Time for Appetizers & Dips!


With the next holiday/event being New Year’s Eve, thought I might just do a Appetizers & Dips post. You will see that most of these are from a really GREAT site: www.mrfood.com  you can find just about any recipe you can dream up – great site!


Bacon-Cheddar Bites

1 C. milk
1/2 stick butter
1 C. flour
4 eggs
8 slices bacon, cooked crisp/
1/3 C. thinly sliced scallions
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 2 baking sheets with nonstick
spray. In medium saucepan over
medium heat combine milk & butter;
melt butter. Stirring vigorously with
a wooden spoon, add flour until
mixture forms a ball. Remove from
heat; stir in 1 egg until mixture is
smooth. Repeat with remaining
eggs, adding 1 egg at-a-time until
thoroughly combined – stir in
remaining ingredients. Drop
mixture by teaspoonfuls onto
sheets. Bake 15-18 minutes
until puffed & golden brown.
Serve warm. Makes 36

(recipe: mrfood.com)

Lobster Dip

8 oz, (1/2 lb) lobster meat,
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1 tsp. bottled minced garlic
1 tsp. minced onion
1 tsp. honey mustard

In large bowl combine all
ingredients. Refrigerate until
ready to serve. Makes 2 1/2 C.

(recipe: mrfood.com)

Creamy Chicken Salad Sandwich

2 cans white meat chicken,
drained/flaked with a fork
1/4 C. Miracle Whip salad dressing,
or ‘to taste’
1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
3 slices onion, diced
1 hard-boiled egg, cooked/

Combine chicken, celery, onion &
egg to a bowl. Add Miracle Whip,
a little at a time until salad is of
desired consistency. Spread on
bread or toast.

Can substitute 2 cans of tuna for
the chicken & adding a T. of sweet
pickle relish

(recipe: recipelion.com)

Creamy Shrimp Scampi Dip

8 oz. cream cheese, room temp.
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 C. sour cream
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
4 T. plain bread crumbs
2 T. unsalted butter plus 1
T. melted
1 lb. large peeled/deveined
shrimp, tails discarded, cut
into 1/4 inch pieces
6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
large pinch crushed red pepper
1/2 C. dry white wine
1/2 C. fresh parsley, finely
1 tsp. lemon zest

slices crusty bread or crackers

Place oven rack in top position &
preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Beat cream cheese, Mozz. , sour
cream, mayonnaise, Parmesan,
2 T. bread crumbs & 1/2 tsp. salt
in large bowl using an elec. mixer
on medium-high speed. Cover &
refrigerate until ready to add to
Melt 2 T. butter in large skillet
over medium-low heat. Add shrimp,
garlic, 1/4 tsp. salt & red pepper
flakes – cook, stirring frequently,
until shrimp just start to turn
pink, about 2 minutes. Add wine,
bring to simmer & cook until
shrimp are pink & cooked through,
2 minutes (there will be some
liquid left in skillet.) Remove
skillet from heat, let shrimp
cool completely.
Mix parsley, remaining 2 T.
bread crumbs & 1 T. melted butter,
lemon zest & pinch salt in small
bowl. Stir shrimp & cream cheese
mixture together to combine;
transfer to a 2 quart baking dish.
(Dip & breadcrumb mixture can
be covered & refrigerated overnight,
separately, at this point).
Sprinkle bread crumb mixture on dip;
bake until hot & bubbly, 15-20
minutes. Switch oven to Broil &
cook until top is golden brown,
1-3 minutes. Let rest a few minutes
then serve hot with dippers.
Serves 8-10

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)

Home Run Dip

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
3 C. (12 oz) shredded Cheddar
1 tsp. dry mustard
2/3 C. beer
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter slightly
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. hot pepper sauce
1 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. white pepper

crackers, cubes of Italian bread

Place cream cheese, Cheddar cheese,
dry mustard, beer & butter in food
processor – process until creamy. Add
remaining ingredients & process until
smooth & completely combined.
Makes 3 C.

Serve at room temperature. Can be
stored, covered, in fridge up to
2 weeks.

