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Showing posts with label Finger Food. Show all posts

Monday, February 4, 2019

Sourdough Crackers

Everyone of my posts should start off with "it's been a long time"!
I have been terrible at keeping up with this blog of mine.
Keynote to anyone who wants to start a successful blog, good content & be CONSISTENT.  That's what I've read, not what I've done :)

Here's what I have attempted to blog but never finished.

Christmas 2018, new appetizer I served at a gettogether.  An amazing salmon ball!
Here is the quick downlow on that.

"Merry post- Christmas, Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!
Thought I would keep this going and be a terribly slow blogger, yeah doing a great job of that!
Hope you all had a great Christmas, Kwanza whatever you celebrate.
We did, very different then years past, but some joy shared and good food!
I wanted to share with you this appetizer I made (one of several) this past Christmas Eve.

A salmon ball, I found this on Pintrest and sorta made it my own.
So here you go & I hope you enjoy!"

What you need:
4oz smoked salmon
1 Tablespoon dill, fresh
1 Teaspoon garlic, powder
2 green onions, chopped
1 Teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
Dash salt & pepper
1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
16 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup chopped walnuts

How to make it:
Mix together all ingredients, excluding walnuts.
On parchment paper roll into a ball, roll ball into walnuts.
Wrap in plastic wrap, place in the fridge at least 30 minutes.
Serve with your favorite crackers.

Hope you like it, we did!

What else you all missed that I wanted to blog about would be a winter trip to Ely my husband and I made this year.
Hubbie found a cute little cabin we rented, his favorite part of the cabin would be the fireplace, he loves to stoke a fire.
We brought some cross country ski's with, did that one day. It was a lot of fun and quite a workout!
We also brought snowshoes, I never got out on them. Just hubbie, I didn't feel like braving the cold again.



Alright let's get to the Sourdough crackers!
Right now I have 2 sourdough starters in my fridge (if your interested in how to do that let me know).
With sourdough you need to feed it once a week, so instead of discarding the dough you need to remove from starters I try to find creative ways to use it.  I came across a recipe on King Arthur's website "Sourdough Crackers".
I have made them twice now, we very much enjoy them, you can change up your seasonings so its fun to play around with!

What you need:
1 cup of King Arthur flour
1 cup sourdough discard/unfed
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup butter (4 Tbs) room temp.
2 Tablespoons seasoning of your choice, I have been using Herbs De Provence (a mix of basil, oregano, fennel, lavender, marjoram, tarragon, parsley and rosemary). Seasoning is totally optional.
I want to try adding a bit of cheese to this sometime and maybe just garlic salt.
Oil for brushing and salt for sprinkling

How to make it:
Mix together all ingredients.
Place on a greased baking sheet, after you form into 2 rectangular shapes and cover with plastic wrap
Pop that into the fridge to 30 minutes.
Remove plastic wrap, flour a glass jar or rolling pin, roll out the dough until its about 1/8 inch thick.
Brush with cooking oil and cut into cracker shapes, if you have a pastry cutter that would work, pizza cutter or a butter knife.
Make sure to cut them well so they are not touching, sprinkle with salt.
Using a fork poke a couple times into each cracker.
Pop these into a preheated oven 350 for 20 - 25 minutes.
Let them cool on a baking rack.

Enjoy!

*keep these in an airtight container

Thanks for catching up with me!



Monday, April 2, 2018

Avocado Fries


I love avocados!  They are my favorite color and they taste delicious! 
Avocado toast is a bg trend, but I'm not really into that.  I love to have a half an avocado filled with cottage cheese and a few almonds on it, bam you have breakfast! 
My long time friend Jenny told me she had avocado fries once at a restaurant and she really liked them. 
I never got to that restaurant with her but I did find a recipe for some amazing avocado fries that I'm going to share with you today!  Along with a couple dipping sauce's.
You can find the original recipe in Dennis the Prescotts cookbook Eat Delicious

There are a few steps to making this BUT, it is SO worth it! 

