Cream Cheese & Bacon Crescent Rolls

Cream Cheese & Bacon Crescent Rolls
Serves 8
A guaranteed party favorite every time. So easy to make, the hardest part is not starting a grease fire :)
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
1 tub (8 oz.) Cream Cheese Spread - Use chive & onion for extra flavor
3 slices Bacon, cooked, crumbled
2 cans (8 oz. each) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
Instructions
Preheat oven to 375ºF.
Mix cream cheese and bacon in a bowl until well blended.
Separate each can of dough into 8 triangles. Cut each triangle lengthwise in half. Spread each dough triangle with 1 generous tsp. of cream cheese mixture. Roll up crescents, starting at shortest side of triangle; place, point-sides down, on baking sheet.
Bake uncovered 12 to 15 min. or until golden brown. Serve warm.
Notes
This is a lot of cream cheese, for a *slightly* healthier version use light cream cheese.
Adapted from Kraft Recipes
Adapted from Kraft Recipes
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Pizza Swirl Appetizer

Pizza Swirl Appetizer
Serves 5
Similar to a calzone but easier to make and not as filling to eat. Especially popular during football season!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
28 min
Total Time
38 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
28 min
Total Time
38 min
Ingredients
1 (10 ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust dough
1/4 pound Genoa salami, thinly sliced
1/4 pound pepperoni sausage, sliced
1/4 pound provolone cheese, sliced
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Roll pizza dough into an 14"x9" (approximate) rectangle on the baking sheet.
Layer with salami, pepperoni and provolone cheese.
Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese up to half inch of edge of dough.
Roll jelly roll style and seal the edge with a fork.
Bake in the preheated oven 28 minutes flipping it over with 5 minutes to go.
Slice into 1 inch pieces and serve.
Notes
Don't stretch the dough too thin or it will crack when baking.
Adding Italian seasoning can be a nice gourment touch.
Adapted from AllRecipes.com
Adapted from AllRecipes.com
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Fall Appetizer Ideas And Tips

With Fall upon us, it is time to start looking at healthy, nourishing recipes that will warm the body and that are quick to prepare.

As the days and nights start to get colder and darker, the best appetizer recipes need to contain ingredients that will add some spice and enhance the appetite.  Great Fall appetizers are flavorsome, will help tantalize the taste buds, and will provide great comfort food for the colder months of the year.

Fall can be a busy time of year with Halloween coming in October and Thanksgiving in November. Fortunately, Fall is a great time for stocking up on healthy fruits and vegetables and what makes a great Fall appetizer is simple recipes that contain seasonal ingredients so that they will always be the freshest that are available.

Great Fall appetizers will also use ingredients that are easy to freeze so that they can be made up in batch and frozen if needed, which will help save both time and money.

Choosing Fall Vegetables Pumpkins and potatoes are in easy supply in the Fall and are very versatile to cook with. Potatoes can be used for baked potato bites, potato puffs or spicy wedges, while pumpkin can be used for pretzels, chowder, spicy pumpkin biscuits, or roasted with onions to add flavor.

The crucifix vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and sprouts – are in season in the Fall. These vegetables can all be used to make great appetizers. Try broccoli stir fried with sesame seeds. Cauliflower can be combined with garlic to make a tasty appetizer, while cabbage can be wrapped around bacon for a quick recipe. Sprouts can be stir fried too, but should be lightly boiled first. They go well served with ginger or cooked with sesame seeds to give them some added crunch.

Peppers, parsnips, carrots, sweet potatoes, celery, mushrooms, kale are all in rich supply in the Fall and are at their freshest. Kale can be stir fried and served with soy sauce, as can mushrooms. Mushrooms can also be baked with grated cheese for a simply, fast and satisfying appetizer.

Appetizers can be spiced up by adding rosemary, sage, parsley, thyme, chilli and lemon grass. 

Spicy Potato Wedges
Serves 6
A slightly spicy potato wedge that is easy to make and sure to please!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
About two pounds of potatoes. You can change the amount depending on how many people you are cooking for and if you want to freeze some for later
Two – three tablespoons of olive oil
Chilli powder. Use as much as you like, according to your tastes.
Instructions
Begin by washing and peeling and then slicing the potatoes into wedges.
Boil the potatoes on the hob in lightly salted water.
Once cooked, take the potatoes off the stove and leave to cool for a while. While the potatoes are cooling, line an oven dish with foil.
Drain the potatoes of the cooking water and place them in the oven dish.
Drizzle with olive oil and add as much or as little chili as you like.
Bake at 475 until they are browned at the top and hot all of the way through.
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Creamy Pumpkin Dip

Creamy Pumpkin Dip
Serves 6
An amazing Fall appetizer that is great for parties or snacks!
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 - 2.5 cups confectioners' sugar
1 (15 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin
1-2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1-2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon frozen orange juice concentrate
Instructions
In a medium sized bowl, mix together the cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Gradually mix in the pumpkin. Stir in the cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and orange juice until smooth and well blended. Chill until serving. Serve with apples or crackers.
Notes
Use more or less of the cinnamon and pumpkin spice depending on your preference.
Adapted from AllRecipes.com
Adapted from AllRecipes.com
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Autumnal Fruit & Veggie Glory:

Autumnal Fruit & Veggie Glory:

When one is a newly designated preparer of the food for a family, it is not beyond reason that one might be daunted by the task. Further, beginners newly exposed to the prospect of entertaining, and the other food preparation might be apprehensive. Everyone has to begin somewhere, and sometimes, the basics might be translated into the most challenging. Every venture into cooking and food preparation can, and should, be broken down into simple categories, such as: ingredients, preparation, cooking, baking, stewing or grilling & presentation. Keep things organized in your head this way and already cooking will seem easier!