(recipe: mrfood.com)

Cheesy Bacon Pinwheels

1 egg
1 T. water
1/2 C. cream cheese, softened
3/4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 C. real bacon bits
1/3 C. sliced scallions
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from
17.3 oz pkg), thawed

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 2  baking sheets with nonstick
spray. In small bowl whisk egg & water.
In medium bowl combine cream cheese,
Cheddar & Mozz. cheeses, bacon, scallions,
garlic powder: mix well. Unfold pastry
sheet on flat surface. Brush edges with
egg mixture. Spread cheese mixture evenly
over pastry. Starting with short side, tightly
roll up dough (jelly roll style). Cut into
1 inch slices; lay flat on baking sheets.
Brush tops & sides with egg mixture.
Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
Serve warm. Makes 12 pinwheels

(recipe: mrfood.com)

Dilly Crab Dip

1/2 lb. imitation crabmeat,
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 T. fresh chopped dill
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,

crackers, crusty bread,
bread sticks

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In medium bowl combine all
ingredients; mix well. Spoon
mixture into a small baking
dish. Bake 25-30 minutes until
hot & bubbly. Serve immediately.
Serves 10

(recipe: mrfood.com)
1-2-3 Salsa Dip

2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese,
1 C. medium salsa
1 T. dried parsley flakes

tortilla chips, fresh cut

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 1 qt. casserole or baking
dish with nonstick spray. In
medium bowl using elec. mixer,
combine all ingredients & beat
until smooth & well blended.
Scoop mixture into prepared
dish & bake 30 minutes until
light golden. Makes 3 cups dip

(recipe: mrfood.com)

Cranberry Pecan Brie Bites

12 oz. fresh cranberries, rinsed/
picked through
3/4 C. sugar
1/2 C. orange juice
1/2 C. water
pinch salt
1 cinnamon stick
1 piece orange peel
2 (8.8 oz, ea) pkgs. naan flatbread
1 (8 oz) pkg. brie
24 pecan halves
fresh thyme, for garnish

Combine sugar, orange juice &
water in large saucepan over
medium heat; stir to combine.
Add cranberries, salt, cinnamon
stick & orange peel – bring to a
simmer over medium heat,
stirring frequently. Continue
cooking about 10  minutes until
all or most of cranberries have
popped. Let cool at least 30
minutes; refrigerate until ready
to use.
To Prepare:
Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
LIne a baking sheet with parchment
paper. Cut naan into pieces using a
pizza cutter – try to get 6-8 pieces
per naan. Cut small wedges off the
wheel of brie & place on top of
naan pieces. Spoon a small amount
of cooled cranberry sauce on top of
brie, top with pecan half & place on
prepared sheet. Bake 6-8 minutes until
brie starts to melt & bubble. Remove,
top with sprig of fresh thyme (if using)
& serve immediately.
Serves 12

(recipe: momontimeout.com)


Our weather is still OK – a little overcast
but with yesterday’s warm temperatures
MOST of our snow has melted – YAY! Roads
are clear  – they ARE saying possibility
of snow flurries tonight – sure hope they
don’t stick!

With the ‘free time’ between holidays
finished the grey/black/white scarf and
started on another pink baby blanket.
While working on that I thought: “Maybe
I should do another scarf” so found
some nice, soft Sage colored yarn & am
variegating it with white to make a
(probably young girl) scarf – both scarf
& blanket are relatively easy patterns, so
not so much stress when working on

Since the Christmas dinner at our
son’s house, we have lots of SIDES
but NO MEAT to go with them so
I put a big chicken in the crockpot
for dinner tonight. Lots of mashed
potatoes, glazed carrots, green
bean casserole & 3-bean salad
(plus rolls). Don’t know about
your house, but here we are
inundated with SWEETS! That
is usually NOT the case, but this
year there’s a ton of cookies &
some candy – tasty but really
hard to walk by and not grab!
(I’ll personally be glad when
they are gone! TOO TEMPTING
for me!)

Hope you are having a good day;



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  1. The ham that Anne left makes a great sandwich and some potatoes were left.

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