Appetizers and Beverages Recipes

Chocolate Mousse Three Ways

Ingredients 8 oz. semisweet Bakers® chocolate, chopped 2 (8-oz.) containers whipped topping Basic Chocolate Mousse: 1/2 cup of toasted coconut, slivered nuts, or crushed candy Malted Chocolate Mousse: 1/3 cup malted milk powder 1/2 cup Whoppers candies, crushed Chocolate Amaretto Mousse: 3 tablespoons amaretto liquor Directions Place chocolate in a large microwaveable bowl. Melt in […]

Chocolate Chunks with Pistachios and Cherries

Ingredients 12 ounces bittersweet Baker?s chocolate, chopped 1/2 cup whole milk 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup shelled pistachios 1 cup dried tart cherries Directions In large microwaveable bowl, combine chocolate, milk, butter, and salt. Place bowl in microwave and heat on high for 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Remove […]

The Best Cheeseball

Ingredients 2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 1/4 cup shredded pepperjack cheese 1/2 green bell pepper, minced 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt Directions In medium bowl combine cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, green bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, Worcestershire […]

Pita Chips

Ingredients 12 pita bread pockets 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 teaspoon garlic salt 1/2 teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon dried chervil Directions Preheat oven to 400°. Cut each pita bread into 8 triangles. Place triangles on lined cookie sheet. In small bowl, combine oil, pepper, salt, basil and chervil. Brush […]

Mini Crab Cakes

Ingredients 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature 3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided 1 large egg 1/4 cup sour cream 1 teaspoon finely grated orange peel 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel 4 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, divided 1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt Large pinch of cayenne pepper 6 oz. fresh […]

Blue Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients 3 strips bacon 6 large mushrooms 1 tablepsoon butter 1/2 onion, diced 1 clove garlic, sliced 3 oz. cream cheese 3 oz. blue cheese 1/3 cup bread crumbs Directions Cook bacon strips in a large skillet over medium heat until crispy; drain on paper towels. While the bacon is cooking, remove stems from mushrooms. […]

Honey- Spiced Almonds

Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 6 cups whole, blanched almonds 1/3 cup honey 2 teaspoons smoked paprika 2 teaspoons cinnamon 2 teaspoons cumin 2 teaspoons cayenne 2 tablespoons salt 4 tablespoons sesame seeds Directions Preheat oven to 300°. Heat a large sauté pan on high, and add olive oil. Add almonds to pan, toast for […]

Coconut Macaroons

Ingredients 4 large egg whites, at room temperature 1 cup granulated white sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup cake flour, sifted 3 cups sweetened shredded coconut Directions In a stainless steel bowl, placed over a saucepan of simmering water, whisk together the egg whites, sugar, and salt. When this mixture […]

Chickpea Crostini

Ingredients 12 inch loaf of baguette bread 1 (15-oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained 1 carrot, cut into small chunks 1 small onion, quartered 2 celery stalks, cut into small pieces 2 sprigs flat Italian parsley 4 sprigs fresh thyme 1 teaspoon salt or to taste 2 cups chicken stock or broth Extra-virgin olive oil […]

Heavenly Orange Fluff

Ingredients 2 – 3oz. pkgs. orange gelatin 2 cups hot water 1 small can (6 oz.) undiluted frozen orange juice concentrate 1 lg. can crushed pineapple Topping: 1 cup cold milk 1 sm. pkg. lemon instant pudding 1 – 4oz. pkg. whipped topping Directions Mix gelatin and water in 11 x 7 inch cake pan. […]

Spicy Wicked Witch Fingers

Ingredients 1 sweet red pepper 2 tablespoons flour 2 teaspoons + 1 T. Cajun seasoning, divided 3 eggs 1 1/2 cups cornflake crumbs 2 tablespoons green onion, chopped 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 16, 3/4 inch strips Directions Allow oven to preheat to 350°. Generously grease a large baking sheet. Slice pepper […]

Monster Eye Deviled Eggs

Ingredients 3 cups hot water 2 tablespoons red food coloring 1 tablespoon of white vinegar 6 hard boiled eggs, cracked but not peeled 1/3 cup of mayonnaise 2 teaspoons Dijon style mustard 1/4 cup of green onions, chopped fine 2 tablespoons cilantro, minced (or substitute parsley) 12 ripe olives, sliced 1 teaspoon ketchup Directions In […]

Savory Fresh Apricot Bites

Ingredients 4 oz, fat-free cream cheese, softened 12 fresh apricots, halved 1/4 cup, pistachios, finely chopped Directions Stir cream cheese until smooth; pipe or spoon into apricot halves. Sprinkle tops with pistachios. Serve as an appetizer, snack, or dessert.

Zucchini Chips

Ingredients 2 large zucchini (24–28 ounces) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (optional) Directions Preheat oven to 400°. Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray. Thinly slice zucchini on the diagonal, about 1/8? thick. Place slices in large bowl and toss well with oil, salt, and garlic powder (if using). […]

Herbed Tomato Juice

Ingredients 25 lb. ripe tomatoes (about 75 medium) Bottled lemon juice or citric acid Fresh dill, parsley or basil 6 (32 oz.) quart or 12 (16 oz.) pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands Directions Prepare boiling water canner. Heat jars and lids in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Set […]

Blueberry (or Blackberry) Smoothie

Ingredients 1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt 1/2 cup apple juice 1 cup fresh or frozen berries (your choice) 1 banana Directions Blend all ingredients in blender or food processor until smooth. Makes 3 -1 cup smoothie drinks. Can freeze in popsicle molds or paper cups to make 4 servings. Karen Dillon, Dillon Fruit Farms Between […]

Sunny Citrus Cooler

Ingredients 1 (46 fluid ounce) can pineapple juice 2 (12 fluid ounce) cans frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed 3/4 cup lemonade concentrate 6 cups ginger ale, chilled Orange slices, optional Directions In 1 gallon pitcher, combine pineapple juice, orange juice concentrate and lemonade concentrate. Add ginger ale and mix well. Serve over ice. Garnish with […]

Best Lemonade Ever

Ingredients 1 3/4 cups white sugar 8 cups water 1 1/2 cups lemon juice Directions In small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled. Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp. In pitcher, stir […]

OVEN-BAKED SWEET POTATO FRIES

Ingredients 1 – 1 1/2 lb. sweet potatoes 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon Directions Preheat oven to 425°. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (preferably the easy release kind). Peel sweet potatoes. Cut into strips that are about 1/2 inch wide on each side. Place […]

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