Prosciutto-Wrapped Sweet Peppers Are Stuffed With Cream Cheese And Deliciousness

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Appetizers are arguably the most important part of any meal. It can’t be too heavy or else the entree will be ruined, but it also can’t be too light because then what’s the point?

These prosciutto-wrapped sweet peppers are an ideal finger food to start off any meal, or to bring to a party where it’s all appetizer foods.

They’re easy, quick, and definitely tasty!

Ingredients

  • 10-15 sweet small sweet peppers
  • One 8 oz package cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1 package prosciutto

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cut the peppers in half, length wise.

Whip the cream cheese for about 10 minutes until it becomes softer. Fold in the olives.

Stuff one side of a pepper with cream cheese, place the other half on top and wrap a long piece of prosciutto around the pepper.

Place on a cookie sheet and bake them for about 15 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

Why Go Out When You Can Make Restaurant Style Salsa At Home

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If you’ve ever taken your family to a Tex-Mex restaurant you know that the salsa they serve has an almost magical effect on everyone who tastes it. Sometimes, it’s the best part of the meal.

The stuff you buy in jars from the grocery store doesn’t even hold a candle to the real thing, so don’t bother with it. Instead, just make this simple recipe and send your taste buds on a flavorful trip south of the border.

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe tomatoes, cored and quartered
  • 1 peeled and quartered red onion
  • 3 peeled cloves of garlic
  • 3 japano peppers with the stems and seeds removed (you can use habanero peppers instead to add more kick).
  • 1/3 of a cup of fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons of lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cumin
  • 2-3 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1  1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 can (or 15 ounces) of crushed San Marzano tomatoes
  • 4.5 ounces of diced green chillies (you can decide how hot they should be)

Directions

In a food processor, mix the chopped tomatoes,

red onion

garlic cloves,

jalapeno peppers,

lime juice,

ground cumin, sugar and salt.

Blend the whole mixture until everything is finely chopped.

Next, add in your cilantro,

crushed tomatoes,

and green chilies. Puree the salsa until it’s smooth.

You can refrigerate your salsa for up to 2 weeks, so there are lots of chances for everyone to try this tasty appetizer!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Bites Will Make Any Dinner Fancier

Okay, so you’ve been invited to a dinner party and you need to bring an appetizer.

Sure, you could bring a 7-layer nacho dip. Then you can add that to the pile of dips everyone else brought, too.

Why not bring something new, fun, and delicious? Chicken Cordon Bleu bites are the perfect appetizer, or even dinner!

These crispy, cheesy, and juicy bites are guaranteed to make any meal just a little bit fancier.

Ingredients

  • 2 Boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup Panko® bread crumbs, might need more
  • ½ – ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 slices cooked ham, cut into approximately 1 inch squares
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese, cut into approximately 1 inch squares

Dipping sauce, optional

  • ⅔ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon mustard

Directions

Add flour, seasoning salt, garlic salt, into a Ziploc bag.

Cut the chicken into even, bite sized pieces. Coat the chicken in milk, then add to the flour mixture.

Shake the bag until the chicken is coated evenly. Dip each piece in milk again.

Add them to the Panko crumbs. Shake until coated.

Fry the chicken bites for 10 minutes, or until completely cooked.

Add a slice of Swiss cheese, one piece of ham, then another slice of cheese on top of the chicken bites.

Mix together the mayo and mustard for a dipping sauce.

Enjoy!

Bacon Wrapped Pickles Are Here To Answer Your Prayers

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If you love bacon, and you love pickles, and you love delicious things, then you need to try these bacon wrapped pickles.

These tangy, salty, and creamy snacks are going to be your new go-to for game day, weekend get togethers, or just a night-in. You could even just make these to eat by yourself as a full meal. No judgement on this end.

Not only are these easy to make, they’re also fast!  

So grab some pickles, bacon, and a love of all things delicious and enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 12 mini dill pickles
  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 12 slices bacon, halved

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Halve the pickle and scoop out the centers (discard them, or just eat them!)

In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, cheddar, and garlic until it is a smooth mixture.

Spoon the cheese mixture into the pickles and wrap the pickle with half a slice of bacon.

Place all the pickles on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake until mixture is warm and the bacon is crispy. This takes about 15 minutes.

Serve the pickles while they are still warm. Enjoy!

Make Your Own Homemade Mayonnaise In Under 5 Minutes!

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The best way to guarantee you are going to have fresh and healthy mayonnaise is to make it yourself! Mayonnaise is one of the most popular condiments and yet no one seems to know how it’s made!

