Category: Appetizer


Gearing up for Thanksgiving – trolling the web for recipes of ideas.  I came across this on delish.com.  We love deviled eggs, and these will be so cute to put out!  Great for Halloween get togethers too!

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Ingredients:

  • 12 large eggs
  • 1/2 c. mayonnaise
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. paprika
  • 4 chives, cut into small pieces

Directions:

  1. Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan and add enough water to cover eggs with 2″ of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook, covered, 1 minute. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, 14 minutes, then rinse under cold water.
  2. Crack shells and carefully peel under cool running water.
  3. Halve eggs lengthwise. Spoon out yolks into a small bowl and place whites on a serving platter. Using a fork, mash yolks, then stir in mayonnaise, lemon juice, and Dijon and season with salt and pepper.  I also like to add sweet pickle relish, but that’s just me!
  4. Spoon mixture evenly among egg whites and smooth top, or if you’re really OCD use a pastry bag!
  5. Carefully dust paprika all over yolk mixture, completely covering yolk. Use a sharp paring knife to make ridges down the paprika-dusted yolk to look like a pumpkin.
  6. Place chive above egg mixture to look like a stem and serve.
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Experimenting with our meatless options!  A friend told me to try tempeh.  I searched the internet and found a recipe to bake it Buffalo style.  I adapted this from forkandbeans.com’s recipe.   I served it with veggie tots, celery and ranch, and a chop salad.  Healthy and yummy.  I missed the part about steaming the tempeh first.  I’ll definitely try to remember next time, as I am sure it would improve the texture and taste.

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2 packs tempeh, sliced

1 pouch buffalo wing sauce

Rice chex, crushed

Marinade tempeh in the wing sauce at least 30 minutes.  Coat with crushed rice checks and bake at 350F for about 30 minutes, or until crispy.

 

I’m so glad my kids have decided to like quiche again.  So simple to make.  I can make it the night before and everyone helps themselves in the morning at their own pace.  Fresh broccoli for one.  Onions and peppers for the other.  I’m still loving the Immaculate brand pie crusts!  So much better than mine.

1 package broccoli florets

2 Tbsp. oil (I used sunflower grapeseed blend from Lucky’s)

1 Tbsp. mixed seasoning of choice (I used barbecue seasoning)

1 large sweet onion, diced

1/2 each yellow, red, and orange bell peppers, diced

1 Tbsp oil

Salt and pepper

1 box Immaculate pie crusts (2 crusts)

12 eggs

1/2 C. milk (I used unsweetened almond coconut)

2 C. shredded cheese

Goat cheese, crumbled

Bake the pie crust at 400 F until golden (about 10 minutes).  Set aside to cool.  Reduce oven heat to 325 F.

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Toss broccoli, oil, and seasoning.

Spread on large baking sheet lined with oil.

Toss onions and peppers with oil and salt in same bowl broccoli was in.  No sense wasting dishes.

Spread next to broccoli.

Bake at 400F until slightly charred (about 10-15 minutes)

Place broccoli in one crust and onions and peppers in the other.

Whisk eggs and milk together.

Sprinkle the broccoli with one cup of the shredded cheese and half of the goat cheese.  Do likewise with the onions and peppers.

Pour equal amounts of the egg mixture into each.

Bake at 325 for 50 minutes until knife in the center comes out clean.

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Baked Chicken Quesadilla

I was on my way home from the funeral of a dear friend and decided to do some therapy grocery shopping.  Tortillas were buy one get one free, and I had some leftover chicken, rice, vegetable, bean soup in the fridge.  My son, Donnie, has been asking for Quesadillas.  It was meant to be.

1 package soft flour tortillas

2-3 c. leftover chicken soup (liquid drained out)

1 package shredded Mexican cheese

Salsa, Guacamole, Sour Cream, Olives, etc. for garnish.

Cover two baking sheets with foil and spray with coconut oil.

