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How do I make pate?

Easy Pate

1 pound chicken livers
1/3 cup butter
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 green apple, peeled and chopped
1/2 tsp dried marjoram
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/3 cup dry sherry
2 eggs, hardboiled and chopped
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Remove connective tissues from livers and rinse well. Simmer chicken livers in about 1-1/4 cup of water for 4 minutes. Remove the livers from the liquid and reserve about 3/4 cup of the liquid. Melt butter in pan and cook the livers until browned. Add the
onion, garlic, apple, marjoram, thyme, sherry and reserved liquid from simmering the livers and mix well. Simmer for 20 minutes stirring often.

Place mixture into a blender and add the hardboiled eggs. Blend until mixture is pureed, adding salt and pepper to taste. Place mixture into a serving bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours before serving. Serve with crackers or cocktail bread.

   
Do you have a recipe for stuffed mushrooms?

Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

16 - 20 large fresh mushrooms, cleaned; stems removed
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine cream cheese, garlic, green onion, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper; mix well. Fill each mushroom and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Serve warm.

   
Do you have a recipe for mushroom spread?

Mushroom Spread

4 slices bacon, chopped
3 cups chopped fresh mushrooms, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 Tbsp flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
8 ounces cream cheese, cubed
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp soy sauce
1/2 cup sour cream

Cook bacon until crisp, remove and set aside. Cook mushrooms, onion and garlic in 2 Tbsp of the bacon drippings until tender and most of liquid has evaporated. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Add cubed cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce, and soy sauce. Heat and stir until cream cheese is melted. Stir in sour cream and cooked bacon. Heat just until warmed through. Serve on cocktail bread.

   
Do you have a recipe for spinach dip?

Santa Fe Spinach Dip

1 onion, chopped
2 cans spinach, well drained & squeezed dry
1 can plum tomatoes, chopped
1 (4 ounce) can green chiles, chopped and drained
1 (8 ounce) cream cheese, softened
1 cup half and half
10 ounces grated Monterey jack cheese
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp sour cream
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Saute onion in skillet over medium until softened, but not brown. Add tomatoes and chiles, cook 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the spinach, cheese, cream cheese, half and half and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into a shallow baking dish bake at 400 degrees until the dip is bubbly and top is light brown, about 35 minutes. Top with a spoonful of sour cream and serve with tortilla chips.

   
Do you have a recipe for tapenade?

Tapenade

1/2 cup Black Olives
1/2 cup Green Olives
1 Tbsp Capers
1-1/2 Tbsp Olive oil
1 Tbsp Lemon juice
1/2 tsp Garlic, minced
1/2 tsp Thyme
Salt and pepper to taste

Add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until a rough paste forms.

Spread on crusty french bread.

   
Do you have a recipe for salmon spread?

Salmon & Horseradish Spread

8 ounces smoked salmon
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
1 Tbsp prepared horseradish
1 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
Crackers or Cocktail Bread

Blend salmon, cream cheese, horseradish, mayonnaise and lemon juice in a food processor until salmon is finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl, and mix in parsley. Season with pepper. Cover and chill for 2 hours. Serve with crackers or cocktail bread.

   
Do you have a recipe for taco dip?

Taco Cheese Dip

16 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
16 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
1 can chopped black olives
1 package dry taco mix
1 jar pimentos
1 small can chopped green chilies

Mix all ingredients together and microwave just until cheese is melted. Serve with crackers and chips.

   
Do you have a recipe for appetizers?

Cheesy Onion bites

4 Green Onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
8 Tbsp Mayonnaise (NOT salad dressing)
24 slices Cocktail Size Rye Bread

In a small bowl, stir together onions, Parmesan, and the mayonnaise until well blended. Place bread in a single layer on a baking sheet; broil 4 to 6 inches below heat until golden brown. Turn slices over and spread with cheese mixture. Return to oven and broil until bubbly and lightly browned, about 3 minutes.

   
How do I make fried cheese?

Fried Mozzarella

16 ounce block of Mozzarella cheese
2 Eggs, beaten
1/4 cup water
1-1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp Italian seasonings
2/3 cup flour
1/3 cup corn starch
Vegetable oil for deep frying

Slice the block of cheese into thick slices (about 3/4") and then cut each slice crosswise to form triangles. Beat the eggs with water and set aside.
Mix the bread crumbs, garlic salt, and Italian seasonings and set aside. Blend the flour with corn starch and set aside.