What you need:
Oil for frying

Avocado Fries:
3 firm avocados
1/4 cup flour
2 eggs, whisked
1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/8 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp cayenne powder

Pico:
4 roam tomatoes
2 tablespoons purple onion, diced
1 teaspoon red wine vinager
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
1 tablespoon cilantro
pinch of salt


Cream Sauce:
1/2 cup prepared mayo
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp paprika

*cilantro & feta cheese for topping


How to make them:

Let's start off with the sauces so you can get them chilling in the fridge.

Pico:
Pretty simple, chop your tomatoes, mix with the juice of a 1/2 a lime, salt, chop your onion, add to bowl. Chop up your basil & cilantro pop into the bowl, add vinegar.  Mix and pop into fridge!

Cream sauce:
Take a bowl add in all ingredients, mayo, lime juice, chili powder, paprika and chopped garlic. Combine well, pop into fridge.

Avocado Fries:
Start heating your oil, you can tell when it's ready by sticking the end of a wooden spoon in oil very carefully, do you see bubbles?  It's ready.  Usually on medium heat but all ovens are different,
While the oil in warming up start to prep.
You need 3 bowls, fill separately 1st bowl flour, the next mixed eggs and lastly panko mixed with the seasonings.



Cut your firm avocados into four slices. Peel the skins off of course. 

Ok your ready to start frying, first grab a plate line with a paper towel to drain off all that extra oil.
One slice of avocado at a time dip into flour, egg mix, finally the panko mixture.
Carefully place your avocado slices once battered into oil, frying one minute on each side.
Once finished let them rest for a minute on the paper towel.

Platting, grab a serving dish, place your avocado slices on plate, scatter on plate feta cheese crumbs and cilantro.  Pull those cups of sauces out of fridge and set on plate.



Now grub down, they are AMAZING! 






Friday, February 2, 2018

Superbowl Party Food!

It's been awhile hasn't it!?!  Believe me I have tried to blog, I'd start a few new posts but just never finished them.  Silly me!
So I'm trying to do this Keto meal plan, well so far so good, lost a little weight & I don't mind the foods on this plan at all!
But I do have 1 cheat day a week lol, I mean I'm not going to torture myself!
Ok so one of the ideas, I was going to share with you was a tumeric cracker, awhhh lets just say a big NO to that.  First off I accidentally read the read a recipe wrong it was supposed to be 2 teaspoons, I read it as 2 Tablespoons!  YUCK!  And I found out I do not care for the flavor of almond flour whatsoever.
The other recipe I was working on was a baked goat cheese ball, again with that nasty almond flour.
So I spared you all the mistakes I made :)

Let's get ready to rumble!!!  Wait thats wrestling hahaha!  Did anyone else grow up in the 80's watching Sunday morning wrestling, maybe a little Grizzly Adams??  Yes, no?  Am I the only odd ball here??

Seriously, how about them Vikings?!!!  We were so dang close!  And to play the Super Bowl at home would have been to excellent!  Hey there's always next year guys!

Superbowl Patriots vs Eagles.  Is here in my state, in the city if Minneapolis.  And the teams are also staying less than a mile from my home, that's pretty exciting! 

So who's having a SB party??  What are you having??

These are the things my hubbie requested for our little shindig.

Spam Bites, my copycat version of one of our favorite restaurants Blu Door Pubs, classic appetizer. 

These next two are an all time favorite of my families, thanks to my uncle Bob!  We all love these dips here! 

Con Queso Dip, also a copy cat from back in the day when Uncle Bob worked at a restaurant named Chi Chi's - oh how I miss their taco salad!

Uncle Bob's garlic dip, pretty sure he just came up with this one on his own.  My husband and daughter devour this stuff, and it's so easy to make!  ERRRR put the brakes on!  I just went to link the recipe for you guys & I have never shared it!  What the heck! 
So here it is - you need a block of softened cream cheese, 1 tablespoon of milk, 3 cloves of garlic shaved thin, mix it all together, chill then serve with Frito Scoops!  Didn't I tell you it was easy!  SO good! 

I picked up a premade monster sized  "griller sandwich" at the grocery store.  We had one of those a couple summers ago & really liked it, took the easy way out and got it pre made :)

And that's it! 
So what are you all making?
Check out my website you will find so very many appetizer ideas for your SuperBowl party or any other party gathering!