It is super easy to make your own, just a few ingredients in a blender will make you realize you have been missing out all along! You can even add in other flavors like garlic or bacon to make customized dips.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole pasturized egg
  • 1 pasturized egg yolk only
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly
  • Pinch of sea salt

Directions:

Add the eggs to a blender with the lemon juice and salt. Blend it slowly.

While it blends, add in the coconut oil slowly.

Then add in the olive oil.

Blend until creamy.

It will last up to 10 days in the fridge so you can have perfect mayo all the time!

Guinness & Cheddar Dip Is the Perfect Appetizer to Get Your St. Patrick’s Day Party Started

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With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, you might be looking for that perfect appetizer to bring to a themed party.

This Guinness and Cheddar Dip is so easy to throw together in a blender or food processor. You’ll love the deep flavor you’ll get from the beer, and it’s so delicious dipping in chips or veggies. Enjoy!


Ingredients:


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 and 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup Guinness
  • 2 or 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:


1. In the bowl of your blender or food processor, combine the cream cheese, cheddar, mustard, and half-and-half.  Pulse until smooth.

2. With the food processor running, slowly pour the Guinness down the feeder and blend until combined.

3. Add the scallions, garlic, parsley, and salt and pepper (to taste).  Blend until thoroughly mixed.

4. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and chill at least for one hour prior to serving.

Make Your Own Sweet Potato Chips With Garlic Aioli In Minutes!

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Chips are one of the best snacks out there, especially when they are super fresh. These super Quick Sweet Potato Chips go perfectly with Garlic Aioli and only take a few minutes to get ready.

Best of all, there is no fiddling with a deep fryer! These crunchy treats are made in the microwave so in a matter of seconds you will have the perfect dip-able snack!


Ingredients:


Garlic Aioli:

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Sweet Potato Chips:

  • 1 sweet potato
  • Cooking spray
  • Sea salt

Directions:


1. Start by mixing up your aioli by adding the mayonnaise, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper to a bowl and whisk together. Set aside.

2. Slice up a sweet potato into thin slices.

3. Lay them on a plate line in parchment in a single layer.

4. Spray the top with cookie spray.

5. Sprinkle the tops with salt.

6. Microwave for 4-5 minutes being careful not to burn them as they can burn quickly.

7. Let cool for 30 seconds, then serve with your aioli!

Serve an Easily Customized Breakfast in Bed with These Scrumptious Breakfast Pies!

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Tradition for Mother’s Day often includes breakfast in bed, and what better dish to make than delicious and flaky Breakfast Pies?!

These puff pastry “pies” are topped with delicious ingredients that are easily customizable to Mom’s taste. This works as an easy breakfast anytime – serve warm or at room temperature.

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  • 1 sheet puff pastry dough, thawed
  • 4 eggs
  • Fresh thyme or parsley for garnish (optional)
  • Salt and pepper

For the Bacon Spinach Swiss pies:

  • Sliced bacon, cooked
  • Swiss cheese, shredded
  • Spinach, roughly chopped

For the Ham Mushroom Cheddar Tomato pies:

  • Sliced mushrooms, sautéed
  • Cooked ham, sliced
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut the puff pastry sheet into 4 equal squares and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Using a knife, score a 1/2-inch edge around each pastry square, cutting about halfway through the dough. Bake for 10-12 minutes until puffed and golden.
  4. Remove the pastry squares from the oven and push down the inner portion of the dough with a spoon or spatula to create a raised rim on the sides.
  5. For the first pie type, gently arrange a few slices of bacon around the edge. Then add the spinach and the cheese to the inner portion of the shell. Top with an egg and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste
  6. For the second pie type, gently arrange a piece of ham in the inner portion of the shell. Then add the mushrooms and cheese. Top with an egg and tuck in a few cherry tomato halves. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Return the pies to the oven and bake 15-20 minutes until the eggs are cooked the way you like.

Creamy Bacon Avocado Dressing Brings a Healthy Twist the Classic Caesar Salad

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Bacon is just one of those ingredients that can never do wrong. It’s the perfect blend of salty, crispy, and is just perfection. This Bacon Avocado Caesar Dressing puts bacon to good use, mixing it with creamy avocado for a salad dressing that just can’t be beat.

You almost don’t even need to add more than lettuce and some croutons or Parmesan crisps, as this salad dressing packs in more than enough flavor. For freshness and a twist on a Caesar salad that you’ve never had before, try this recipe and enjoy!

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  • 5 slices smoked bacon
  • 1 avocado
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 5 anchovy fillets
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • Juice from 1 fresh lemon
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons dijon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Parmesan crisps for topping salad, optional
  1. In a mixing bowl, blend dijon and egg until smooth.
  2. Incorporate oil until creamy mayo is formed.
  3. Add anchovies, bacon, avocado and blend well.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Add desired amount of dressing to greens of choice, toss and serve with parmesan crisps, if desired.

