty French bread is rich, creamy, and super cheesy or in other words everything you would want an indulgent snack to be! It can be […]

Everything Braided Bread

Everything Braided Bread

The name says it all folks! Everything Braided Bread is…..you guessed it….EVERYTHING!!! Talk about homemade bread goals. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at bread making, this recipe is the place to start. This impressive loaf is crusty on the outside, soft on the […]

Broccoli Cheese Spread

Broccoli Cheese Spread

Broccoli Cheese Spread is such a simple recipe but it’s so amazingly good. You absolutely need this quick and easy appetizer recipe in your arsenal. I mean could there be a more classic combination than broccoli and cheese? I don’t think so! Just try it and see. It’s near impossible to resist the lusciousness of this rich and creamy dip. You won’t believe how easy it is to make. Serve it up for a party or crowd, whip it together quickly when company stops by, or hoard it all for yourself while binge watching your fave Netflix series. This versatile dip can be ready at the drop of a hat or even made ahead of time. Pop it in the oven and it’s done in 20 minutes. Go ahead and hit the print button already!

Here’s all you’ll need: cream cheese, sour cream, Italian salad dressing mix, frozen chopped broccoli, cheddar cheese, and crackers for dipping.

Broccoli Cheese Spread Ingredients list

Five ingredients, that’s it just five ingredients! Let’s get this party started!! Soften the cream cheese and place it in a large bowl. You can leave the cream cheese out for a bit or nuke it in the microwave for a few seconds. It’s easier to mix when it’s softened. Using a hand mixer, blend together the cream cheese, sour cream and Italian salad dressing mix. You can find the salad dressing mix in the salad dressing aisle at your local grocer. It usually comes in a packet or sometimes in a box if it’s a two-pack.

Cream cheese, sour cream, and Italian dressing mix blended together in a large mixing bowl.

Thaw the frozen broccoli. You may need to drain it as well and pat it dry. You can also chop up any especially large broccoli florets that slipped through the cracks. I like all my pieces to be bitesize. Next fold in the broccoli and 1-1/2 cups of cheddar cheese. I love sharp cheddar! The sharper the better!! My hubby always seems to gravitate towards mild. So whatever floats your boat will work just fine.

Chopped broccoli florets and shredded cheddar cheese are folded into the Broccoli Cheese Spread.

Spray a shallow 1-quart baking dish lightly with cooking spray. I used my Corningware 1-qt dish but a pie plate also works greats for dips or spreads. Spoon the Broccoli Cheese Spread evenly into the baking dish. Broccoli Cheese Spread spooned into a baking dish.

Top with the remaining cheese and bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes. That’s it! Seriously so easy!!

Broccoli Cheese Spread in a baking dish topped with cheddar cheese.

And so cheesy!!! Grab a cracker before it’s gone because I’m diving right into the Broccoli Cheese Spread. Speaking of broccoli and cheese…Have you tried our Broccoli Cheese Soup?

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Broccoli Cheese Spread

January 21, 2020
: 3-1/2 cups
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
  • 3 cups frozen chopped broccoli, thawed, drained and patted dry
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • Crackers for dipping
Directions
  • Step 1 Soften the cream cheese and place it in a large bowl. Using a hand mixer, blend together the cream cheese, sour cream and Italian salad dressing mix.
  • Step 2 Thaw the frozen broccoli, drain, and pat dry. fold in the broccoli and 1-1/2 cups of cheddar cheese.
  • Step 3 Spray a shallow 1-quart baking dish lightly with cooking spray. Spoon the Broccoli Cheese Spread evenly into the baking dish.
  • Step 4 Top with the remaining cheese and bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes. Serve with crackers. Enjoy!

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Chicken Wing Dip

Chicken Wing Dip

Alright let’s just cut to the chase here! This next recipe is called Chicken Wing Dip NOT “Buffalo” Chicken Wing Dip. You don’t call them “Buffalo” wings if you actually live in Buffalo. The Buffalo part is just assumed cause everyone knows that when it […]

Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwiches

Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwiches

Gimme a “B”…..Gimme an “L”…..Gimme a “T”. What’s that spell??? Well, the BEST sandwich of summer of course!!! I’ve gotta admit that Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwiches took me by surprise. Waffles and BLT’s might not seem like the obvious pair, but oh my goodness they […]

Tropical Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Tropical Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Raise your hand if you could use a little more fruit in your life. Well our Tropical Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips is here to help you with that. Fruit Salsa makes the perfect appetizer or snack for summer because it’s so light and refreshing. You’ll be shoveling this stuff in your mouth by the spoonful. But don’t miss out on the cinnamon chips! They bake up sweet, crispy, and delicious and make the perfect vessel for this colorful fruit medley. The tropical fruit blend is a surefire winner, but you can also shake it up a bit and swap out for whatever fruit combinations you like. Bananas, blueberries, or blackberries are a great place to start experimenting.