Go team! 








Sunday, December 10, 2017

Spiced Nut & Pretzel Mix


I think everyone who likes to host get togethers should have an arsenal of go to noshes that you can throw together in a flash!
This would be one of them, or a variation of a "Chex Mix".
It is an over all loved treat.
Let's be honest sometimes you just have to many things going on and you don't want to spend hours in the kitchen.  
This takes no time at all!


What you need:
4 cups nuts of your choice
2 cups pretzels
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons rosemary, chopped
1 tablespoon brown sugar




How to make it:
Roast your nuts for 10 minutes, on the middle shelf in your oven
While your nuts are roasting, melt the butter and mix with seasonings
When the time goes off mix in the 2 cups of pretzels with the nuts
Pour on the butter mixture and stir in
Sprinkle 1 more tablespoon of rosemary and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar on top
Bake for 15 more minutes at 350
Keep an eye on them , mine got a little over cooked

Great for the holidays - hope you enjoy!


Friday, December 1, 2017

Kimcheeze-it's


Say what????!!!!  Kimchi + Cheese = Kimcheeze-it's.
Another great cookbook find.  I have been on a kick (finally) to cook out of my cookbooks.
Are you like me, I have tons of cookbooks, cooking magazines, Pinterest folders filled with yummy stuff, I check out books from libraries, follow people's blogs, Instagrams.  Obsessed!  Oh and my camera is filled with pictures I take of recipes to make later.
I need to stick with it and try new things.
This homemade cracker is from the book Milk Bar Life, this cookbook is cooky fun.
I was a little leary on making this treat, the combination of flavors just threw me off.  But, surprisingly it really works!
And I got to use my home made "from the garden"  Kimchi that I fermented last year!
Speaking of fermenting.  Hubs and I are going to take a class on it this winter, who am I ????
But, you can find kimchi in most grocery stores now.

I have a few other cracker recipes if you're not into these. Check them out here Raise The Roof
*Rosemary Cheddar Cracker
*Auntie Margaret's Cheese Crackers 
*Anything Bagel Crackers 

What you need:
1 cup kimchi, drained
12oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 1/3 cup flour
1/4 cup cheddar powder (I omitted this)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

How to make them:
I measured the kimchi before draining.  I used a thin kitchen towel, placed kimchi in it and squeezed out as much juice as I could.
Heat your oven to 325 (the cookbook says 250)
I like to buy block cheese and shred it myself
Add kimchi and cheese to a food processor get that blended well, start adding in flour, seasoning and cheese powder if you use it.  What is cheese powder???  I'm thinking the packets in mac and cheese boxes?  I'm not sure about that one.
Work that in food processor for a few minutes, it's going to look sandy don't worry.
Take ingredients out kneed for a minute then shape into a ball.
Using two sheets of parchment paper place ball of cheese goodness in between, and roll out try to get pretty thin.  refer to my photos.



Using a pizza cutter or paring knife cut into bite size pieces.

Place on a non stick baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.

Let them cool & ENJOY!



They a a zingy flavor - pretty addictive!
The book pairs it with a homemade blue cheese dip, I did not care for it.  But, I will share it below.

*Blue Cheese Dip
2Tbs dried chives
2 Tbs onion powder
1 Tbs kosher salt
2tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp dried dill
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayo
1Tbs white vinegar
1/4 lb good blue cheese, crumbled
Mix and chill for 3 hours (keeps for a week)





Sunday, November 26, 2017

Jalapeno Popper Cups


What do you do with leftover wonton wrappers?  Why make Jalapeno Popper Cups! 
I can think of several different ways to make a popper right off the top of my head, pull apart Jalapeno Popper Bread, Jalapeno Popper chicken bake, jalapeno popper stuffed mushrooms... The ideas are endless in this overactive food loving brain of mine!
Well it's football season and I love coming up with new ideas for the boys to eat while watching the game, ok I may try a little too.
This one was a hit with the hubster.  Hope you try them out!

