Rosemary Goat Cheese Cornmeal Mini Muffins – party appetizer or dinner side dish

Rosemary Goat Cheese Cornmeal Mini Muffins

These little muffins are full of flavor.  Rosemary gives them a lovely taste and goes well with the goat cheese, which keeps them moist.  And the cornmeal lends a nice texture. The tops are brushed with butter and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

It’s actually biscuit dough, not muffin batter.  There’s no egg in them and they get mixed up like a biscuit.  But since I baked them in mini muffin pans, I went with muffin in the title.

I based this recipe on another Goat Cheese Biscuit recipe.  But I wanted to dress it up a little by adding rosemary.  And the cornmeal brings and extra something too.

Rosemary for Goat Cheese Mini Muffins

McCormick Rosemary Leaves is the main flavor ingredient.  Rosemary is a strong flavor, but it blends so well with other holiday recipes.  These little muffins would be perfect as part of an appetizer line up.  But they’d be equally as good standing in for the rolls on your holiday dinner table.

Here’s what you’ll need to make them:   [Read more…]

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7 Layer Hot Italian Dip Recipe

7 Layer Hot Italian Dip

 

Oh my gosh, you all!  This dip is so easy and so amazing, you’ve got to try it!

Seven layers of cheesy, Italian inspired flavors come together in a hot, bubbly dip.  It’s great for an appetizer at a party or to serve with soup for a family dinner.

It’s really just an assembly process.  You’ll need to chop a few of the ingredients a little bit, but it’s so quick and easy to put together.  Anyone can make this dip.  And I guarantee you’ll be asked for the recipe.  It’s that good!

I even made a short video showing how. (If you’re reading this in an email and the video doesn’t show, you may need to click over to the blog to see it.)

 

A video posted by Tiffany King (@eatathome) on

I completely forgot to take a photo of the ingredients, but these are all very common things. And feel free to vary it as you like. There’s no right or wrong here!

Easy 7 Layer Hot Italian Dip

 

You’ll have leftover roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes and pesto.  This is a good thing, because it means you’ll have the ingredients around to make it again soon!

7 Layer Hot Italian Dip Recipe
Ingredients
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ - ⅓ cup pesto sauce
  • ¼ - ⅓ cup roasted red bell pepper, chopped
  • ¼ - ⅓ cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  • 1 small jar marinated artichoke hearts, chopped
  • ¼ - ⅓ cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Layer all ingredients in a small, oven safe dish.
  2. Bake at 400 for 10-15 minutes or till hot and bubbly.
  3. Broil to brown the top, if desired.
  4. Serve hot with crackers.

 

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A Trio of Cream Cheese Appetizers – Maple Brown Sugar Pecan, Cranberry and Orange Marmalade

Trio of Cream Cheese Appetizers - Maple Brown Sugar Pecans, Cranberry and Orange Marmalade

If you need a simple appetizer for a holiday party, look no further.  In fact, I’ve got a lot of recipes to share with you today!  I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers to bring you Holiday Sweets and Treats.  Be sure to scroll down and visit all the links at the bottom of this post for more recipes.

If you find yourself in need of a holiday appetizer, but lack time to put one together, this is your recipe.  This trio of cream cheese spreads couldn’t get easier.

Cranberries, Maple Brown Sugar Pecans and Orange Marmalade are a perfect holiday combo.

It really is as easy as stir and pour.  And you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen right now.

Cream Cheese appetizer

This is more of a method than recipe.  Vary it any way you like.

In fact, I ended up using apricot jam instead of marmalade because that’s what I had on hand.  I still think orange marmalade would be more Christmasy, but the apricot was very good.

For the pecans:

Use about 1/4-1/3 cup chopped pecans.

Add about 1 Tbs. brown sugar.

Add several Tbs. real maple syrup.

Stir together to make sticky, runny pecan topping.

The cranberry is just canned whole berry cranberry sauce.  Stir until it isn’t clumpy jelled anymore.

Use apricot or orange marmalade jam, stirring until smooth.

Cut one block of cream cheese in thirds.

Spoon the toppings over each of the pieces.

Serve with crackers and apple slices.