Heat vegetable oil for deep frying to 360 degrees.
Dip cheese in flour then in egg wash and then coat with bread crumbs. Place carefully in hot oil and fry until golden, it doesn't take long, so watch carefully. When golden remove from hot oil and drain on paper towels. Serve with your favorite spaghetti or pizza sauce.

   
How do I make blue cheese dip?

Bleu Cheese Dip

4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
1 cup cottage cheese
1 cup sour cream
1 Tbsp green onions, chopped
1 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp seasoned salt
Pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Chill until ready to serve. Serve with raw vegetables or crackers.

   
How do I make red pepper dip?

Red Pepper Dip

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (8 ounce) carton sour cream
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp ground cumin

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with crackers.

   
Do you have a recipe for an appetizer pizza?

Veggie Appetizer Pizza

1 can (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 Tbsp Mayonnaise
1 Tbsp Dill weed
Salt and pepper to taste

Topping suggestions (finely chopped)
cucumber
tomato
mushrooms
green peppers
red onion
green onion

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread crescent roll dough on a 13" baking stone or pizza pan and pinch seams together. Bake 10-12 minutes, until lightly brown. Remove
from oven and let cool completely.

Blend cream cheese, mayo, dill weed, salt and pepper. Spread the cheese
mixture on top of cooled crust.

Sprinkle layer of each vegetable over cheese mixture. Refrigerate, and cut in squares before serving.

   
Do you have a recipe for black bean salsa?

Black Bean Salsa

1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (10 ounce) can Mexican style diced tomatoes
1 (8.25 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp ground cumin
Tortilla chips

In a medium bowl, combine beans, tomatoes, corn, onion, oil, vinegar, garlic salt, and cumin; stir until well blended. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 24 hours to let flavors blend. Serve with tortilla chips.

   
Do you have a recipe for chicken strips?

Buffalo Chicken Strips

1 tsp vegetable oil
4 boneless chicken breasts halves, cut into 1/4" strips
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp butter
1 Tbsp hot pepper sauce

Heat the oil in a non-stick skillet. Season the chicken
with the salt. Cook the chicken over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until lightly browned and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the skillet
from the heat. Add the butter and hot pepper sauce to the pan and stir until the butter melts and the sauce coats the chicken. Serve with celery sticks and bleu cheese salad dressing.

   
Do you have a recipe for party crisps?

Baked Party Crisps

1 cup butter, softened
4 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups nuts, chopped
2 cups flour
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Cream butter and cheese together. Stir in remaining ingredients, mixing well. Place dough onto waxed paper and form dough into a 2" diameter log. Refrigerate for several hours.

Remove from refrigerator and slice log into 1/4" rounds, place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes or until edges brown. Cool on wire racks.

   
Do you have a recipe for taco bites?

Taco Bites

1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 envelope of taco seasoning mix
2 tubes (17.3 ounces each) large refrigerated biscuits
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Cook beef and onion over medium heat until browned; drain well. Add the taco seasoning and prepare according to package directions. Cool slightly. Flatten 1 can of the biscuits into 4-inch circles place on a large greased baking sheet. Spoon 1/4 cup meat mixture on to each biscuit: top with 1/4 cup shredded cheese, repeat with remaining biscuits. Flatten the second can of bicuits into 4 inch rounds, and place on top of the biscuits on the baking sheet and pinch edges to seal tightly. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 min or until golden brown.

   
Do you have a recipe for reuben dip?

Reuben Dip

1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
4 ounces sliced corned beef, finely chopped
1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese
1/4 cup chopped and drained sauerkraut
2 to 3 Tbsp milk
Rye cocktail bread or crackers

Heat cream cheese, sour cream, corned beef, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut in a small sauce pan over low heat until hot, thin with milk if necessary. Serve hot
with cocktail rye bread or crackers.

   
Do you have a recipe for hummus?

Red Pepper Hummus

1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 (4 ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1-1/2 Tbsp tahini
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Process all the ingredients except for the parsley in a blender or food processor, using long pulses, until the mixture is fairly smooth and fluffy. Make sure to scrape the mixture off the sides of the food processor or blender in between pulses.

Transfer to a serving bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Sprinkle the hummus with the chopped parsley before serving. Serve with pita bread wedges.

   
Do you have a recipe for an appetizer using scallions?