Here’s all you’ll need: strawberries, navel orange, kiwi, crushed pineapple, lemon juice, sugar, flour tortillas, butter, sugar, and ground cinnamon.

Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips ingredients list

You’re gonna love this recipe because it’s super easy and can even be prepped ahead of time. Let’s start by prepping the fruit. Chop the strawberries, orange, and kiwi. The kiwi will need to be peeled first, of course.

Strawberries chopped on a cutting board.

Combine all 4 fruits in a large mixing bowl. Toss in the diced strawberries, orange chunks, kiwi, and crushed pineapple. Be sure to drain the crushed pineapple well otherwise the mixture will be soggy. Run the pineapple through a strainer or even squeeze the juice out with your hands if you have to.

Diced strawberries, navel orange chunks, kiwi chunks, and crushed pineapple in a large glass mixing bowl.

Add the lemon juice and 1-1/2 teaspoons of sugar to the bowl and then mix it all up. Isn’t that just gorgeous?!? Refrigerate fruit salsa until ready to serve.

Lemon juice and sugar being stirred into the fruit mixture.

Our sugary sweet cinnamon coated chips are up next! Combine the cinnamon and 1/3 sugar in a small bowl.

Cinnamon and sugar mixed together in a small glass bowl.

Brush both sides of an 8-inch tortilla with melted butter. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture to cover. Then cut each tortilla into 8 wedges using a sharp knife or pizza cutter. Place the wedges on a parchment lined baking sheet. You can spray with cooking spray if you don’t have parchment paper laying around. But seriously, don’t be late to the party. Parchment paper comes in handy all.the.dang.time!

8 inch flour tortilla brushed with melted butter and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar mixture.

Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 12-14 minutes or until just crisp. Thirteen minutes was right on the money to get that perfectly crunchable chip for my oven. Grab one to sample if you’re not sure! Ok maybe grab two to sample. No judgment!! I had to run a couple of batches to get all the chips to fit.

Cinnamon chips on a parchment lined baking sheet hot out of the oven.

Serve the cinnamon chips with the Tropical Fruit Salsa and go to town baby!!! Seriously get after it! When you’re finished with this recipe, make sure you check out our Banana Split Cake! Just another tasty treat that’ll have you licking the bowl clean.

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Tropical Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

July 21, 2019
: 2-1/2 cups salsa and 80 chips
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 medium navel orange, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 medium kiwifruit, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • CINNAMON CHIPS:
  • 10 flour tortillas (8 inches each)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Directions
  • Step 1 Chop the strawberries, orange, and kiwi. The kiwi will need to be peeled first, of course. Drain the pineapple.
  • Step 2 Combine all 4 fruits in a large mixing bowl. Toss in the diced strawberries, orange chunks, kiwi, and crushed pineapple. Add the lemon juice and 1-1/2 teaspoons of sugar to the bowl. Toss to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Step 3 Combine the cinnamon and 1/3 cup sugar in a small bowl. Brush both sides of an 8-inch tortilla with melted butter. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture to cover. Then cut each tortilla into 8 wedges using a sharp knife or pizza cutter.
  • Step 4 Place the wedges on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 12-14 minutes or until just crisp. Remove from the baking sheet and cool.
  • Step 5 Serve the cinnamon chips with the fruit salsa and enjoy!