Your Sunday Dinner Isn’t Complete Without These Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes!

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Any holiday menu calls for a classic – mashed potatoes. This recipe for Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes hits all the necessary points for a good mashed potato: it’s creamy, can be mashed to your desired consistency (smooth or rustic), and is perfectly seasoned with a garlicky kick that just can’t go wrong.

Serve this up with all the fixings and covered in gravy, and you’ve got a side that can take center stage. Don’t forget to ensure you allocate a half-pound of potatoes per person you are serving! Guaranteed your guests won’t be able to get enough.

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  • 4 pounds potatoes
  • 8 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon truffle oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Boil the potatoes in salted water until firm but tender then drain and let rest.
  2. Mash the potatoes and incorporate the garlic, cream, butter, truffle, thyme, coriander.
  3. Mash until desired consistency: smooth or rustic/country.
  4. Season with salt and pepper then serve.

Get The Taste Of Summer With 5 Citrus-Infused Recipes

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Get fresh this summer with some delicious citrus!

Whether you’re drinking a gin and tonic with a squirt of lime juice, or chowing down on juicy gyros, you’ll want to include these flavorful fruits in your summer festivities.

Scroll through our favorite citrus-infused recipes from fellow cooks and our very own kitchen! There’s a little something for everyone and if you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll definitely want to taste our Poke Cake!

Home cook, Marissa White shares her refreshingly flavorful chicken tacos recipe with the community at AllRecipes. These tacos are full of fresh flavor and simple ingredients. One of the best parts about this recipe is its versatility – it easily works well with battered fish!

If you really want to cut down on the preparation time, use pre-cooked chicken slices or battered fish from the frozen foods section.

This recipe yields about 10 tacos and takes about 50 minutes to prepare from start to finish.

[h/t AllRecipes ]

Chef Heidi’s use of tangy flavors and sweet notes of sugar are the perfect combination for a grilled chicken breast.

It’s important to use fresh juice, rather than the concentrated variety. The citrus from the marinade will speed up cooking time, so keep your eye on the chicken while grilling.

[h/t Foodie Crush]

With juicy grilled chicken breast covered in fresh toppings and creamy tzatziki, this dish is really a winner. You’ll love munching on these for dinner, and anything leftover will make an amazing lunch the next day, too!

Use ready-made sugar cookie dough and boxed lemon curd filling, and you’ve got a confection that looks fancy, tastes amazing, and will make more than enough for a group. These are so good, your friends and family will be begging you to make more!

This Lemon Burst Poke Cake has all the fresh flavor that comes with lemons, especially the addition of the zest which really gives it that burst.

Laying on top is another level of lemony indulgence,  lemon white chocolate cream cheese frosting!

Do you have a favorite citrus-infused recipe! Share it with us in the comments below!

5 Delightfully Delicious Dips You Need To Make

Whether you’re serving up something tasty before a main course, hosting a finger foods party or just want something tasty to snack on at lunch, these delicious dips are the perfect solution to all your snacking needs.

They’re all super easy to make and full of flavor. Check out the pizza-inspired dip, or if you love seafood, a tasty crab dip.

Most recipes yield 6-8 servings, but can always be modified for more or less.

One of the more popular options is spinach artichoke dip. The creamy, supremely dip-able dish is a party classic. But it can be tricky to find that balance of not too spinach-y, not too artichoke-y, and then there’s the matter of what type of bread to use.

This dip featured on Delish.co is devilishly good. It combines creamy, rich cheeses with a bit of heat from garlic powder, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce.  

The sauce is then baked into a hollowed-out bread loaf and garnished with green onions and, yes, more cheese!

This delectable crab dip is bubbly, hot and oh so good. If you’re looking for a different take on the classic cheese dip, stir in some crab meat, a bit of soy sauce and some white cheddar – just for starters! If you want to know more visit Little Spice Jar for the full recipe.

If you love loaded baked potatoes, you’re going to love this dip! It’s full of the good stuff like bacon, cheese and, yes, ranch dressing mix. Check the recipe out at Dessert Now Dinner Later.

If you’re a pizza addict, then you’re going to love this dip. It looks like a pizza, but without the crust! Just layer on 3 kinds of cheese, a healthy dollop of tomato sauce, mix in some herbs and top with pepperoni. Get the full recipe at Yummy Healthy Easy.

Big Mac Tater Tot Nachos Bring Tonight’s Party to Your Mouth

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“Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions – on a sesame seed bun,” is the best way to list it! Take away the bun and replace it with tater tots and you’ve got Big Mac Tater Tot Nachos!