We are presently heading into late summer and early Fall, and what a joy the annual harvest brings to a home gardener or farmers making available a cornucopia of root vegetables, such as beets, carrots, parsnips, fall fruiting plants like pears, apples, figs and others too many to name. Lovely herbs from your garden can be cut and frozen, or dried as preferred. If you aren’t a gardener, now is the time to stock up on the bounty for storage from your local farm market or supermarket.

Fall Appetizers:

Some lovely fall appetizers and accompaniments are delicious and relatively easy to prepare.

Let’s begin with a full flavored, hot spiced cider or lemonade, where the cider can be served in small mugs or a punch bowl. Cider can be purchased and then heated with a few fall apples studded with cloves and peppercorns floating in the bowl, and a dash of hot cayenne or other chili powder, as well as a few slices of thinly sliced apples or citrus.

This will be a beautiful presentation served amid an armful of fall flowers like bright asters, chrysanthemums, or even sunflowers in all colors. What a decadent and appealing look, and so simple to prepare!

Should you decide on lemonade, just heat it, and give the liquid a generous sprinkling of Holiday spices as you prefer, floating some berries or small, Fall plums in the serving bowl, and your guests will be super impressed, and so will you. These are so delicious & satisfying, and they definitely give off the fall aura. You can add alcohol at your discretion, but try and remain subtle…people are driving!

Basically, most recipes can be customized, given your personal touch, and they will then fulfill your own preferences.

When it comes to Fall appetizers, just keep to what is available at this time. We generally dig up our potatoes now. A great hit with children and adults alike. Plus, there are so many simple & delicious recipes for them.

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Mediterranean Marinated Mozzarella

Mediterranean Marinated Mozzarella
Serves 10
A fancy but very easy appetizer for special occasions. A Mediterranean flare to mozzarella cheese blocks.
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Prep Time
18 min
Total Time
18 min
Prep Time
18 min
Total Time
18 min
Ingredients
3 (8-oz.) blocks mozzarella cheese
1 (8.5-oz.) jar sun-dried tomatoes, drained and halved
1/2 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Garnish: flat-leaf parsley sprigs or fresh rosemary stems
Instructions
Cut blocks of cheese into 1-inch cubes. Arrange cheese cubes and tomato halves in an 8-inch square baking dish.
Whisk together 1/2 cup olive oil, chopped parsley, and next 6 ingredients; pour evenly over cheese cubes. Cover and chill at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours. Transfer mixture to a serving plate. Garnish with fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs, or spear tomato halves and cheese cubes with short rosemary stems, if desired. Drizzle with marinade, if desired.
Adapted from Southern Living
Adapted from Southern Living
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Southwest Crackers

Southwest Crackers
Serves 10
Cheddar cheese, moneterey jack, jalapenos, red bell peppers and black olives! Yum!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
13 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
13 min
Ingredients
6 slices Cheddar cheese
3 slices Monterey Jack cheese
32 Crackers
1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped jalapeno peppers
1/4 cup chopped black olives
Instructions
Cut Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses into small triangles. Top each cracker with some Cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, bell pepper, jalapeno pepper and olives. Place on baking sheet.
Broil 4- to 5-inches from heat for 1 to 3 minutes or until cheese begins to melt.
Notes
Serve right away or they will start to get soft.
Adapted from AllRecipes.com
Adapted from AllRecipes.com
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Kielbasa Appetizer

Kielbasa Appetizer
Serves 8
Super easy and versatile appetizer that works great for anything from football game parties to wedding showers. Everyone loves them!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Ingredients
18 fluid ounces beer
1 (18 ounce) bottle barbecue sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 pounds kielbasa (Polish) sausage, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
Instructions
Combine the beer, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, and Dijon mustard in a large skillet over medium heat.
Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
Reduce heat to low and add the kielbasa.
Simmer until kielbasa is browned and glazed (about 1 hour)
Notes
Try adding garlic and red pepper for an extra kick!
Adapted from AllRecipes.com
Adapted from AllRecipes.com
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Ham and Cheese Bites

Ham and Cheese Bites
Serves 24
A warm, doughy, delicious party favorite that you can probably make with ingredients you already have in your pantry!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
22 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
22 min
Ingredients
1 cup diced ham
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 can crescent dough
Your favorite dipping sauce (optional)
Instructions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Unroll crescent dough. Cut each segment into three equal sized parts. Place a generous pinch of the cheese over the dough. Top with a spoon full of diced ham. Wrap dough around the ham and cheese, pinching and positioning to completely cover.
Place on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper; with seam side down. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the dough is golden brown.
Serve with your favorite honey mustard for dipping.
Notes
Try substituting turkey for a slightly healthier version.
Adapted from Recipe.com
Adapted from Recipe.com
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Blue Cheese Dip

Blue Cheese Dip
Serves 8
A sophisticated party dip to serve with pretzels, veggies or bread.
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
Kosher salt
1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
2 1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
1/2 pound smoked (or regular) blue cheese, crumbled
1 cup sour cream
2/3 cup mayonnaise
Freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
Sprinkle salt over garlic and chop, occasionally smearing mixture with blade of knife, until paste forms.
Whisk garlic paste, vinegar, and thyme in a medium bowl.
Add cheese; mash with the back of a fork until cheese is finely crumbled.
Stir in sour cream and mayonnaise.
Season dip to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve with assorted vegetables, bread, or pretzels.
Notes
Used smoked blue cheese for a subtle smokey flavor.
Adapted from Epicurious
Adapted from Epicurious
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