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Pretzel Dogs

Pretzel Dogs

 

Pretzel Dogs

Hot dogs are kind of a classic sporting event staple.  Whether you go to a football game or a baseball game, there are always hot dogs.  Another thing that is always there?  Big soft pretzels.  So why not combine the two, and have them at your game day event.  Or even just a fun dinner on any Sunday.

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Game Day Food Ideas

Mexican Snack Mix

Super Bowl Round Up

Are you hosting a party for the big game this weekend? Are you going to a party and bringing a dish to share? Either way, I have got you covered today. Even if you aren’t even going to watch the game, I have some snacks you are going to want to make this weekend. It doesn’t take much for me to have an excuse to have snacks :)

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Beef Enchilada Dip

Beef Enchilada Dip

Beef Enchilada Di

The holidays are completely upon us, and I think we all have lists that are a mile long, and only a little bit of time to complete them. I think that all of my presents are wrapped, but I still have 2 cookies that I wanted to make. We have family here now, so I am trying to relax and actually enjoy the time together. I mean, what is the good of the holidays if all you do is stress and work like crazy, right?

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Cheesey Sausage Croutes

Cheesy Sausage Croutes

Cheesy Sausage Croutes

Do you know what croutes are?  According to the French they are a pastry case, or a crust.  My husband found this recipe, and requested that I make it.  I am not sure he really knew what it was, but he saw it had a sausage filling, and that was enough for him.  Turns out they are kind of like a savory hand pie.  You can fill them with anything that you want!

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Bruschetta

Bruschetta

Fresh Tomatoes and Basil make the perfect Bruschetta.  Great for snacking, light dinner, or an appetizer. 

Bruschetta

Is your garden exploding with tomatoes right now?  Mine is going crazy!  We got back from a couple days away, and I picked a big mixing bowl full of tomatoes.  There are still tons out there that are almost ready to be picked.  Last year when we had lots of tomatoes I made a bruschetta one night, and my husband loved it!  I have had bruschetta many times before, and the key is fresh ripe tomatoes.

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Super Bowl Round Up

Super Bowl Round Up

Super Bowl Round Up

The Super Bowl is on Sunday, and I have quite the line up for you today!  I am having a party, and I am still not sure what I am making.  Is that a problem?

So here is the line up: (corresponds to the numbers it the picture above)
1 – Avocado Bruschetta; this is a favorite at my house. Put out a bowl of the avocado mixture, a plate of toasted bread, and let your guests make their own!
2 – Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies; every party needs dessert!  These are super fudgy brownies topped with egg free peanut butter cookie dough!
3 – Barbeque Pulled Pork; great thing to put in the crock pot in the morning, and it will be ready when your guests arrive
4 – Spicy Chili-Lime Yogurt Dip; a healthy alternative to other dips.  Great with veggies or chips
5 – Fire Roasted Salsa; I can’t watch a big game without salsa!  I love the flavor the fire roasted tomatoes give to this quick salsa.
6 – Chicken, Bacon, Avocado Quesadillas; you can make these just before your guest arrive, and leave them in the oven at a low temp so they stay warm.  Great for with the salsa.
7 – Artichoke Dip; a warm and guilt free artichoke dip.  Dip with veggies or crackers.
8 – Fudgy Brownies; I think that any occasion is a good time for brownies!
9 – Chili; have a big pot of this simmering a way on the stove for people to help them selves.  Set up a toppings bar, and you are done!
10 – Philly Cheesesteaks; fun idea to have as a make your own station at your party
11 – M&M Cookies; quick, easy, portable, and fun!
12 – Chicken Club Eggrolls; great finger food, and they are a healthier alternative, because they are baked.
13 – Chipotle Bacon Ranch Dip; spicy ranch dip with bacon, made with Greek yogurt.
14 – Peanut Butter Bars; a quick no bake dessert that is a huge crowd pleaser.
15 – Avocado Hummus; hummus is a great snack, and adding avocado is such a great flavor combination.  Plus it is good for you!
16 – Italian Chicken Meatballs; tender, chicken meatballs that you can have in the crock pot during the game.

There are so many other great ideas out there too.  Here are some of my favorites!

Dips
White Pizza Dip from How Sweet It Is
Hot Gruyere, bacon and jalapeno dip from FabFoods
Buffalo Cauliflower Dip from Mother of Thyme
Guacamole Tostada Towers from Scarletta Bakes
Lighter French Onion Dip from Gimme Some Oven
Cheesy Baked Jalapeno Popper Dip from Savory Simple
Spicy Sausage Dip from Climbing Grier Mountain

Appetizers/Mains
Cheeseburger Meatballs from Bake Your Day
Buffalo Chicken Potstickers from Add A Pinch
Buffalo Chicken Sliders from Wanna Be A Country Cleaver
Slow Cooker Barbeque Nachos from Pass The Sushi
Buffalo Chicken Flatbread from Simply Scratch
Jalapeno Poppers in-a-Blanket from The Little Kitchen
Carne Asada Nachos from Foodness Gracious
Crispy Baked Asian Chicken Wings from Just A Taste
Nacho Loaded Potato Skins from What’s Gaby Cooking
Grilled Cheese Guacamole and Bacon Bruschetta from Recipe Girl
Buffalo Chicken Bites from A Spicy Perspective
Hoisin Asian Meatballs from Damn Delicious

Sweet Treats
Cookies & Cream Popcorn from Erica’s Sweet Tooth
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip from Shugary Sweets
Rice Krispie Football Treats by Cheerios and Lattes
Milky Way Muddy Buddies by Chef In Training
Cookie Butter Pretzels by Crazy for Crust
Peanut Butter Cheese Ball by Buns In My Oven
Super Bowl Cookies by Lizy B

I think you should be ready for one killer Super Bowl party!  Now, if I could only decide what I am going to make….