What you need:
4oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
4 slices of bacon, crumbled
2 heaping Tablespoons jalapeno, diced (I used candied jalapenos, but you can use fresh peppers)
16 wonton wrappers


How to make them:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
Spray the muffin tin with a non stick spray - or don't you're the one who has to clean it ;)



Place wonton wrappers in each cup
Bake for 7 minutes
While the cups are baking mix all your ingredients together well.



Fill the wonton cups with the cheese mixture.



Pop those into the oven and bake for 14 minutes
Let them cool a couple minutes before serving



Enjoy!

*candied jalapeno recipe I got out of this fantastic cookbook Not Your Mama's Canning Book
But you can find similar recipes on Pintrest

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Goat Cheese Pistachio Balls


What a simple, simple appetizer bite!
Absolutely perfect for those upcoming holiday parties!
This one is going to be short and sweet, I think I'm going to make a bunch of these for hubbie to bring to his employees for holiday gnashing.  Those guys are spoiled and I've never even met them LOL.
I just like to share :)
They asked for treat every Thursday's, hahaha pushing it fellas! ;)



What you need:
1 log of goat cheese
1/4 cup honey (try to use local)
6 dates, pittted
1/2 cup pistachios, chopped

How to make them:
I'm serious SO easy!
Mix all ingredients together in a food processor, excluding nuts.  Get that all combined well.
Remove and with your clean hands shape into little 1in. (or so) balls.
Roll the balls into the pretty green pistachios, place on a plate to chill.

*serve with a thin pretzel in them for picking up or with crackers

Your guests and you will love them.  And I'm going to bet you can freeze these ahead of time!




*I think I picked up this idea on Pintrest not sure
*ALSO Thanks to my beautiful sister for taking these great photos!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Everything Bagel Pizza Crackers



Have you heard Trader Joe's carries an everything bagel seasoning?!  My FAVORITE bagel ever!
Oh the options of uses for this fabulous flavor combination!
I was reading a library book I just borrowed, ya thats right people still go to the library :)
In that book was a recipe for fennel crackers, I am not a huge fan of fennel, so I adapted and made it my own.
I just made this for watching our first football game at home this season.
They are super easy!
You can totally change this up to your flavor liking.  Add different seasonings, fresh herbs, cheese.
Next time I'm SO putting cheese on this!
I mean right?!  Cheese makes everything better in my opinion.
Also this would be a great one to get the kiddos involved in, really easy to make.

What you need:
1 pre-made refrigerator pizza dough (you can find in the dairy section)
1 egg
2 Tablespoons water
2 Tablespoons of each of your choice toppings, I used TJ Everything Bagel seasoning, sunflower seeds, fresh rosemary chopped)
*Not necessary, but I sprayed the top with I can't believe it's not butter

How to make it:
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
Using a non stick baking sheet, roll out your pizza dough.
Try to get that dough as thin as you can, reaching the edges of your pan.
Whisk together 1 egg yolk and 2 tablespoons of water.
Brush this mixture over the top of your pizza dough.
Next sprinkle your seasonings of choice evenly over your pizza crackers.



Not necessary like I mentioned before I gave mine a quick spray of butter spray.
Pop this into the oven.
Bake for 30 minutes.
**** I baked for 15 pulled them out gave them another spray of the butter spray and popped the tray back into the oven for another 15 minutes.
Once done slide your pizza onto a large cutting board, cut into cracker squares.



Now enjoy!  
We loved these!

*A few more options for toppings, I mean you can just go crazy here!
Slivered almonds, parmesan cheese, poppy seeds, chives, red pepper flakes, caraway seeds






Monday, June 5, 2017

Cucumber Feta Roll-Up's



Summa Summa Time.......
I tend to want to eat lighter in the summer, veggies are at their best, gotta shed some of the winter weight, and most of the time it's just too hot out, don't you agree?!
I will have an abundance of cucumbers this summer as always, and I like to be clever in how to eat them so we don't get tired of them.
Pickling, in a salad, in sandwich or why not try out these fun little roll-ups!
It works best if you have a vegetable peeler or a mandolin.  Be careful those mandolins are sharp!
These are really great for those hot summer days, you know you don't want to be heating up your house by turning on the oven!
So simple to make, get the kids involved, they like playing with food right?!

