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Category: Appetizers (Page 2 of 5)

Appetizers, finger foods, and the like.

Hot Bean Dip

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Recipe Source: gulfcoastrecipes.com

Ingredients:

1 16 ounce can refried beans
1 16 ounce can tomatoes – chopped and drained
1/2 pound grated cheddar or jack cheese
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:

Mix together well in a skillet and heat over medium until cheese melts, stirring occasionally. Serve warm with chips.

Variations:

Use 2 cups enchilada sauce in place of tomatoes.

Add (2) 2.2 ounce cans sliced ripe olives.

Add (2) 4 ounce cans diced green chilies.

Spicy Nacho Bake

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Recipe Source: hunts.com

Prep/Cooking Time: Prep Time: 10 / Cooking Time: 20-30 minutes

Ingredients:

PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
1 can (14.5 ounce) Hunt’s® Diced Tomatoes with Roasted Garlic, undrained
1/2 teaspoon Gebhardt® Chili Powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
5 cups (5 ounces) tortilla chips
1 can (8 ounces) kidney beans, drained, rinsed
3/4 cup fresh or frozen corn
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeno pepper
1/2 small green bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 small onion, chopped

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray 8×8-inch baking dish with cooking spray; set aside. Combine diced tomatoes with their liquid, the chili powder and cumin in small bowl; set aside.

Place 1/3 of the tortilla chips on bottom of prepared baking dish. Cover with layers of 1/3 of the beans, 1/4 cup of the corn and 1/2 cup of the cheese; top with 1/3 each of the bell peppers and onions. Repeat layers 2 more times, starting with the tortilla chips and ending with the bell peppers and onions. Top with the tomato mixture; sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Bake 30 minutes. Cut into 4 squares to serve.

Touchdown Taco Dip

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Recipe Source: Pamela Shank

Ingredients:

2 pounds ground beef
1 (14-ounce) can refried beans
1 (1 1/4-ounce) package taco seasoning mix
1/4 cup water
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (16-ounce) container sour cream
1 (16-ounce) jar salsa
2 cups shredded lettuce
1 large tomato, diced
4 green onions, chopped
2 cups shredded Mexican-style cheese
Large bag of corn chips

Directions:

In a large skillet, brown ground beef; drain. Add refried beans, taco seasoning and water. Stir well and cook over over low heat until heated through.

Spread mixture in a 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese on top. Cover with sour cream. Pour salsa over sour scream. Cover with shredded lettuce, tomato, green onions and Mexican-style cheese.

Serve with corn chips to dip.

Cheese Ring

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Recipe Source: Wildlind / allrecipes.com

Prep/Cooking Time: 2 Hrs 20 Min

Ingredients:

1 pound shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 cup mayonnaise
5 medium green onions, finely chopped (white parts only)
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 pinch garlic salt, or to taste
1 (10 ounce) jar raspberry preserves
1 (10 ounce) package thin wheat crackers

Directions:

In a medium bowl, mix together the Cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, green onion, cayenne pepper, and garlic salt until well blended. Coat a ring shaped gelatin mold generously with cooking spray. Spoon the cheese mixture into the mold, cover, and chill for 2 to 3 hours to set.

Unmold onto a serving plate, and pour raspberry preserves into the center. Arrange wheat crackers around the outside of the ring.

Marvelous Mini Meatloaves

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Recipe Source: Modified from a Kraft Foods recipe

Prep/Cooking Time: 45 min

Ingredients:

1 lb. extra lean ground beef
1 pkg. (6 oz.) STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix
1 cup water
3/4 cup spaghetti sauce (or substitute: 3/4 cup salsa)

One or more of the following seasoning options: 1 tsp. Italian seasoning, 2 tsp. chili powder, 1 tsp. dried oregano leaves, 1 tsp. garlic powder.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix meat, stuffing mix, water and seasoning until well blended. Press evenly into 12 medium muffin cups sprayed with cooking spray; make an indentation in center of each with back of spoon.

Spoon sauce (or salsa) evenly into indentations in meatloaves.

Bake 30 min. or until meatloaves are cooked through (160°F). Top evenly with cheese; continue baking 5 min. or until cheese is melted. Let stand 10 min. before serving.