Pork-wrapped Scallions

1/2 pound pork tenderloin
1- 2 bunches scallions

1 clove garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tsp fresh ginger root, grated

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Trim pork, then cut into 20-25 round slices.

Flatten the meat slices. Cut each scallion into 3 or 4 pieces. Place each scallion on a meat slice and roll up.

In a shallow baking dish, stir together garlic, soy sauce, honey, oil, hoisin sauce and ginger root. Place pork rolls in soy mixture seam side down and turn to coat. If preparing ahead, cover and refrigerate.

Bake, uncovered, 10 to 15 minutes or until meat is no longer pink in center. During baking, baste rolls frequently with sauce. Serve hot.

   
Do you have a recipe for Dill dip?

Quick Dill Dip

2/3 cup sour cream
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp dill weed
1 tsp Beau Monde seasoning

In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients together. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or more. Serve with chips or raw vegetables.

   
What is a unique serving bowl for dips?

Pepper Bowls

Bell peppers make a great serving bowl for dips. Simply wash them, cut off the top, and remove the seeds. You might have to slice a little off the bottom so it can stand up straight.

   
Do you have a recipe for Onion dip?

Ham & Onion Dip

2 cups mayonnaise
1 pint sour cream
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 package dry onion soup mix
2 cans water chestnuts, chopped
10 ounces ham, chopped
1 round loaf sourdough or pumpernickel bread

Mix all ingredients together, chill. Scoop out the inside of the loaf of bread. Pour the dip into the bread bowl and serve with crackers, bread, or vegetables.

   
Do you have a recipe for Quesadillas?

Easy Quesadillas

1 can chopped green chiles
Nonstick cooking spray
4 (10") flour tortillas
3/4 pound Monterey Jack cheese, thinly sliced

Lightly spray a frying pan with nonstick spray and set over medium heat. Lay 1 tortilla in the pan. Arrange half the cheese evenly over the tortilla, covering it completely. Scatter half the chiles over the cheese. Top with a second tortilla. Spray the upper tortilla lightly with the nonstick spray. Cook 2-3 minutes, or until the bottom tortilla is crisp and lightly browned. Remove the plate and turn quesadilla with a long spatula. Cook it another 2 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Cut into wedges and serve with salsa. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

You can really use any ingredients you like in a Quesadilla. Cheddar cheese, bacon, tomatoes, red onions, chicken...anything you are in the mood for.

   
Do you have a recipe for cucumber dip?

Cucumber Cream Dip

1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
1/2 cup sour cream
2 Tbsp green onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped
1 tsp lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Chill until ready to serve. Serve with crackers or cut up veggies.

   
Do you have a recipe for an appetizer with artichokes?

Artichoke Bites

1 (13 ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp oregano
16 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Pour marinade from artichokes into a skillet. Add onions and garlic and saute until tender. Pour mixture into a bowl and add the eggs, crumbs, salt, pepper and oregano; mix well. Add cheese, stirring well to combine everything. Gently mix in drained artichoke hearts. Pour into a greased 8 x 8" square baking pan and bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes or until set. Cut into bite sized pieces and serve hot or cold.

   
Do you have a recipe for bacon dip?

BLT Dip

1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
1 bottle Bacon Bits
2 large, ripe tomatoes
1 tsp onion powder
salt & pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients. Chill at least one hour before serving. Serve with crackers.

   
Do you have a recipe for bruschetta?

Bruschetta

1-1/2 pounds plum tomatoes, halved, seeded, chopped 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves 1 Tbsp chopped garlic 1 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano leaves 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 tsp fresh lemon juice 6 slices french bread, toasted Mix together first 7 ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let stand at room temperature for at least an hour. Spoon tomato mixture on bread and serve.

   
Do you have a recipe for an appetizer using feta cheese?

Feta Bites

3 Tbsp Olive oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp Oregano
3 English muffins, split into 6 halves
1 Tbsp red onion, minced
1 Tbsp sliced black olives
6 Tomato slices
2/3 cup Feta cheese

Preheat oven to broil.

Heat olive oil in a small pan. Remove from the flame; add garlic and oregano and allow mixture to sit for 10 minutes. Strain

Place the split muffin halves on a cookie sheet. Brush them with the flavored oil. Top each muffin with a tomato slice, onion, and olives. Sprinkle on the cheese. Place under the broiler until the cheese has
melted (about 3 minutes). Cut each muffin into 4 wedges. Best when served warm.

