Appetizers and Beverages Recipes

Barbecue Green Bean Bake

Ingredients 6 bacon strips, diced 1 small onion, chopped 1 cup ketchup 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen cut green beans, thawed Directions In large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings. Sauté onion in drippings […]

Strawberry Sherbet

Ingredients 4 quarts fresh strawberries, sliced 4 cups sugar 2 2/3 cups milk 2/3 cup orange juice 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional Directions In large bowl, combine strawberries and sugar; let stand for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until very juicy. Process in small batches in blender until pureed. Strain seeds; pour strawberry juice into […]

Zippy Potato Chunks

Ingredients 4 medium baking potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks 1/3 cup butter, melted 1 envelope herb and garlic soup mix 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce Blue cheese or ranch salad dressing Directions Place potatoes in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Combine butter, soup mix and pepper sauce; drizzle over potatoes. Bake, uncovered, […]

Luscious Fruit Platter

Ingredients 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup milk 2 tablespoons lemon juice 4 teaspoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 medium honeydew, peeled, seeded and cut into wedges 1 1/2 cups halved fresh strawberries 1 1/2 cups cubed seeded watermelon 1 cup fresh blueberries 1 medium firm banana, cut into 1-inch pieces 2 […]

Dandelions with Hard Boiled Eggs

Ingredients 2 pounds dandelions, washed, cleaned 4 eggs 1 cup milk, scalded Seasonings to taste Directions Boil dandelions in salted water for about 20 minutes. Drain off water. While dandelions are boiling, place eggs in separate pan and bring to boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Drain off hot water from eggs and replace with cold […]

Hard Boiled Eggs with Ham and Cheese

Ingredients 8 hard-boiled eggs, shelled and sliced 4 slices cooked ham, cut in thin strips 1 cup Swiss cheese, grated 1 tablespoon butter, melted Seasonings to taste 3 cups thin white sauce White Sauce 1 pint milk 3 tablespoons butter 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup flour Directions Mix hard boiled eggs with white sauce. Add […]

Cinnamon Quesadilla

Ingredients 3 tablespoons cream cheese 2 (8-inch) whole wheat flour tortillas 2 teaspoons brown sugar Pinch of cinnamon 1 tablespoon butter Cinnamon sugar for sprinkling Directions Spread cream cheese in an even layer over one of the tortillas. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon, then top with second tortilla to form a sandwich. Melt butter […]

King Cake (a Cajun/ Creole recipe)

Ingredients 3 1/2 cups sifted cake flour 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 cup water 2/3 cup vegetable oil 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk 3 tsp. baking powder ?1 tsp. vanilla 1/2 tsp. salt 8 egg whites Tiny china or plastic baby doll (optional) Directions Preheat oven to 375°. Grease and flour a 10-inch fancy tube […]

Salt-and-Pepper Chips

Ingredients Olive oil nonstick cooking spray 12 wonton wrappers 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper 1/4 tsp. coarse salt Directions Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly coat a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. Using a sharp knife, cut wonton wrappers diagonally to form 24 triangles. Arrange the triangles in a single layer on […]

Slow-Cooked Sausage Bites

Ingredients 1 ½ cups bottled barbecue sauce 2/3 cup orange marmalade ½ tsp dry mustard 1/8 tsp ground allspice 12 oz cooked bratwurst, cut into ½ in slices 12 oz cooked kielbasa, cut into ½ in slices 8 oz small cooked smoked sausage links 1 8oz can pineapple chunks, drained Directions In a 3 ½ […]

Cheesy Ranch Chex Mix

Ingredients 9 cups Corn Chex®, Rice Chex® or Wheat Chex® cereal (or combination) 2 cups bite-size pretzel twists 2 cups bite-size cheese crackers 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted 1 package (1 oz) ranch dressing and seasoning mix 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese Directions In large microwavable bowl, mix cereal, pretzels and crackers. In small […]

Mushrooms Stuffed with Sun-Dried Tomato

Ingredients 24 mushrooms (about 2 1/2 pounds), stems removed and chopped fine, reserving 1 cup, and the caps left whole 12 oz. sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained, reserving 4 T. of the oil, and tomatoes minced 1/3 cup finely chopped shallot 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic Pinch of crumbled dried thyme 3 tablespoons heavy […]

Classic Texas Caviar

Ingredients 2 (15.8 oz.) cans black-eyed peas, drained 1 (14.5 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes, drained 2 fresh medium jalapenos, stemmed, seeded and minced 1 small onion, cut into small dice 1/2 yellow bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and cut into small dice 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 6 tablespoons red wine vinegar 6 tablespoons olive […]


Ingredients 4 1/2 cups rolled oats 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ 1/2 cup wheat bran 1/2 cup oat bran 1 cup raisins 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds Directions In large mixing bowl combine oats, wheat germ, wheat bran, oat bran, dried fruit, nuts, sugar, and seeds. […]

Anti-Vampire Garlic Bites

Ingredients 1/2 of 16-ounce package frozen phyllo dough, thawed to room temperature 3/4 cup butter, melted 3 large heads garlic, separated into cloves, peeled 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts 1 cup Italian-style bread crumbs Directions Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove phyllo from package; unroll and place on large sheet of waxed paper. Cut phyllo crosswise […]

Abracadabra Hats

Ingredients 1 package crescent dinner rolls (8 rolls) 1/2 teaspoon dried basil (optional) 16 turkey pepperoni slices 3 to 4 salami sticks, cut into 2-inch pieces 2 cups pizza or marinara sauce Directions Preheat oven to 375°. Separate dough and place individual pieces on work surface. Gently shape each piece into long triangle. Sprinkle triangles […]

Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients 1 1/2 tablespoons margarine, melted 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 2 cups raw whole pumpkin seeds Directions Preheat oven to 275°. Combine margarine, salt, garlic salt, Worcestershire sauce and pumpkin seeds. Mix thoroughly and place in shallow baking dish. Bake for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.


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