Serves 6.

Low Fat Chilli Bean Dip

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Recipe Source: delicious-low-fat-recipes.com

Ingredients:

1 can of red kidney beans
1 1/2 tsp of virgin olive oil
1 tsp of chilli powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1 small onion, chopped

Directions:

Blend the red kidney tomatoes and add the olive oil, till the mix becomes a smooth and creamy bean paste. Then stir in the rest of the ingredients and blend once again.

This is, indeed a quick and nice vegetarian snack.

Serves 6.

Beef Empanadas

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Recipe Source: cooks.com

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 green pepper, chopped
2 tbsp. chopped garlic
1/3 c. chopped raisins
1/4 c. chopped stuffed green olives
1 1/2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 tbsp. flour
1 3/4 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. coarse ground black pepper
1 c. grated Monterey Jack cheese
1/3 c. chopped fresh cilantro
2 (12 oz.) pkgs. Big Country buttermilk biscuits
2 egg yolks (for glaze)

Directions:

Heat olive oil in skillet. Add ground beef, green pepper, garlic and cook until beef is browned, about 6 to 7 minutes.

Add raisins, olives, vinegar, flour, allspice, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper, and cook over medium heat until thick, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat stir in the Monterey Jack cheese and the cilantro. Mix well and set aside to cool for at least 45 minutes.

Recipe to this point can be made up to 48 hours ahead and refrigerated until ready to use.

Beat the 2 egg yolks until smooth (glaze).

One at a time, roll biscuits out on lightly floured bread board, to discs of about 4 1/2″ in diameter. Brush a 1/2″ strip of the glaze around one half of the edge of each disc. Put one heaping tablespoonful of filling in the middle of each disc. Fold unglazed half over to form half circle. Crimp edges together using dinner fork dipped in flour. Put empanadas on ungreased cookie sheet, brush tops lightly with remaining glaze.

Bake at 375 degrees until golden brown on top, about 12 minutes.

Makes 20 empanadas. (Or, use one package of 10 biscuits, and save half of the filling to make 10 more a few days later.)

Apple Empanadas

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Recipe Source: cooks.com

Filling:

8 c. sliced apples
2 c. sugar
2 c. water
1 1/2 tsp. apples spice
3 tsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. butter

Dough:

6 c. flour
2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. apple pie spice
1 c. shortening
Warm water

Directions:

Filling: Bring all ingredients to boil for 45 minutes until apples are soft. Add cornstarch in 1/2 cup water to thicken. Add butter, cool before making empanadas.

Dough: Make dough like you would for flour tortillas. Let it stand for 10 minutes. Make balls, smaller than for tortillas, (smaller than a golf ball). Roll out to 4 inch diameter. Put filling in center, fold one side over. Press sides with fork to seal. Place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until done.

Pineapple Empanadas

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Recipe Source: cooks.com

Ingredients:

6 c. flour
2 c. butter flavored Crisco
8 to 10 oz. Coke, at room temperature

(Filling)

1 (16 oz.) jar pineapple preserves
4 to 5 tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 c. sugar

Directions:

Bring filling ingredients to boil.

Mix flour and shortening together. Make sure shortening is well mixed. Add Coke, gradually mix well. Make dough into balls, according to the size of empanadas you want and press ball using tortilla press. Press around edges after filling has been added. Bake in ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees. Sugar the empanadas as soon as they are done.

Makes 4 dozen.

Absolutely the Best Nacho Dip Ever

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Recipe Source: Jeff Moore / allrecipes.com

Prep/Cooking Time: 2 Hrs 20 Min

Ingredients:

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup cocktail sauce
1 cup mild salsa
3/4 cup diced green onion
3/4 cup diced red bell pepper
3/4 cup diced green bell pepper
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
2 cups shredded lettuce
1 cucumber, thinly sliced

Directions:

In a blender or food processor, thoroughly mix cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise. Spread the mixture evenly in the bottom of a medium serving dish.

In individual layers, top the mixture with cocktail sauce, mild salsa, diced green onion, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, shredded Cheddar cheese and shredded lettuce.

Arrange cucumber slices around the edge of the serving dish. Chill in the refrigerator at least 2 hours before serving.

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