Archive for Appetizers and Snacks

January 29th, 2015

Supreme Pizza Dip

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We love pizza at our house, but seriously, this cheesy-good Supreme Pizza Dip served on toasted Garlic Bread may just take it’s place.  What’s not to love here? Think Cream Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, and Parmesan Cheese melted together with all your favorite pizza toppings, then served on hot garlic bread!

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This cheesy goodness is tooped  with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, and olives, but you can make it will all your favorites.  This will definitely be a winner at your game-day party – or any party!   You might need to make extra, this will not last long!

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Supreme Pizza Dip


1-8 ounce block cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup pizza or spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
15 pepperoni slices
1/3 cup ground Italian sausage, cooked
1/4 cup sliced mushrooms
3 tablespoons green bell pepper, diced
3 tablespoons black olives, sliced

garlic bread for serving


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese and spices. Spread mixture into the bottom of an oven safe 9-10 inch pie plate. Top cream cheese mixture with 1/2 cup mozzarella and spread pizza sauce over it. Sprinkle the cheddar and Parmesan cheese over the sauce and top with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, bell pepper, and olives.  Bake for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly.

Serve immediately with garlic toast.

Recipe adapted slightly from the Today Show






January 16th, 2015

BBQ in a Blanket with Buttermilk Ranch Dipping Sauce




Everyone loves BBQ at our house.  I love this BBQ in a Blanket because it is fast, easy, and lots of fun.  You can serve them as a main dish with slaw or set them out as an appetizer for your game-day party!  We like to fill them with our Favorite Pulled Pork, or sliced brisket.  Be sure to make a batch of Buttermilk Ranch to dip them in and let the fun begin!


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BBQ in a Blanket with Buttermilk Ranch Sauce


1 cup of bbq in sauce (brisket, pulled pork, or chicken)

1 pkg of 8 Grand Crescent Rolls

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Preheat oven to 400.  Line a large tray with parchment.

Spoon 2 tablespoons meat onto the top end of the triangle.  (Note, not too much sauce, use a slotted spoon if needed.)  Roll crescents and place on tray.

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Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden.  Serve with Buttermilk Ranch Sauce.

Buttermilk Ranch Sauce*
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon of your favorite bbq sauce
1 teaspoon Ranch dressing mix
1/4 teaspoon table salt

Mix and serve.

*Note:  for a quick and easy shortcut, mix 1 tablespoon bbq sauce with your favorite ranch dressing

Recipe adapted from Southern Living




December 29th, 2014

Dip In! 25+ Dips for New Years Eve

We have had a wonderful Christmas with our entire family together and loving every minute!  We hope your Christmas was filled with fabulous food, friends and family!  Since we are still celebrating, we thought we’d update our list of favorite dips to Ring in 2015!

Whether you decide to have a big party to celebrate, or stay in for a quiet night with the family, chips and dips are always a great way to ring in the New Year!  Here’s a list of more than 25 of our favorites recipes to give you inspiration.  No matter which you choose, you’ll make a big statement with this  Chips and Dips New Year’s Eve Style presentation!


25 {Plus} Party Dips to Ring in the New Year

Piña Colada Fruit Dip

Cheesecake Dip

Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip

Pumpkin Gingersnap Dip

Strawberry Fruit Dip

Peanut Butter Cheese Ball {gluten free}

Cranberry Salsa

Restaurant Style Salsa-Homemade

Mango Pineapple Salsa

Grilled Corn and Poblano Guacamole


Mexi-Corn Dip

Chipotle Black Bean Dip

Black Bean Confetti Salad

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Creamy Parmesan Ranch Dip

Baked Parmesan Crab Dip

Roasted Corn and Sweet Pepper Crab Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Creamy BBQ Bacon Cheddar Dip

Bacon Dip

Layered Greek Dip

Texas Caviar

Pepper Blend Cheese Ball

Pineapple Cheese Ball

Easiest Ever Appetizer



December 12th, 2014

Pineapple Cheese Ball

Pineapple Cheese Ball


So what’s Christmas without a good cheese ball – right?   {We can’t exist completely on Christmas Cookies can we?} This Pineapple Cheese Ball is one of my favorites.  It’s simple to make ahead and have on hand for parties or even to give as a gift.  You can even freeze it and bring it out as needed.  This recipe has been a tried-and-true favorite for generations!


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The sweetness of pineapple blends perfectly with peppers and onions in cool, cream cheese.   Finish it with fresh pecans and the flavors are fabulous! Fortunately this recipe makes 2 cheese balls – you’ll want one to eat at home and one to take!


Pineapple Cheese Ball



Pineapple Cheese Ball


2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

2 teaspoons seasoning salt (I use Lawry’s)

1 (6 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained well

1/4 cup green pepper, finely chopped

2 tablespoons onion, finely chopped

2 cups pecans, chopped


Whip the cream cheese in mixer until smooth.  Stir in the seasoning.  Add the pineapple, peppers, and onions until combined.  Divide the mixture into two and shape as desired (Logs or balls- or I usually make a small disc, I get more pecans that way!).  Wrap with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator overnight to allow the flavors to blend and the cheese ball to set up.  Before serving, roll the Cheese Ball in chopped nuts.  Serve with your favorite crackers.






August 29th, 2014

Baked Brie with Jezebel Peaches

Baked Brie with Jezebel Peaches


This baked brie couldn’t be easier to make and it is absolutely delicious.  The fresh peaches with a little kick from pepper jelly are a perfect combination with the cheese.  Serve it up as an easy and impressive appetizer.


Baked Brie with Jezebel Peaches



Baked Brie with Jezebel Peaches


1 tablespoon hot pepper jelly
1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 large ripe peach, peeled and diced
1 Brie round (about 13.2 ounces) in wooden box
Crackers for serving


Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together first 4 ingredients; gently stir in peaches until coated.

Unwrap Brie; trim and discard rind from top. Return cheese to wooden box bottom, and place box on a baking sheet.

Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Spoon peach mixture over Brie, mounding slightly. Bake 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Carefully transfer box to a platter, and serve immediately with crackers.

Recipe from Southern Living





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