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Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach Artichoke Dip

If Spinach Artichoke Dip is involved then you can count me in people! It’s pretty much one of my main weaknesses. I just can’t say no to this luscious, creamy, absolutely delicious dip. I’ve tried all the recipes, the restaurant knock offs, the crockpot versions, […]

Pizza Pinwheels

Pizza Pinwheels

If you’ve never made Pizza Pinwheels then you’re truly missing out! This bitesize, crowd pleasing appetizer is totally irresistible, super easy to make and tastes just like pizza. Loads of pepperoni and mozzarella are wrapped up inside a tender, flaky crescent dough crust. These mini […]

Pressure Cooker Cheddar Bacon Beer Dip

Pressure Cooker Cheddar Bacon Beer Dip

I know you’ve been waiting for this post all week! It’s my very FIRST recipe made in a pressure cooker!! Are you excited? I’m excited because it actually worked!! YAAAAYYYYY!!!!!! When Cosori asked me to test out their 6-Quart Premium Pressure Cooker I knew that I had to start with an easy recipe. Like something that would be totally foolproof. This Pressure Cooker Cheddar Bacon Beer Dip is the perfect recipe to get your feet wet. This creamy, luscious, totally irresistible dip will be the life of your next party. It’s over the top cheesy, bacon-y, and loaded with lots of beer flavor of course. It pairs amazingly with our Beer Pretzels, but you could also use toasted bread, chips, veggies, or just about anything for dipping. I think I’ve found our new go to snack for Game Day!!!

Here’s all you’ll need: cream cheese, sour cream, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, beer, bacon, cheddar cheese, heavy whipping cream, green onions, and Beer Pretzels for dipping.

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First let’s cook and crumble the bacon. I love this No Mess Bacon method! It’s my go to every. dang. time. This recipe calls for ALOT of bacon but isn’t that how you know it’s going to be good?!? I mean what would Cheddar Bacon Beer Dip really be without the bacon? Oh and before I forget, you’re gonna wanna set aside about 2 tablespoons of that bacon to garnish.

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Then combine the cream cheese, sour cream, mustard and garlic in a greased pressure cooker. Beat with a hand blender until well combined. Yup! You can mix it all up right in the pot. That’s actually my favorite thing about pressure cooking so far, every recipe feels like a one pan wonder.

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Next stir in the beer and the bacon (but not the two tablespoons that we set aside). We always use Bud Light cause that’s how we roll, but any ale will work just fine. Just stay away from dark varieties. Secure and lock the lid to the pressure cooker ensuring that the steam vent is closed. Select the manual function, adjust the pressure to medium, and set the cook timer for 5 minutes. Seriously isn’t this so easy??? Meanwhile you might as well slice up those green onions because I mean there’s really nothing else to do!

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When cooking is finished, use the quick-release pressure valve and release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions. I always wear an oven mitt for this part. Safety first! Select the saute setting and adjust the temp to normal heat (about 250-275 degrees). Add the cheese and heavy cream. Mmm!! SO Cheesy!!!

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Cook and stir for about 5 minutes until the cheese is completely melted and the mixture has thickened slightly. I still can’t believe we’re doing all this in one pot. We literally have one pot, a spatula and some mixing beaters to clean. How is this even possible???

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Top with reserved bacon and sliced green onions. Serve warm and dig in already!! Those Beer Pretzels are calling my name!! If you’re hosting a party, you might wanna double this one!! Wanna try your hand at another pressure cooker recipe? Try our Pressure Cooker Beef Tips!

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Pressure Cooker Cheddar Bacon Beer Dip

October 20, 2018
: 4 cups
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 18 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • Beer Pretzels, toasted bread, chips, veggies, or something to dip!
Directions
  • Step 1 Cook and crumble the bacon. Reserve 2 tablespoons for garnish.
  • Step 2 Combine the cream cheese, sour cream, mustard and garlic in a greased pressure cooker. Beat with a hand blender until well combined.
  • Step 3 Next stir in the beer and the bacon (but not the two tablespoons that we set aside). Secure and lock the lid to the pressure cooker ensuring that the steam vent is closed. Select the manual function, adjust the pressure to medium, and set the cook timer for 5 minutes.
  • Step 4 When cooking is finished, use the quick-release pressure valve and release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions. Select the saute setting and adjust the temp to normal heat (about 250-275 degrees). Add the cheese and heavy cream.
  • Step 5 Cook and stir for about 5 minutes until the cheese is completely melted and the mixture has thickened slightly.
  • Step 6 Top with reserved bacon and sliced green onions. Serve warm and enjoy!!

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Quick and Easy Loaded Totchos

Quick and Easy Loaded Totchos

What happens when you combine tater tots and nachos??? You get Totchos!!! Our all new Quick and Easy Loaded Totchos recipe are the perfect way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. This delicious spinoff recipe swaps tater tots for tortilla chips and then smothers them with all […]