Appetizer, Entree

Crockpot Lil’ Smokies

little-smokies-4I’m adding this recipe to the site because even though it’s only 3 ingredients and super simple to make, I always forget if it’s barbeque or chili sauce. So it’s here it is. Make them for your next get together and your guests will love you.

  • 2 packages beef smokies, 13 oz each
  • 12 oz bottle chili sauce (found with the ketchup)
  • 12 oz grape jelly

Combine all ingredients in the crockpot and cook for 3 hours on high til warmed through and the sauce comes together, stirring occasionally.

Appetizer

Cranberry Brie Bites

downloadMy sister made this recipe for Thanksgiving this year and they are crazy addicting. I made them for my open house and they were a big hit. I like to make my own homemade cranberry sauce but if time is an issue you can definitely used a pre-made whole berry cranberry sauce.

Cranberry Sauce

  • 1/2 bag fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • zest from half an orange

Brie Bites

  • 1 tube of original crescent rolls
  • 1 wheel of Brie cheese
  • cranberry sauce
  • rosemary sprigs, optional

Start by combining all of the cranberry sauce ingredients in a sauce pan and cook over medium to low heat for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently. You want the cranberries to burst and the sauce to reduce down to a pretty thick consistency. From here you can use the sauce immediately or, if you are making this in advance, put it in a container and store in the fridge.

When you are ready to assemble the bites, preheat the oven to 375. Roll out your crescent rolls on a piece of wax paper, pinching all the lines to make one smooth sheet. I like to take a quick rolling pin to the sheet to make it an even thickness. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the sheet into 24 pieces and fill each slot in an ungreased mini muffin pan. Put a piece of brie cheese (without wax) into each slot and top with cranberry sauce. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden and bubbly.

Appetizer, Gluten-Free

Veggie Dip

I hosted my first ever Christmas party this weekend, and when I was looking for recipes to make I knew I wanted a veggie dip of some kind. I loved that this one was simple, and I knew the Parmesan would be delicious. Recipe and photo courtesy of stonegableblog.com.

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup grated Kraft Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. As with most dips, I found the flavor to be even better second day, so if you can, refrigerate overnight.

Appetizer, Gluten-Free

The Best Bean Dip

I love me a good bean dip and this one definitely did not disappoint. Recipe and photo courtesy of the-girl-who-ate-everything.com.

 

  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 1 cup picante sauce (I used my salsa recipe)
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin (or more to taste)
  • tortilla chips

In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients; transfer to a small (1 1/2 qt) slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or until heated through, stirring intermittently. Serve with tortilla chips or Fritos.

*Optional ways of preparing: The slow cooker is ideal because it keeps the dip warm but you can also prepare this in the oven or even microwave. For the Oven: Bake dip at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Microwave: Heat in a microwave safe bowl for 5-8 minutes or until cheese is melted and smooth. Stir every couple of minutes.

 

 

 

Appetizer, Gluten-Free

Crockpot Lil’ Smokies

I first made this recipe for a football party and it was a hit. What I love is how simple it is to put together and still tastes great. Recipe and photo courtesy of cleverlysimple.com.

  • 12 oz chili sauce
  • 2 packages of little smokies (13 oz each)
  • 12 oz grape jelly

Combine all ingredients in a crock pot and cook on Low for 2 hours. Easy peasy.

*If you are like me and completely lost as to where to find chili sauce, it can be found in the condiment aisle by the ketchup.

Appetizer

Ranch Oyster Crackers

This is another of my paternal grandmother’s favorite party appetizers. They are so easy and addicting, and come together so quickly.

  • 12-16 oz plain oyster crackers
  • 1 package Hidden Valley Ranch Buttermilk Recipe Salad Mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4-1 cup salad (vegetable) oil

Combine mix and oil, add in dill weed, garlic powder and lemon pepper. Pour over crackers, stir to coat. Place in warm oven (250) for 15-20 mins.

Appetizer, Gluten-Free

Peach Salsa

I love this peach salsa because it’s so simple and quick to bring together, but tastes amazing. Pioneer Woman hit a home rum with this recipe, as usual. I am posting it using fresh peaches, but if you want to use canned that works too. Recipe and photo courtesy of Pioneer Woman.

  • 2 1/2 cups fresh peaches, peeled and sliced (or 28 oz canned, juice reserved
  • 1 whole medium onion, diced very fine
  • 1 whole red bell pepper, seeded and diced very fine (optional)
  • 1 whole jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • dash of salt
  • juice of 1 lime

Peel and slice the peaches, giving them a rough chop and put them in a bowl.  Dice up the onion, bell pepper and jalapeno very finely and add to the peaches. Chop half a bunch of cilantro and mix in. Finally add the juice of 1 lime, the chili powder and salt. Combine completely and refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving. Serve with tortilla chips.