This will be your new favorite lunch, dinner, or snack…between the homemade special sauce, and all those familiar toppings, you’ll be craving this all the time!

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  • 1 bag tater tots
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 1-2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • Pickles

For the special sauce:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/4 cup onions, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons relish
  • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Evenly spread out tater tots on prepared baking sheet, then bake for about 20-25 minutes, turning halfway through, until golden brown.
  3. While the tater tots are baking, in a large pan on medium-high heat, heat up olive oil. Add ground beef, along with salt and pepper, and cook for about 10 minutes, or until beef is fully cooked. Set aside.
  4. For the special sauce, mix all ingredients together until well-combined. Spoon sauce into a ziploc or piping bag, then cut off one of the corners when ready.
  5. To assemble, remove tater tots from the oven, then sprinkle with cheese and ground beef. Place back in the oven for about 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  6. Remove from the oven and sprinkle evenly with desired toppings, then add special sauce on top. Enjoy immediately!

Look No Further for a Sandwich of Epic Proportions – This Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Is So Good!

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Look no further for ooey gooey goodness that you can whip up on your stove in no time! This Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese is a sandwich of epic proportions, and you’ll love the spicy-cheesy combo in this.

Layer on three types of cheeses, jalapeno, and of course bacon for that addition of salty flavor, and you’ve got a grilled cheese you’ll want to make again and again! Eat them both yourself or share with a friend – this recipe makes two amazing sandwiches!

Shared Food
  • 2 jalapenos, sliced lengthwise, seeds and membranes removed
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 slices cooked bacon
  • 4 slices Monterey Jack cheese
  • 4 slices Cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices sandwich bread
  • A few pats of butter
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Fill each jalapeno half with cream cheese, then bake 25-30 minutes, or until cheese is starting to turn golden brown.
  3. Place two halves of jalapeno, 2 slices bacon, 2 slices Monterey Jack, and 2 slices Cheddar per sandwich (2 sandwiches total).
  4. Heat a pan on medium-low heat, then melt a pat of butter down to coat the pan. Place sandwiches on the pan and cook each side slowly until golden brown and cheese is melted, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  5. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Firecracker Shrimp Will You New Years Blowing up with Flavor

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Let’s face it shrimp rings with cocktail sauce is delicious, but its been done to death! New years is chilly enough and I wanted to make some some snacks for my party-goers.

With a little marinade and some egg roll wrappers, you can transform some ordinary shrimp into a crispy, spicy and absolutely delicious experience! You’ll never through another party without these guys, that’s for sure!

  • 12 frozen jumbo/large shrimp, defrosted
  • 6 egg roll wrappers
  • Oil for frying
  • 1 tbsp of flour with a little water
  • 3 tbsp of Sriracha or Hot Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • zest & juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Start by preparing a marinade for the shrimp. In a shallow bowl or zip lock bag, add the sriracha/hot sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar and sesame oil.
  2. Then grate the fresh peeled garlic cloves, directly into the bowl.
  3. Zest half a lime, cut it and squeeze it’s juice into the marinade.
  4. Season the marinade with a sprinkling of salt an pepper. Stir all the ingredients well to mix them. Also add a tablespoon of sugar to balance out all the flavors.
  5. Toss the shrimp in the bowl or bag and gently mix them around with a spoon to coat them well in the marinade. Cover and place the marinated shrimp in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.
  6. After the shrimp has had some time to soak in all those flavors. Prepare the wrapping by placing an egg roll/spring roll wrapper on a cutting board diagonally so it looks like a diamond shape. Then cut it in half and repeat with the rest of the wrappers.
  7. Place a shrimp on left side of the wrapper with the tail sticking out and fold over the left corner wrapping the shrimp as tightly as you can.
  8. Then fold the top corner down, making sure to cover the top end of the shrimp.Roll the shrimp as tightly as possible and as straight as you can manage until there’s just a little corner left.
  9. Using your finger apply a little of the flour paste (a little flour and water mix) to the corner of the wrapper and seal it.
  10. Repeat the same wrapping method for the rest of the shrimp.
  11. In a pan, add about an inch or so of oil to fry the shrimp.(You can use a deep fryer if you have one, but enough oil to cover at least 3/4 of the shrimp if not the whole shrimp is all you really need) Heat the oil through on medium-high. To test and see if the oil is hot enough for frying, pinch a tiny piece of wrapper and drop it in the oil…if it bubbles and comes to rises to the top quickly it’s hot enough.
  12. Fry the shrimp in small batches depending on the size of your pan and cook them for 2-3 minutes on each side till golden brown. I’d suggest cooking one to time it and one you take it out, cut it in half to see if the shrimp is cooked through but not rubbery.
  13. Serve hot with some sweet and spicy dipping sauce. …yummm!