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Slow-Cooker Root Beer Brats

Slow-Cooker Root Beer Brats

Move over beer brats there’s a new kid in town! Root Beer Brats are not only delicious but they are so easy to prepare. And since they’re made with root beer rather than beer, they’re family friendly too. Slow-cooking in a sweet root beer marinade […]

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 […]

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 comes to wings, we do it best! Chicken Wing Dip is a game day staple in these parts and after one little taste you’ll see why. Nothing goes better with football than the amazing flavor of pizza and wings. Now if you wanna do it right you’ve gotta know a few things, first Frank’s RedHot sauce is a must!!! True chicken wing lovers will swear by this fact. And second, for Heaven’s sake do not omit the blue cheese! A true wing dip has blue cheese…it’s a Buffalo thing. And if you really wanna do this deliciously cheesy, oh so delish dip the justice it deserves, serve it with celery and carrots along with your favorite dippers.

Here’s all you’ll need: cream cheese, cooked chicken, Buffalo wing sauce (or hot sauce), blue cheese salad dressing, and colby jack cheese.

Chicken Wing Dip ingredients list

Let’s get started cause I know you can’t wait to dive in to some Chicken Wing Dip. Frank’s RedHot sauce is the way to go. This wing sauce is the real deal or you can keep it old school with the classic Frank’s RedHot hot sauce. Of course you can swap out for your favorite wing sauce or hot sauce but just know that in Buffalo we’re using Frank’s. (and this is definitely not an ad)

A bottle Frank's RedHot wing sauce

Soften the cream cheese Soften cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds. Next add the wing sauce and blue cheese dressing. Mix well with a hand mixer or by hand. It’s ok if the cream cheese is a little lumpy and not completely smooth. It’ll all melt down in the oven while it bakes. Ok so I can’t believe I’m saying this, but if you absolutely are not into blue cheese, yes you can swap out for Ranch. (But I might get hate mail over that one!)

Cream cheese, blue cheese and hot sauce mixed together in a bowl.

Next chop up or shred the cooked chicken. The absolute quickest and easiest way to do this is to grab one of those pre-cooked rotisserie chickens. Slice a little bit off and BAM! You’re done. Of course you can cook your own chicken breasts or use canned chicken as well.

Rotisserie chicken chopped into bitesize pieces on a cutting board.

Add the cooked chicken and 1 cup of cheese to the bowl and mix it all up. All that creamy, cheesy goodness is going to melt down and hold this thing together.

Cooked chicken and colby jack cheese are added to the bowl.

Place in a 1-quart baking dish and top with the remaining 1 cup of cheese. Bake uncovered in a 350 degree preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until that top layer of cheese is nice and melty! I placed this guy on a baking sheet just in case it bubbled over.

Chicken Wing Dip placed in a 1-quart shallow baking dish and topped with cheese.

Remove from the oven and serve warm. Tastes just like a chicken wing dipped in blue cheese. Mmmm-mmm good!! Ain’t no thang like a chicken wing!! You know what pairs perfectly with Chicken Wing Dip??? Our Cheesy Pizza Dip, of course!!

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Chicken Wing Dip

September 17, 2019
: makes about 2 cups
: easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cup cooked chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup Buffalo wing sauce (Frank's RedHot sauce)
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese salad dressing
  • 2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • carrots, celery, pretzels or tortilla chips for dipping
Directions
  • Step 1 Soften cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds. Add the wing sauce and blue cheese dressing. Mix well.
  • Step 2 Add 1-1/2 cups cooked chicken and 1 cup of cheese to the bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Step 3 Place in a 1-quart baking dish and top with the remaining 1 cup of cheese. Bake uncovered in a 350 degree preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese s melted.
  • Step 4 Remove from the oven and serve warm with celery, carrots, and your favorite dippers. Enjoy!

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Meatball Sub Casserole

Meatball Sub Casserole

Looking for the ultimate party food to feed a hungry crowd? Or maybe you just need a new and exciting weeknight family dinner recipe? Well Meatball Sub Casserole is kinda both! This easy oven meal is savory and SO delicious. If you’re a meatball sub […]

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 pizzas are fun to eat, extremely dippable, and 100% kid approved. And did you notice there’s only 5 ingredients? I mean c’mon!! Perfect for game day, after school snacking and just about everything in between. You’ll be making this one again and again!

Here’s all you’ll need: pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, oregano, an egg, and crescent rolls.

Pizza Pinwheels ingredients list

Let’s get rolling! First we need to dice up that pepperoni into itty bitty pieces. Short on time? Try pepperoni minis instead! As if this recipe couldn’t get an easier.

Diced pepperoni on a cutting board.

In a small bowl, combine the diced pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, oregano, and the egg yolk. Only the yolk. Make sure to save the egg white! We’ll be using it a little later.

Pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, oregano, and an egg yolk mixed together in a small bowl.

Next pop the top on that crescent dough and try not to jump! I know, I know. It’s near impossible. Unroll the crescent roll dough and pinch the seams closed to form one big piece.

Crescent dough unrolled on the countertop. Seams are pinched together to form one large rectangular sheet of dough.

Then spread the cheese and pepperoni mixture over top to within 1/4″ of the edges. Because what’s a pizza without loads of pepperoni and cheese??? I love this recipe because it’s really versatile. Switching up the cheese and fillings can give it a fun twist. Diced ham and cheddar would be a perfect pair! The possibilities are really endless!! Mmm mmm.

Pepperoni and cheese spread over top of the crescent roll dough.

