Appetizers and Beverages Recipes

Party Pesto Pinwheels

Ingredients: 1 tube (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls 1/3 cup prepared pesto sauce 1/4 cup roasted sweet red peppers, drained and chopped 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 cup pizza sauce, warmed Directions: Unroll crescent dough into two long rectangles; seal seams and perforations. Spread each with pesto; sprinkle with red peppers and cheese.  Roll […]

Cheeseburger Mini Muffins

Ingredients: 1/2 pound ground beef 1 small onion, finely chopped 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup ketchup 3/4 cup milk 1/2 cup butter, melted 2 eggs 1 teaspoon prepared mustard 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese  Directions: In a large skillet, cook beef […]

Cheesy Asparagus Bites

Ingredients: 1/2 cup diced onion 1 garlic clove, minced 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce 4 eggs, beaten 1 pound fresh asparagus, […]

Sausage-Stuffed Red Potatoes

Ingredients: 8 small red potatoes 1 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper 4 green onions, chopped 9 teaspoons minced fresh parsley, divided 1/3 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese  Directions: Scrub and pierce potatoes; place on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 8-9 minutes or until tender, […]

Cranberry Meatballs

Ingredients: Meatballs: 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup cornflake crumbs 1/3 cup ketchup 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes 2 tablespoons dried minced onion 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 2 pounds ground pork Sauce: 1 can (14 ounces) jellied cranberry sauce 1 cup ketchup 3 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon lemon […]

Fiesta Appetizer

Ingredients: 1 can (15 ounces) refried beans 1 envelope taco seasoning 3 ripe avocados, halved, seeded and peeled 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/4 cup sour cream 1 can (2 1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, drained 2 medium tomatoes, chopped 6 green onions, sliced 1 cup (4 ounces) […]

Tortilla Pinwheels

Ingredients: 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened 1 can (4 1/4 ounces) chopped ripe olives   1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, well drained 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese   1/2 cup chopped green onions Garlic powder to taste Seasoned salt to taste 5 flour […]

Spicy Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) 1 medium onion, chopped (1 cup) 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese 1 (8-ounce) carton sour cream 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided 2 tablespoons […]

French Vanilla Cappuccino Mix submitted by Debbie Flinner

Ingredients: 1 1/3 cups sugar 1 1/3 cups French Vanilla flavored powdered coffee creamer 2/3 cup powdered instant dry milk 2/3 cup instant coffee granules In a large bowl, combine the above ingredients and stir until the mixture is well blended. Place mix in a wide-mouth 1-quart canning jar. Attach a gift tag with the […]

Gourmet Hot Chocolate Mix submitted by Debbie Flinner

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon powdered instant dry milk 1 cup powdered coffee creamer 1 cup powdered chocolate flavored drink mix 3/4 cup powdered chocolate malted milk flavored drink mix 1/2 cup powdered sugar In a large bowl, combine the above ingredients and stir until mixture is well blended. Place mix in a […]

Raspberry Tea Mix submitted by Debbie Flinner

Ingredients: 2 large boxes raspberry gelatin 1 1/4 cups sugar 2 teaspoons ginger 1 1/4 cups unsweetened instant tea In a large bowl, combine the above ingredients and stir until the mixture is well blended. Place mix in a wide mouth 1-quart canning jar. Attach a gift tag with the directions on how to prepare […]

Boo Beverage

Ingredients: 2 cups orange juice 2 cups milk 2 pints orange sherbet 4 medium ripe bananas 2 cups whipped topping 18 miniature semisweet chocolate chips Directions: In four batches, process the orange juice, milk, sherbet and bananas in a blender until smooth. Pour into glasses. Cut a hole in the corner of a pastry or […]

Green Lagoon Punch

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups water 4 drops purple assorted neon food colors and egg dye Clear clean disposable vinyl glove (nonpowdered) Rubber band 1 bottle (2 liters) lemon-lime soda, chilled 1 can (12 ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed 1/4 teaspoon green assorted neon food colors and egg dye Directions: To make the hand, mix 1 […]

Homemade Spiced Cider

Ingredients: 8-10 apples, quartered 1/2-3/4 cups sugar 4 tablespoons cinnamon or 4 cinnamon sticks 4 tablespoons allspice Directions: Place apples in large stockpot. Fill with enough water to cover apples. Add sugar. Tie up spices in cheesecloth, and add this to apples and water. Boil 1 hour, uncovered. Simmer two hours, covered. Let cool. Remove […]

Apple Cooler

Ingredients: 1 quart apple cider 2 cups apricot nectar Juice of 6 limes 2 liters club soda Directions: Combine cider, nectar, and juice. Pour over ice into 6 tall glasses. Fill glasses with club soda.

Honey -Glazed Snack Mix

Ingredients: 8 cups Crispix cereal 3 cups miniature pretzels 2 cups pecan halves 2/3 cup butter or margarine 1/2 cup honey Directions: Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the cereal, pretzels and pecans; set aside. In a small saucepan, melt butter; stir in honey until well blended. Pour over cereal mixture and […]

Pizza Rolls

Ingredients: 1 jar pizza sauce 3 packages crescent rolls 1 tablespoon dried onions, minced 1/4 teaspoon dried garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed  2 cups Mozzarella, Romano and Parmesan cheese Directions: Preheat oven to 375°. In a small bowl mix pizza sauce, onions, garlic and Italian seasoning. Let set for 10 minutes or until […]

BLT Bites

Ingredients: 16 to 20 cherry tomatoes 1 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/3 cup chopped green onions 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley Directions: Cut a thin slice off of each tomato top. Scoop out and discard pulp. Invert the tomatoes on a paper towel to drain. […]

Peach Smoothie

Ingredients: 1 large peach, sliced and unseeded 1/2 cup of peach yogurt 1/2 cup of whole milk 6 ice cubes Directions: Blend the peach slices with the ice cubes and milk first until slushy texture is formed. Then add the yogurt and blend for another minute on low setting.

Extreme Chocolate Frappe

Ingredients 1/3 cup sugar 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 2 cups milk 1/4 cup light chocolate syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 containers (6 ounces) lowfat chocolate, vanilla or plain yogurt 4 ice cubes Bittersweet chocolate shavings, optional Directions Mix together sugar and cocoa powder in a small saucepan. Add 1/2 cup milk to sugar mixture; […]

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