Lay out as many tortillas as fit on the baking sheets (I had three each).

Place leftover soup, minus the liquid,  into a food process and pulse until the consistency of tuna salad.

Layer chicken on each of the tortillas.

Top with cheese.

Place another tortilla on top like a lid.

Spray tops with coconut oil.

Bake at 400 F for 10 minutes or until golden, rotating halfway through.

These were a huge hit, and easy and quick to make.  No wasted leftovers either!!

 

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2 Immaculate pie crusts

12 eggs

1/4 c. sour cream

4 oz. diced pancetta

1/2 onion, finely diced

2 apples diced

6 oz. brie, diced

1 c. shredded cheese (I used fontina)

Pre-bake pie crusts until slightly golden at 400F.  Lower temperature to 325F.

Whisk together eggs and sour cream.

Cook pancetta until crispy, adding in onions to carmelize toward the end.

Place brie and apple in one pie crust.

Place pancetta and onion in the other.

Top both with shredded cheese.

Pour egg mixture equally into both.

Bake for 50 minutes or until knife comes out clean.

What I love about quiche is I can use up whatever is in the fridge.  Any veggie, any cheese , any meat, equals Yumm.

Serve with fruit or a salad – you can’t go wrong.

 

 

 

 

I made quiche about a week ago because I had a few frozen pie crusts on hand, and wanted to make the kids breakfast.  It was a huge hit compared to the last time I remember making it.  Maybe their tastebuds are grown up, or maybe I’ve gotten better at it.  Then, I bought Immaculate pie crust the other day to make a lemon pie for Uncle Bob (with a recipe from Molly the Baker which I will post, even though I failed to take a picture of mine)  I had one pie crust left, so I decided to make another quiche this morning.  The Immaculate crust is soooooo good, I don’t think I’ll ever make my own pie crust again or use any other brand!

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1 ready-to-bake pie crust (I used Immaculate and will NEVER use the others again!)

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7 eggs

1/4 c. sour cream

1 lb. sausage, crumbled, cooked, drained (I used Jimmy Dean  fully cooked turkey crumbles)

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1 c. shredded cheese (I used sharp cheddar)

  1.  Bake crust at 400 F for 5 minutes or so, just until slightly golden.  Remember to either pierce it with a fork or use pie weights, so it doesn’t lift up.  When you pull  the crust out of the oven, immediately turn oven temp down to 300 F.
  2. Meanwhile, mix eggs and sour cream until well blended.  I didn’t even add salt or pepper, which you could, of course, but I figured the sausage would bring the salt to the party (it did).
  3. Stir in sausage crumbles and cheese.
  4. Bake quiche at 300 F for 50-55 minutes, until set.  (check for doneness by inserting a sharp knife in the center – it should come out clean

This can easily be made ahead, and keeps well for a few days!  Add in onions, peppers, mushrooms, spinach, other meats.  Switching up the cheese will really change things too.  I’m thinking of trying a brie and apple version next week.

Since I made this the first time a couple of years ago, this easy spinach dip is my go to for large gatherings!

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2 bags spinach, chopped
2 c. shredded cheese (I used 6 Italian)
2 blocks cream cheese, cubed
1/2 onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1/4 tsp. cayenne
1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper

Artichoke hearts and chopped cooked bacon – optional

Place spinach in crock pot and chop with kitchen shears.

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Combine/toss remaining ingredients in crock pot with spinach. The mixture will be dry and salad like.

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Cover and cook on low 1 1/2 hours. Stir to combine.

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Cook another 1 to 2 hours.

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Fresh Market had a sale on some interesting looking artisan salad mixes from Canterbury Naturals.  I bought the orzo cucumber one and it was yummy.  It’s a little higher in sodium than I like (370 mg  per 1/2 cup serving) so I will make my own from scratch next time!