   
Do you have a recipe for roasted pepper dip ?

Roasted Pepper Dip

1 large red pepper
3 garlic cloves, skin left on
1 cup sour cream
1 cup cream cheese, softened
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp chopped fresh basil

Place red pepper and garlic cloves on broiler pan. Broil 4 inches from heat, turning occasionally, until pepper is completely blackened. Place red pepper and garlic into paper bag or plastic bag to cool. Peel red pepper and garlic. Place in blender. Add sour cream, cream cheese, sugar and basil. Process until pepper and garlic are finely chopped. Refrigerate for several hours. Serve dip in a pepper "bowl", great with veggies.

   
How do you dry pumpkin seeds?

A quick fall snack!

One of my favorite snacks in the fall is dried pumpkin seeds, and they are very easy to make. Scoop seeds from a pumpkin. Separate seeds from pulp and rinse. Drain and dry seeds, and put them on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle generously with salt and toast at 300 F. Turn the seeds once or twice while baking. Seeds should be dry and barely golden brown.

   
Do you have a recipe for avocado dip?

Avocado Chile Dip

2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp salt
1 large ripe avocado, peeled and halved

With the food processor running, drop the garlic cloves into the feed tube and process until finely chopped. Add the green chiles, sour cream, salt and the avocado. Serve at room temperature with tortilla chips.

   
Do you have a recipe for chili con queso?

Chili Con Queso

1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 Tbsp margarine
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 (4-1/2 ounce) can diced green chili peppers, drained
1 cup shredded American cheese
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp bottled hot pepper sauce
Tortilla chips

In a saucepan cook onion in margarine until tender. Stir in tomatoes and peppers. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Toss cheeses with cornstarch. Gradually add to saucepan, stirring until melted. Stir in hot sauce. Heat through. Serve with chips.

   
How do I make Salmon spread?

Dilled Salmon Spread

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
12 ounces smoked salmon, crumbled
3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
3 dashes hot pepper sauce, optional
1 tsp dried or fresh chopped dill
2 Tbsp minced green onion

In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese on low until creamy. Fold in salmon, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, dill and onion; mix well and serve with crackers.

   
How do I make artichoke spread?

Hot Artichoke Spread

1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and finely chopped
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Place in a lightly greased casserole dish and bake for 20 minutes. Serve warm with crackers or toast points.

   
How do I make chicken bites?

Chicken Bites

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp dried minced onion
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup sesame seeds
2 tsp minced parsley
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1-1/2 tsp honey
1-1/2 tsp Dijon mustard

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

In a small bowl mix mayonnaise, dry mustard, onion and pepper until well blended; set aside. In a shallow container combine bread crumbs, sesame seeds and parsley.

Coat chicken with mayonnaise mixture then crumb mixture. Place cubes on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.

In small bowl or cup, mix mayonnaise, honey and mustard until smooth. Serve hot with honey-mustard dip.

   
Do you have a recipe for a spinach appetizer?

Spinach Bites

1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1/3 cup butter, softened
3 eggs, beaten
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup herb stuffing mix
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/3 cup green onions, finely chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Press all water out of the spinach. Put spinach into a large bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes at 350
degrees. Serve warm.

   
Do you have a recipe for an easy cream cheese appetizer?

Easy Cream Cheese Appetizer

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1 bottle cocktail sauce
1 can shrimp
crackers

Put cream cheese on serving plate, cover with cocktail sauce and put the shrimp on top. Serve with crackers.

   
Do you have a recipe for salmon pate?

Salmon Pate

4 ounces cream cheese
4 ounces smoked salmon
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 Tbsp minced onion
1/2 Tbsp minced parsley
1/4 tsp garlic powder

Mix all ingredients and chill thoroughly. The mixture can be thinned with additional lemon juice if desired. Serve with crackers.

   
Do you have a recipe for crab spread ?

Crab Spread

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
dash cayenne pepper
6 ounces crabmeat

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve with crackers or pretzel rods.

   
Do you have a recipe for Nacho dip?

8 Layer Nacho Dip

1 package taco seasoning mix
1 pound ground beef
3/4 cup water
1 can refried beans
1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese
1 small can sliced ripe olives
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 large avocado, peeled and mashed
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup chunky salsa
1/4 cup chopped green onion
Tortilla chips

Prepare taco seasoning mix with ground beef and water according to package directions. Add refried beans and heat for 5 minutes. In shallow 1 quart serving dish, spread beef and bean mixture. Layer the remaining ingredients in the order given above. Serve immediately with tortilla chips.