Cream Cheese appetizer trio

 

Holiday Sweets

Holiday Sweets

Best Party Recipes for Sharing from Mom’s Tool Box

Cherry Snowball Christmas Cookies from I’m an Organizing Junkie

Chocolate Chunk Toasted Pecan Oatmeal Cookies from Life Your Way

Chocolate Peanut Brittle from The Happy Housewife

Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Trifle from Mom Endeavors

Double Chocolate Candy Bar Pretzel Bark from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures

Easy Black Currant Scones from Good Cheap Eats

Frozen Inspired Vanilla Raspberry Bites from Bargain Briana

Gumdrops from Hoosier Homemade

Microwave Caramel Corn from Ashley Pichea

Old Fashioned Christmas Cookies from Mommy Hates Cooking

Snickerdoodle Puppy Chow from Smockity Frocks

Sugar Cookies for Dummies from Happy Little Homemaker

The World’s Easiest Christmas Candy Ever from Money Saving Mom

Savory Treats

savory treats

Bacon and Spinach Frittata Bites from Life as MOM

Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus from Jo-Lynne Shane

Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts from The Finer Things in Life

Black Bean and Avocado Salad from Kitchen Stewardship

Cheesy Pesto Crescent Bites from Andrea Dekker

Easy Cheesy Vidalia Onion Dip from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam

Homemade Sausage Balls from The Humbled Homemaker

Kale Spinach Bites from For the Love Of

Spiced Nuts from Modern Mrs. Darcy

Toasted Pecans from My Blessed Life

Trio of Cream Cheese Appetizers from Eat at Home Cooks

White Cheddar Cranberry Bites from Parenting Miracles

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Farm Rich Snacks, Horseradish Dip Recipe and a Giveaway!

Farm Rich Appetizers and dip

Giveaway is now closed!

I served this platter of snacks to my family and they loved it!  I think we had grilled burgers with all of this, but I don’t remember.  The Farm Rich snacks overshadowed the rest of the meal.

Farm Rich asked me to sample several of their many, many frozen snack offerings.  We tried Mozzarella Sticks, Toasted Ravioli, Crispy Dill Pickles and Jalepeno Poppers.

Farm Rich appetizers

 

If you’re hosting a party, these snacks would be perfect.  I put a variety of them on a baking sheet and baked them all together.  I also served two dips with them – pizza sauce and Horseradish Sauce (recipe below).

Let’s talk details for a minute.  The Jalepeno Poppers were surprisingly delicious.  I don’t like my foods too spicy, so I wondered if I would like these, but they are great!  The peppers are on the mild side and the cream cheese that stuffs them cools off each bite.  Crispy coating on the outside is a perfect combination to the soft cheesy inside.

My kids loved the Breaded Mozzarella Sticks.  The cheese was melty and the breading crispy.  These tasted great dipped in the pizza sauce.  A classic!

Have you ever had Crispy Dill Pickles?  I love these little snacks! They sound kind of strange, but they are so good.  I’ve had them dipped in ketchup, but this time I made a homemade Horseradish Dip for them.  I could have eaten and eaten those Crispy Dill Pickles in that dip!

Finally, we tried Toasted Ravioli.  Another winner!  I’d never had Toasted Ravioli before, but it is really good.  The outside is crisp and inside is cheesy.  Different than the Mozzarella Sticks, but perfect for dipping in pizza sauce.

Farm Rich has lots of other snacks to try too: Mozzarella Bites and Meatballs (including gluten-free!), Buffalo Blue Cheese Sticks, Pretzel Crusted Cheddar Cheese Sticks, Potato Stick Crusted Ranch Flavored Cheese Sticks, Chocolate Cream Brownie Bites and Apple Cinnamon Pie Bites.

And if you want something hearty to go with the snacks, try their Smokehouse BBQ items. So many choices!

You can find lots of quick meal and appetizer recipes on the Farm Rich site.  But you much also try this Horseradish Dip, especially with the Crispy Dill Pickles!  Here’s what you’ll need to make it:   [Read more…]

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Homemade Beer Cheese – a Kentucky Favorite

Homemade Beer Cheese

 

Have you ever heard of Beer Cheese?  I’m guessing if you’re not from Kentucky, you probably haven’t.