Time to get rollin’! Starting with the shortest side, roll up the dough jelly-roll style. This is how we get that amazing spiral. Pinch the seam closed to seal. Place the roll on a cutting board and cut into 12 equal sized slices. I start by cutting the roll in half. Then cut both of those halves in half. Then cut each one of those pieces into thirds. This helps to keep all my slices nice and uniform.

Dough rolled up jelly-roll style to form a log. The log is then cut into 12 equal pieces.

Place the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. The parchment paper is so clutch here!! You know I love it but in this case it’s seriously a MUST! The melty cheesy goodness on the inside will easily stick to the pan and no one wants that. Oh and remember that egg white we set aside earlier? Well now’s the time to use it. Lightly beat the egg white and then brush it over the tops of the pizza pinwheels.

Pizza Pinwheel dough slices place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden. Serve warm with marinara sauce or Ranch if you’re crazy like that and watch them disappear. No seriously, you better grab one for yourself!

Pizza Pinwheels on a baking sheet hot out of the oven.

Look at that spiral though! That bubbly, delicious cheese gets me ever time. It’s always a good time for Pizza Pinwheels!! And if you haven’t discovered our Cheesy Pizza Dip yet, you’re gonna wanna put that one on the list, like, ASAP.

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Pizza Pinwheels

January 28, 2019
: 12
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup diced pepperoni
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 1 tube (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls
Directions
  • Step 1 In a small bowl, combine the diced pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, oregano, and the egg yolk. (Set the egg white aside for later)
  • Step 2 Unroll the crescent roll dough and pinch the seams closed to form one big piece. Spread the cheese and pepperoni mixture over top to within 1/4″ of the edges.
  • Step 3 Starting with the shortest side, roll up the dough jelly-roll style. Pinch the seam closed to seal. Cut the roll into 12 equal sized slices.
  • Step 4 Place the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Lightly beat the egg white and then brush it over the tops of the pizza pinwheels.
  • Step 5 Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden. Serve warm with marinara sauce. Enjoy!

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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 […]

Roasted Tomato Salsa

Roasted Tomato Salsa

It’s that time of the year again! Our garden is bursting with fresh veggies and all of a sudden we’re like….how are we gonna eat all this??? Right now I’ve got boat loads of tomatoes on my hands. And you know I’ve already made batch […]

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 your favorite nacho toppings. Loaded Totchos will be the life of your next party! They’re perfect for snacking or to serve as an appetizer but also filling enough to be the whole meal. Everyone will love this hearty quick fix!

Here’s all you’ll need: tater tots, ground beef, taco seasoning, water, cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, taco sauce, and sour cream.

Loaded Totchos ingredients list #totchos #tatertotnachos #cincodemayo #tatertotrecipes #mexicanrecipes

First cook the tater tots according to package directions or until golden brown. I like mine nice and crispy crunchy so I cook them a few minutes longer than the package directions! Who’s with me on that crunch?

Cook tater tot according to package directions. #totchos #tatertotnachos #cincodemayo #tatertotrecipes #mexicanrecipes

Meanwhile in a large skillet brown the ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink. Crumble the meat as it browns. Then drain any excess grease from the pan. I like to use  90% lean beef or higher because the meat doesn’t shrink down as much during cooking. You could also substitute ground turkey or chicken.

In a large skillet cook and crumble beef until no longer pink. #totchos #tatertotnachos #cincodemayo #tatertotrecipes #mexicanrecipes

Add in the taco seasoning and water. If you buy your taco seasoning by the packet you can toss in the whole thing. Or if you love Taco Tuesdays as much as we do and buy your seasoning in bulk, then you’ll need about 3 tablespoons. Bring to a boil and cook for about two minutes or until the mixture has thickened.

Stir in the taco seasoning and water. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. #totchos #tatertotnachos #cincodemayo #tatertotrecipes #mexicanrecipes

Now here’s the wild and crazy fun part! Cover your tots!! Load those babies up!! Layer on the ground beef! The cheddar cheese (or taco or Mexican blend)! Throw on some of that shredded lettuce!! Drizzle with taco sauce and then add a big ole dollop of sour cream!! Go nuts!! This recipe is so easy and I love that it can be modified to suit everyone’s tastes. Skip the lettuce and add beans. Plop on some guacamole! I’m giving you permission to play with your food!

Layer on the ground beef, cheese, lettuce, taco sauce and sour cream. #totchos #tatertotnachos #cincodemayo #tatertotrecipes #mexicanrecipes

And there you have it…Quick and Easy Loaded Totchos!!! Don’t they look delicious??? Your Cinco de Mayo party just got a whole lot better!!! De Nada! Don’t miss our Beer Margaritas coming later this week!!

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Quick and Easy Loaded Totchos

May 2, 2018
: 6
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 4 cups frozen Tater Tots (one whole 28 oz bag)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning (3 tablespoons)
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1/4 cup taco sauce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • any additional nacho toppings of your choice
Directions
  • Step 1 Cook the tater tots according to package directions or until golden brown.
  • Step 2 In a large skillet cook and crumble the ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink.
  • Step 3 Stir in one packet of taco seasoning (3 tablespoons) and 2/3 cup of water. Bring to a boil. Cook for two minutes or until thickened.
  • Step 4 Top tater tots with ground beef, cheese, and shredded lettuce. Drizzle with taco sauce and add a spoonful of sour cream. Enjoy!!

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Ham and Cheese Bites

Ham and Cheese Bites

Our Ham and Cheese Bites make the cutest lil appetizer ever! This tasty bitesize snack works great for Easter brunch and doubles as a wonderful appetizer for Easter dinner too. They’re also perfect for after school snacking. Little fingers won’t be able to resist this […]