   
Do you have a recipe for an appetizer using shrimp?

Shrimp Wheels

1 pound large shrimp, shelled & cleaned
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup Bleu cheese
1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp brandy
Dash Worcestershire sauce
4 mini pita breads

Preheat broiler

Heat oil in skillet. Add garlic and shrimp and quickly saute. Remove from skillet and set aside.

Combine the bleu cheese, cream cheese, brandy, and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl. Stir to combine. Spread mixture on top of 4 pita breads.
Put topped pitas on a broiler safe sheet, and place under the broiler to brown for about 2 minutes.

Remove and top with the sauteed shrimp. Garnish with dill sprigs and lemon wedges, if desired.

   
Do you have a recipe for stuffed mushrooms?

Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

6-8 Portabella Mushrooms 4 Tbsp Butter 1 (8ounce) package Cream Cheese 4-5 strips Bacon, cooked until crisp, cooled and crumbled 1/2 Cup Mozzarella or Provolone cheese Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Saute mushroom caps in butter for about 5 minutes, reserving the remaining butter. Place caps in an oven-proof dish. Mix the cream cheese and bacon, and top mushrooms caps, dividing mixture evenly. Top with the grated cheese. Pour the reserved butter around mushrooms and bake for about 8-12 minutes, or until cheese is melted, at 375 degrees.

   
Do you have the recipe for cheese straws?

Cheese Straws

2 cups, less 2 tablespoons flour
1 Stick margarine
1 pound Sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 tsp Tabasco sauce
1 dash Salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Combine all ingredients. Knead with hands until well blended. Pack mixture in cookie press and using a star-shaped tip, push through press in strips approximately 4-5 inches long onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Remove from oven; cool. Return to oven at 200F degrees for 1/2 hour.
Store in airtight container.

   
How do I make Brie En Croute?

Brie En Croute

1 sheet frozen puff pastry
1 pound Brie Cheese
1 package Boursin Cheese
1 egg
1 tsp water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Beat the egg and water together in a small bowl. Thaw puff pastry for 20 minutes; on a floured surface roll to a 15-inch circle.

Slice Brie in half horizontally. Spread Boursin cheese on one half. Reassemble Brie and place in the center of pastry.

Brush pastry edges with egg wash, and pull up sides to enclose Brie. Place seam side down on ungreased baking sheet. If desired, decorate the top with pastry scraps. Brush surface with egg wash.

Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serve with french bread or crackers.

   
How do I make chicken wings?

Maple Glazed Chicken Wings

2-1/2 pounds Chicken wings
4 ounces Vermont Maple Syrup
5 Tbsp Chili sauce
1 onion, chopped finely
2 Tbsp Cider vinegar
1 Tbsp yellow Mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Combine maple syrup, chili sauce, onion, cider vinegar, mustard and Worcestershire sauce in a shallow dish, add chicken wings, and mix well until wings are coated. Cover and put in the refrigerator for 4-5 hours, turning occasionally. Grill, or oven bake until thoroughly cooked, basting occasionally.

   
Any ideas for a quick appetizer?

Creamy Salsa Dip

1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
1 pkg Knorr vegetable soup and recipe mix
1 12 oz. jar salsa, mild or medium

Mix all of the ingredients until well blended. Cover and chill. That's all there is to it. Have a 16 ounce jar of salsa? Just add a little more mayo and sour cream. That's what I did, and it still tasted good. Serve it with tortilla chips, Dorito's, plain potato chips, toasted pita bread pieces, even veggies.

   
How do I use toothpicks for broiling appetizers?

Using Toothpicks

Appetizers sometimes require toothpicks to hold them together. Before broiling, soak the toothpick in water first. This will help prevent the wood from charring.

   
Do you have a recipe for salsa?

Thai Salsa

3 cups cucumbers, peeled, chopped & seeded
1 cup green onion, chopped
3/4 cup radishes, chopped
1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
3 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced & peeled
3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp minced garlic
1-1/2 tsp sesame chili oil

Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Season with
salt. Cover and refrigerate until juicy, about 2-3
hours. Stir before serving cold with chips.

   
Do you have a recipe for dill dip?