Beer cheese is a served in local restaurants as an appetizer.  You can also find it in grocery stores, but it tends to be pretty expensive.  The spread is smooth, very cheesy with a small amount of spice.  It’s good on crackers, carrot sticks and celery sticks.  It’s made with a small amount of flat beer.

If you’re looking for a fun dish to have for Derby Day (May 3 this year), consider this easy appetizer.  (But don’t forget about Kentucky Nut Pie, which is a Derby classic!)

You will need a food processor for this recipe.  I don’t have one, so I borrowed from a neighbor.  I think they were happy with getting some of the Beer Cheese in exchange.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders

I’ve really been loving hot sandwiches lately. Sandwiches – in general – are always one of my go-tos on busy days, but since it’s been so cold, I’ve been highly favoring hot meals. A nice, toasty sandwich that I can have in hand in just a few minutes? Sounds perfect.

Sliders

These easy sandwiches are actually something I came up with in college – a quick way to feed a crowd. They’ve got the flavors of the fancy restaurant chicken cordon bleu with a fraction of the effort. With only five ingredients, it’s something you can easily pick up to make on your way home from work. I usually serve it along with potato chips and a big green salad for dinner, but these would also make a great munchies for a party.

For these, I bought already-cooked grilled chicken to speed up the prep a little more, but you can cook your own and dice or shred it up.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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Apricot and Pecan Topped Brie Appetizer (and a Bakeware Giveaway!)

Apricot and Pecan topped Brie

 

 

I’ve been working with Libby’s recently and I was so excited to be asked to create a Thanksgiving recipe using their product.  I chose to use Libby’s apricot halves.  Apricots are a favorite of mine.  I used to eat them with breakfast every day. Yum!

This appetizer couldn’t be simpler to make.  It has plenty of fall flavor too.  Apricots and pecans get spiced up with cinnamon, nutmeg and a splash of vanilla.  The warm fruit tops melty brie for an appetizer that your guests will love!  It will definitely keep them happy and willing to wait a bit longer for dinner.

(I’ve also got a fantastic giveaway at the end of this post, so keep reading!)

Here’s what you’ll need to make the appetizer:   [Read more…]

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Easy Homemade Salsa

A note from Tiffany: This is a post from contributing writer, Rachael. It’s been a while since she’s had a recipe post for us, but she is the one who puts everything together for the Traditional version of the Weekly Meal Plans. Rachael and her family lost their home to fire on Saturday. Thankfully, they are all safe. Please keep Rachael, her husband and their two little ones in your prayers. They are hanging on to this verse. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
—James 1:2–4

EasyHomemadeSalsa

Want to know why I will never buy salsa again? That’s easy – it’s because I will always make it myself from here on out!

Recently a good friend of mine passed along a salsa recipe. You can find that recipe here. I tweaked the recipe and love how it turned out so I had to share with you.

Here is my recipe but just know you can customize it completely to fit your needs. You could skip the jalapeno if you don’t like spicy. You could add black beans or corn to have a different spin. If you like it chunky just add an extra can of diced tomatoes at the end. So many ideas!

Easy Homemade Salsa

What you need:

  • 1 can of whole tomatoes 28 – 32 oz, drained
  • 1 red onion, quartered
  • a couple garlic cloves whole or minced (whatever you have)
  • 2 Tbsp of lime
  • 2 tsp of salt
  • 2 tsp of cumin
  • a large handful of fresh cilantro (I used almost a whole bunch)
  • 1 can of jalapenos (I used a 4 oz can)

What to do:

Put everything in a food processor and blend until consistency is like you prefer. Serve chilled!

Note – this salsa is best once it sits together a bit in the fridge. Also, I not sure how long it lasts but it has been gone in 4-5 days in my house.

Easy Homemade Salsa
Ingredients
  • 1 can of whole tomatoes 28 - 32 oz, drained
  • 1 red onion, quartered
  • a couple garlic cloves whole or minced (whatever you have)
  • 2 Tbsp of lime
  • 2 tsp of salt
  • 2 tsp of cumin
  • a large handful of fresh cilantro (I used almost a whole bunch)
  • 1 can of jalapenos (I used a 4 oz can)
Instructions
  1. Put everything in a food processor and blend until it's the desired consistency you like best. Serve chilled.