Here is what you're going to need:
Cucumbers
Greek yogurt, 5 oz
Feta cheese, 1/4 cup
Dill, 2 sprigs
Kalamata olives, 4- 5 chopped up
Sun dried tomatoes, 1 Tablespoon
The juice from 1/2 lemon

How to make them:
Start by mixing all ingredients in a bowl together, pop into fridge to keep cool
Peel the skin off your cucumber
Using the vegetable peeler or mandoline, carefully peel long thin strips of cucumber
Place approximately a tablespoon of ingredients on the end of the cucumber, roll them up and secure with a toothpick.
Ready to serve!


Enjoy & have a wonderful summer!


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Mango Goat Cheese Crostini


This little hors d'oeuvre screams summer to me!
It is a great fresh combination of flavors.  Umm and easy peasy!
You have better things to do beside sweating over a hot stove in the summer, get out there and live!
Can you tell I'm excited that spring/summer is here!?
Getting fresh air, gardening, eating outdoors, grilling, summer vacations, YES!

OK let's get to it, this is insanely easy!

What you need:
Baguette
Honey
Goat Cheese
Mango Salsa - if you don't want to use salsa, cut up a mango use that!
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper

How to make it:
Set oven to broil
Slice up your baguette into person sized pieces
Brush with olive oil
Sprinkle with a bit of salt & pepper
Pop onto a baking sheet & place in oven cook until toasty brown/tan.
Keep an eye on them, you don't want them to burn!
Let them cool a bit, because you do not want to put the goat cheese on immediately it will be to runny.
Whip together honey and goat cheese
1 Tablespoon of honey per 6 oz goat cheese, depending on how much you're going to make
Spread on goat cheese and top with mango salsa.  I found mine at Sam's club.  Took the easy way out & didn't make it from scratch.



You better make a bunch because they go fast!


Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Holiday Cheese Crisps


Tis the season for more appetizers falalala............
The holidays are bustling with parties. And what is always at a good party?
Booze!  Oh wait, appetizers!
I am not short on appetizer recipes but, am always intrigued by new ones.
I love watching YouTube videos and have for as long as it's been around.
I even used to make them!  Don't waste your time looking for them they are long gone & deleted. LOL!
Ok so there is this fabulous girl on YouTube that I recently started watching, she does a variety of videos, home decor, fashion, diy's, food, make-up, hair. Just about everything.
She is so to darn cute & talented!
There is a video she did on holiday entertaining and this appetizer was on there.
It is a piece of cake to make and I'm sure you can adjust it to your liking also.
Say your not a cheddar fan (you might want to see a doctor about that) use a shredded swiss, or whatever you crave.
Feel like something a little garlicky?  Sprinkle on a little garlic salt.  Spicy, a little chilli flakes.
Play around with it.
What I'm sharing with you today is pretty basic.
I grew herbs in the garden this summer and boy did they grow! I froze some, dried some and replanted some in the house.
I love having them on hand and got to use them in this easy bite.



Here is what you need:
Shredded cheese, I used cheddar
Shredded parmesan cheese
Parsley
*sesame seeds (optional)
(like I said try a different cheese, spice, seasoning)

How to make them:
Get that oven warmed up!  Preheat to 350.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
If you can shred your own cheese do so, it tastes better and melts better.
Sprinkle the first cheese evenly over the parchment paper
Now sprinkle your parmesan cheese over that
Next your parsley, sesame seeds or whatever seasonings you choose to use.
Make sure the cheese is spread pretty evenly and that there are small pocket openings where you can still see some parchment paper, that helps to keep it crispier.


Bake for approximately 11 minutes.
Keep an eye on it, watch for the outer edges to start crisping.



Remove and let cool.
The next part is kinda fun, start breaking it apart.  Making different shapes.



This Christmas I will be hosting for my family and it's an appetizer Christmas!  Imagine that :)
I will be making a huge crudite table, these will go great in several glass tumblers on that table!
Can't wait!  Hope you enjoy & have happy holidays & a Merry Christmas!


*I almost forgot to tell you the YouTube girls name!  Check her out it's MissLizHeart