Posts Tagged ‘appetizers’

It’s almost Christmas, so let’s bring on the appetizers!! Today we have Kathryn, a Chicagogrammer and blogger at Foodie Girl Chicago. Her blog is FILLED with amazing eats and gorgeous pictures. It’s hard to narrow down to just one recipe, but I do LOVE caramelized onions, so this dip squeaked by the Rose Sangria (which also looks FANTASTIC, btw!).


Caramelized Onion Dip


  • 1 large onion, vertically sliced
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp sherry, divided
  • 1⅓ cups plain lowfat greek yogurt
  • ⅔ cup whipped cream cheese
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp white (or black) ground pepper
  • ¼ tsp celery salt
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 sourdough baguette
  • ½ stick unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, oregano, etc)
  • ½ tsp sea salt

For the full recipe with instructions, be sure to visit Kathryn at Foodie Girl Chicago


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If you’ve ever been with me while ordering Chinese, Thai or any other otherwise Asian food, if crabr is on the menu, I’m ordering it 100% of the time. There’s something about the sweet crab deep fried with cream cheese that gets me every time. Also, if you know me at all, you know I love and crave delicious, naughty carbs. So when crab rangoon meets bread, you know I’m there, full force. Another Chicagogrammer, Alison of Rosie Discovers, is solely responsible for this phenomenal-looking bread. I literally cannot wait to make it.


Crab Rangoon Pull Apart Bread

  • 1 round or oval sourdough loaf
  • 2/3 cup crab classic, diced
  • 4 oz cream cheese-warmed
  • 1 cup diced muenster cheese
  • 2 green onions diced
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the full recipe with instructions, head over to Rosie Discovers!


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You may have read in my post from last week with the exciting Rosemary Shortbread cookies that I’ve met a lot of new friends this year. Tis true, and I’ve got a brilliant class of Chicagogrammers to thank for it! One of these new friends is Alana of the wonderful entertaining blog “The Jolly Hostess.” She’s got entertaining in her blood and a slew of family (and friends!) recipes to go along with them! This (perhaps slightly strange-sounding) recipe comes from a friend’s Irish aunt, Dorothy. It’s got pineapple, green pepper and onion all mixing and mingling in cream cheese. I don’t know how these flavors came to be, but I think the whole thing sounds fantastic, and I’m planning to make it soon (this weekend?!?)

Cream Cheese Pineapple Pepper Dip

Cream Cheese, Pineapple & Green Pepper Dip


  • 8 oz can of crushed pineapple
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 2/3 cup green pepper, diced
  • 1 package of cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp dill
  • Dash black pepper
For the full recipe with instructions, please visit Alana over at The Jolly Hostess!
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Candied Balsamic Tomato & Sweet Corn SaladCandied Balsamic Tomato & Sweet Corn Salad.


Tomato & Sweet Corn Salad


Candied Balsamic Tomato & Sweet Corn Salad

4 cups grape tomatoes (approx 1 Trader Joe’s container)
1 cup corn (fresh cut off the cob is best)
1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 1/4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup small fresh basil leaves, torn
Cooking spray

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, coat with cooking spray.  Add tomatoes and cook for about 5 minutes or until tomatoes release juices.  Combine sugar, salt and pepper; sprinkle over tomatoes; cook 2 more minutes.  Drizzle with vinegar and cook about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Transfer tomato mixture to a serving bowl.  Add corn, onion and basil and toss gently. Can be served immediately warm or chilled. I added the corn in the serving bowl, but you could also add the corn earlier in the pan. The recipe makes approximately 3-4 servings.
Candied Tomato & Sweet Corn Salad
Tomato & Sweet Corn Salad
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Mmmmm, Cuban Sandwiches. The perfect sandwich? One might think so. Roasted pork, ham, pickles, swiss cheese, mustard. Yum. Ok, so turning that into a dip is clearly the best idea ever. Thanks, Dad What’s 4 Dinner, you’re officially the best Dad of the year!!

Hot Cuban Dip

Hot Cuban Dip

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Well, you got 23 days of blogging out of me for December, and that’s:

So, the holidaze were just that, and although I avoided the stomach flu this year, I was brought down by some other special plague, a truly horrid cold that left me zombie-like, but I naturally pushed through and burned the candle at both ends, clearly prolonging my misery. Today is the first day I feel like I’ve returned to the land of the living, and I was getting sick on the 23! That’s 8 days of awful. Is it possible that I would rather have the stomach flu?

Well, nothing like a little barf talk to ring in the New Year, and guaranteed not to make you barf (unless you eat nearly a CrockPot full of them…), are these 6 fabulous recipes for balls brought to you by some pretty awesome bloggers! I think we can all agree that meatballs are an easy go-to appetizer, and if you’re running short on time this evening, there’s always a CrockPot full of previously frozen balls in a vat of bbq sauce. You’re welcome.

Also, today I’m skipping the ingredients and sending you right on over to the bloggers for the recipes, so be sure to click the links.

Meatball 1: African Spiced Bison Meatballs with Cilantro Chutney and Tamarind Dip

Wow, Chrissy, that’s a mouthful. Coming to you from The Hungary Buddha Eats the World, is my Blog Wife, Chrissy (our anniversary is on January 20th), with a meatball recipe I’m sure never to recreate, unless it’s in her kitchen and I’ve polished off an entire bottle of wine. But seriously, they look awesome, and I think I tried the cilantro chutney once, although, yeah, I was likely drunk.

African Bison Meatballs

Go see Chrissy at the Hungary Buddha for the recipe for these African Spiced Bison Meatballs with Cilantro Chutney and Tamarind Dip.

Meatball 2: Crockpot Meatballs with Grape Jelly Sauce

Veering toward a much easier path, we’ve got a quintessential stand-by, for those of you who want something just a touch classier than frozen meatballs in bbq sauce, though Meggan of Culinary Hill assures us you can use frozen meatballs for this one.

Crockpot Meatballs with Grape Jelly Sauce

Visit Meggan for her classic Crockpot Meatballs in Grape Jelly Sauce.

Meatball 3: Spicy Asian BBQ Meatballs

Ooo, I love Asian flavors, and I love meatballs, so I’m 100% certain I’d love these super easy Spicy Asian Meatballs from The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen.

Spicy Asian Meatballs

Visit Chandra at The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen for the recipe for the Spicy Asian BBQ Meatballs

Meatball 4: Swedish Meatballs

I have to admit, growing up near Bishop Hill, Illinois, a small Swedish colony turned amazing tourist day trip, I’ve eaten my fair share of Swedish Meatballs…and I LOVE THEM. SO. MUCH. Sue over at A Palatable Pastime whipped up some from-scratch Swedish Meatballs, and they look absolutely amazing. This is one recipe I think I’m going to have to make.

Swedish Meatballs

Visit Sue at A Palatable Pastime for her amazing take on Swedish Meatballs

Meatball 5: Thai Style Pork Meatballs

Well, these meatballs look simply delicious. Combining Thai flavors into pork meatballs is Regina from Leelalicious.

Thai Style Pork Meatballs

Visit Regina for her recipe for Thai Style Pork Meatballs.

Meatball 6: Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs with Blue Cheese Dressing

Ha, a twist! You thought I was going to bring you just balls of beef and balls of pork, but you were wrong!! I’m sneaking in a chicken meatball, buffalo-style. I love buffalo anything, so these are just super exciting!

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Visit Jo at Jo Cooks for the full recipe for Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs.

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Meatballs 6 Ways




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