Archive for Appetizers and Snacks

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!

 

pineapple cheese ball close up

 

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

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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

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

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August 20th, 2014

Corn Butter: 3 Ways

Corn Butter

 

We are headed into the last stretch of summer – do you have plans for labor day?  Maybe a last big summer fling?  Corn on the cob is such a staple for summer parties and has always been my favorite.  I loved picking corn out of the field and seeing it on the table for dinner.  No matter how you fix it, grill it, boil it, bake it – these flavored Corn Butters will definitely turn that corn into a party!    I’ve included three that will spice up your fun!

 

Corn Butter

 

This is so easy and so yummy.  

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August 7th, 2014

Skinny Jalapeño Dip with Grilled Summer Veggies

Skinny Jalapeno Dip with Grilled Summer Veggies

 

Just because we want to eat a little more healthy and make some good food choices doesn’t mean we have to give up fabulous food.  This Skinny Jalapeño Dip is bursting with fresh jalapeño , cilantro, and garlic, but is made with Greek Yogurt so YES go ahead and dip in!

You can serve it with any crudités or chips, but I highly recommend some grilled summer veggies.  I used yellow squash, zucchini, and some mini sweet peppers, but you could also grill some mushrooms, asparagus, or eggplant.  Enjoy – there is no guilt here!

 

Skinny Jalapeno Dip

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July 30th, 2014

Mandarin Orange Fruit Dip

Mandarin Orange Fruit Dip

 

A fruit plate is always a welcome appetizer – it’s just so fresh and beautiful. Of course having something to dip that fruit in makes it even more wonderful.

This Mandarin Orange Fruit Dip only takes minutes to mix together and you’ll love being able to prepare  it up the night before.  Just add fresh fruit and enjoy!

 

Mandarin Orange Fruit Dip

 

 

Mandarin Orange Fruit Dip

Ingredients

1 package (8 ounce) cream cheese, room temperature

1 jar (7 ounce) Marshmallow Fluff

1 can ( 11 ounce) mandarin oranges, drained (reserve liquid*)

Directions

Whip the cream cheese  with an electric mixer

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