Tuesday, December 31, 2013

French Onion Dip

I may never go back to the Lipton Onion Soup Mix to make my French onion potato chip dip!
Happy New Years Eve!
And what do you think I'm serving tonight?  You guessed it a big spread of appetizers!
I just finished up this fantastic dip, that is in the fridge chilling right now.
But before I put it in the fridge hubbie and I tried a few chips dipped in this nummy dip.
It was very good!!!

Here is what you will need:
1 Tablespoon butter
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
2 large sweet yellow onions
A good dash of salt and pepper
1 Teaspoon sugar
1/4 Teaspoon of dried Thyme
1/4 Teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup beef broth
8 oz sour cream
8 oz softened cream cheese

How to make it:
Chop your onions, get them pretty small!

Melt your butter in a skittle add olive oil, salt, pepper,garlic, dried Thyme, sugar and beef broth.
Bring to a boil
Turn down on low and cook for 45 minutes, until tender and brown

Remove from heat and let cool
Once cooled mix onion with sour cream and cream cheese

Place in the fridge to cool

Serve with Potato chips

*Tip - put your onions in the freezer for 15 minutes before cutting, you won't cry!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Reuben Dip

One of my favorite sandwiches to get when we go to an Irish restaurant is a Reuben Sandwich.
Here is a dip that imitates the sandwich!
I served this dip on Christmas Day, my daughter loved it, thumbs up on that cause shes a picky one!

This is what you will need:
8 oz softened cream cheese
8 oz of shredded Swiss cheese
8 oz of chopped corned beef, I used Budding sandwich meat
1/2 cup of Thousand Island salad dressing
1/2 cup drained sauerkraut

How to make it - so easy!
Mix everything together in a bowl
Place into a greased or non stick baking dish, I used a small cast iron skillet for show ( Santa got it for me! It's red, I love it!!!!)

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes
Serve with toasted cocktail bread squares, we also used Triskets for dipping


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Caramelized Onion, Gruyere and Bacon Spread

This dip I recently brought to my sisters on Christmas Eve, it was gobbled up in a flash!
It has a rich flavor, it's the delicious Gruyere cheese that gives it the richness.  It's very good!

What you will need is:
8 oz shredded Gruyere cheese
2 large yellow onions chopped
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cup sour cream
3 Tablespoons of chopped fresh chives
6 oz real bacon bits, I used 2 3 oz jars of Hormel's real bacon bits
1/4 teaspoon  salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Olive oil to cook onions

How to make it:
Cook the chopped onions in the olive oil until translucent 20 - 30 minutes
Add all the reaming ingredients to the pan of onions, mix well cook for 5 minutes
Transfer to a baking dish
Make sure you grease your baking dish or use a nonstick pan.
Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 20 minutes
Serve with toasted baguette slices and crackers


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Artichoke Mixture

So I was watching one of our favorite cooking shows Diners Drive-ins and Dives.
There was a piece on a restaurant called  Tin Shed a Garden Cafe in Portland, OR. where the chef was making basically an artichoke dip sandwich!
I was drooling watching this!!!  I have not made it yet but you can not go wrong with the ingredient and Guy Loved it!  Hello gotta be good!!!

So here is what you will need to make what I'm going to call an appetizer sandwich:
5 Cups of Mayo
3 Cups of Grated Parmesan
3/4 Cup of minced garlic
2 Tablespoons of lemon juice
3 Teaspoons of black pepper
2 Teaspoons of sugar
1 Teaspoon of kosher salt
2 cans of artichoke hearts, drained and finely chopped
* Large amount I know it,  but they must be telling us how much she makes at one time for serving the restaurant??

Basically mix it all and what she did next was just nuts!
She fried it on the griddle!!
Then she placed it in between a crusty baguette slices
Can't wait to make this!

I don't have a picture sorry!!!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Cheese Platter

I was reading Trader Joe's website and there is a bit on there called How to Avoid An Abominable Cheese Platter (scary pic of the Abominable snow man!)
One of the winners is this beauty pictured below
Tell me this doesn't make your mouth water!!!

We will be having people over to the house soon and I thought how fun would this be to put out for our guests at the together!
You can pick up all these items at Trader Joe's!

Also while I was there I picked up cashews to make my Rosemary Cashews for little Christmas gifts for a few people. 
And also I will be making for our party, are these nummy  Goat Cheese Bite's!

Hope your starting to enjoy holiday get togethers too!


Monday, December 9, 2013

Four Cheese Hot Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Today I'm sharing a fantastic hot dip that one of my favorite bloggers has written.
Kevin has a website named Closet Cooking because he says he cooks in a closet sized kitchen.
This guy has an ample amount of delicious recipes, he's so creative!
You for sure need to check him out.

What you will need for Kevin's Four Cheese Hot Roasted Red Pepper Dip is:
2 roasted red peppers, diced
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup manchego, shredded cheese
1/2 cup parmigiano reggiano, shredded cheese
1 cup mozzerella, shredded cheese
pepper to taste

How to make this awesome dip:
Mix everything, place in baking dish and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown on top and bubbling on the sides about 20-30 minutes


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Spicy Velveeta Hamburger Dip

Kraft sent out an email recently packed full of new holiday foods.
In that email there was lots of dips!  Yipee!
I found a real simple one, looking at the picture it makes my mouth just water!

What you need is:
1 Lb.Velveeta, cut into cubes
1 Can Rotel diced tomatoes & green chilies, undrained
1 Cup Kraft shredded low-moisture part skim mozzarella cheese (I'm gonna use full flavor cheese :)
1/2 Lb ground beef, cooked, drained 
Green onions, sliced

How to make this:
Combine all ingredients except onions in a microwaveable bowl
Microwave on high for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Mix well
Stir in your onions
Serve with crackers or tortilla chips

*Make it your own, add ingredients in there that you think will kick it up a notch! 


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Gorgonzola, Fig and Walnut Tartlets

I have so many Pillsbury products at my house right now, I went a little crazy with the coupons the other week.
I strive to be one of those Extreme Couponers but, I don't think I will be as good as them!
So I looked up on the Pillsbury web-site holiday appetizers and found this mouth watering treat!

What you will need is:
1 Box of Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on the box
6 dried figs or pitted dates, well chopped
1 Tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
1/8 to 1/4 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 Cup chopped walnuts
1/2 Cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (2 oz)
1 Tablespoon honey

How to make it:
Preheat your over to 450 degrees.
Unroll your pie crust
Use a 2 inch cookie cutter, cut 24 rounds from the pie crust, re-roll crust scraps if necessary.
Gently press 1 round in a bottom and up side of each of 24 ungreased mini muffin cups
In a small bowl mix the figs, sugar, cinnamon and walnuts.
Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the mixture in each cup.
Break up any larger pieces of cheese (don't ask me why, I LOVE big chunks of cheese!)
Top each tartlet with slightly less than 1 teaspoon of cheese
Bake for 11 minutes
Remove from oven place onto your serving plate then drizzle with honey.