Rum Glazed Caramel Corn

This is a great recipe for movie night.

INGREDIENTS:

1 – 2 cups un-popped popcorn
3 cups of granulated white sugar
1/4 cup dark rum
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda

DIRECTIONS:

  • Pop the popcorn on the stove with oil. Place popped popcorn in a large bowl.
  • Cover one to two sheet pans with aluminum foil.
  • In a large saucepan, combine sugar, rum, butter, vanilla, and salt. Heat over medium heat, stirring very often.  Cook until sugar melts and caramel becomes a dark caramel color, careful not to burn because it scorches fast.  Takes about 15-20 minutes. 
  • Add the baking soda and keep stirring. Be careful as it bubbles up quickly and almost doubles in quantity. Quickly remove from heat, pour over the popcorn and stir quickly to coat all the corn.
  • Spread the caramel corn out on foil lined sheet pans and allow to cool.

Option: You can add your favorite nut to this, just add them before you coat the popcorn so they can be coated also.

Another option: Bourbon Caramel Corn, use your favorite Bourbon instead of rum or Salted Whiskey Caramel Corn, use your favorite Whiskey and sea salt instead of rum.

 

caramel corn

 

 

Marinated Cheese & Crackers

I always try to keep some type of appetizers on hand for unexpected company.  This is a quick and easy one to pair with a good Moscato or a cold beer.

Ingredients

  • 2 blocks (8 ounces each) white cheddar cheese
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup chopped roasted sweet red peppers
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Crackers or small bread

Directions

  • Slice each block of cheddar cheese into twenty 1/4-in. slices. Cut each block of cream cheese into 18 slices; sandwich between cheddar slices, using a knife to spread evenly. Create four 6-in.-long blocks of cheese; place in a 13 x 9 dish.
  • In a small bowl, combine the roasted peppers, oil, vinegars, onions, herbs, sugar; pour over cheese.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight, turning once. Drain excess marinade. Serve cheese with bread or crackers.

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Easy appetizer

Summer is always a fun time of year, and it’s full of great food and friends.  It’s a time to unwind, enjoy the sunshine and be grateful for all that God has blessed you with.

When I prepare meals or socials I like to do quick and easy recipes; so here is one for you to enjoy and it is somewhat healthy.

INGREDIENTS:

1 container Mozzarella balls

1 package Old Wisconsin Honey Brown Sausage Snack Bites

1 small package of Spinach leafs

1 small package Cherry Tomatoes

Balsamic Vinegar (I used Raspberry flavored)

1 package skew sticks

INSTRUCTIONS:

Alternate placing 1 of each item on the skew until the skew is half full.  Once all ingredients are used, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and let set in refrigerator until ready to serve.  Can also be put in a dish without the skews and served as a salad.

Enjoy!!!  Thanks Marcia L. for the recipe.

 

caprese kebabs

 

Grilled tomato appetizers

It’s been a cold and long winter but Spring is just around the corner, fingers crossed.  With that in mind, thought I would add a grilling recipe.  Hope you enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 tomatoes (1 pound), quartered
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes (10 ounces)
  • 1 pint small mixed heirloom tomatoes, halved if large
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup Feta cheese
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 large garlic clove

INSTRUCTIONS:

Once grill is ready, arrange large sheets of heavy-duty foil on a work surface, layered. Mound the tomatoes in the center the sheets, drizzle with the olive oil and season with sea salt and ground pepper; then place garlic clove on top. Fold up the foil to create tight packet.  May have to divide into two packets.

Set the packets on the grill and cover. Grill over moderately high heat for 18 – 20 minutes, until the tomatoes begin to soften and burst.  Carefully cut open the foil packets.  Serve over a toasted crostini or grilled ciabatta bread and sprinkle feta on top before serving.

 

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BACON CHEESEBURGER CROCK POT DIP

Great for a game day or party dish.

bacon cheeseburger dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of lean ground beef or turkey
  • 8 oz package of cream cheese, cubed & softened
  • 2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 10 oz can of diced tomatoes with green chiles – do not drain
  • 6 oz package of real bacon bits, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • Nacho Chips

Instructions:

  1. Brown meat, drain and place in large skillet
  2. Over low heat, stir in cheeses, tomatoes and bacon bits except for 2 tablespoons
  3. Cook while stirring frequently until well blended and heated
  4. Pour mixture into a 2-quart crock pot
  5. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours stirring occasionally
  6. Stir in parsley and sprinkle with remaining bacon bits just before serving

Serve as an appetizer or main dish with Nacho Chips.

Homemade Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

Shrimp cocktail sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup prepared horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco

Instructions:

Stir all of the ingredients together in a medium bowl. Taste and season with more pepper as needed. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill until ready to serve.  Enjoy!!!!

Jerk Shrimp & Tomato Bruschetta

Had to share this; love anything with “jerk” spice.  I have to give credit to the Margaritaville website.  One of my favorite recipes for entertaining.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 – 8 oz package Margaritaville Jammin’ Shrimp

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbsp olive oil

3 cups ripe tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup green pepper, chopped

1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

1 loaf sliced grilled or toasted French bread

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cook shrimp according to package.  Remove from skillet and set aside.
  2. Add garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, green peppers, basil, salt and pepper to same skillet.  Heat through for 1 minutes.
  3. To serve, spoon tomato mixture on slice of French bread and top with shrimp.

Cheddar Stuffed Pimento Cheese Sausage Bites

Made this last week and they are awesome!!

INGREDIENTS

1 tube (3/4 pound) bulk pork breakfast sausage, mild or spicy
1/3 cup green onions, thinly sliced
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup Wisconsin pimento cheese spread
1 large egg
1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese, cut into 12 cubes (1/2 inch each)
Parsley leaves for topping, chopped

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS

Heat over to 400 degrees.  Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.  In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the cheddar cheese and parsley.  Mix well and divide into 12 pieces.  Wrap piece around a cheese cube and place on pan.  Bake 16 – 18 minutes or until browned and cooked through.  Place on serving tray and sprinkle with parsley.  Better served warm.

cheddar stuffed sausage balls

Recipes – Pizza Snack Cups

Pizza Snack Cups

INGREDIENTS:

1 pkg. refrigerated biscuits (10 biscuits)

½ lb. ground beef

1 – 14 oz. jar pizza sauce

½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.    In 12 cup muffin pan, evenly press each biscuit in bottom and up sides of each cup; chill until ready fill. In skillet, brown ground beef over medium high heat; drain. Stir in pizza sauce and heat through. Evenly spoon beef mixture into prepared muffin cups.    Bake 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and biscuits are golden.    Let stand 5 minutes, gently remove pizza cups from pan and serve.

pizza snacks

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