1 Package Canterbury Naturals Orzo Cucumber Salad Mix (it contains whole wheat orzo, garlic, carrots, onion, bell pepper, and celery and a yummy dressing mix)

2 cucumbers, cubed

8 campari tomatoes, cut into quarters

1 can garbanzo beans, drained

2 Tbsp. Panera Tangerine Honey Dressing (too sweet by itself, but nice mixed with the dressing in the salad mix)

Cook orzo veggie mixture for 10 minutes, drain and rinse well.

Prepare dressing pursuant to directions on the package (you add olive oil and water).  Add in tangerine dressing.

Gently fold in tomatoes, cucumber, and garbanzo beans.

Everyone had seconds and some even thirds!  I can’t wait to try this from scratch!

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I was making some soup – Broccoli, Cauliflower, Leek, Potato to be exact – and I wanted to have sandwiches with it.  I remembered some frozen empanada dough I’d bought a while back, and decided to use some of the ground pork I’d bought and frozen to make empanadas.

1 pack frozen empanada dough (I used El Sambrador brand)

1 lb. ground pork

1/2 c. finely diced onions

2 Tbsp. garlic pepper seasoning

1/4 c. barbecue sauce

Cook seasoning, pork and onions until cooked through.

Pulse in food processor with barbecue sauce until no large lumps remain.

Lay out empanada dough.  Top with filling.  Seal with water. Press seam with fork.

Place on baking sheet and brush with beaten egg.

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Bake at 375 for 15 minutes.

Everyone really loved these and I should have made more!

The texture of the dough was flaky and tender.  I will buy these again.  I can’t wait to try them with other stuffings.  This would be a great way to repurpose leftovers!  I’m going to try the Chicken Anelli I posted from il Mulino’s restaurant recently.  They use pizza dough, but I think the empanada dough will be perfect.

This year Thanksgiving will be hosted by my daughter.  The gathering will have about 20 people and will be pot luck.  They will make the turkey, and the rest of are bringing the sides and desserts.  Since the turkey will be in the oven, we will cook and keep some foods warm in a triple crock pot I have and love to use for buffets.

My planned crock pot dishes are:

Spinach Artichoke Dip.

2 bags spinach, chopped
2 c. shredded cheese (I used 6 Italian)
2 blocks cream cheese, cubed
1/2 onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1/4 tsp. cayenne
1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper

Place spinach in crock pot and chop with kitchen shears.
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Combine/toss remaining ingredients in crock pot with spinach. The mixture will be dry and salad like.
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Cover and cook on low 1 1/2 hours. Stir to combine.
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Cook another 1 to 2 hours.
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Stir and enjoy!

Squash Stuffing Casserole.

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds yellow summer squash or zucchini, thinly sliced (about 6 cups)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup peeled shredded carrot
  • 1 can (10 1/4 ounces) condensed cream of celery or cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 package (6 to 8 ounces) herb seasoned stuffing crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
    Preparation

    In large bowl, combine squash, onion, carrot and soup. Mix sour cream and flour; stir into vegetables. Toss stuffing crumbs with butter and place half in slow cooker. Add vegetable mixture and top with remaining stuffing crumbs. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours.
    Serves 4 to 6. (Photo from Betty Crocker website)

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Scalloped Potatoes.

2-3 lb. red Potatoes, sliced thinly
4 Tbsp. butter
4 Tbsp. flour
2 c. milk
1 c. broth (I used chicken)
2 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Layer potatoes in well-greased crock pot. Salt each layer.
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In a saucepan, melt butter. Add flour and cook until golden, stirring so it won’t stick or burn. Slowly whisk in milk and broth, allowing to thicken between each addition.
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Remove from heat and stir in cheese to melt.

You could use jar cheese sauce and it would probably be good also.

Pour over potatoes and use a knife to let sauce go down the sides and down through several places in the crock pot. Place paper towel across crock pot under lid.

Cook on low for 5 hours and then high for 2 hours, uncovering for the last hour or so to brown on top.

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