Rachael Walkup has been married to her best friend for 8 years. They have two kids – a 4 yr old boy and a 2 yr old  little girl. She loves to write, cook, spend time with family, and serve others. You can learn more about her by following along on twitter, her blog, or pinterest.

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How to Keep Guacamole from Turning Brown

You know how you have to eat all the guacamole as soon as you make it so it doesn’t go brown?

Of course, we tend to eat all the guacamole anyway, because we love it.

But if you’re fortunate enough to have some leftover, or you want to make it a little bit ahead of feasting time, here’s a great tip for you.

How to Keep Guacamole from Turning Brown

How to Keep Guacamole from turning brown

 

The main reason the guac turns brown is because of the contact with air.  So you need to try to keep any air from getting to it.  I have heard of people brushing the guacamole with oil, but I like this method better.

Put the guac in an air tight container.  Smooth the top with a spoon as best you can.  Then place a piece of plastic wrap over the top.  Be careful to get it covered snuggly, so there are as few air pockets as possible.  Then pop the lid on the container and refrigerate.

The container in the photo above is over 24 hours old.  It still looked and tasted fresh.

If you’re looking for a recipe for Homemade Guacamole, here you go.  The photo isn’t great, but the recipe is!

Happy snacking!

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Chocolate Dipped Banana Pudding Pops

Welcome to new contributing writer, Angie from Big Bear’s Wife!  I got to meet Angie in person at the Food Blog Forum conference in Disney World, where we chatted over Monsters Inc. cupcakes.  I’m excited to have Angie sharing recipes with us here.  And these Chocolate Dipped Banana Pudding Pops look right up my alley!

These Chocolate Dipped Banana Pudding Pops have become one of my recent “go-to” snacks and they’re so easy to make. I’ve always been a fan of popsicles.  I remember having the molds as a kid and making popsicles with anything I could get my hands on.

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Kool-aid pops, fruit juice pops and pudding pops where stuffed into every section of our freezer. Banana pops were one of my favorite flavors growing up! Do you remember those? The banana pops with the two sticks that broke apart in the middle. I think they were made like that so that you could share, but I’m not sure if I ever wanted to share my banana pops. They where the “King” of all popsicles in my eyes.

I love banana pudding and the combination of chocolate and banana is just the perfect match, so it was only a matter of time before I combined them together into this frozen treat! These come together in a flash with the longest part of the whole process being the wait for them to come out of the freezer. Plus, you only need 4 ingredients to make these beauties happen: Banana Pudding Mix, Milk, Chocolate Magic Shell and Crushed Vanilla Wafers.

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The banana pudding freezes but still remains pretty creamy, the chocolate shell hardens in seconds and the crushed vanilla wafers add the perfect “banana pudding touch”! Where I’m from, banana pudding isn’t banana pudding without vanilla wafers!

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Chocolate Dipped Banana Pudding Pops

Serves: 4-8 (depending on size of molds)

Ingredients
  • 1 large box banana creme pudding mix
  • 3 cups cold milk
  • 1 cup chocolate magic shell
  • 10 vanilla wafers, crushed
  • Popsicle Molds
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the pudding mix and cold milk. Whisk the pudding mix for about 5 minutes, until it starts to thicken.
  2. Carefully pour the banana pudding into the popsicle molds and insert popsicle sticks.
  3. Place into the freezer for 3-4 hours or until frozen)
  4. Once frozen, remove pops from freezer.
  5. Working one at a time, carefully run the mold under warm water to loosen the pop. Remove the pop from the mold.
  6. Dip the pudding pop into the chocolate magic shell.
  7. Immediately sprinkle with crushed vanilla wafers.
  8. Repeat until all pops are complete.

Looking for more recipe packed with banana flavor? Check out Ingredient Spotlight : Bananas (2012)

Angie is a contributing writer for Eat at Home. She lives in VA with her husband (BigBear) and their 4 dogs (who might as well be their children)!  She blogs over at BigBearsWife.com about her favorite recipes, love of travel and she even throws in a few crafts here and there.You can also find her on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest

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