Italian Chicken Meatballs

Italian Meatballs | @dinnersdishesdessert

Meatballs are one of my favorite appetizers.  I am pretty sure I have told you this before, but I will eat them just about any way.  Barbeque sauce, marinara sauce, Asian style, doesn’t matter.  I think I only have one or two meatball recipes on here, so I figured it was time I do another.  And just in time for the Super Bowl, and all the parties that will be going on.

Meatballs are perfect party food.  Make ahead, heat in the crock pot, no utensils required, all make for great party food.  These are similar to your traditional Italian meatballs, but made with ground chicken.  It makes them a little healthier, and personally I just like using ground chicken when I can.  You could easily use ground turkey or even ground beef in here, and they would be equally delicious!

We had these on New Year’s Day as part of our appetizers.  We mixed them together in the morning, and they were just waiting for us when it was time to eat.  They were very tender, and full of flavor.  I even used the leftovers to make meatball sandwiches later in the week.  My 7 year old was disappointed when they were gone, he was looking forward to another sandwich.  They would be a great addition to pasta too.

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Keema Samosas

Keema Samosas | @dinnersdishesdessert

These little guys are a healthy take on an Indian street food.  Normally samosas are a pastry that is filled with ground meat, vegetables, or a combination of both.  Usually they are fried and then served with chutney for dipping.  I found a healthier version of this that uses wonton wrappers in place of the dough.  Then I bake them instead of frying them.

I bought the cookbook these came from shortly after I got married, over 11 years ago.  I made them quite often at first, and then forgot about them until recently.  I am reminded why we always had them in the freezer before, and they will become a staple again.  They are a little work to make, mainly just tedious.  You have to fill the wonton wrappers, and then seal them.  Considering each wonton wrapper can only hold about a tablespoon of filling, it can take awhile.  But, they freezer perfectly.  So you can do all the work over the weekend, and then have these in the freezer for whenever you need them.

We like to have them as dinner with a salad or other sides.  But they would make a great party appetizer.  My son and husband like to dip these in ranch.  From the searching I did, a tomato chutney was a popular dip of choice.    To freeze them, I just fill them, put on a baking sheet, and place in the freezer.  Once they are frozen, I place them in a freezer safe resealable bag.  Then when I want to make them, I take them about about 15 minutes prior to baking.  You could also fry instead of baking these, if you wanted.

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Garlic Rosemary Scented Almonds

Garlic Rosemary Scented Almonds labeled

Did you brave the crowds for any returns or shopping yesterday?  I went to Hallmark at 9:00 right when they opened, and it was a mad house.  I walked through quickly, grabbed a few ornaments, and headed straight for the checkout.  I didn’t second guess anything, just in and out.  I was back in my car by 9:10.  The rest of the day was spent at home, minus the girls night out for Mexican and Margaritas :) After Christmas shoppers are crazy!

I love having spiced nuts around the house to snack on.  I often send in a container for my husband to have at his desk at work.  They make for a quick healthy snack.  I made these almonds as part of the gifts I gave my son’s teachers.  They turned out way better than I had hoped for, so I will be making another batch after the New Year when my husband goes back to work.  I am pretty sure these will be frequently around here.

These nuts came together very quickly.  In less than 15 minutes they were done.  I had a few of them warm, and they were delicious.  These are a great savory snack to have out with drinks, or an appetizer for your New Years party.  Put them out right away warm, and then people can enjoy them all through the night.

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Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed Mushrooms 2 labeled

Did everyone have a good Christmas?  We did.  It was just the 3 of us, so it was a little quiet, which was kind of nice.  Santa came and spoiled our 7 year old, we had a great ham dinner, and it even snowed over night so we could have a White Christmas.  Couldn’t as for a much better day.  Oh, plus I got a blender!!  Bring on the smoothies.

Now that Christmas is over, it is time to get ready for New Years.  What do you guys do for New Years?  We often times go out for dinner on New Years Eve, and then watch football all day on the 1st.  The 1st is also my birthday, so the boys are forced to take a break for cake and presents.  This year my parents will be here, and I think we are going to have snacks and appetizers for grazing through the day.  So that is what I am sharing this week.

Today is stuffed mushrooms, one of my favorites.  I have been making this version for years.  My husband doesn’t like mushrooms, so I don’t get them often, but when I do I eat more than my fair share.  I fill them with a sausage mixture, but you could change that to crab pretty easily if you wanted to get fancy :)   These are super easy to throw together.  You can make them a few hours ahead of time, and then just heat them up for a party.  Plus they reheat fairly well too.

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