Dill Dip

1 (16 ounce) carton sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp Seasoned salt
1 Tbsp Parsley
1 Tbsp Minced onion
1 Tbsp Dill weed

Mix all ingredients in blender until well blended. Serve with fresh vegetables or chips.

   
Do you have a recipe for chicken wings?

Hot & Honey Chicken wings

15 whole chicken wings
1/4 cup oil
2/3 cup flour
1/2 cup hot sauce
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 cup honey
1 egg, well beaten

Cut each chicken wing in half. Place the chicken wings in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 15 minutes. Drain the chicken and set aside.

Meanwhile, whisk together the honey and the hot sauce to make a dipping sauce. Adjust the sauce to taste by adding more honey or hot sauce. Set aside. Mix
flour and garlic salt in a plastic bag. Dip the chicken into the beaten egg and then shake them, a few at a time in the bag to coat. Heat the oil in a
large skillet. Brown the coated chicken wings. Serve warm with dipping sauce.

   
Do you have a recipe for cheese dip?

Cheese dip in a bread bowl

1 loaf round bread
1 cup salsa
1-1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut a circle out of the top of the bread and scoop out the inside. Tear or cut the inside into chunks for dipping.

In a mixing bowl, combine salsa, Cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and sour cream. Spoon the mixture into the bread bowl, place the top back on the bread. Wrap the bread in aluminum foil. Bake for 1-1/2 hours. Serve warm with the reserved bread pieces.

   
Do you have a recipe for crab muffins?

Crab Muffins

1 Jar Kraft Old English Cheese Spread
1 Stick Margarine
1 Can Crabmeat
1/2 tsp Seasoning Salt
1-1/2 Tbsp Mayonnaise
1/4 tsp garlic powder
8 English Muffins

Mix together all ingredients except for the English Muffins. Chill overnight for flavors to blend.

Spread cheese/crabmeat mixture over the English Muffins and broil until the cheese is melted. Serve them by the half, or cut into wedges.

   
Do you have a recipe for Cheese Puffs?

Cheese Puffs

1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup flour
dash of salt
dash of garlic powder
1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix first five ingredients with a fork. Blend until smooth. Roll into 1-1/2 inch balls. Roll in parmesan cheese. Put on greased baking sheets and press down slightly so they don't roll. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

   
Do you have a recipe for spinach dip?

Spinach Dip

1 (10 ounce) package spinach, thawed & squeezed dry
1 (5 ounce) package Knorr dry vegetable soup
1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup chopped green onions

Mix all ingredients together. Cover and chill at least 8 hours. Best served in a hollowed out round loaf of bread. Serve with bread cubes, crackers or raw vegetables.

   
Do you have a recipe for crostini?

Crostini

12 slices Italian Bread, 1/2" thick
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1 large Chopped Tomato
3 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Basil Leaves
1 Tbsp Chopped Ripe Olives
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
12 slices Mozzarella Cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Place bread slices on ungreased cookie sheets. Drizzle 1 teaspoon olive oil over each slice bread.

Mix tomato, basil, olives, salt, and pepper. Spread half of the tomato mixture over bread slices; top each with cheese slice. Spread remaining tomato mixture over cheese.

Bake about 8 minutes or until bread is hot and cheese is melted. Serve hot.

   
Do you have a recipe for stuffed mushrooms?

Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms #2

24 Medium Mushrooms
1 cup Green Onions, finely chopped
1 clove Garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup Butter or Margarine
1/2 cup Dry Bread Crumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
2 Tbsp Fresh Parsley, chopped
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Dried Basil Leaves
1/4 tsp Black Pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Remove stems from mushrooms; chop stems finely. Cook and stir mushroom stems, green onions, and garlic in
margarine or butter over medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in remaining ingredients.

Fill the mushroom caps with stuffing mixture. Place mushrooms filled-side up in a greased baking dish or jelly roll pan. Cook at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Serve hot.

   
How do you make a hot nacho dip?

Quick Nacho Dip

Great hot nacho dip.....Stir together 1 large jar Cheeze Whiz and 1 small can Hormel Chili in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for about 3-4 minutes* stirring occasionally. Serve with any kind of tortilla chips.
*Times vary in microwaves

   
Any ideas for a quick appetizer?

BBQ Mini Hot Dogs

Put 1 small jar grape jelly, 1 jar chili sauce, and 1 package mini hot dogs into slow cooker. Simmer in slow cooker until ready to serve.

   
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