Over the weekend we were looking for an easy appetizer to make with what we had in the kitchen. We decided to make Sausage Puffs. We had a package of puff pastry in the freezer and we had the rest of the ingredients in the kitchen. We were able to put this together quickly once our puff pastry was thawed.
1 Package Puff Pastry(thawed)
2 oz Fresh Spinach
1/2 Lb. Mild Italian Sausage(browned and drained)
2 oz Crumbled Feta Cheese
2 oz Cream Cheese
1 Tbs. Minced Garlic
1 oz Shredded Parmesan
First, pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees. Next, unroll the puff pastry(you should have 2 sheets) and cut it into 6 rectangles(each about the shape of a deck of cards). Then spray a muffin tin(one that holds 12) with non-stick cooking spray. Place your puff pastry rectangles in the muffin tin(you should have 12 pieces of puff pastry)and press them to the bottom of the tin so they can hold the filling. Next, place a few pieces of spinach in the bottom of each puff pastry. Next, layer in a little sausage, a few crumbles of feta, a dab of cream cheese, and a few pieces of garlic. Now, pinch the tops of the puff pastry closed by bringing each corner to the middle and pinching the seams together. Finally, sprinkle the tops with the Parmesan cheese. Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes until the tops brown slightly.
This recipe make 12, but they are very filling because they end up being pretty good size. My kids liked to help with these and I let them each fill their own. When the timer went off, they were both anxiously awaiting their own creations!
Here is a recipe for another Superbowl Sunday favorite. Whenever I make Hot Crab Artichoke Dip is always one of the first things to disappear. It tastes great and it is easy to make.
Hot Crab Artichoke Dip
8 oz Cream Cheese
3/4 Cup Mayonnaise
1 Cup Shredded Parmesan
8 oz Lump Crab Meat
10 oz Marinated Artichoke Hearts(drained and diced)
2 Tsp Garlic Powder
First, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Next, mix together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, and 1/2 cup of the shredded Parmesan. Now, slowly add the crab meat and artichoke hearts. Spread mixture in a glass baking dish(I use a glass pie plate) and sprinkle the remaining Parmesan over the top. Bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until the dip is bubbling and the Parmesan is slightly browned on top. Remove from the oven and serve hot with tortilla chips or crackers.
With super bowl approaching in a few days, I thought it would be a good idea to start putting together some recipe ideas for our super bowl get together. We always tend to have lots of different types of snacks but chips and dips are always a must have. This is a SIMPLE recipe, and is great with tortilla chips.
Game Day Chili Dip
1 15oz Can Chili
1 15oz Can Re-fried Beans
16oz Cream Cheese
1 Small Can Diced Green Chilies(optional)
1/2 Cup Salsa
1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
First, pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees. Next, mix all the ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl, except the shredded cheese. Spread the mixture in a 8×8 pan and bake covered for 35 minutes. Now uncover and sprinkle with shredded cheese and return to the oven for 15 minutes, uncovered. Finally, remove from oven and serve hot with tortilla chips. This is an easy recipe with minimal prep time and is a game day favorite!
Weather you are still in need of a New Year’s Eve Party appetizer or you want to have something great to snack on during the upcoming bowl game parties, these wings are tasty and perfect for any occasion. My daughter likes to help me make these, they are really not that hard and they taste great. We will be using our Barbecue Sauce Recipe from an earlier post.
Baked Chicken Wings
3 Lbs. Chicken Wings(cut apart at the joints)
2 Cups Flour
3 Cups Barbecue Sauce (You can use your favorite, but our homemade BBQ Sauce will not disappoint!)
First, pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Next, place the flour in a large bowl and evenly coat the chicken wings with the flour(coat only a few at a time) Then, arrange the chicken on 1 or 2 lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake at until golden brown (30-35 minutes).
While the wings are cooking, prepare the Barbecue Sauce. Remove the cookie sheets from the oven. Use a large spoon to pour sauce over the chicken wings. Turn the wings so the sauce coats both sides. Return the wings to the oven and bake about 10 more minutes, then turn the wings once and bake an additional 10 minutes. The sauce should be bubbling. These will be hot, so let them cool about 5 minutes before diving in! This will make about 3 dozen wings.
Calling all goat cheese fans. This is a simple appetizer recipe that is easy to serve to a crowd. My sister served this at a Christmas party a couple of weeks ago and the guests loved them. If you like goat cheese you’ll love this recipe.
Goat Cheese Sliders
1 Pack (box) Round Table Crackers
1 Package of Goat Cheese(rolled in dried cranberries and cinnamon, this can be found at most supermarkets)
1 Fresh Cucumber(sliced 1/4″ thick)
1 Cup Dried Cranberries
Simply, place the sliced cucumber on top of your table cracker. Then, slice the goat cheese 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick and place place on top of the cucumber. Finish each appetizer off with a few dried cranberries placed on top. It doesn’t get much easier than that. Looks good and tastes great.
With New Year’s Eve approaching and lots of people planning and preparing for parties, I thought I would spend the next couple of days posting simple appetizer recipes. I just made these Shrimp Pockets the other day and they were a crowd pleaser.
8 oz Can Tiny Shrimp(drained)
8 oz Package Cream Cheese
1/2 Cup Blue Cheese Crumbles(optional)
1 Can Refrigerator Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
2 TBS. Olive Oil
1 TBS. Garlic Powder
First, pre-heat the oven to 350. Next, mix together the cream cheese and shrimp in a small mixing bowl. Open the crescent rolls and lay them flat on a cookie sheet. Place approximately one tablespoon of the shrimp cream cheese mixture in the center of each crescent roll. Now sprinkle a few blue cheese crumbles on each. The next part is the trickiest because the crescent rolls don’t always come out of the can in the same
shape. Fold all three corners of the crescent roll towards the center and make sure to seal the dough around the cheese and shrimp mixture. After that simply brush with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder. Finally, bake these for 14-16 minutes. Bake until they are golden brown. One batch make 8 Shrimp Pockets. These really are not too difficult and even my 8 year old enjoyed them. I hope you do too!